With a name that combines words meaning wholeness, life, and joy, OM'echaye welcomes clients searching for ways to look and feel their best through fitness classes and alternative health treatments. Classes range from Zumba to cycling. Yoga sessions derived from traditions including Iyengar, Kundalini, and Vinyasa soothe minds while building flexibility, and Pilates workouts build the core strength needed for holding up the earth while Atlas is on vacation.
The center also delves into the internal aspects of health and wellness with integrative living programs that run the gamut from dieting and detox to acupuncture and vibrational therapy. Spa services help clients look as good as they feel, aiding relaxation with massages or enhancing exteriors with facials and manicures. The center’s restaurant even helps guests stay on track by dishing up healthy fare made with fresh, natural ingredients, rather than serving preprocessed foods or meats from extinct animals.
Owner Rosa Santana had the privilege of learning directly from BKS Iyengar, living yoga master who continues to practice even at the age of 95. She was so inspired by his unique approach to yoga—which combines poses with props such as blankets, bolsters, blocks, and straps to develop proper musculoskeletal alignment—that she began to devote her life to the healing practice, becoming an instructor in 1995. Today, she shares her passion with students and teachers in her studio, which serves to sooth nerves and rabid spirit animals alike. She and a team of equally fervent yoga teachers work with students of all abilities during the 60- and 90-minute sessions, shepherding students through a tapestry of postures, some prop-assisted. With enough practice, Santana believes that students may see an increase in strength and flexibility, as well as a decrease in stress and tension.
Established in 1978, Olympia Gym is more than just a fitness facility with cutting-edge equipment and classes—it's a family-oriented private club that caters to members who want the most out of their workout. Owners Delia and Peter Cicale as well as the trainers and staff provide a fun and safe way to achieve your desired weight.
Amenities at the gym include Hoist Roc-It machines that adjust to users' movements, a free weight room, a steam and sauna room, kids' karate classes, and TRX and Power Plate vibration training that enhances the ability to gain muscle. Their training services are performed by industry experts with decades of knowledge and experience.
But beyond the gym's compassionate, motivating people is an impressive list of credentials – they have been dubbed the Best Gym and Best Trainers by the Miami Sun Post. Their trainers specialize in injury recovery and services for pre- and post-natal women, but whatever your fitness needs and goals are, the gym's down-to-earth crew is there to help you achieve them.
In 1977, Maritza Detz ventured into the health-care industry. As a licensed practical nurse, she ameliorated injuries, softened the effects of trauma, and cemented her desire to help others live fuller lives. This career laid the groundwork for her next occupation as a certified Bikram-yoga instructor. Since 1988, she's been practicing Bikram Choudhury's 26-posture practice, helping students of all athletic abilities and fitness levels recovery from injuries, strengthen their bodies, and expel harmful toxins accumulated during family reunions.
Lady of America Women's Fitness Club spreads female-focused wellness across the nation by furnishing each of its franchise locations with equipment and classes designed with women's bodies in mind. Each locale stocks a strength-training area with machines sized specifically for the feminine frame, and ellipticals and stationary bicycles help to chisel gams without transporting users across state borders. Instructors conduct such group classes as kickboxing, belly dancing, and Zumba aboard a floating aerobics floor, whose softened surface diminishes stress on joints. Throughout each facility, personal trainers patrol public zones to acquaint guests with exercise gear or host one-on-one sessions. Depending on the location, clubs might also include complimentary onsite childcare, brow dabbing, and amenities ranging from infrared saunas to manicures.
Lifelong dancer Carmen Garson chose the goddess as the symbol of her fitness studio and boutique because it represents a loving, feminine energy. She aims to channel that energy throughout each of her belly-dancing, flamenco, Bollywood, African-dance, and yoga classes, helping earn her establishment the Hollywood Gazette’s Best Place for Yoga award. Within the wood-floored studio decked out with creations by local artists, she and her team host 33 dance and fitness classes a week.
Garson also opens her space for monthly art and poetry events where women come to share their creativity and boast about how many arms their inner goddesses have. She stocks the on-site boutique with exotic clothing and jewelry, as well as with spiritual books, essential oils candles, and incense.