The Standard Spa Miami Beach is a hip destination offering a daily yoga schedule
By: Shayne Benowitz
Whether you’re a beginner or a longtime devotee, don’t miss out on getting Zen in Miami.
Miami’s yoga community has grown and deepened over the years and finding a place to practice is a cinch. Yoga’s benefits include improved strength, flexibility, balance and peace of mind. Whether it’s a local studio, a resort spa, the beach, or a park, opportunities in various yoga styles abound. Yoga’s benefits include 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 Miami.
Bayfront Park hosts free Miami yoga classes every Monday and Wednesday evening, and Saturday morning at the Tina Hills Pavilion overlooking Biscayne Bay. The same organizers have branched out to Little Havana’s Jose Marti Park and the Little Haiti Cultural Center in the spring and summer months on Tuesdays.
Presented by the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District and Dharma yoga studio, take your pick between Peacock Park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings or rise and shine on Saturday mornings on the rooftop of the Mayfair Hotel & Spa for free community yoga.
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 sunrise and sunset. Be sure to bring a towel. If you’re in South Beach during a full moon, check out their full moon meditation, which draws an eclectic mix of local yogis and international visitors.
Studios By Neighborhood
Green Monkey is one of the top studios in town with locations in South Beach and Coral Gables. Their strength is Power Yoga and Vinyasa Flow with inspiring teachers and a true community feeling. The studio often hosts community programs with free yoga classes popping up all over the city.
Yoga teachers Amy Dannheim and Paul Toliuszis founded Tropical Vinyasa in South Beach’s Sunset Harbour, promising a “sweaty, local, fun” environment in a pretty studio decorated in shades of slate and lemon.
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.
Synergy, with its original location on historic Espanola Way, is Miami Beach’s oldest yoga studio. Today, it’s found on Alton Road with classes in a wide variety of styles, including superb offerings in restorative forms of Kundalini and gentle flow.
For Iyengar yoga, a classical method created by yoga master Shri BKS Iyengar focusing on an orderly progression of poses, choose from the Miami Beach Iyengar Yoga Center in Normandy Shores or Yoga That in mid-beach. Both studios are particularly friendly for beginners.
The Standard Spa Miami Beach is a hip destination offering a dynamic daily yoga schedule, as well as workshops on all aspects of health and wellness. The picturesque location on Belle Isle off the Venetian Causeway in the middle of Biscayne Bay screams retreat. With a pool and healthy restaurant overlooking the bay, as well as a popular spa, it’s an enviable destination for locals and visitors, alike. For a different kind of Friday night, opt for the weekly H2Om class at 8 p.m. with a rotating roster of guest teachers, as well as live music, and access to their hamamm and spa, post-class.
Many Miami Beach hotels offer yoga on the beach open to both hotel guests and visitors through V Art of Wellness, including The Confidante, Faena, The Miami Beach EDITION and St. Regis Bal Harbour. Other hotels have their own yoga programming, including the 1 Hotel and The Freehand.
Downtown Miami & Brickell
If you’re traveling for business, or happen to find yourself in Downtown Miami, 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 with a loyal following of multi-level yogis drawn to the practice’s challenging arm balances and inversions. Skanda also features Kundalini yoga classes by Ganesha.
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. Additionally, Exhale has locations at the Loews Hotel in South Beach and at The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour.
Wynwood & The Design District
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 ranging from Lunch Hour Yoga to Candle Light Yoga, 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, and Aerial Yoga using straps hanging from the wall for supported inversions and deep relaxation.
Wynwood is also home to a couple of multi-faceted wellness centers. Love Life Wellness Center offers a wide variety of yoga, from Kundalini to Vinyasa to Ashtanga and Skanda. There’s a vegan café, library, boutique and wellness spa offering massage therapy, life coaching and alternative medicine.
Additionally, they produce a series of workshops and lectures. The Sacred Space is home to a gourmet vegan restaurant by Los Angeles chef Matthew Kenney and a zen garden event space that hosts yoga, festivals, meditation and wellness workshops.
Further north in the Design District, Dawn B. Feinberg founded Ahana Yoga, offering five types of classes based on Jivamukti and Mysore Ashtanga. Feinberg is also the founder of YogArt, an outdoor yoga series at different locations, from Wynwood Walls to Palm Court, throughout the year.
Inhale Miami is a yoga and wellness center located inside a beautiful, airy space in Little Haiti. With a variety of yoga styles on the schedule, they also offer bodywork services ranging from Thai massage to lymphatic drainage massage. Music is also a major focus of the center with events and workshops involving song and dance.
Coconut Grove & Coral Gables
For yoga in the Grove, head to Dharma Yoga Studio offering a wide 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.
Om Movement is a creative yoga studio in Coral Gables offering both traditional and hybrid yoga classes, ranging from gentle to flow to classes that incorporate weights, cardio and therapy balls.
Want a true test of your strength and balance while convening with nature? Try practicing yoga on a standup paddleboard with SUP Yoga at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne.
Swing by Lululemon on Lincoln Road, Brickell City Centre, Merrick Park or Aventura Mall, where many of its svelte shop girls double as yoga teachers around town. It’s a good place to swing by for advice on which local class is best for you with a bulletin board covered in class schedules and free passes.
If you want to take a piece of Miami yoga apparel home, look for local brand Yogiiza sold throughout town. This organic apparel line created by ygis Mark and Dawn Oliver utilizes soft, breathable cotton. Think, comfy sports bras, yoga pants, tops and shorts in stylish designs and natural colors. Yogiiza also hosts a free weekly Dharma Yoga class on Wednesdays for in-the-know yogis inside their Sunset Harbour showroom. Expect a communal atmosphere with a healthy potluck meal to follow. All are welcome.
With fitness and adventure at the very core of Miami, it’s no wonder there’s a wealth of yoga options throughout the city. Sample a class, try something new or create your own custom retreat with our world-class offerings.
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