As its name suggests, Barefoot Yoga Studio takes a laid-back approach to yoga, a traditionally laid-back mode of physical expression. Even students without extra funds are welcome to attend classes, and are asked to just place whatever they can in the donation box. The studio wants to ensure that no one misses out on a Hatha or flow class at the studio, or a beach yoga session on the shoreline.
Headed up by internationally experienced duo Todd and Tamara McLaughlin, Native Yoga Center hosts Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga classes taught by certified teachers seven days a week. Classes range from the music-driven sequences of all-levels Improv/Flow to intermediate-advanced level Ashtanga, where students practice power yoga to attain the strength, energy, and balance needed to take down a cartel of acrobatic jewel thieves. Most classes last 1.5 hours, but Yogilates and Native Hour last an hour, and the traditional Mysore yoga session can last anywhere from 45–90 minutes. On Saturdays at 9 a.m., yogis wriggle into Loggerhead Park across the street for hour-long Beach Yoga sessions that make seals regret never evolving articulated limbs. See the full schedule of classes here.
Bindu guides yogis of all levels through daily classes that strengthen and restore bodies and calm bustling brains. Bindu specializes in Vinyasa yoga, a practice that streams muscle and breath movement into one continuous flow. During Divine Play Vinyasa sessions, disciplined contractions, extensions, and alignments awaken life-force energy and the ability to channel soft-serve through ordinary drinking fountains. Vinyasa concludes in the relaxation pose shavasana, known less poetically as corpse pose, wherein yogis simulate the proud posture of dead presidents. Bindu's eight yoga masters also lead therapeutic Viniyoga and athletic Ashtanga classes that align and restore wayward muscles to their rightful places. Sessions range from 60–90 minutes.
After teaching foreign languages and working as a sales rep, Alice Abrams realized that the biggest constant in her life—exercise—should be her next career move. Her 16 years of Pilates training prompted her to open Pilates of Boynton Beach, where she mans classes alongside her daughter, Elyssa Zion, and a squad of certified instructors. The curriculum shapes lean bodies with a variety of stretching and dance techniques. Mat and equipment Pilates work alongside Xtend Barre lessons to stretch muscles while improving posture, and Zumba classes incorporate festive music to fuel cardio choreography. All sessions, whether group or private, are meant to accommodate students of any skill level so long as they bring a permission slip signed by each vertebra.
Waves tumbling across sand is one of the most relaxing sounds. It is appropriate, then, given the name of her studio, that instructor Sue Wattenbarger has a soothing voice that doesn’t disturb the sense of calm in a room full of yogis. She calls on that calm demeanor, along with more than 200 hours of training, to guide students through restorative yoga classes. Sue specializes in lymphatic classes that help circulate fluids in the body and strengthen the immune system. The staff there is also experience with guided relaxation massage and yin yoga, which uses longer poses to increase mobility in the joints or make hiding in the National Mannequin Museum all day easier.
Founded by Ronny and Nancy Dubinsky, Big Ron’s Yoga hosts intense hot-yoga sessions for all skill levels. The 100-minute classes guide students through a dynamic workout that, much like racing a slinky down the stairs, progressively strengthens muscle groups across the entire body. Heating ducts keep the practice space’s temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, loosening muscles for deep stretching and encouraging detoxifying perspiration as the air-purification system circulates a refreshing, pastoral breeze. Instructors proffer subtle postural modifications throughout the class sessions to ensure each student is suitably challenged.
Despite the strengthened core she’d gained while obtaining a Pilates certification, Jennifer Martin found her balance and flexibility taxed when she attended her first ever hot-yoga class. Now, she heads Bodhi Hot Yoga, where students chart the same progress through Vinyasa-style poses tweaked to cultivate toned muscles and increased balance. Performed in heated studios that encourage detoxification and increased pliancy, hot yoga sessions also help students of all fitness levels promote weight loss, increase vitality, and reduce pent-up stress. Classes take place multiple times daily, with private sessions available upon request.