Manduka was built on a simple idea—that a better yoga mat makes a significant difference for the body, mind, and soul, even during the hours off of the mat. Created for and by yoga enthusiasts, each mat, towel, yoga strap, water bottle, and bag is produced with the intention of enriching the yoga community. The result are technical- and purpose-driven designs that provide innovative products to more than 60 countries around the world. Aside from premium design, Manduka also promotes their ethos of quality, thoughtfulness and sustainability in all realms of their business.
The knowledgeable instructors of Yoga Vista guide groups through classes that range from dynamic Vinyasa Flow classes to serene Gentle Yoga sessions, providing modifications for every experience level. In addition to yoga classes, patrons can sign up for workshops with themes such as Yoga & Art. The studio's polished hardwood floors, tall windows, and white draperies create an elegant ambiance.
The Yoga Loft specializes in Vinyasa flow discipline, a blend of Iyengar and Ashtanga that balances movements and breaths for optimum om. Impassioned and experienced instructors remix pliable poses during an array of yoga classes, taking all levels of yogi from the beginner poses to intense flows peppered with advanced postures and inversions. Invigorate cubicle-bound bodies in the lunchtime power hour flow, or practice meditative beatboxing the hip-hop flow class. Meanwhile, the Kundalini yoga class merges the peanut butter of the body, the jelly of the mind, and the hungry toddler mouth of the soul in alignment-focused exercises. The Yoga Loft offers 40 classes a week in their sun-drenched studio, which overlooks the waves of the ocean and Manhattan Beach Pier; check the website for more class descriptions and times.
With the ocean a glowing, blue line along the horizon just outside the sunlight-filled windows, LYFE Yoga Center maintains a calm, earthy feel. The jade-green walls complement the russet-colored ceiling within the serene elevated studio, where students stretch and strengthen their bodies, almost able to hear the crashing of the waves and the soothing lullabies from a family of seagulls. Drawing from an extensive training program, the instructors lead students through Iyengar classes, teaching the ancient art through movement and postures. They uphold LYFE’s philosophy of seeking tranquility through mental clarity in all their classes, which also include yoga styles such as Kundalini and Vinyasa flow, in addition to prenatal yoga and breath meditation. The center caters to smaller class sizes and also offers props and free parking. The team at LYFE Yoga teaches students of all levels but specialize in fostering yoga beginners.
Not every Pilates studio has custom-built reformers named after it. HIP Studio, on the other hand, order their HIPformers from local builders, who construct the machines to be extra-durable, easily repaired, and eco-conscious, primarily composing the frames of recycled wood. While they make plenty of use of their original equipment, they also teach more than just Pilates. They incorporate trampolines, ballet barres, TRX suspension harnesses, and punching bags into ten different fitness classes. All of their innovative sessions take place in their sunny, hardwood-floored studio. Aside from facilitating eye-pleasure, the elegant hardwood flooring conceals a layer of cork that absorbs shock and cushions joints. Dynamic sound systems keep high-energy music pumping through the studio, and broadcasts beats to every corner of the space at equal volume.
Inside the spacious, sun-filled studio, passionate teachers Leyla Assado and Kay Ostrenko lead students of all abilities through a robust schedule of 90-minute, heated-yoga classes. Created by celebrated yogi, Bikram Choudhury, the Bikram-yoga method features two breathing exercises and 26 postures designed to promote flexibility and detoxify the body with stretches and balances that send freshly oxygenated blood white water rafting through the body's veins and organs. Heated to a balmy 105-degrees, the serene practice space envelopes students in wall-spanning mirrors and floor to ceiling windows that illuminate the room with soft, natural light. After reducing toxins to Wicked Witch floor puddles, patrons can take advantage of the studio's spa-like facilities, where a steamy sauna and roomy showers complete the cleansing process.
Founded in 1996, Seaside Shotokan gives students of all levels the opportunity to learn from the expert yoga and fitness instructors. Within a 1,500-square-foot studio with sprung hardwood floors, these trainers oversee a variety of fitness classes with sessions for power yoga, Zumba dance fitness, and stretching classes for martial artists and out-of-shape Koosh balls.