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.
With over 5 million students worldwide, Zumba exhilarates students of all ages, who fall under the spell of hypnotic dance beats as exercise blends with the pleasure of dancing. A selection of classes cater to varying age groups and experience levels. Classes are tailored to dance hopefuls of all fitness levels, from older adults looking to ease into exercise to more active sets of bipedal primates. Zumba Basics 1 is a popular choice for the Latin-inspired dance fitness class, burning between 400 and 800 calories an hour, not counting the calories burned while skipping down the yellow brick road to class. See Dance Yourself Fit's full 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 offer a bevy of creative courses, such as Flower of Beauty, where students learn how to paint America's least-edible flowers; Abstract Wine Bottles, a course that honors Honus Wagner's pregame beverage; and Mom’s Glassware Choice, where students decorate their own chalice. 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.
The instructors at Bala train fledgling flexers in the flowing, powerful movements of the Baptiste style of Vinyasa yoga. The schedule doles out a daily helping of classes that cater to varied skill sets and areas of focus. A Power Yoga Basics class initiates beginners into the fundamental postures of the Baptiste system, with movements performed at a leisurely pace to ensure proper form and slow-motion replay. Students seeking to fully explore the passive power of Vinyasa are welcomed to partake in the meditation- and motion-focused Power Vinyasa class, and Slow Flow Restorative courses invite students to give into a relaxing series of poses designed to warm the body, open the joints, and prevent the body's molasses stores from hardening. Guests are welcome to rent mats and towels ($1 each) or purchase water bottles ($1), though self-furnished equipment is preferred.
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.