What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We offer amazing yoga classes with verbal and physical adjustments to ensure proper alignment. Olive Yoga is a premiere yoga studio that is 1800 sq feet of great energy with beautiful refinished original hard wood floors and brick walls to warm the room with great light from large windows and high ceilings! We also have showers and a complimentary tea bar! There is free two hour parking off of Third street at City Place Parking between Long Beach Blvd and Pine Ave.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
Olive Yoga keeps students motivated by offering modifications and challenges. The expertise of the instructors allows each student to understand that they are being taught yoga in a safe way. Laughter and community is built through the connections made in and out of class. All aspects of yoga are taught instead of just the physical asana. Each student is acknowledged in class and out of class. There is minimum 15 minutes before another class begins so students can commune in the lobby and have a tea and talk to each other about yoga. There is a yoga library and teachers take time to get to know their students. Elizabeth Olive is a true teacher and understands that learning happens when connections are made.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I have worked for many studios where there is minimal connection to students and more focus on the teachers practice then the students. I have traveled the world and country and have dreamed of owning my own studio for many years. I have been a high school English teacher since 1998 and swim coach since 1989. I have lost my teaching job four years in a row due to budget cuts. I have seen the stress of students and teachers increase greatly in the last several years. My yoga practice has been my saving grace during the last several years of hardships. My motivation to open Olive Yoga was to share the path with as many people as I can to help the community I live in to become more peaceful, balanced and aware of the Eight Limb Path.
What do you love most about your job?
Sharing the PATH! I love connecting with people and seeing the joy yoga brings to their lives!
The staff at Bikram Hot Yoga Long Beach is comprised of teachers that truly believe in the healing powers of Bikram yoga. Most of them came to the practice after suffering physical injuries and emotional stress themselves only to discover that Bikram gave them strength, flexibility, and healing. That's the lesson they want to impart on each of their students. Their 60- and 90-minute classes welcome everyone to the mat, from longtime yogis to total newbies. One of the studio's mantras is simply, "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. Receive what you need." They also encourage all of their clients to be prepared to sweat and work hard. Soon, the series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises will be as natural as rolling out of bed. The staff even offers private sessions to ensure clients get the individual attention they need to further their practice. The staff are all Bikram certified and each one has a different skillful approach to supporting their students. To make sure you can attend your first class feeling like a pro, here are a few of the studios helpful tips:
Silence is golden. Classes discourage chatting in order to encourage mindful meditation.
Pros to the front. If you're new, set up your mat in the back so it's easier to get guidance from the instructor.
Hydrate to the max. Come to class hydrated and don't forget your water bottle—after all, it's hot in the studio! You should also avoid eating or having caffeine for at least two hours before class.
The coaches at CrossFit Modern encourage senior citizens and professional athletes to perform the same exercises. That may sound impossible, but it actually speaks to a core tenet of CrossFit as a sport. Every exercise they lead during a given Workout of the Day (WOD) is scalable, meaning each participant is doing the same exercise, just adjusted for duration or load in accordance with his or her fitness level. Ultimately, the coaches ask only that their charges push themselves and one another through the varied exercises to reap long-term benefits such as increased strength, flexibility, and endurance. And to stave off boredom, their high-intensity routines are never the same. For example, one day, they might motivate students to do push-ups and pull-ups, and the next, they might encourage them to dead lift weights and toss medicine balls, which is known to cure the common cold.
The trainers complement CrossFit training with programs such as yoga and CardioFit.
From Yoga on 3rd's studio, students get to feast their eyes on much more than a wall or a mirror as they stretch—through the windows, the city's skyline makes itself a part of each class. Not that the studio's interior lacks its own views, with its 1920s architecture and exposed wood beams. But whatever the eyes are focusing on, instructors urge students to focus their attention more on their internal thoughts during class as they sculpt muscles and relax with an assortment of flows. The Slow Flow class, for one, unfolds at a leisurely pace, while faster Vinyasa sequences sync breath with motion. For another type of challenge, Core sessions focus on toning abs and improving posture, leaving students feeling taller without wearing the platform shoes required at other yoga studios.
Outside We Love Yoga’s salmon and teal façade, the quiet sounds of soft music and chanting penetrate the world’s regular veil of noise. Within the space, students and teachers explore motion and meditation through 10 class types, including yoga styles such as Ashtanga and Vinyasa, Bollywood and ecstatic dance fitness, and restorative movement styles such as the Feldenkrais method. Instructors enhance some workouts by turning the temperature up to 88 degrees, and other workouts become more intense with the incorporation of ballet-barre techniques. In addition to regular classes, the studio holds workshop intensives in popular subjects, such as yoga, the Feldenkrais method, and how to work a thermostat.
The instructors at FreeSpirit Yoga lead a variety of classes that keep pace with students of all experience levels, from beginning yogis to 4-year-old kids already well versed in stretching toward the cupboards. In introductory-level sessions, teachers impart the simple poses and breathing techniques that springboard into higher-level disciplines, such as Sculpt n’ Core's blend of Pilates and strength training. An intense cardio workout set to Latin-inspired beats, Zumba sets hearts thumping and legs moving atop the studio's hardwood floors surrounded by lavender walls.