If you’re looking to get your om on in Miami, there’s plenty of yoga studios that will cater to your practice, focusing on the spiritual, the strenuous and everything in between. Whether you want to try out downward facing dog while balancing on a paddle board, or if you’d rather take your sun salutations on shore with the sound of the waves lapping in the distance, we’ve got just the spot for you.
We’ve scoped out the top studios around town—and uncovered the best free happenings—to help guide your yoga decision-making, meaning more zen and less stress when it comes to selecting a class in Miami.
Chair pose at Synergy yoga studio in South Beach.
Greenmonkey has four studios spread throughout South Florida, including two in Miami: Sunset Harbour and Coral Gables. The studios have a pretty devoted following by both long-term yoga lovers and newbies to the practice thanks to the mix of classes from all-level power yoga to the heated Method Power Class that’s all about perfecting postures based on “research-driven physiological principles” (i.e. science-based moves designed to tone and strengthen).
With a second book under her belt and four DVDs focused on the art of Ashtanga Yoga, you can say Miami Life Center co-owner Kino MacGregor is a bit of an expert with this type of traditional practice. One of the select few to complete the certification process led by Ashtanga founder Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India, Kino is ready to share this particular style in the aptly name Mysore class, teaching the art of this ancient tradition.
The Standard Spa, Miami Beach is pretty much tops when it comes to swanky holistic playgrounds, and yoga here follows suit with this style. Early risers can salute the sun with sunrise yoga in the garden, while those looking to sweat can focus more on strength and coordination during the 75 minute-long Empower Yoga classes.
Miami Beach’s oldest yoga studio, the Alton Road-based Synergy, is a top choice for the local set, both for its workshops and events where you can learn the basics of AcroYoga or inversions, in addition to classic weekly classes like gentle flow and power yoga.
Love mixing up your workouts? Barre Motion’s Yoga Motion is equal parts Vinyasa flow and core strength with barre-inspired moves designed to strengthen and tone while still focusing on breath with poses that are sure to soothe your mind.
If you’re looking to synch your practice with the mythology and the movement of the moon, you’ll find your calling at Skanda Yoga. The studio’s alignment-focused power Vinyasa is based on Indian philosophy and mythology, aligning the class sequence with the Dreamspell, or 13-Moon Natural Time calendar, offering not only physical strength but also spiritual strength that’ll have you feeling connected to the universe in no time.
You’ll end up with abs of steel with exhale’s yoga and Core Fusion classes.
For something slightly less spiritual but just as meditative, exhale has three spots in Miami—downtown at the EPIC, on Miami Beach at the Loews and in Bal Harbour at The Ritz-Carlton—with yoga-specific studios offering classics like the calorie-crunching core fusion, Vinyasa-style flow and power flow class that’s set to more pump-it-up beats.
Named after the trio of yogis who launched the studio nestled between Wynwood and Midtown, TRIO (pictured at top) offers some of the more hands-on styles of yoga like the couples-focused AcroYoga and Aerial Yoga, designed to seep away stress and anxiety with postures performed in a yoga hammock. If you’d rather your happy hour revolve around something other than booze, kick off your week here with handstand happy hour playing around with inverted postures.
Covering all the bases from yoga to wellness and nutrition, Love Life Wellness Center is a one-stop-shop where you can hang for the day and fit in both a workout and a lifestyle counseling session, pausing for a juice break at the bar in between. You can even nosh on a bowl named after yoga postures like the Savasana, a salad with plantains, meatless balls, avocado and spicy mango dressing.
Inhale makes it all about the music, with yoga classes like Celestial Sounds led by a sacred singer and sound healer and live music Raj Yoga, which focuses on the eight-limbed Ashtanga theory. During this class, local and international sound artists and healing musicians provide the background beats to the sequence of postures.
At Ayama in North Miami Beach, the art of yoga takes on a twofold form in both the physical and holistic sense. Take your pick of practice, with classes like Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini and prenatal for expecting mothers, getting one with yourself in the candlelit studio before trying another form of healing therapy like massage, transformational breathing or acupuncture.
Already mastered stand-up paddle boarding and looking for the next challenge? Yoga instructor Christelle Chopard will help perfect your posture and balance on the board at SoSUP Key Biscayne during one of the group classes, which take place Wednesday mornings and evenings in the bay in South Beach or Saturdays at 10 a.m. in Crandon Park.
Coconut Grove & Coral Gables
With over 70 classes a week from candlelight yoga to Kundalini and Pranayama, Prana Yoga Center in Coral Gables has yoga sessions for all levels and styles—plus therapeutic and Ayurvedic massages sure to get you back on track whether it’s a detox you’re after or just all-around wellbeing.
If you’re looking for an indoor spot in Coconut Grove, the boutique Dharma Yoga Studio offers over 40 classes a week from a roster of 20 teachers. The studio also puts on three free weekly classes in the neighborhood: two at Peacock Park and one on the rooftop of the Mayfair Hotel.
Zen out on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. with free classes by Daily Offering Yoga at Legion Park led under the oak trees by co-owner Anamargret Sanchez.
On Miami Beach, you can take part in Freehand Miami’s free Saturday hour-long yoga sessions on the beach that are perfect for all skill levels. All you need is a towel and sunscreen. Be sure to sign up the Friday before at the front desk to reserve your spot, and meet in the lobby by 9:45 a.m.
Take in views of the bay with one of three free 75-minute Bayfront Park classes, held Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. in the Tina Hills Pavilion on the park’s south end.
We’re listing this under free, but 3rd Street Beach Yoga is really all about what you want to give back in terms of a donation since the teachers are leading classes out of their love for the practice. Yoga is held 365 days a year here in the mornings at 7 a.m. and in the evenings at 5 p.m. (winter) or 6 p.m. (spring), following the Daylight Savings schedule.