Have a headache from all of the late night clubbing, bustling shoppers and sightseers of Miami Beach? Yoga is the answer. The city offers plenty of opportunities to take part in this restorative activity for the body and mind. Here are the best spots on the beach to get your pose on:
Did you know sunrise and sunset yoga on the beach happens everyday here? Eight instructors are here to donate their time and knowledge to offer a class that’s technically free of charge. They come from different studios around the city, and each brings his or her own style keeping the day-to-day fresh. Make sure to bring a towel instead of a yoga mat, which can get sandy,Sunrise classes feel especially rewarding, as you get to enjoy the tranquility of one of South Florida’s most crowded beaches all to yourself with an extraordinary view.
3rd Street on the beach, 7am and 6pm, donation based
Instructors here practice a variety called Ashtanga, which means eight-limbed. The focuses include postures, breath control, and concentration. Miami Life Center incorporates not just the physical aspects of yoga but the spiritual as well. Many teachers trained in Mysore, India, and will advise you beyond poses with nutritional and spiritual wisdom. This urban retreat is more than just a yoga studio; it’s a community center for like minded individuals. Be sure to check out the website for special intensives and info on all the different classes.
736 6th Street, classes all day from 6:30am to 7:30pm, $20/class
The One Yoga Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to making yoga available to everybody, including special needs participants. Sometimes classes at studios can be a little intimidating for the out of shape or those just starting out. The instructors here are welcoming of people of all ages and skill levels and encourage everyone, regardless of their abilities, to come enjoy the benefits of this practice. YOGA in the Park also puts on free classes once a week (Saturdays, 5pm) at this beautiful location with a view of the ships coming in and out of the channel.
South Pointe Park, Tuesdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 5pm, attendance by donation
This clean, hygienic, and artfully decorated studio offers Bikram, a particular type of yoga in which two sets of 26 postures are performed in two series, standing and lying, along with two breathing exercises. The 90-minute class is served up in a room set to 104 degrees with 40% humidity. This is the only studio in Miami Beach with this practice. Be sure to bring lots of extra water and towels, and head to the refreshing outdoor patio after class.
1620 Drexel Avenue, Room #203, 4-5 classes daily, $25/class or $50/weekly unlimited
The Green Monkey is the most well rounded studio on this list, because it offers classes for varying experience levels, lengths, and styles. Some of these include power yoga, vinyasa, restorative, prenatal, hip hop, beginner’s, and meditation. Green Monkey also offers 200hr and 300hr teacher training academies for those interested, and there is a small shop where you can find all your essential yoga goodies. Kids, or “chimps” as they’re called, are welcome too!
1827 Purdy Avenue, 12 classes daily, $25/class