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.
It's hard to imagine that there's a libation out there that Crown doesn't carry. With a selection that spans vineyards, distilleries, and breweries from around the world, the bottles lining each location come from both small, artisan makers and those universally famed for their grapes or techniques. Home mixologists can cull inspiration for cocktails from a selection of top-shelf-brand mixers or pair their tipple of choice with gourmet snacks, from bush-pepper macadamia nuts to dirty martini party dip. But tastings may be the most distinctive thing about Crown Wine & Spirits. Whether customers stop in to try each location's daily offerings of wine or spirits—or for special tastings that cover dozens of wines, bourbons or beers—Crown's staff makes it easy to find a new favorite or to make up to your tongue for forgetting so many of its birthdays.
Oscar Ochoa's passion for salsa dancing sprouted at age 9, grew rapidly at age 18 when he began taking formal lessons, and blossomed at age 24 when he won first place at a salsa competition. Today, the founder of Miami Salsa Driven combines his dancing expertise with the physical discipline he's developed from years of practicing tae kwon do and Brazilian jujitsu to lead detail-oriented salsa lessons. His team puts a big emphasis on creating an environment in which beginners feel welcome and unintimidated by advanced dancers trying to show off complex moves, such as the iceless triple axel. Students have ranged from seasoned dancers to a first-timer police-department captain, who actually ended up joining a professional dance team. Located inside the Tempo Music and Dance Academy, Miami Salsa Driven's classes focus on improving students' self-confidence and fitness levels with hands-on instruction and practice. One of the studio's walls is completely covered in full-length mirrors, allowing dancers to adjust their posture to match the instructor's or enjoy uninterrupted eye contact with themselves.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 5 or 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Founded by a group of talented young artists, A Painting Fiesta creates a welcoming space for students to broaden and explore their artistic instincts. Adults can unwind with a bottle of wine and the company of friends as they swirl soft colors together on the canvas, leaving with their own masterpiece to display on their wall or as backup hood ornament.
The ASE-certified and AAA-approved technicians at Superior Collision and Paintless Dent Repair solve automotive issues arising from collisions and general wear and tear, specializing in repairing dents and restoring headlights. The team is lead by head tech Yury Gitelman, an Miami auto-body stalwart for more than a decade who honed his skills in Chicago and Russia. Part of his mission is spreading the word about the safety hazards that can arise from old, cloudy headlights, such as diminished visibility, especially when driving in inclement weather or through a cornfield. He cites several studies that show dim headlights increase the risk of an accident, and says that Florida law requires drivers to have high-beam headlights that show objects 450 feet ahead. When repairing dents, the team gently fixes the metal back into place from the inside, eliminating the need for paint touchups.