Though the instructors at Brazilates teach classic techniques for toning the stomach and achieving a lean dancer's figure, they also honor the power of curves. As a testament to that, their Brazilian Butt Lift classes craft shapely rears with a combination of dance moves and lower-body exercises. As they demonstrate pliés and squats, they adjust their maneuvers to each student's skill level, fostering a compassionate space for beginners and regulars alike.
Their other classes focus on the four tenets of Pilates: stability, strength, stretch, and stamina. With wall-mounted springboards contributing resistance, groups work through routines that align backbones, enhance balance, and make it easier to dress as a slinky for Halloween. The curriculum covers mat Pilates, yoga, and cardio Brazilates—an energetic class that utilizes barres for leverage during ballet and jazz aerobics.
Brazilates is devoted to the strengthening of minds as well as muscles. Guests who want to flex their wits can attend the studio's improvisational acting classes, whereas those who want to let go of their mental stress can benefit from a massage.
Thanks to the wide variety of classes that Bombay Room Yoga offers, students have a good chance of finding the one that speaks to them. The studio encourages visitors to attend virtually any class, regardless of their skill or fitness level, so that they can learn what sort of practice leaves them feeling centered and mentally and physically rejuvenated. The classes range in intensity and purpose: Vinyasa sequences harness controlled breathing and free-flowing transitions to provide a more dynamic session, and yin yoga embraces the opposite end of the spectrum by calling on deep, sustained stretches to liberate the joints and help students discover whether they're made of Laffy Taffy. Since every class is designed for newcomers as well as experienced students, the instructors take time to wander throughout the room and aid participants in their practice by correcting their posture and suggesting modified poses.
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.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Stress Less Yoga’s founder Deborah Lile harnesses her 20 years of teaching experience to help others subscribe to the anxiety-decimating mission that her studio name suggests. She harnesses elements of several yoga disciplines—including Hatha, Bikram, Iyengar, and Kripalu—to help students of all abilities improve their flexibility, strength, and balance during group and private yoga lessons. Each indoor and outdoor class incorporates postures linked with breath and meditation to banish fatigue and muscle tension, leaving students more refreshed than the web-based yule log that Robot Roosevelt chats in front of when he’s at town-hall meetings with slow internet connections.
In a specially heated room, Bikram Yoga Fort Lauderdale’s teachers walk students through 26 postures during their signature 90-minute Bikram yoga classes. Students move twice through the whole sequence of 26 poses and two breathing exercises to center, strengthen, and lengthen every muscle with the muscle-melting powers of a 100-plus-degree room. It's designed to cater to all skill levels, allowing practitioners to choose the intensity of each workout. These sweat-inducing exercises can help patrons sweat out toxins so that they leave focused, with a cleansed, centered, and worry-free glow that outshines even the sun on its sweet 16 birthday.