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 average temperatures in the '70s and '80s, it makes sense that Miami is full of body-baring outfits. All that skin is why people like the owners of Velour Med Spa were able to open a successful laser hair-removal business in 2005. With the hope of further beautifying bodies, they established Velour—a full med spa—in 2010.
Its certified medical aestheticians, who are supervised by a medical director, still perform the popular laser hair-removal treatments, but they also fade unwanted spider veins, smooth cellulite, and rely on intense pulsed light to refresh faces. In addition to beautifying clients, they relax with massages and mani-pedis, which take place in a pristine all-white room.
In addition to having more than 20 years of experience performing aesthetic treatments, Dr. Gloria Lopez supplements her own skills with lasers, high-tech machinery, and dermal fillers. She wields the LipoLite laser body-sculpting machine to liquidize and remove unwanted fat cells, and she uses the VelaSmooth hand piece to flatten the dimplage that comes with cellulite or thighs that simply smile too much. Dr. Lopez can also tackle unwanted body hair, wrinkles, sun damage, and acne with her many in-office devices.
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.
The staff at iLash & Skincare tailor their treatments to coincide with the client's style, with botanical facials that adapt to specific skin types. Additional services include cavitation, body wraps, and silk and mink eyelash extensions available in both C- and J-curls.
Sanctum Med Spa brings together doctors, aestheticians, massage therapists, and nutritionists under one roof to perform a variety of cosmetic procedures, laser skin care treatments, and nutritional counseling sessions. Their service menu also includes Botox, laser hair reduction, facials, and sunless tanning.