With lots of windows bringing in natural light and amber-colored wooden flooring inside the studio, Corpo Yoga Studio screams relaxation. Or, rather, whispers it, with classes that emphasize both the physical aspects of regular yoga practice and its spiritual inner message. Under the direction of Cybele Chamas, the studio provides a wide selection of classes in different types of yoga as well as a yoga basics session for beginners. Regardless of which yoga style you profess to love, the studio’s emphasis is on its three basic components – poses, breathing exercises and meditation/relaxation, which are near-universal principles. Yoga classes run, 60, 75 or 90 minutes, though the studio does offer private sessions and special workshops and events.
Recognizing the interdependence of fitness and martial arts, Thump Fight Gym & Fitness Center married the two, inspiring patrons of all ability levels to hone their combat skills while making strides toward an overall healthier lifestyle. The trainers and certified exercise physiologists lead martial-arts classes including boxing, muay thai, and jujitsu, challenging fighters to face off in the regulation-size boxing ring or the half cage—which has proven inadequate for housing feral exercise bikes. During each class, students burn calories and learn practical and potentially lifesaving self-defense skills. To supplement the combat training, the instructors also lead yoga and Pilates classes, spinning, kettlebell training, and CrossFit classes. The gym also accommodates solo workout routines with a weight-training zone and functional fitness equipment such as oversize tires and climbing ropes.
Burgeoning artists grasp colorful bouquets of used packaging and crumpled paper as they gather in the 1,200-square-foot studio. Karla Caprali stands in the center, explaining composition and balance as students mold their castoff items into freestanding sculptures. Similar displays of inventive creation characterize the Art Academy at Caprali Studio, where owner and artist Karla limits the size of each of her classes, allowing her to shower students with the proper amount of encouragement and constructive critiques. Karla maintains her class sizes even when instruction spills out into her studio backyard, where pupils breathe in open air as they hone woodworking skills, orchestrate large-scale installations, or quickly sketch a cloud shaped like a fruit bowl.
Karla brings knowledge accrued at a university in São Paulo to each course and draws from influences including the impressionists, Salvador Dali, Dorothea Tanning, and the whimsical film sets of Georges Méliès. Her emphasis on developing new approaches to art has helped students in portfolio-preparation courses earn admission to Pratt, SVA, and other prestigious schools without having to defeat Monet's ghost in Pictionary. The instructor also worked to help found the Falls Arts District, which launches bimonthly art walks to 15 privately owned galleries. On such nights, Karla clears her studio space to put students' work on display alongside her own paintings and installations, and transforms the ample backyard into an outdoor gallery bathed in the glow of decorative lights and vocal reviews from local owls.
Proudly family owned and managed, Miami Strength and Fitness Club is a full-service fitness facility equipped with the latest in exercise equipment. The diverse staff—armed with years of experience in different fitness pursuits—provides clients with knowledge and helpful insights into workouts.
Jennifer Edward, of JustLiveJen Fitness, has developed a boot-camp class that goes beyond the traditional interval training, incorporating mixed martial arts, kick boxing, and lifting into one high-intensity hour. The boot camp, offered three days a week at Stratiform Fitness, complements cardio workouts in the gym’s cardio theater. The 10,000-square-foot facility also holds strength-training equipment and enough dumbbells to weigh down a very large piece of paper.
As a community, Green Monkey is thriving. Across its three locations, it's taken on dozens of instructors who lead more than 36 types of classes, including meditation classes that rely on breathing techniques and silent affirmations to quiet the mind. As if all those class varieties weren't enough, the instructors also put together frequent workshops, many of which teach specific skills such as handstands and inverted backbends.