From Napoleon's great crab walk through Europe to J. Robert Oppenheimer's discovery of nuclear fission by kissing his own elbow, victory has always gone to the most flexible. Overpower enemies with today's Groupon: for $30, you get five Kundalini yoga classes at The Raven Spa in Silver Lake (a $75 value).
A relative newcomer to the West, Kundalini yoga emphasizes internal spiritual development as much as external abular development. In addition to vivifying dormant energy, Kundalini claims to balance the glandular system and strengthen the internal nervous system to the point of renaming it the confident system. Gongs, chants, meditation, and lots of heavy breathing may or may not make an appearance during the exercise. The Raven Spa offers several variations of its central course, including prenatal and kids, as well as meditation and Pilates jams.
Classes are available every morning of the week, and certain weekdays also have afternoon and evening sessions. Each class is led by one of the studio's experienced and deeply talented teachers, who have made yoga their life's pursuit, reaching across the globe to better reach their own feet beneath their chin. The focused breathing will be helped along by the Raven's brand-new, 2,000-square-foot serene surroundings, wreathed in climbing vines and filled with comfortable furnishings and gumballs.
The Raven Spa has a good deal of local and national press coverage featured on its website, including features in Elle magazine, Yogi Times, and DailyCandy. More than 50 Yelpers give it an average of 4.5 stars:
The Raven Spa
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.
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