Please note, the levels denoted below will give you an idea of the average challenge presented, but all classes are open to all practitioners. Keep in mind that yoga should be undertaken with patience and care. Practitioners are encouraged to rest and ask questions. Modifications for postures are often taught based on individual needs. Let the instructor know if you are new to yoga, and take the practice at your own pace.
Dharma Studio is committed to a varying, eclectic schedule.
Experience as many different classes and teachers as you can.
Anusara® (all levels)
Anusara Yoga® is a style of hatha yoga founded in 1997. Today, its official home, The Anusara School of Hatha Yoga, is a 100% teacher-led, global organization of dedicated students. Each Anusara instructor is extensively trained in yoga history and philosophy, in the art of teaching and therapeutics. Anusara means “to flow with grace and follow the heart.” This popular style of yoga emphasizes an elegant, concise set of bio-mechanical postural alignment principles, and includes a carefully-paced flow of breath-led postures. Each class begins with an invocation or centering as a devotional recognition of universal Spirit within and around us. Classes feature different heart-oriented themes meant to illuminate the grand spiritual purpose of the asana practice and are structured to help each student unveil a connection to their full potential, both on and off the mat.
Chair Yoga/Chair Yoga Sponsored by The Woody Foundation
Accessible to anyone no matter age or physical limitation. So many people would like to experience yoga, but find that getting on and off the floor is challenging or impossible. Often it is believed that the practice of yoga is unavailable due to specific ailments or limitations. This class makes yoga accessible to everyone. Students are expertly lead through an entire routine while seated comfortably in a chair, emphasizing breath-awareness and alignment. Students will come away with a practice that can be incorporated into daily life. This class is always free.
Classes on Monday are sponsored by The Woody Foundation . Check out this beautiful video for more information.
Community Class (open level)
This class is taught in tandem by John & Debbie, fondly known as "The Fabulous Freuds" because of their love of yoga, and their consistency in community outreach. Each month, they choose a different local non-profit organization to support through the class they teach every Friday night at Dharma Studio. The class is different every time, but is Vinyasa-based, featuring a flowing energetic style, often including breathwork, meditation and relaxation. Since the proceeds from this class go directly to the charity of choice, we humbly ask that the minimum donation be $10, and your support does make a difference!
Dharma After Dark
This class features LIVE music. Different talented local musicians will perform a private concert in synchrony to a yoga class, creating an experience of utter magic as the energy of a yoga practice and live music mingles. Music will widely vary, along with teacher and style of yoga presented. Sometimes a solo musician, sometimes a band, sometimes a live dj. Musical offerings may include the use of voice, guitar, trumpet, flute, percussive instruments, harmonium, violin and more. Class packages may be used for this with just a $10 extra fee, or pay $25 per class.
Dharma Yoga is based on Dharma Mittra’s traditional hatha yoga sequences, which focus on helping the student to "quiet the mind" and “go within,” integrating the teachings of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and the eight limbs of yoga in to encourage students to extend their yoga practice off the mat.
Funyasa™ (Open Level)
Funyasa Yoga was created by Natalie Morales to celebrate the joy of movement. Each class is designed as an uplifting tribute to the complete person - physical body, reactionary mind, luminous soul. Poses are linked playfully by the breath's rhythym, inviting joy into the practice with kinetic variations, all kinds of balancing poses, deep delicious stretches and more. Students make their own cathartic exploration of the body, through a sensual mélange of poses emphasizing sensation. Everyone finds their own way to move intuitively, intelligently through challenging sequences, staying true to the principles of healthy alignment.
Gentle Stretchy Yoga (Level 1)
Gentle Stretchy Yoga is at once mild and deeply effective. This class moves through a series of gentle stretches sometimes held for up to few minutes. The poses in this class necessitate little to no strain on the muscles or the body in general. The class is designed and sequenced in such a way as to take the whole body in its full range of motion, leaving the practitioner feeling more enlivened, relaxed, free and more comfortable in their own skin. Gentle Stretchy Yoga is appropriate for students of all levels from beginners to advanced, including athletes, people in search of stress-relief, seniors and anyone nursing injuries. Individual attention is offered and props as well as modifications to the pose are given to those who would benefit as a result of individual body types and history. These classes are a nice gentle treat to the body and mind not to mention an antidote to stress.
Gentle Therapeutics Yoga (Level 1)
This is a restorative class, emphasizing the release of tension and taught in a relaxing atmosphere. Restorative yoga refers to the approach of non-doing, which helps melt away the stress of your day as your entire being unwinds in the art of passive yoga. With great precision and the help of props (like walls, chairs, blocks, bolsters, blankets, straps and eye-pillows) you will be guided into position with a deep understanding of anatomy to restore healthy alignment. This support and stability invoke a restful state of healing, renewal and equanimity. Even those with an active, dynamic practice will benefit greatly from the inner peace, rejuvenation and deep release created through this style of yoga. This candlelit class is appropriate for anyone at any age or stage of life, in any physical condition.
Gentle Vinyasa (level 1-2)
In general, Vinyasa classes are comprised of a flowing sequence of physical poses, synchronized to the breath's rhythm. The "gentle" version of this class is taught at a slower pace, with greater detail to alignment and emphasis on therapeutic postures and deep stretches. Gentle Vinyasa yoga will tone the body, improve agility and balance, and draw the focus inward to calm the mind. You will leave these classes feeling alert, calm and relaxed.
Hatha-Raja Yoga (Level 2-3)
By definition, hatha can translate as forceful, or as a compound of Ha, which means sun and Tha, which means moon. Traditionally this word implies the joining of the opposing forces of body and mind. The word Raja means royal, and symbolizes a mastery over the mind through meditation. The word yoga means to yoke, or unite. Hatha Raja Yoga combines these four ideals, using the physical to unite the mind and body. You will be guided through traditional yoga poses and sequences as well as some modern exercises concluding with a relaxation, breath-work and meditation. This class emphasizes meditation and contemplation to help you awaken towards more enlightened states of being.
Kundalini Yoga is a dynamic system that combines breath, movement, meditation, rhythmic sound and deep relaxation. It works to release tension and energize in a short period of time, regardless of flexibility or experience. Using physical postures (asanas), hand gestures (mudras), breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation, the practice of Kundalini Yoga balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, and enables us to harness the energy of the mind and the emotions, so we can be in control of ourselves, rather than being controlled by our thoughts and feelings. This is yoga for everyday life, and for every person; it works for you if you can breathe and move your body. You are not required to be in perfect physical shape or to prescribe to any particular beliefs. The gift of Kundalini Yoga is that you experience it. No words can describe or replace that experience.
Meditation with the Shambhala Group
Haha Yoga emphasizes on training the physical body through exercise, diet and relaxation, and meditation focuses on training the mind. Shambhala uses a secular approach to meditation, founded on the idea that all beings have basic goodness. Meditation (mindfulness training) is a practice that anyone can do. Through the practice of meditation the mind becomes more stable, calm and clear, and brings a sense of gentleness and clarity into our daily lives. This weekly meditation meeting with the Shambhala Group class includes meditation instruction, group meditation practice, readings and discussion. All are welcome to join this gathering, novice and experienced meditators alike. We often have refreshments and tea afterwards, so please stay and join us. The suggested donation of $10 goes directly to the Shambhala organization.
For more detail, go to www.miami.shambhala.org
Pre-Natal Mamaste Yoga
Mamaste™ Pre-Natal Yoga classes allow expecting moms the chance to relax, and stay more comfortable throughout their pregnancy through increased flexibility and strength. These classes can be a way to release tension and anxiety. These classes promote an increase in energy, and a way to feel even closer to your growing baby. This is an opportunity to step aside from your busy life to celebrate your pregnancy, deepen your connection to yourself, your baby, and other expecting moms. Mothers must pre-register. Please contact Vanessa at email@example.com or 786.223.7743.
Vinyasa Yoga (all levels)
Vinyasa classes present creative inspired sequences of flowing physical postures with a detail to alignment, and an emphasis on synchronizing movement and breath. This style of yoga is challenging however students are encouraged to move at their own pace and rest as often as they like. Vinyasa yoga will tone the body and improve agility. Physical poses release tension trapped in the body which in turn effect the mind. There is a shift of attention with an emphasis on listening inwardly and letting go. You will leave these classes feeling stronger, more alive, calm and relaxed.
Yoga for Alignment (Level 1-2)
This class will guide you through various poses with close detail payed to proper alignment. Techniques to safely hold physical postures are taught through the use of walls, chairs, blocks, bolsters, blankets, straps and other props. Once supported and stabilized, the body naturally lets go of long-held tension and stress. Everyone can benefit from this class especially those with specific ailments, issues and conditions, from pregnancy to scoliosis. The result of this class is a balanced state of being, from the inside out. This style of yoga is appropriate for anyone at any age or stage of life, in any physical condition.
Yoga Basics (Level 1-2)
This class is all about exploring the art of yoga. Not only is the focus on key asanas (postures) that helps us cultivate a solid foundation, but this class also explores pranayama (the art of breathing), meditation (exploring mindfulness), and basic philosophy. Appropriate for beginners and ongoing students that want to refine their practice.
Yoga Nidra (Level 1- 2)
Yoga Nidra is at once challenging and deeply relaxing. The entire practice is taught on the floor, exploring low-to-the-ground poses that require strength and build heat in the body without ever fully standing upright. The poses are sequenced to activate the chakras or energy centers in the body from the root to the crown. Afterwards, through guided imagery and techniques of systematic release, students may arrive at a state of suspended consciousness, of profound physical and mental relaxation. "Yoga Nidra" translates as the sleep of a yogi, described as a state of mind between wakefulness and dreaming. This class ends with a long guided relaxation which alleviates tension, anxiety and symptoms of post-traumatic stress. It's said that a half an hour of Yoga Nidra can replace three hours of sleep, and students can testify to this.