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By Carla Torres | July 11, 2016 | Lifestyle
Sure, there's a whole day dedicated to yoga (July 10 is National Yoga Day), but those who practice zen well know that it's not an annual celebration—it's a lifestyle. Here, the top places in town to keep calm and yoga 365 days of the year.
Entwined with the Mayan dreamspell calendar, this unique and born-in-the-305 style of yoga won't just take your body deeper into poses than it's ever gone before; it'll also get you into proper alignment with the free flowing energy of the physical universe.
Yogi Tip: Take Ken von Roenn's (he's the creator of Skanda) class. Also check their website for sound healing, consciousness, kinesiology, and other mind-bending workshops. 1800 SW First Ave., Miami, 786-567-8124
Have you tried hanging upside down from a silk harness in aerial yoga? How about balancing on another person in Acroyoga (AKA acrobatic partner yoga)? Scratch both off your yoga bucket list, and tack on Hatha, Skanda, Yin, Ashtanga, and more styles at this one-stop-shop for your mind, body, and spirit (hence the name).
Yogi Tip: Co-owner Arianne Traverso's classes and Thai massage workshops will stretch your asana beyond belief. 2328 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305-573-1841
Whether you're working from your computer, conversing with like-minded individuals about alternative medicine and therapies, fueling your body at their vegan café, and of course taking your practice to the next level with their many offered classes, you could easily spend all day here at Love Life Wellness Center.
Yogi Tip: If you're looking for a serious sweat sesh, try Gaby Quintana's yoga class. 584 NW 27th St., Wynwood, 305-456-4148
Put some pep in your vinyasa at Om Beats Studio, where they use psychedelic lighting and groovy tunes that take you to a place of deep connection in just 75 minutes.
Yogi Tip: The man, the myth, and the biomechanics legend Carlos Tao might be leaving at the end of the month, but owner Claudia Bustillos and Jeff Aenlle offer classes that will guide your body past any sadness it stores. 452 SW Eighth St., Miami, 786-485-4155
When talking about the studios that started the yoga revolution in Miami, Dharma Studio is on top of the list. Started at a time when there weren't many places to practice, and offering just a dozen classes a week, this yoga sanctuary now offers up to 40 sessions and packs in yogis like sardines. Good luck finding a spot to place your mat.
Yogi Tip: If you're looking for a good time and hoping to perfect your form, Funyasa and its creator, Natalie, will guide you to finding your flow, and moving intuitively with your body. For some serious fun, Dharma Studio's after dark sessions on select Saturdays is a glow in the dark yoga party complete with live music. 3170 Commodore Plaza, Miami, 305-461-1777
You'd never expect to find one of the best yoga studios inside a hotel spa and fitness center, but the award-winning Exhale Spa isn't the norm. Let's just say their teachers have been seriously vetted for. Plus, they also hold yoga sessions on the beach.
Yogi Tip: Maina, Angela, and Morgan are your go-to girls. Also, be afraid of core fusion yoga, be very afraid. 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-200-1301
You don't need to be a member to try yoga at South Beach sanctuary The Standard, which also offers sunrise flow overlooking the bay seven times a week.
Yogi Tip: Once a month, the hotel holds SUP yoga on the water with water sports master Mike Hirooka. 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach, 305-704-3945
Have you ever walked into a place and instantly felt the energy? That's the case at this uplifting studio that will get your prana peaking.
Yogi Tip: One of the few places to still and consistently offer yoga nidra, Prana Yoga offers this practice that will take you to the threshold of consciousness by putting your body to sleep, but also keeping your mind awake, or vice versa. 247 Malaga Ave., Coral Gables, 305-567-9812
This worst-kept secret on South Beach doesn't like to call attention to itself, but die-hard yogis are serendipitously drawn to Miami's oldest yoga studio for its dynamic and diverse, yet comprehensive, teachings of the ancient practice and holistic healing arts.
Yogi Tip: Besides a multitude of yoga styles and 50 weekly classes, Synergy Yoga Center also offers Body Talk, a consciousness-based system of healthcare, which is upheld on the principles of applied kinesiology and quantum physics. 844 Alton Rd., Miami Beach, 305-538-7073
Anyone who's ever practiced yoga in Miami has likely been to Green Monkey Yoga. Hate it or love it, the "treehouse" is the city's gateway to yoga, and has acquired a serious cult-like following for a reason.
Yogi Tip: If you want to avoid the 40-person crowd (or more), opt for their early afternoon classes that are more intimate, though the always-packed hip-hop Friday flow is worth the crammed bodies. 1827 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305-397-8566
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