Erica Bowen, the founder of Shine Your Light Center, had a vision to promote individual beauty from the inside out. At Shine Your Light Center, she and a staff of professional instructors and artists lead classes in Purna yoga, a style of Hatha yoga that focuses on alignment, meditation, and nutrition. Certified massage therapists promote relaxation with massages, and dance and music teachers draw inspiration from Afro-Cuban roots to lead Brazilian dance, Rumba, and Salsa classes.
Students should bring: bottle of water, towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
The certified personal trainers at Workout LA Bootcamp help clients lose weight and gain confidence during four-week bootcamp sessions. The varied outdoor workouts incorporate athletic drills, calisthenics, Pilates moves, and even yoga poses, all of which can be adapted to different fitness level. No matter where you start, exercises increase in intensity over the course of the session, so that regulars remain challenged throughout the four weeks. Other benefits of the program include increased strength and endurance, better posture, deeper relaxation, and the ability to outrun any bogeymen living under the hallway stairs.
Thanks to Los Angeles School of Gymnastics, more than one million families have found themselves more flexible, more physically fit, and healthier since 1975. In the decades since opening their doors, the school has developed more and more programs to cater to diverse community members. Even their trampolines and padded floors welcome everyone from toddlers to adults and beginners to professional-level competitors capable of cartwheeling for miles.
As for the teaching staff, the school's coaches come from across the world (14 different countries in total), and each has completed multiple certification courses, including those from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. That experience guides them in each one of their gymnastics programs, whether it's a class for parents and their toddlers, an adult parkour class, or a gymnastics camp for kids with special needs.
At the end of a fruitful career that led her from the Cincinnati Ballet to the Sacramento Ballet, Jennifer Williams funneled her dance savvy into creating the barre-inspired exercise system taught at Pop Physique, a 2013 CityVoter finalist for Best Gym. Her fleet of handpicked and personally trained instructors pairs graceful ballet moves with other low-impact exercises in order to chisel cores without injuring muscles. Deep stretches further preserve tendons and leave each student more relaxed than a tortoise moseying past a state patrolman with a radar gun. Sessions run multiple times a day, seven days a week at an expanding network of SoCal locations. The roomy studios are lined with sprung dance floors and design accents that lend each location a distinct personality and a chance to forget its past as a storage room for defective food processors.
Located in downtown Culver City, Goda Yoga empowers patrons of all ability levels and ages to increase their physical and mental strength while nurturing their inner serenity. The passionate instructors introduce newcomers to the foundational poses in beginning classes, preparing them for more rigorous undertakings such as Vinyasa-flow and mixed-level classes that challenge bodies with longer holds and more complex postures. Students interested in honing their passion into a career can embark on Goda Yoga?s 200-hour teacher-training program, which equips them with a deeper understanding of their practice and an all-access VIP pass to enlightenment. From prenatal yoga to kids' yoga to senior yoga, the instructors lead classes to suit myriad needs based on the hatha principles while fostering a strong sense of community that has been steadily growing for 13 years.