While working a cruise ship, holistic doctor and acupuncturist Ahuva Gamliel treated a passenger complaining of digestive issues. Impressed by how fast she found relief, the patient said she would send her husband so that Gamliel could treat his shoulder pain. But the woman added, "My husband is not going to tell you this, but he has erectile dysfunction and I want you to treat him for it." Noticing the man didn't mention erectile dysfunction on his intake form, Gamliel proceeded to treat him for it anyway, along with tending to his shoulder. A few days later, the woman stopped by and said, "What did you do to him? I feel like we are on our second honeymoon." Dr. Gamliel thrives on hearing such patient testimonials. Knowing since she was 5 years old that she would become a doctor, Gamliel began working as a phlebotomist in high school. But her first experiences with conventional medicine—which she recalls as "cold, callous, and impersonal"—left her disenchanted. After completing undergraduate study in psychobiology, Gamliel discovered the field of natural medicine and went on to earn a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture from Bastyr University. Today, Gamliel pursues her vision of bringing natural healthcare to the masses through MiBaSo, an acronym for mind, body, and soul. Gamliel hopes to turn MiBaSo into a franchised, membership-based practice that increases the visibility, accessibility, and affordability of natural medicine.
Extreme athletes banded together to design Spartan Races' intense courses orchestrated over standardized distances, each strewn with natural and man-made obstacles to test mind-body fitness, resilience, stamina, and strength, designed to leave participants exhausted and exhilarated. In waves of 200, runners collect smudges and stains as they perform box jumps, haul heavy sandbags, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as 3 miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.
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Novelty shirts airbrushed with bikini-clad bodies provide the convincing, if temporary, illusion of fitness. Find a more permanent fitness solution with today's Groupon. For $45, you get five group circuit classes at Nomi Pilates, a $175 value. Your Groupon also gets you 50% off a $100 private session should you choose to partake (you can purchase it when you go to the studio). This North Miami boutique studio offers a range of classes aiming to reform the shape of your body, mind, and shadow.
US 1 Fitness has sculpted local physiques for nearly 20 years in a 24-hour workout facility equipped with helpful staff and parent-friendly childcare. Designed for students of all skill sets, 25 weekly classes sling supportive group workouts that make muscles burn with satisfaction, like an insult uttered from the lips of a sarcastic fire swallower. Spinning students pedal toward fitness goals atop Johnny G bikes, as Zumba workouts incite a metabolic brushfire with fiery dance moves inspired by salsa, samba, and tango. Like a three-legged race with Sigmund Freud, yoga classes unite both mind and body with sinew-stretching poses, strength work, and focusing exercises, and Absolute Abs chisels cement-like stomachs with 15 minutes of intense core-centric conditioning. Consult the class schedule for specific dates and times.
Yoga Place of Bay Harbor is a studio that truly welcomes students of all ages and fitness levels, from experienced students training for their instructor certification to toddlers attending their first class. The studio's Argentinean-born owners understand first-hand how important yoga can be for children—owner Paola Villegas first started practicing yoga as a child, as a way of healing after a severe car accident. Her co-owner, Maria Yantorno, oversees the studio's children's program, Fly Kids Yoga. Its classes help toddlers through preteens—including those with special needs—improve their coordination and focus while learning how to work through stress.
But the women and their staff of instructors also lead a diverse schedule of classes for adults, including Vinyasa, Jivamukti, and prenatal yoga. In fact, Paola is a certified doula, and offers prenatal massage and Mommy & Me classes for any babies who aren't too cool to be seen with their moms in public.