By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Yoga has become one of the most popular activities in the world, and it is especially true in Miami Beach. The ancient Indian practice, which aids the body, mind and soul alike, can be practiced in many studios across the city, however a few studios stand out.
Modo Yogo Miami Beach at 1935 West Avenue, is part of a group of yoga studios nationwide, that offer a wide variety of classes in an infrared heated room. Its name, Modo, stands for a ‘unique hot yoga series that combines the precision of therapeutic and the foundations of traditional yoga in a heated room.’
Cleo Vo Dai, owner, teacher and student at Modo Yoga, explained, “Our studo is a tucked away oasis with a clean, fresh environment. We practice complete silence in our yoga practice spaces to provide a peaceful place for our students to practice. We also like to give back to the community by hosting karma classes to support local charities such as Lotus House.”
Their most popular classes include Heated Power Flow, a heated Power Yoga class, Yin and Massage, mostly a stretching class where a massage therapist accompanies the teacher, and Creative Movement, a dance-yoga combination class with a soulful soundtrack.
For a ‘sweaty, local, fun’ experience, visit Tropical Vinyasa, at 1825 West Avenue #9. Founded by Miami yoga teachers, Amy Danheim and Paul Toliuzis, their schedule offers a variety of classes, including Vinyasa and Power Yoga, all taking place a light-filled studio decorated with soft tropical colors.
Atmananda Yoga at 500 South Point Dr, Ste. 230, offers a more specific practice. Even though their schedule includes classes such as aero yoga, the studio is known for the Atmanda Yoga Sequence.
Created by Founder Jhon Tamayo, “is a modern Vinyasa style practice to better connect their body and breathe through a specific set of poses.” Their special Atmananda Yoga Mat that helps perfect poses, is also available at the studio.
One of the most popular studios at Miami Beach is greenmonkey® located in South Beach’s Sunset Harbor at 1800 Bay Rd. Their schedule is packed with many different yoga classes, their teachers are highly qualified, and their staff is very friendly and eager to help with anything you might need.
Valentina Rose Prato, Studio Manager at greenmonkey® shared her thoughts on popular upcoming trends and events, “Starting this fall: acro yoga is a fun new vibe that a lot of people will love to try.”
“greenmonkey® will host yin yoga, a deep stretch aimed at lengthening ligaments and tendons. We are also going to introduce alignment based yoga to learn the proper ways to do yoga postures, and as always, restorative yoga, for a calm and soothing class that benefits the nervous system.”
Glow Hot Yoga Miami Beach, at 1560 Lenox Avenue, is also a local favorite. They offer year-round yoga and Pilates classes in a hot room that reaches 105 F degrees. For more of a “peaceful sanctuary’ experience, State of Yoga, at 727, 4th Street, in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth area, is the place.