"Through the experience of watching yoga heal me, I know that it has the capacity to heal the masses," yogi Eddie Modestini of Westside Yoga Studio says. Modestini and his wife, Nicki Doane, believe in the healing power of yoga so firmly that they not only opened their own studio, but also created their own form of yoga—Maya—a beginning modality that focuses on accurate alignment and self-discovery.
The studio's instructors—several of whom have traveled to India to learn yoga, meditation, and how to make a mean curry—teach Maya yoga in addition to five other styles, from gentle Restorative to vigorous Vinyasa. During these classes, heated floors warm up toes, fingers, and overachieving noses as they stretch to the floor or to mats and blocks available from the studio store. A packed schedule offers up to eight classes, including early morning and evening sessions.