On the benefits of his fitness routine, Joseph Pilates boasted that, "in 30 [sessions] you?ll be on your way to having a whole new body.? Envy Pilates' owner, certified Romana?s Pilates instructor Natalie Valdez, shares his sentiment. She offers a 30-class package dubbed Joe's 30-Lesson Challenge that helps transform exercisers' physiques to resemble Joseph Pilates' lean, chiseled physique, coveted by even Atlas. She also schedules private and duet lessons, crafting customized core-sculpting regimens to address any personal needs and fitness goals. Sessions might take place on the mat, or may utilize Envy's myriad equipment?including mats, Reformer and Tower apparatuses, and the Wunda Chair, to name a few.
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.
Upstairs Yoga is a boutique-style studio, where individualized attention and support are both key. Owner and instructor Joanne Barrett funnels her love of modern dance, contact improvisation, and Ashtanga yoga into her studio and the classes she teaches, which focus on bringing people together. As a professional dancer, Joanne is well-versed in flexibility and body awareness, both skills she and her staff try passing on to their students.
Weekly sessions include Ashtanga-Vinyasa classes for all skill levels and Hatha yoga, which focuses on proper alignment. The studio also strengthens core muscles with Pilates classes, and it gets hearts pumping with dance-based Zumba workouts.
Rina Jakubowicz has played the roles of yogi, author, and motivational speaker, leading to media appearances on Spanish television and the Discovery Channel Latin America, as well as in the Miami Herald. At Rina Yoga, she leads an expert team of extensively trained yoga instructors, who tap their expertise in a variety of yoga modalities to guide students toward holistic well-being in a noncompetitive environment. Each location's seven-day schedule accommodates pupils of all skill levels with sessions including beginner-friendly hatha classes, power yoga, traditional Vinyasa, and dharma yoga, which fuses poses old and new to focus on relaxation and meditation. The studio also conducts frequent events and meditation retreats that use chanting and sympathetic whispers to soothe wild spirit horses. Rina’s Book, Choose Peace, is also a large part of the studio’s curriculum and appears during seminar discussions that cover healthy lifestyle choices and a 15-step guide toward peaceful transformation.
Achieve a rock-solid body without feeling like Rocky with today’s eye-of-the-tiger side deal: for $90, you get five Gravity Power Pilates classes at Pilates One in Coconut Grove, a $200 value. These classes are structured in a group setting and led by certified and dedicated instructors.
Miami heat is one thing; Bikram yoga heat is another. For Bikram, the room temperature needs to be 105° Fahrenheit with 40 percent humidity, making for a sweat-inducing session that’s sure to burn some calories. Bikram Hot Yoga Miami believes in the steamy practice and always keeps their thermostats cranked, using the heat to warm muscles so participants can stretch further, sweat out more toxins and
let their blood circulate. A typical workout runs 90-minutes, with just about every muscle and joint getting a hearty workout inside this no-frills warehouse district space. Small cubbies hold personal belongings during class, and two showers let participants clean up after their warm sessions – though you should always bring your own towel and yoga mat.