The staff at Brazilian Yoga & Pilates teaches more than just one style of therapeutic movement. With experience in Samba and Pilates, as well as vinyasa, hatha, and slow flow yoga, the team of instructors hosts numerous classes that meld a variety of techniques into one style. Brazilian yoga, the form the studio is named after, blends vinyasa flow with Samba and Pilates to nurture participants' mental well-being and core strength. Candlelight Flow yoga's slow, fluid movements offer a relaxing end to the day, and teach students how to slow dance with themselves. And no matter the class, the instructors are happy to provide personalized adjustments to make poses more accesible to any student.
Silver Lake Yoga began as a joint venture between Juliette Kurth and Jonathan Emerson in 1995. While the studio has expanded over the years, the duo has remained as the center’s foundation. Jonathan still teaches beginner’s yoga classes, focusing on a fun style accessible to people of all fitness levels. And Juliette—now also a certified doula—specializes in prenatal yoga classes to help expectant mothers feel more comfortable in their bodies. They now employ a host of yoga teachers to back them up, ultimately teaching more than 60 classes in any given week. Together, they embrace a range of styles and yogic philosophies, drawing influences from the Iyengar, Ashtanga, and White Lotus practices.
All sessions take place in Silver Lake’s sunny studio, made bright thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. With all that sun, the warm, yellow walls seem to emit their own inner glow, much like yogis who practice a lot or who keep accidentally swallowing flashlights.
Guests arriving to The Raven Spa may find themselves feeling like they've traveled a thousand miles away from their everyday cares. The aesthetic is both spiritual and indulgent, with stone statues that stand sentinel beside a plush purple couch and lush, sun-drenched drapes and glistening chandeliers holding court over an eastern-inspired communal massage chamber. A colorful patio overflowing with exotic flowers welcomes visitors to sit and soak in sunlight streaming between red and white umbrellas, creating a peaceful oasis for quiet reading or self-reflection. "Whoever comes here feels like it's their own," a front desk manager told LX TV's 1st Look, "Our whole goal is to take you away from whatever's out there."
The spa's international decor also mirrors its diverse menu of services, which includes acupuncture, facials, and hammam––a traditional Turkish soak that corrals plant extracts and herbs to nourish and detoxify the body. Therapists work out imbedded muscle kinks through seven varieties of massage including traditional Thai massage, which combines rhythmic kneads with yoga-like stretches and Hawaiian lomi lomi massage, which often sees practitioners using their elbows to nudge tension until it gets the hint and leaves.
Yoga at the Village is for the yoga-curious. Classes are upbeat, full of humor and without the I-can-do-a-headstand pretension that’s common in neighboring L.A. studios. Owner Elyse Briggs ensures an ego-free environment...any class for any "level" of ability.
As the calming voices of Still Yoga’s instructors cue the alignment of poses, students balance on natural rubber mats and grip onto eco-friendly yoga props, all on studio floors fashioned from bamboo. Overhead, skylights let in the glow of hovering UFOs, which illuminate classes moving in unison. The practice places heavy emphasis on the proper stacking of joints and the link between the inner and outer body.
In February of 1999, Rose Malmberg, owner of Bikram Yoga La Cañada, woke up without back pain for the first time in years. The day before, she had taken her first Bikram-yoga class in an effort to alleviate a number of back problems, including the results of a car accident years before. From that day forward, Rose devoted herself to Bikram yoga, and experienced full relief of her painful symptoms. After years of taking classes, she achieved Bikram teacher certification, and eventually bought her own studio to share the practice that had helped her heal. Bikram Yoga La Cañada, set against a mountainous backdrop, draws students into its carpeted confines for 90-minute classes heated to 105 degrees. Bikram postures build on each other in a carefully arranged series to work muscles all over the body in addition to the cardiovascular system, allowing practitioners the lung capacity required to help a centenarian tortoise extinguish his birthday candles.
It starts with some deep breaths and standing peacefully still as you feel your muscles begin to absorb the studio's warmth. Next, you raise your arms to the ceiling, stretching your core as you bend at the waist—first to the right, and then to the left. Those are the first two steps of the Bikram yoga sequence, a series of 26 postures bookended by breathing exercises. At Bikram Yoga SouthPas, the sequence takes 90 minutes to complete, with students able to explore poses more deeply the stronger their bodies get. Bikram Yoga can prompt weight loss, improve focus and balance, and alleviate chronic conditions such as back pain and to rehabilitate sports and bear-wrestling injuries. Classes welcome both new and seasoned students, challenging you to balance strength with flexibility while opening the mind and spirit.