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.