Patrons plant palms and heels into the wood floors of Bija Yoga's cozy, neutral-toned studio, growing into seasoned yogis as certified instructors lead them through ancient postures. It's this sense of planting and flourishing that Jamie Shane, the owner and one of the instructors, hopes to evoke with the studio's name—the Sanskrit word for seed. She leads her classes with a similar fluidity, whether she's introducing an ever-changing variety of poses during Go Flow—a Vinyasa-style class that links breath to movement—or opening up the floor to encourage practitioners to follow their own yogic lights in Your Flow. Other classes drag yoga into the new millennium, incorporating kickboxing moves in rigorous Kick Asana classes, or robot boxing moves in Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Asana.
Dance Yourself Fit Zumba's lively instructors replace the monotony of traditional workout routines with five different dance-fitness classes tailored to rump shakers of all ages and abilities. The Zumba Basic 1 class torches 400–800 calories per session with easy-to-learn rug-cutting maneuvers, and the Zumba Basic 2 class pumps up the volume as participants sweat through flamenco, samba, and tango techniques. Zumba Gold gears its Latin-inspired dance steps toward older active adults and those looking to get back into shape, and Zumba Toning incorporates body-sculpting toning sticks that double as tusks during walrus impersonations. See Dance Yourself Fit Zumba’s full class schedule for locations and times.
Masterpiece Mixers and its team of professional art instructors provide a place for artists of any skill level to enjoy a relaxing evening of painting and crafting. The schedule at the Naples location offers a bevy of creative courses, such as Abstract Flower, where students learn how to paint America's least-edible flowers, Tee Time, a course than honors Bobby Jones's knickers, and Leopard Stiletto, where students decorate their own feet. Masterpiece Mixers provides all supplies, so there will be no need to bring a backpack full of crayons and a bunsen burner to melt them into paints. When a giant gong signals the end of class, each student will have his or her own creation to bring home.
Born and raised in Buenos Aires—also the birthplace of Argentine tango—Pablo Repun has taught and danced tango professionally for nearly two decades. Initially, Pablo’s training in Buenos Aires had him studying with the top professional masters Argentine tango had to offer. He soon moved forward, though, taking his vast knowledge and experience around the globe before officially landing in Florida in 2002. There, and despite still traveling across the U.S. and abroad to instruct and perform, Pablo teaches all styles of Argentine tango to beginner and advanced students alike, emphasizing posture, balance, and above all, enjoyment, at each of his classes.
Named after a Sanskrit word that means both “power” and “child,” Bala Vinyasa Yoga teems with poses that are as athletic as they are playful. Experienced teachers draw upon Baron Baptiste’s holistic approach to yoga instruction, which aims to transform the body and clear the mind of clutter such as stress and extremely misplaced gym socks. The studio’s all-levels Power Vinyasa classes challenge students with deep, focused breaths that link arm stands, backbends, and seated poses to create a flowing, dance-like routine. Slow Flow Restorative sessions, on the other side of that coin, move at a more leisurely pace as they open joints with lengthy poses, which, like eulogies read by Carrot Top, are supported by props. To bolster their home-based yoga practice, students can purchase mats and props at the studio’s boutique or practice stretches and bends with its live-streamed classes. Dedicated to comfort and relaxation, the boutique also carries calming lavender eye pillows and cozy apparel from lululemon athletica, Zobha, and I Love Yoga.
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age—from as tender as 6 weeks young to a timeworn 13 years old—and are designed to incorporate the latest physiological, psychological, and meteorological research. The busy schedule offers sessions such as Tiny Tykes, a class for parents and babies that focuses on movement, and Cardio Kids, which targets the older echelon of prematurity humans ages 7–13 to combat the effects of sedentary activities such as playing video games and tending to bullet ant farms. This Groupon covers My Gym's lifetime membership, a one-time enrollment fee ($75) that allows members to sign up for all future classes.
More than 1,000 cardio exercise machines stand at the ready in JABZ Health & Fitness's 18,000-square-foot workout warehouse. Alongside the hordes of gym standards, including treadmills, stair steppers, and elipticals, dwell stationary recumbent bicycles and iVibe Powerplates, which are touted for their ability to give exercisers a speedy, low-impact workout. Stationary bicycles populate the spin studio, which is also outfitted with a massive flatscreen TV and a bumping sound system. In addition to spinning classes, the trainers lead group iVibe Powerplate sessions, and experienced mixed martial artists helm action-packed MMA classes.