Healthy Getaway: Miami
6:00 a.m. Sunrise Yoga
“There’s a whole subculture of people here who are healthy and also super hip,” says Terri Cooper, director of yoga at the Standard Hotel and co-owner of Shores Yoga. Classes―from hip hop to sunset beach yoga―reflect the city’s diversity. Devotees travel from all parts of the world to learn from the community of yoga teachers.
Lessons take two hours, with the beginning of class devoted to instruction and safety training. Don’t worry―safety harnesses protect participants throughout the lesson. It is a thing of fear to stand on a tiny platform, lean into the breeze, and then fly through the air screaming at the top of your lungs. What a rush! (Not to mention a serious workout for arms and abs.)
The Flying Trapeze School: Bayfront Park, 301 North Biscayne Blvd.; (786) 239-8775. Classes are $40; reservations required.
One of my favorites, Pasha's, serves healthy Mediterranean food with no preservatives or trans fats. Eating a grilled chicken kabob with fresh hummus and pita chips while people-watching provides a great lunch or dinner respite. Be sure to also stop by for fresh-squeezed juice from Athen's Juice Bar before a stroll down the charming Espanola Way.
Pasha’s: 900 Lincoln Road; (305) 673-3919.
Athens Juice Bar: 1214 Washington Avenue; (305) 672-4648.
“You work your whole body in volleyball, especially your core, legs, arms, and shoulders,” says instructor Weyni Johnson. He adds that anyone can play and explains that sand results in less stress on the knees than indoor volleyball courts. Passersby are encouraged to participate.
Equinox Beach Volleyball Class: Eighth Street and Ocean Drive Volleyball Courts; (305) 673-1172. When: 10-11:30 a.m. Saturdays.
"People come to unwind, have a good time, and learn a few steps,” says Salsa Mia’s owner Susan Fisher. Dancers are divided into groups based on ability. As the evening goes on, the music gets louder, and locals and visitors gather in this communal experience of rhythm, dance, and celebration.
Salsa Mia at the Yuca Lounge: 501 Lincoln Road; (305) 987-3033. Classes are at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Sundays; prices start at $18.