Robin Ryan and Christine DeStefano know that in each person’s body is written the story of their lives, from wear and tear caused by a job to past injuries that can limit mobility. Using Reformer machines—exercise-enhancing equipment invented by concept founder Joseph Pilates—they help write a new chapter in the body’s history. Among their many benefits, Reformers help remove unnecessary joint and muscle stress from exercising, allowing people to achieve body-transforming workouts without irritating old injuries. With only five Reformers in the studio, class sizes remain intimate, allowing Robin and Christine to provide personal instruction to teach student. Classes typically last one hour or the amount of time it takes a beer belly to come to terms with its shrinking existence.
OptimalFit Pilates Studio proprietress Vilija Conley has amassed a wealth of health and fitness credentials—she holds a Level 5 certification in Romana Pilates, a Level 4 certification in YogaFit, and a personal-training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Armed with the six principles of Pilates, Vilija guides students through a series of movements that lead to physical well-being, better posture, and a level of body awareness that's like a vivid dream about fighting your doppelgänger.
Yoga teacher Peter Calin adds his 30 years of experience in Hatha, Ashtanga, power, and Bikram yoga to the studio's arsenal of classes and techniques. In addition, Vilija and Peter invite visitors to shape and tone muscles with specially designed equipment from spin bikes to sophisticated Gratz ladder barrels, spine correctors, and Wunda chairs.
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.
Though no strangers to balmy temperatures, studio director Kristina Vecsesi and her fellow certified instructors credit Bikram's heated practice for fostering their personal journeys to health and wellness. Each 90-minute sweat session follows a 26-posture routine designed to warm and stretch muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the proper order. As the balancing and twisting postures increase strength and flexibility, the warm atmosphere helps limbs safely sink deeper into cobra impressions and expel harmful toxins through sweat. With dedicated practice, the Bikram yoga method has been known to help students regulate their body weight, relieve stress, improve circulation and digestion, and restore 20/20 vision to the third eye.
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.
Amid dim lighting, candles, and soothing music, Ayama Yoga and Healing Arts creates an atmosphere for healing and personal transformation. You can choose from a variety of yoga styles, including energizing flow classes and gentle therapeutic sessions that employ an assortment of props for support. Along with classes, the studio hosts events such as workshops and reiki circles. These and other offerings—including acupuncture, emotional release bodywork, and chakra readings—help clients center their energy and improve wellbeing.