Jenny Sanchez believes that yoga really can heal, and she’s pretty persuasive. Originally a personal trainer, Sanchez suffered from bad knees that couldn’t be made right by her standard gym regimen. When a friend recommended hot yoga, she jumped in and unwittingly started the ball rolling for an eventual career change. “She told me I had to do four classes a week and break my butt every time I went in there for a month. The more you do it, the better it becomes.” And it worked—Sanchez’ knees don’t bother her anymore, and on top of that, she found she had gained the upper-body definition she had always wanted, but hadn't achieved in the gym. She was so “all about” hot yoga that she opened her own studio.
But Sanchez isn’t the only one that has noticed the restorative benefits of hot yoga. “People who come to yoga want the total mind-body experience. And they work through stuff. You feel like you’re enhancing someone’s life just by giving them space to do this.” During her classes at Bikram Yoga North Miami Beach, practitioners endure 105-degree temps as they run through a series of 26 postures, holding them long enough to promote flexibility, strength, and appreciation for the Statue of Liberty’s discipline. And though the routine doesn’t change, the results keeps coming Sanchez says, “because your body keeps changing, it challenges you every single day.”
Cycling up hills, dancing to Latin beats, lifting ones own body weight—when done with enough intensity, each of these can flood the brain with endorphins. The instructors at My Addiction Cycling and Yoga want to hook their guests on that feeling, to make fitness the most pervasive addiction in America. Indoor cycling sessions are the facility’s calling card. During each, instructors lead spinners through climbs, jumps, and varying intensity levels, all while adjusting speed and resistance to achieve a total-body workout. The high-energy cycling classes work the entire body and distract their wards from the current most common addiction in America: licking subway turnstiles.
The age-appropriate classes at My Gym Children's Fitness Center helps children develop physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially inside air-conditioned, state-of-the-art facilities. With more than 25 years of experience, My Gym offers structured courses designed to please 6-week-olds bored of dominating family ping-pong tournaments and 13-year-olds in need of some lessons in kinetiquette. Instructors individually coach children and parents through classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, sports, games, special rides, and more.
Yogi Malva Bee guides students through the flowing movements of Zanshin and Vinyasa yoga in picturesque indoor or outdoor settings. Classes convene at a nearby beach or within the weathered stone walls of a 12th-century Spanish monastery that was imported to the United States with its original rec room still intact. Students stretch to the sound of lapping waves or press their bellies to cool stone floors during 90-minute sessions scheduled throughout the week. Over the course of the five classes, bodies may become more bendable, leaving guests flexible enough to limbo beneath a coffee table in search of the remote. MbeeYoga requires students to bring their own yoga mats to the sessions.
Inside the weathered confines of a Spanish monastery originally built in 1133 before being moved to the United States and reassembled in 1952, Borba Yoga encourages students to focus on personal growth with a setting dedicated to introspection and self-discovery. Physical asanas are an integral part of the yoga practice, but Borba Yoga's instructors also emphasize the importance of a balanced, holistic approach that empowers individuals to live more spiritually fulfilling lives. Meditation forms a cornerstone of Borba Yoga's approach, using guided visualization to help students develop a greater awareness of the natural connections that exist between the spirit, the body, and the part of the brain that controls self-levitation.
SMB Fitness stands for soul, mind, and body. The professional trainers at this upscale gym aim to strengthen all three through 70-minute cardio training sessions, which rotate around five stations in 30-minute intervals to work out muscles with intense physical challenges. While powering through each exercise, students keep track of their progress with innovative and cutting edge technology such as heart-rate monitors and fusing their brains with Facebook. Instructors also lead a variety of classes such as body-sculpting classes such as Barre Fit, Anti-Gravity yoga, and TRX.