The following is a studio review from Michael, a long-time reader of this blog:
I know how hard it can be to find a good yoga studio when traveling. If you like vinyasa and ashtanga practice, and you find yourself on Florida’s Central East Cost (between W. Palm Beach and Cocoa Beach, there is a great studio in Fort Pierce. It is owned by a superbly talented teacher , Margarida Tree; and the other teachers I’ve experienced are also very good.
I’m from upstate NY and have been a bit spoiled by excellent teachers in this city, especially at the Blue Lotus studio, where some well-known Anusara teachers are located. For the past few years, I’ve also been spending some time in Vero Beach, FL during the winters. Through a yoga teacher/friend I was led to One Yoga Planet… and I love this studio.
The yoga is heavily Ashtanga-based, with several Raja Ashtanga classes taught by Margarida Tree or a guy named Steve. Margarida is all yoga… eight limbs and a very gifted teacher. She has an open, friendly and very engaged teaching style… careful to give attention to every student. I’ve found that she is able to read subtleties in poses as well as any teacher I’ve been around; and she is great at making adjustments that are within my reach. Classes include chanting, pranayama, and some dhyana as well… this is a gift in today’s asana-intensive yoga environment in the USA. As an added bonus, Margarida is a gifted guitarist/singer and occasionally graces classes with her own music. The other teachers from OYP are very good as well, although I’m not as familiar with their styles. I’ve enjoyed classes with Steve (Ashtanga Primary and Secondary) and Jaye (Vinyasa Flow). I noticed at the website that there are also some non-yoga oriented classes there, including belly-dancing and drumming (I’ve not tried either of these).
The studio is very comfortable and organic, with old, natural pine floors that creak here and there. I love the sounds that come from practice there. There is a beautiful hand-painted yoga tree with Eight Limbs on one wall (painted by Margarida, I’m told). Drop-ins are welcome and classes are $15, with some discounts available as usual for multiple classes. I’m sorry that I don’t have any photos… but there are some at the website (don’ t let this site throw you… it’s not LA!). Directions and contact info are posted at the website.
The vibe at OYP is really open and friendly… everyone was welcoming and I have made some new friends through classes there. I hope that anyone looking for great yoga in this area will give OYP a try.