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.
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.
Housed inside the giant oyster that is the state of Florida, Red Pearl Yoga offers an array of yoga classes for all levels of flexers and focused breathers. Bend your body and stretch your spirit in an Ashtanga yoga class, linking together physically challenging poses through a set series of flowing movements. Roll the dice that is your body with a Vinyasa yoga class that flows unpredictably from pose to pose while maintaining a focus on breathing. Merge the oil of the body and the water of the mind through the alignment focus of Hatha flow, or prepare yourself for motherhood with a pre-natal yoga-therapy class. There are several other yogadventures to set out on at Red Pearl Yoga, so check the schedule to see what's being offered when and by which of Red Pearl Yoga's 12 orange-tinted instructors.
• For $39, you get a five-class studio package including spin classes, ultimate classes, yoga-stretch classes, and the ultimate ballet-barre workout class (an $80 value). • For $49, you get a five-class Pilates-FIT package (a $105 value).
Ruth Ann Bradley runs The Yoga Institute of Broward with humor, compassion, and dedication, providing students of all levels with the platform to learn methods of achieving a fitter self and peace of mind. With a focus on the Iyengar method of Hatha yoga, the studio's classes concentrate on overall well being. Ruth Ann shows her students that practicing yoga improves their quality of life by building long, lean muscles as flexible as a calendar with no agenda, while also ridding the body of stress and stimulating weight loss. Whether the goal is to stand taller, bend over backward, or open a pickle jar taped to your back, The Yoga Institute of Broward offers the yoga style to do the trick.