At first, Ken von Roenn III only saw yoga as a way to increase his flexibility for his true passion, climbing. Slowly, yoga began to eclipse climbing as his primary love. Now he’s a devoted practitioner and instructor, and his love has led him to create Skanda Yoga Studio’s namesake style. The Skanda yoga style hinges on posture and controlled breathing, much like Vinyasa yoga. However, Skanda augments these practical techniques with a holistic component: each Skanda session finds its spiritual footing in the Mayan Dreamspell calendar.
Sessions work to align participants’ bodies with natural cyclical patterns found in this brand of Mayan mysticism that has proven more enduring than federal laws carved into stone with an exceptionally pointy Sharpie. Ken and his team of instructors offer classes outside their studio’s signature style, complementing their Skanda instruction with courses in modalities such as power yoga, gentle therapeutics, and Kundalini.
Miami heat is one thing; Bikram yoga heat is another. For Bikram, the room temperature needs to be 105° Fahrenheit with 40 percent humidity, making for a sweat-inducing session that’s sure to burn some calories. Bikram Hot Yoga Miami believes in the steamy practice and always keeps their thermostats cranked, using the heat to warm muscles so participants can stretch further, sweat out more toxins and let their blood circulate. A typical workout runs 90-minutes, with just about every muscle and joint getting a hearty workout inside this no-frills warehouse district space. Small cubbies hold personal belongings during class, and two showers let participants clean up after their warm sessions – though you should always bring your own towel and yoga mat.
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.
Inside Bikram Yoga Falls's heated practice space, students of all experience levels bend and stretch through Bikram yoga's 26 postures for a challenging yet stress-relieving workout. During the 90-minute classes, instructors lead up to 50 students through a regimented series of poses paired with two pranayama breathing exercises. The classes are designed to increase strength and flexibility while decreasing the body's tension level, clearing the mind of stressful events such as catching the family dog reading your diary. The routine is performed in a studio heated to temperatures hovering around the 100-degree mark, coaxing muscles to sink deeper into stretches and ousting the body's toxins through sweat.
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.
The 360 Energy in Motion teaching method goes beyond mere instruction. Each trainer creates a class atmosphere where all in attendance feel physically challenged and emotionally engaged with the workout and one another. The trainers hope to spread this feel-good vibe throughout their music-driven spin classes, Zumba dance-cardio workouts, Pilates routines, and yoga sessions. They hold each class within a facility boasting textured wood flooring, green earth tones, and bamboo-lined hallways where orb lights cast an incriminating light on sneaky pandas looking for a snack.