This January, resist the urge to torture yourself with rough workouts and classes meant to guilt you into shape. Instead, use this as an opportunity to embrace good health, true wellness and community. Luckily for us, Miami offers tons of options to celebrate vitality and some of them are even free. Here’s our guide to help you move into 2022:

The Movement

This amazing organization has a simple mission: to unite the world through dance. Founded by Miami native, Ryan Breslow, who believes culture is the next frontier for innovation and that dance should be available to all. Classes are Monday-Thursday and include local studios like Salsa Lovers , Artevivo Dance Studio, and The Breakroom in North Beach. Classes with The Movement range from Bachata to Salsa to Reggaeton to Afrobeats and Hip Hop with amazing teachers, some of whom have been dancing since they were children. The best part is that classes are completely free and funded by donations. I took the salsa with instructor Fernando, who’s also a fitness and wellness coach, and I tightened up my basic salsa moves and learned a few turns. It’s accessible to all.

420 Space Yoga

Every Saturday at 4:20, Miami yoga teacher Tiffany Levy brings amazing DJs into either Space Park or Club Space for a free yoga class and community gathering. 420 Space Yoga is for all ages, body types, and levels who are welcomed by a crowd who seeks to root to rise together. Become a Yogi-Invader and join for a heart-opening, soul affirming flow.

“When practicing yoga you learn that everyday is different & that our bodies change constantly. This practice of self love and compassion is the cure to body sabotaging. We come to practice to love our human vessels and accept where we are at in life. Not where we want to be but present and accepting of who we are in the now.”

– Tiffany Levy

Funk&Flow

Known as the ‘Feel good movement space,’ Funk&Flow in Fort Lauderdale is owned by Jessi Morris, a nutritionist, yoga and dance teacher. This is a space where freedom meets fitness with authentic, versatile classes for all. She’s also adding swing, sound and therapeutic body work classes to her studio! Personally, I take her dance class every Saturday morning and it’s the perfect morning-after, pre-brunch routine ever.

The Warrior Flow Foundation

Right in South Beach, this non-profit organization has helped fund programs including one at the Jackson Memorial Long Term Care facility to teach yoga to all patients, including those in wheelchairs and those with different challenges. And you don’t want to miss The Warrior Flow Foundation‘s monthly Full Moon yoga on the beach. Founder Adrian Molina is an advocate for many including the Miami LGBTQ community and he provides a welcome space for all in his classes. When I asked Adrian to describe his mission, he said:

“Classes are intended to create a mind/body connection without the pressure of accomplishing specific postures or shapes. Students are encouraged to explore with curiosity and freedom, and no pressure of having to accomplish a shape or form. It’s based in the simple understanding that we are all different and our bodies respond different every day. The more options the teacher provides, the more a student can make choices about the ways they want to move their body or not.”

GigiLifeStyle

I have to admit, Gigi’s Zoom classes were one of my main indulgences during COVID-19 lockdown. Now, I can take her classes in person, and so can you. Local to Miami, Gigi is a fitness model, dancer, choreographer and mentor who teaches 5-7 classes per week both online and in person. Gigi’s flow is fun and modern and her vibe always inspires. Look for her Sexy Saturday class, find her on her YouTube channel or even download her GDPLive app.

Dawn Price

Former Miami Heat Dancer, Dawn Price is sharing her spirit and skills as a pole fitness connoisseur, creator and lover of life. Her FlashDANCE Friday after Dark is coming back next month and you don’t want to miss it.

Cover photo courtesy of Space Park


Autumn Feldmeier is a recent transplant from San Francisco where she wrote for SF Yoga magazine as their Culture writer-covering events around the world from Bali Spirit Festival to Envision Festival in Costa Rica and even the Oregon Eclipse event. She has interviewed a wide range of people from ex-CIA agents (John Perkins author of Confessions of an Economic HItman) to the world’s oldest yoga teacher (Tao Porchon-Lynch). As a part time yoga teacher, Autumn has interest in health and wellness. As a Burner and festival-goer, Autumn loves good music, movement and spiritual exploration. Expect a little bit of snark and edge, courtesy of Autumn’s East Coast roots. Trust us, you can handle it.