UPDATED JUL 22, 2020
We’ll admit it. The LA's yoga scene can get a little woo-woo. But it’s not all crystal energy and incense. Pick any practice from this list — these studios have the perfect mix of zen and movement.
Believing that yoga works for everyone, YogaWorks teaches ancient yoga practices to combat the challenges of modern-day living. With a whopping 17 locations scattered throughout the city, even the pickiest of yogis will easily find something that works for them. Class categories like “Faster Flows” and “Slower, Stretchier Sessions” thoughtfully complement our bodies’ needs while “Yoga Education” and “Family-Focused” flows target those hoping to learn more and develop their own personal practice.
This isn’t your average yoga class — it's like yoga x100, which means you're in for a high-intensity workout that could very well have you lifting your arms during warrior pose while holding 5lb. weights in a room heated to 98º. But if the heat isn’t your thing, they fortunately offer unheated classes and flows for all fitness levels. Either way, though, there will be sweat... lots of it. Unroll your mat at any of CorePower's many LA-area studios. Wherever you are, there's likely one nearby.
In Venice Beach and Santa Monica, this local yoga studio is know for its vibrant and down-to-earth community and traditional, peaceful yoga flows. Yogis can take classes centered around breathwork and alignment or work up a sweat in Vinyasa, sculpting, and Power yoga practices. No worries if you're just getting started, either — their attentive instructors will be with you every step of the way and can easily modify poses to meet you where you are.
Set and Flow on North La Brea Ave. is all about energizing flows, many of which take place in a heated room where the thermostat is set to between 95-100º. But you won't only sweat here; you'll also get your heart rate up in cardio-focused fusion classes like Fit & Flow (which combines strengthening postures with weight training), and their signature Set and Flow practice that takes their classic Set 26 class and adds in Power Flow movements. And since this studio features three giant workout rooms (10,000-square-feet a pop), you'll have plenty of room to stretch out.
In WeHo and Silver Lake, Angelenos will find this hip-hop yoga studio that you could say put bass-infused flows on the map. Sign up for a class and get ready for a sweat drippin’, beat bumpin’ good time because Y7 combines heated, candlelit rooms, blaring music, and rhythm-based choreography for an experience that leads to deep breathing and a calming of the mind. Their two mainstay classes, WeFlowHard Vinyasa and WeFlowHard Slow Burn, will mesh best with yogis who handle gangsta rap like champs.
This hot yoga studio has more than 70 locations around the US, so you know they've got to be doing something right. Local yogis on the search for a welcoming community driven by a seriously cool set of values can join their LA locations in La Brea, Echo Park, and Venice. Each studio is guided and inspired by Seven Pillars (Be Healthy, Be Accessible, Live Green, Community Support, Reach Out, Live to Learn, and Be Peace), ensuring good vibes and feel-good energy always. Can't swing a full-on membership? Modo Yoga’s Karma class is donation-based with 100% of the proceeds going to charities.
At Red Diamond Yoga in Palms you can expect to make friends, sweat, and push yourself to your edge in a series of classes that every level of yogi can enjoy. With rooms at a warm 82º (not outrageous), you can perfect your technique in a beginners basics flow, challenge yourself in their intermediate practice, or kick off your weekend with their high-vibe Friday Night Flow. And keep and eye on their schedule, they regularly host fun (and often themed) workshops and events.
For those looking for a contemporary yoga experience that includes yoga dance parties, inspiring retreats, and a bad-ass crew of instructors, you've found your new home away from home. One Down Dog in Silver Lake/Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, and Echo Park, is dead set on having a good time. But, make no mistake, their roster of classes are far from easy. They offer everything from full-body sculpting flows to music-driven practices that focus on your core, and each one will force you to dig deep and push yourself. Though, if you need a little extra TLC after your class, they also offer massages and meditation.
There are two guiding principles at Sweat Yoga: flow on your own, and don’t take yourself too seriously. They know how to have fun and have created a space for you to get what you need out of your practice by inviting you to move at your own pace, focusing on improvement and technique, not perfection. Classes are heated to the triple-digits, but they always monitor temps to keep you somewhat comfortable. Get your sweat on at any of their four LA locations (Santa Monica, Playa Vista, Westlake Village, and Little Tokyo), and if you're a bit short on time, check out their 50-minute signature Sweat 50 class.
We aren’t saying this studio runs the LA yoga scene, but they do have six locations across the city. So no matter where you live, you, too, can experience a Hot 8 Yoga flow. Their practices range from sculpt and Vinyasa to Yin, and they’ve even added a few meditation and barre classes into the mix for when you want to change it up. Consider this place a true one-stop-shop for whatever type of yoga you’re in the mood for. And if, after signing up for a membership, you still want more of the Hot 8 experience, they often host workshops and community events.
From the beachy studio design to the thought-provoking classes, there's a lot to love about this wellness-focused space. Their classes blend Katonah-, Iyengar-, and Vinyasa-style movements with nuggets of wisdom and breathwork for an inspiring experience few other yoga studios in the city have been able to tap into. And, in addition to the variety of practices on the schedule, they hold workshops and other events (Goat Yoga) that you won’t want to miss. Plus, they have studios in Silver Lake and Venice for Eastside and Westside yogis, alike.
If you couldn't tell from the name, this music-based studio in WeHo takes their playlists very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that they even have a resident DJ. Their 60-minute signature Vinyasa classes will have you flowing to the beat all while building strength and increasing flexibility. They also have a sculpt format called The Remix, where you’ll add free weights and a bit of cardio into your routine for an added challenge.
You may know Alo for their super comfortable and trendy yoga leggings, tops, and athleisure wear, but did you also know that their storefronts in The Grove, Palisades Village, and Beverly Hills double as a yoga studio? That's right. You can get in a little retail therapy and a solid sweat without ever leaving the building. So the next time you're in the neighborhood, stop in for some new gear, then test it out in a Power Vinyasa class, intermediate Multi Intenso flow that integrates strength training moves, or clear your mind in a meditation session. And after, you can treat yourself to a matcha latte or kombucha on tap. It doesn't get much better than that!
If an intimate yoga studio with tons of natural light sounds like your type of place, then grab your mat and head to Hyperslow in La Brea. Here, the friendly instructors will make you feel right at home and the close-knit community of fellow yogis will ensure you always feel welcome. The majority of their practices focus on Vinyasa-style movements. However, if you need to start with the basics or take things easy, they also have Foundations classes and slower flows. Even better, the studio also features a cafe where you can refuel and snack on healthy bites courtesy of Yarrow.
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