While the Tropical Vinyasa studio just opened in September, founder Amy Dannheim and teacher Paul Toliuszis have been favorites amongst Miami yogis for some time. It’s no wonder that this studio is getting so much buzz.

I had the opportunity to join Jake Ferree (who recently joined the crew from Los Angeles) for their signature one-hour Pineapple Express class one Friday afternoon at 12pm (other top classes include ‘Tropical Flow’ and the weekly ‘Yoga Church’).

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Despite the class being held during the middle of the day, the room was completely packed with focused students, which speaks volumes about both teacher and studio. Jake’s class was a perfect blend of challenging asana, a little bit of sweat, upbeat music and teacher-generated zeal.

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The airy atmosphere at Tropical Vinyasa adds to the experience. A stroll down an artsy Sunset Harbor alley (with a Juice Lab next door!) led me to this beautiful studio, which lends itself to uplifting flow and beats. The space itself is light and minimalist with a hint of sunny cheerfulness that happens to match the teacher’s energy to a T.

Practice at Tropical Vinyasa is a must for locals and visitors alike. They also offer workshops and a 200 hr. yoga teacher training for the yogi looking to deepen their practice. Find out more and view their schedule at: http://www.tropicalvinyasa.com/.