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.
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.
clubX's team of top-notch personal and group coaches work closely with on-staff dietitians to help clients whittle waistlines and boost energy. The fitness coaches encourage bodies to blast calories in small group coaching, and the dietitians put together healthy menus clients can follow at home. clubX even offers fresh, healthy meal delivery, leaving people more time to do the important things in life, including spending time with loved ones and sewing tiny vests for squirrels.
For those who wish to exercise by themselves, clubX offers a fully equipped fitness center. A staff of massage therapists banishes pain felt after workouts with deep-tissue massages.
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.
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.
Polestar owes its existence to former dancer Dr. Brent Anderson, who opened the physical-therapy practice in Sacramento in 1990. Seven years later, the good doctor was living in Miami and incorporating Pilates into his therapy treatments to help his patients recover the mobility they needed for everyday activity. With the help of a team of highly qualified massage therapists, physical therapists, and orthopedic specialists, Dr. Anderson treats stiff joints and sore tissue while helping patients use Pilates coursework to build lean, elongated muscles and straighten posture to more effectively lose limbo competitions. The treatments and programs at Polestar heal bodies with the backing of scientific study, rehabilitating patients with Gyrotonic exercises and preventing onstage injury with Pilates training for performing artists.