Founder and head instructor Bryan Kest aims to help his clients tone their muscles and increase their flexibility through intentional yoga practice. At his spacious studio, he and other certified instructors teach Power Yoga Vinyasa Flow classes, constantly changing yoga classes that help invigorate the entire body and awaken the mind. In a quiet, yet social atmosphere, students learn to connect their minds, bodies, and spirits during challenging classes.
Fitness Together’s team of certified personal trainers helps guests achieve their fitness goals with three customizable personal-training systems. The first, Aspire 8, takes guests through an eight-stage lifestyle transformation with the camaraderie and accountability that comes with working with a personal trainer. The other two programs—Cardio Together and Nutrition Together—work with the same philosophy but specialize on helping guests improve heart rates and endurance or make wise nutritional choices.
Trapeze School New York’s expansion west meant Angelenos no longer had to cross the country to join the circus. At their outdoor studio on the Santa Monica Pier, highly trained instructors teach beginner, intermediate, and advanced maneuvers during classes on the flying trapeze, aerial silks, lyra, trampoline, and Spanish web. All of Trapeze School New York’s countrywide facilities in New York, Boston, Washington, DC, Chicago, and LA hold themselves to high safety standards that account for everything from equipment to instructors and safety belts. In an effort to bring their flying-trapeze instruction to surrounding communities regardless of funding, the school also gives lessons through their nonprofit branch of operations.
Perhaps the only thing as impressive as Roy Elghanayan’s reign as a two-time Israeli Krav Maga National Champion is the students with whom he’s shared his incredible skill. He first was hand-chosen to devise the Israeli Special Forces’ training program. In 2011, the Argentinean Marines enlisted him to teach the sport to their soldiers. He even trained actress Jessica Chastain for her role in the movie The Debt. Today, he continues to travel the world to teach Krav Maga and works out of his studio, Krav Maga L.A.
Krav maga is a more rigorous form of self-defense developed by the Israeli military when they realized that ancient martial arts would translate to modern battlefields. Roy and his staff helm classes for both adults and children as part of a six-day schedule that divides students by their skill level. Beginners’ classes corral 18 participants or less so that instructors can easily oversee technique while still having enough bodies to build a human pyramid if morale is low. With continued practice, the instructors at Krav Maga L.A. hope to imbue their students with the physical and mental skill to escape threatening situations should they ever arise.
With top-of-the-line air purifying equipment and special floors, Hot 8 Yoga debunks the myth that hot-yoga studios are stuffy and smelly. Its filtration system scours air with UV rays before pumping oxygen into the classroom, keeping the studio fresh and germ-free, and students breathing easily. Beneath yogis' feet, ploy-extruded matting keeps the air smelling sweet by wicking away moisture and odors atop shock-absorbent PVC floors.
These measures enhance pupils’ practice during more than 100 weekly hot-yoga classes. With the heat cranked at varying degrees to boost flexibility, metabolism, and detoxification, sessions range from classic hot yoga to yoga sculpt, which incorporates free weights. Yoga barre, on the other hand, combines ballet, yoga, body sculpting, and cardio for a comprehensive workout that makes you sweatier than wearing a vinyl spacesuit in a sauna.
It's 105 degrees, but the humidity level is perfect and the air is pure. It's not a freak summer day—it's the spacious studio of The Hot Yoga Center. There, yoga students of all levels can perfect their hatha and power yoga skills on the cushioned, non-slippery floor, breathing in the regularly purified air as the balmy temperatures help them achieve deeper stretches and more pliable butter sculptures during 60- and 90-minute classes. For a faster paced class that's geared toward strengthening the core, students can try Novo yoga, whose 40 postures and two breathing exercises tone and stretch the body during 70-minute sessions. Instructors lower the heat for yin yoga classes, allowing students to slow down racing thoughts for an introspective hour-long session.
Yoga can be a lot of different things to different people, but at Yogis Anonymous the staff believe it should be about one thing about all else—fun. Believing that a welcoming community, a relaxed, laid-back environment, and promises of free baked goods will bring more people to yoga, Yogis Anonymous offers in-studio and online streaming classes, as well as events and workshops with guest teachers. Experienced instructors lead a variety of classes for practitioners of all levels, including Basic, Moderate, and Strong, which offer ascending breath work and pose challenges. Inside the studio, class-goers will find a soaring ceiling, honey-colored hardwood floors, and plenty of natural light to aid them on their yogic journeys towards strength, flexibility, and quiet minds.