Yoga is a very gentle form of relaxation that can help clear your mind, refresh your body and awaken your spirit. Although the practice of yoga has been around for centuries, it has only began to get really popular in the last 30 years in the Miami/Dade area. Due to the increased popularity of yoga, studios are opening up in record numbers. The following list is just five of the many yoga studios in the Miami area.

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Prana Yoga

247 Malaga Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 567-9812
www.pranayogamiami.com

For 17 years, Prana Yoga has been teaching yoga to residents in Coral Gables. The knowledgeable teachers and staff help guide students in learning to release stress through various yoga poses. There are over 70 yoga classes offered at Prana Yoga each week. Candlelight yoga, prenatal yoga, basic and intermediate yoga, restorative yoga and gentle yoga are just some of the classes taught at Prana Yoga. Teacher training is also available for those wishing to become yoga instructors. Prana Yoga even offers at week long retreat each year to provide a deeper enlightenment in the practice of yoga.

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Green Monkey

1827 Purdy Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 397-8566
www.greenmonkey.com

Green Monkey offers yoga classes for all levels from beginner to advanced. Some of the classes offered are yoga for enlightenment, power yoga, slow flow, Vinyasa and more. Green Monkey also offers workshops that will take students to the next level of yoga and introduce them to new styles of yoga as well. Earn your teacher training certification in a two-week, 200 hour intensive study set of classes. Green Monkey offers yoga studios in several cities in the Miami/Dade County area. The goal of the staff at the Green Monkey is to help a student improve their life through the improvement of both the mind and body.

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The Barken Method Of Hot Yoga

2370 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
(954) 563-0488
www.barkenmethod.com

The Barken Method is derived from Hatha Yoga, which originated in India. Hot Yoga classes take place in a heated room, which helps stretch the body. Consistent practice of hot yoga can help improve mental, physical and spiritual harmony in a practitioner’s life. This yoga studio offers Hot Yoga, Warm Yoga for beginners, Yoga to Sacred Music and more. People of all ages and body types are welcome to attend any of the Barken Method of Hot Yoga classes.

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Trio Studio

2330 NE 2 Ave.
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-1841
www.trioyoga.com

The yoga practitioners at Trio Studio will help you design the perfect yoga program to help you nourish your body, your mind and your spirituality. They will help you to reach your highest physical, mental and emotional potential. The yogis at Trio Yoga consider yoga to be the ultimate anti-depressant medication. No matter what level the yoga student is at, there is a program for them at Trio Yoga. Classes like basic yoga, gentle yoga, dynamic Hatha yoga, candlelight yoga and more are all offered at Trio Yoga. There is even a lunch hour yoga class designed for those who want to squeeze in a short yoga class during their lunch break.

Institute For Holistic Yoga

7970 S.W. 13 Terrace
Miami, FL 33144
(305) 267-6772
www.omsatyananda.com

The Institute for Holistic Yoga offers soul-centered yoga classes that will lead you closer to your true nature. By combining yoga poses, breathing exercises, and a focused state of awareness that will help calm and balance both your mind and body. This studio even offers a once yearly yoga retreat in the Miami area. As this retreat is a local retreat, more yoga students can attend these retreats to increase their understanding and improve their practice of yoga.

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