Inspired by the design of an Indian temple?replete with vibrant fabrics dangling from the ceiling?Anuttara Yoga had no trouble catching the attention of New Times Broward-Palm Beach, which hailed it as the Best Yoga Studio of 2012. The space recently underwent an expansion to encompass nearly 8,000 square feet, including two 1,600-square-foot yoga rooms.
The Kula Room, with its spacious floor plan and minimal decor, stays at a balmy 85 degrees during nonheated classes such as yoga barre. The dimly lit Grand Tapas Hall, however, facilitates deeper stretching with a thermostat set to a sweat-inducing 95 degrees. This higher temperature loosens muscles, expels toxins, and thaws ancestors preserved in ice during 90-minute hot-yoga classes.
When they aren?t teaching yoga classes, the studio?s 15 certified instructors pass on their knowledge to apprentices in training rooms and a well-stocked library. Other amenities include spa-like bathrooms with showers and a boutique area lined with yoga accessories and apparel.
Bikram Yoga Boca Raton's instructors welcome students of all skill levels to any of more than 30 sessions held each week. Temperatures are kept at 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity, which helps pupils break a cleansing sweat and sink into deep stretches. Each session consists of 26 distinct Hatha poses that increase strength and stamina across the entire body. While attendees move to each asana, two breathing exercises teach them to center their minds enough to extinguish birthday-cake candles from 20 yards away.
Battling ropes, pushing sleds, and swinging kettlebells. The Institute of Human Performance?s circuit-training classes incorporate the latest exercises into a single workout, including medicine-ball exercises, jump roping, tire flipping, quick-feet agility drills, and lively music that keeps the blood flowing. Voted The Core gym in the country by Men?s Health, IHP has also been honored by Glamour and Self for its group classes. CEO Juan Carlos Santana, voted one of the top coaches in the world by UFC magazine, and his team of certified trainers helm each class at the 7,200-square-foot facility, where indoor and outdoor workout spaces let patrons reach their full potential. IHP serves as a beta-testing site for fitness manufacturers, which means it has a fleet of cutting-edge, constantly updated equipment.
Good ideas often come from a simple formula, such as the PB&J sandwich, the BLT, or the BLT&J. At Fusion Fitness & O2 Yoga, the body-nourishing combination is simply a blend of yoga and Pilates principles. Designed by fitness professionals Debbie Wolff and Andi Boddie, Fusion's signature group workouts integrate breath control, focus, fluid motions, and core-strengthening exercises along with various other fitness techniques. During group sessions, a team of instructors strives to foster an environment of warmth by encouraging guests to smile through their workouts. The team works to provide personal attention to each student, offering adjustments to moves to accommodate varying fitness levels. Fusion's instructors also lead several other fitness classes, including boot camp and spinning.
Yoga Source?s instructors run more than 90 classes each week geared toward students of all levels. Kundalini yoga classes work to relieve tension and increase energy, regardless of degree of flexibility or experience, using a symphonic gong to clear the mind while healing the body and elevating the spirit. Hatha yoga classes use stretches combined with breath work to develop flexibility and increase relaxation. To give back to the community, the teachers offer a free class that helps war veterans sleep better, lower their stress levels, and reduces their reaction to loud noises.
A decorative waterfall's tranquil babbling harmonizes to the music that lilts through Yoga 4 Life?s studio. Led by a certified instructor, students of all experience levels breathe through asanas or postures meant to strengthen muscles during a roster of classes, including the special Yin class that focuses on deep muscle stretches designed to alleviate stress or injuries.