According to Harvard Medical School, practicing yoga not only brings physical health benefits, but also encourages a better body image, promotes mindful eating, and boosts cardiovascular benefits. If your 2018 New Year’s Resolutions includes living a healthy and mindful lifestyle, why not try out the yoga studios that made our best of the best list.
Once again making our list is Green Monkey, which advocates the mantra of ‘Live your Practice’. This is felt the moment you walk through the doors of their Miami Beach and Coral Gables locations. Green Monkey devotees rave about how welcoming instructors are, making the studios feel like home.
Wanting to create a space that would be open and fun, allowing anyone – even those who have never rolled out a mat – to feel welcomed and supported, owners Cristina and Jenna created Buddha Shack. Since its opening earlier this year, it has seen immense popularity with classes like Buddha Burn, combining your breath’s impact on movement, alongside hand weight exercises and HIIT intervals. Check out the review we did earlier this year of Buddha Shack.
If you are looking for a little spa with your yoga practice, The Standard Spa lets you do just that. Book a Yoga or Fitness class like Sunrise Yoga or Stand-Up Paddle Board class, and then enjoy a relaxing spa treatment to fully exercise your mind, body and soul.
Located in Mid-Beach, Nobe Yoga was built on the belief that the “Yoga High” is real, but more importantly that yoga helps you stay calm in situations, and helps you slow down to see the world through a different lens. Described as an intimate space, which allows instructors to provide ample time and attention to each student during classes like Yin Yoga and Yoga Bootcamp. All of which can be enjoyed before a refreshing juice at Just Juice Me, the attached juice bar.
Local favorite in Coconut Grove, OM Movement encourages consciousness in motion through transformative yoga classes such as Aerial Yoga, Fluidus Method Yoga, which emphasizes precise postural alignment, and Handstands, Arm Balance and Mobility. Encouraging for all levels, instructors are often praised by yoga virgins as a great space to learn the basics.
Although more often renowned as a retreat for Pilates enthusiasts, Pilathon, located in the heart of Wynwood, makes our list thanks to their Sunset Yoga class. A 60 – 90-minute hatha yoga class hosted on the rooftop of the building, providing a serene surrounding of a 360 view of beautiful Miami.
Now a staple in Miami Beach’s yoga scene, founders Amy Dannheim and Paul Toliuszis, lovingly describe Tropical Vinyasa as “sweaty, local, and fun.” Located in Sunset Harbor, they have diligently brought together some of the best instructors in Miami to teach classes that focus on self-expression and flow. Learn more about Tropical Vinyasa through the review we did earlier this year.
Locally celebrated for its challenging yet energizing hot yoga classes, Yoga House Miami is also revered for the diversity of its teachers. Yoga enthusiasts won’t get bored with this gem of a space located in the Silver Bluff neighborhood of Miami.
And rounding out our list is the a first-rate Ashtanga studio, Miami Life Center, with a famed reputation across the country. In fact, many a yoga-lover choose to vacation in Miami in order to experience the classes offered here. Classes range in intensity and level, and the center also offers multi-hour/day workshops for those looking to commit fully to the lifestyle.
And for those of you outside of Miami, The Buddha Farm, located in Fort Lauderdale, is South Florida’s first yoga co-op designed to promote community. Some say the success of the co-op comes from all instructors having a vote in the running and decision making for The Buddha Farm – like a true co-op. Or maybe its the dozen classes that overlook a tranquil garden, offered weekly. Learn more in our review of the co-op space.
Testing out your downward dog at any of these 10 hot spots will surely bring you positive vibes in 2018.