Best yoga studios in Miami
Despite its hidden location in South Miami (think body shops and warehouse spaces), Bikram Hot Yoga has amassed quite the following since opening in 2014. Classes follow the traditional Bikram practice: a series of 26 different poses done over 90 minutes in a room that's been heated to 105°F (!!). Owner and lead instructor Carolina Villalba is partly why students brave the extreme conditions to sweat it out—she's fun, energetic and will make you forget just how hot it really is. The studio also serves as a pop-up training center for other disciplines and fitness instructors, including the likes of celebrity fitspo queen Tracy Anderson.
A Miami sanctuary for more than 17 years, Prana Yoga Center offers more than 70 classes in a range of styles each week. There are those you have probably never heard of, like Iyengar yoga, which uses props such as belts and blocks to aid in poses. Then there are more calming classes, including a special candlelit session that's open to all levels (although it's not recommended for first-time students). Prana is nestled on a quiet Coral Gables street, where, on a nice day when the studio windows stay open, you'll hear birds chirping and the creak of hardwood floors under your instructor's feet. Be sure to ask about new student specials, including two classes for $20 and the first month of unlimited yoga for $99.
No matter how soothing or positive the experience, your first foray into yoga can be intimidating. Green Monkey has helped curb some of that pressure with bright, modern spaces and a range of instructors, many of whom are students-cum-instructors turned on to the possibility of teaching by their experiences at Green Monkey (both at the Miami Beach location and in Coral Gables). Even with all its modernity, classes are authentic and uphold the tenements of wellness and spirituality associated with this ancient practice.
This beautiful, homegrown studio in the heart of Coconut Grove makes you feel like you’re practicing in a friend’s backyard. Scheduled classes range from traditional to eclectic, from challenging, fast-paced yoga to therapeutic and gentle-stretchy yoga. The studio also offers pre- and post-natal classes, as well as vinyasa and hatha styles. Occasionally, Dharma hosts late-night Saturday sessions (dubbed "Dharma After Dark") featuring live musicians.
For yoga in the clouds, head to the 16th floor of EPIC Hotel on the Miami River. Exhale is part yoga and barre studio, part full-fledged spa. For an off-beat take on the meditative practice, check out a "Power Flow" class, which infuses hip-hop, rock, reggae or any other music you like to down dog to.
After years of operating as a nightclub and laser tag facility (yes, laser tag was a thing here), one of Coconut Grove's largest commercial spaces found its footing as a wellness center: vegetarian restaurant Choices Cafe on the first floor and ultramodern yoga studio Om Movement on the second. Classes at Om focus on strength (physical and mental) as well as flexibility and general well-being. Students of all levels are welcome and those looking to give it a try should stop in during Om's monthly community class, which is free and offered on the first Friday of the month from 7 to 9pm. No equipment? No problem; towels, mats and other necessary items are available to rent.
This South Beach staple has been a pioneer of the local yoga movement since 2006, when husband and wife team Tim Feldmann and Kino MacGregor opened one of the neighborhood's first holistic spaces. From then on, Miami Life Center has offered a wide range of yoga classes, community workshops and training opportunities. The only downside to its super central location is the occasional street noise, but that's a small price to pay for accessibility in an area where traffic and limited parking are usually the case.
Technically, it's not a yoga studio, but the classes are up to par with other local institutions. So, instead of sitting in rush-hour traffic, head over to Tina Hills Pavilion at Bayfront Park on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 pm to fill yourself with powerful ohms in the midst of the bustling city. Just because classes are free doesn't mean the instructors are going to take it easy on you—prepare to sweat, stretch and flex your muscles during a full 75-minute session.
Considered a holistic gym, I Am Equilibrium in Doral is a place to heal and inspire. Classes range from ab- and glute-intensive aerial sessions to breathing and stress exercises, as well as chakra classes. If you’re looking to reap the mental and spiritual benefits of yoga, opt for a sound bowl meditation class, which features the soothing vibrations of Tibetan crystal singing bowls.