Dona Piza left her life as a New York stockbroker behind when she turned to yoga to rehab herself from a terrible car accident. On the first of the new millennium, she opened Prana Yoga in Miami, eager to impart the healing powers of the art to an area where yoga studios were a rare species. She says that the most fulfilling aspect of her job is observing how yoga transforms students mentally and physically, as was the case with a dear friend with cerebral palsy who?through regular practice of yoga?gained the ability to walk.
At her studio, she schedules more than 70 90-minute yoga classes per week for students of all skill levels, whether they are working through injuries or honing their practice. Inside the four spacious rooms, drenched in soft lavender hues, she and her experienced instructors lead a variety of yoga styles, mainly based in the Iyengar tradition, which focuses on achieving proper body alignment with the aid of props. They also lead serenity-enhancing meditation classes, vigorous core yoga, and relaxing candlelit sessions, which help students melt away the stresses of the day. During kids' classes, instructors teach yogis aged 4?9 basic poses using animal imagery and sounds, giving parents time to attend their own yoga classes or to secretly eat dessert before even making dinner.
With a diverse range of fitness backgrounds and specializations—from injury rehabilitation and prevention to martial-arts training—Metropolis Fitness & Spa’s staff of 15 instructors ensures a helpful match for nearly every client. The team leads more than 70 group fitness classes per week, including familiar favorites, such as yoga, Zumba, and spinning, and a few of their own inventions, including Video Dance Jam, which pushes exercises through fast-paced choreography. The ballet and jump-rope classes for kids help wee ones burn off extra energy without requiring you to construct a giant hamster wheel in your home.
In the main studio, a slew of cardio machines with built-in TVs and weight-training equipment awaits members, in addition to a room stocked with dangling punching bags and TRX bands. To recover from sweat sessions, guests can fuel up with healthful drinks and snacks at the juice bar.
The licensed massage therapists at Inches Body Studio's three locations help clients slim down with a menu of noninvasive treatments. They harness powers such as ultrasound, radio frequency, and heat to break down fat and leave cellulite deposits smoother than a just-waxed ice rink. Electromassage aims to activate muscles at the cellular level, and traditional hands-on massages promote lymphatic drainage and relaxation in one fell swoop.
Sebastien Bourret's cadre of award-winning stylists wield high-end products from Redken and Paul Mitchell to tame men's and women's manes. Expert snip artists trim away at locks of any length, sculpting contemporary styles that flatter face shapes or make a daring statement, such as a scaled model of Mount Rushmore. Hair is then coated with a hydrating solution to moisturize dried-out strands, and the treatment concludes with a blow-dry and styling.
Camelot Salon & Spa's experienced aestheticians nourish nails in need through thorough manicures and pedicures. During a hydrating Gables manicure, pro pamperers trim cuticles to make room for a fresh coat of OPI or Essie polish, and a forearm-and-hand massage gently coaxes muscles into thinking they're wearing gloves made from freshly harvested clouds. The matching Ped-E-Cure removes dead skin cells and frivolous cuticles from feet, creating a smooth path for a light massage and a toenail buff-and-trim .
Over the years she spent treating athletes and working alongside chiropractors, Patricia Delgado learned to appreciate the physically and mentally rejuvenating effects of massage therapy. She now shares her expertise with a wider range of clients, helping them live healthier lives free of chronic pain and discomfort. Instead of relying on invasive medical procedures and prescription medications, Patricia utilizes the power of human touch to both locate and relieve sources of withheld tension or deeply rooted injury. She accomplishes this by employing a range of specialized massage modalities, including everything from relaxing Swedish strokes and focused deep-tissue pressure to myofascial release and craniosacral therapy. In addition to increasing circulation and improving joint flexibility, these treatments can help heal soft tissue and leave muscles feeling more relaxed than the jelly beans that the President ceremonially pardons each Easter.