For the small group that gathers before dawn with yoga teacher Rudy Porro at Matheson Hammock Park, the series of yoga postures known as the Sun Salutation is a literal translation. As the early risers raise their arms and arch their backs, the sun emerges in front of them, embracing the Miami group with a warm golden glow.
Fort Lauderdale yoga teacher Melanie Camp's ''studio'' is an overgrown butterfly garden in her backyard, where she holds classes on a wood deck. The wind rustling through trees and the gentle trickle of a small waterfall is her soundtrack.
Kim Hess' ideal yoga setting is on the deck of a sailboat in Biscayne Bay, where the Miami Beach yoga teacher incorporates the boat's lines, mast and forestay into traditional yoga positions. Her nautical adaptations of the ancient art were a big hit at last month's Miami International Boat Show, where she sold copies of her new book, Yoga Onboard: A Guide for Cruisers and Lives-Aboards (Blue Duck Enterprises, $22.95).