Founded by Chief Master William Clark, Karate America is a popular martial-arts school that believes martial arts can make people happier and healthier. With locations around Florida, Karate America is staffed by highly trained instructors teaching children and adults the self-defense moves of tae kwon do, krav maga, and kickboxing. While training in a team-like atmosphere in each of these classes, members learn self-discipline and respect, gain lean muscle, and burn calories.
The Barkan Method of Hot Yoga is a product of numerous influences. Developed by a master yoga instructor, Jimmy Barkan, the practice originated in Calcutta, India, where Jimmy began infusing Hatha-yoga postures and movements with those of other disciplines. Today, on the other side of the globe, his instructors host each class in rooms heated to warm or hot levels, which not only helps stretch limbs, but also strengthens muscle groups and defrosts the poultry they plan on eating later. Following in Jimmy’s footsteps, these teachers bolster their knowledge of the discipline by earning certification from the Barkan Method and recognition from Yoga Alliance.
Housed inside the giant oyster that is the state of Florida, Red Pearl Yoga offers an array of yoga classes for all levels of flexers and focused breathers. Bend your body and stretch your spirit in an Ashtanga yoga class, linking together physically challenging poses through a set series of flowing movements. Roll the dice that is your body with a Vinyasa yoga class that flows unpredictably from pose to pose while maintaining a focus on breathing. Merge the oil of the body and the water of the mind through the alignment focus of Hatha flow, or prepare yourself for motherhood with a pre-natal yoga-therapy class. There are several other yogadventures to set out on at Red Pearl Yoga, so check the schedule to see what's being offered when and by which of Red Pearl Yoga's 12 orange-tinted instructors.
Motorcycles and yoga don't typically have much in common, but Tree of India owner Jessica Lohrey's life-changing motorcycle accident catalyzed her to share the healing power of yoga practice with others. Today, Jessica runs a boutique where she helps guests calm and heal themselves with yoga, aromatherapy, and creativity.
At Tree of India, Jessica helps students reach for inner peace during yoga classes that accommodate beginners as well as seasoned yogis. She also curates a boutique full of art, clothing, jewelry, cruelty-free makeup, and the store's signature essential oils.
The earthy shop hosts a variety of spiritual and wellness events—including workshops where attendees can better hone their understanding of the intricacies of aromatherapy, meditation, or reiki energy healing—to help guests find peace and shake the capuchin monkeys from their backs.
Established by the peace purveyors at Chi Spa, Chi Yoga Center's instructors motivate students of all ages and skill levels to seek inner serenity while building strong and limber bodies. At their new 26th St. location the studio is outfitted in pale green tones and a mirrored wall that reflects the Buddha art displayed on the opposite side. Here, instructors guide pupils through various yoga styles such as Hatha, Vinyasa, and Sivananda. They also teach Iron yoga, which helps guests improve their flexibility with yoga and build lean muscle mass with weight training drills, such as bench-pressing other yogis.
Demonstrating a commitment to preserving the environment and a sense of community, the instructors offer incentives for traveling by bicycle or foot or contributing a charitable donation such as toys, household items, and nonperishable foods.
Michelle Ann's athletic background helped her appreciate the physical challenge of yoga when she first discovered it. After training with Shri Yogi Hari at the Sampoorna Yoga Ashram, she went on to teach classes at parks, beaches, and inside the studio. In addition to creative vinyasa flow sequences, Michelle teaches hatha yoga. A portmanteau that combines the Hindi words for sun and moon, hatha aims to balance contrasting concepts such as "effort" and "surrender," or "healthy" and "tastes good." Michelle also blends vinyasa yoga and Pilates techniques to tone muscles and increase flexibility.