Zen Out and Find Your Inner Yogi While In Miami

Jul. 1st, 2014 | Comments 0 | Make a Comment   
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Miami’s yoga offerings are various and plenty, and finding a place to practice is a cinch. Whether it’s a local studio, a resort spa, the beach and beyond, opportunities in various yoga styles abound. Yoga’s benefits are numerous, including improved strength, flexibility, balance, and peace of mind. Whether you’re a beginner or a longtime devotee, don’t miss out on getting zen in the Magic City.

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Studios by Neighborhood

No matter what neighborhood you find yourself in, chances are there’s a Green Monkey tree house near you. With locations in South Beach, Midtown, and South Miami, the Monkey’s reach is far. They even offer a free class at downtown’s University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. Classes focus primarily on power yoga and vinyasa flow ranging from beginner to advanced. Its studios are packed to the brim with yoga mats giving Green Monkey a true community feeling. Certain instructors (Paul Toliuszis) have a cult-like following. They also host Miami yoga workshops and teacher trainings.

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Bikram Miami yoga studios are popping up all over town from Brickell to the beach and the Design District to the Grove. This set sequence of poses, performed in a room heated to 105 degrees, offers unique detoxifying and cardiovascular benefits. The high temps also promote greater muscle flexibility. First-timers be warned, dizziness is common and a healthy supply of water is a must.

The One Yoga Foundation offers a host of free Miami yoga classes at six different parks across the city, including Kennedy Park in Coconut Grove, Margaret Pace Park in Downtown Miami, and South Pointe Park in South Beach.

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Miami Beach

For Ashtanga devotees, Miami Life Center is a mecca for Miami Beach yoga. Founder Kino MacGregor is something of a superstar in the Ashtanga world with various accolades including Yoga Journal’s Top 21 Teachers Under 40 list. MacGregor, along with most of her staff, studied in India underneath Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, founder of the Ashtanga practice. In addition to Miami Beach yoga classes, Miami Life Center also coordinates retreats to far-flung locales, such as India and Thailand.

The historic Espanola Way is a must-see on any visit to Miami. It’s also where the oldest yoga studio in Miami Beach is located. Synergy offers Miami Beach yoga classes in a wide variety of styles with superb offerings in restorative forms of Kundalini and gentle flow. There’s also a Synergy outpost in North Beach.

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Naam Yoga in North Beach is a 501(c)(3) non-profit studio dedicated to serving and uplifting the community through its Miami Beach yoga classes, special events, workshops, massage therapy, acupuncture, and more. They’re dedicated to providing their services to veterans, the elderly, and at-risk youth at no cost.

One thing Miami does not lack is a wealth of luxurious waterfront resorts and spas. Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa on Miami Beach is the ultimate destination for a healthy lifestyle retreat. Their holistic approach extends to the resort’s cuisine, yoga classes, and wellness workshops. The 70,000 square-foot spa boasts the exclusive Aquavana water lounge with thermal suites and soaking cabins.

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In a similar vein, The Standard Miami Beach offers a dynamic daily yoga schedule and inventive workshops. The picturesque Bayside Grill, overlooking Biscayne Bay, has healthy vegan options. Its off-the-beaten-path Venetian Causeway location alone screams retreat. The pool, which also overlooks the bay, is widely considered one of the best in Miami. For a different kind of Friday night out, opt for the weekly H2Om class that includes a special guest teacher, live music, and free access to their hamam and spa post-class.

When in Miami, it can be hard to pry yourself away from that beach blanket. Start or end your day on the beach with a free yoga class courtesy of Third Street Beach Yoga, at the lifeguard stand at 3rd street off Ocean Drive. Classes are offered daily at 7 am and 6 pm. Make sure to bring a towel. If you are lucky enough to be in Miami Beach during a full moon, check out the full moon meditation, which draws an eclectic mix of local yogis and International visitors.

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Downtown Miami

If you’re traveling for business, or happen to find yourself in downtown, do as the Brickell post-work yogis do, and head to Skanda Yoga Studio. Ken von Roenn III is a popular instructor who has created a breath-inspired, alignment-based power vinyasa style that incorporates elements of the Mayan calendar. Skanda offers mixed-level classes, and has a loyal following of intermediate-level yogis drawn to the practice’s playful arm balances and inversions. Skanda also features Kundalini yoga classes by Ganesha.

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For Miami yoga in the clouds, head to the Epic Hotel on the Miami River and take the elevator to the 16th floor. Here you’ll find Exhale Mind Body Spa offering a wide range of results-oriented yoga and core fusion classes in posh digs. Indulge in a spa treatment, and make the day of it by relaxing at the pool, as well.

For zen in the sun, Bayfront Park offers free Miami yoga classes every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at the Tina Hills Pavilion overlooking Biscayne Bay.

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Wynwood

Trio Yoga located in the heart of Wynwood takes a light-hearted approach to practice, catering to the young, creative professionals in the neighborhood. With classes called Lunch Hour Yoga and Happy Hour Sessions, they have a way of fitting seamlessly into your schedule. It’s also home to AcroYoga, a partner-based acrobatic yoga taught by Arianne Traverso.

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Coconut Grove

For yoga in the Grove, head to Dharma Yoga Studio offering a wide class selection of yoga styles, including the heart-oriented Anusara practice. The beautiful studio makes you feel more like you’re practicing in a friend’s living room than at a traditional studio. They also offer teacher trainings and pre- and post-natal classes.

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Key Biscayne

Want a true test of your strength and balance while convening with nature? Try practicing yoga on a stand up paddleboard with SUP Yoga at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne.

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South Miami

From floating on the water to swinging from the sky, aerial yoga—also known as anti-gravity yoga—is a boundary-breaking practice found at Firefly Hot Yoga. Utilizing a silk hammock apparatus, you’ll take your practice to new heights.

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Yoga Apparel

Yogis and yoginis with a yen for fashion know that Lululemon is a wardrobe staple. Their Miami Beach showroom on a palm tree-shaded curve near Purdy Avenue feels especially homey. Its svelte shop girls have practiced at almost every studio in town, and are happy to share their expert advice on which class is best for you, referring to a bulletin board covered with class schedules and free passes.

If you want to take a piece of only-in-Miami yoga apparel home with you, you must visit Yogiiza in Miami Beach. This organic apparel line utilizes soft, breathable cotton. Think, comfy sports bras, yoga pants, and shorts in stylish designs created by local yogis Mark and Dawn Oliver.

With fitness and adventure at the very core of what it means to be in Miami, it’s no wonder there’s a wealth of yoga options throughout the Magic City. Sample a class, try something new, or create your own custom retreat with our world-class offerings.