A diverse team of instructors fills Rising Lotus Yoga's bright studio with a profusion of beginner and advanced yoga classes seven days a week. Recently relocated in Sherman Oaks, the spacious center includes three practice rooms, which offer plenty of natural light, a zen communal area, in addition to plentiful parking. Through more than a dozen types of yoga classes, the instructors help students deepen familiar poses, develop breathing techniques, and finally remove their yoga mats' training wheels. They teach traditional yoga styles such as Iyengar and hatha-based Gentle & Therapeutics, as well as the studio's signature class, Rising Lotus Flow, which aims to merge body and mind through dynamic, creative vinyasa sequences. The instructors guide students through three different skill levels and can train the most dedicated among them to become yoga teachers.
When not perfecting students' postures and teaching trees to breathe louder, Rising Lotus Yoga's instructors lend their time to the Seva Project, an initiative to bring the healing benefits of yoga to people in crisis.
Tranquility unravels itself around practitioners as they enter Two Hearts Yoga, where students come from all around the city to practice alongside founder and 12-year teaching veteran Georgina O’Farrill within her family-inclusive practice. Georgina leads parents and their children through an accommodating schedule of Anusara-based classes designed to strengthen both body and mind, such as pre- and postnatal classes, which provide modified sessions that diminish stress and prepare the body for battling storks when the big day comes. Children can tag along during Baby and Me classes, and older sets of little ones can learn to breathe easier during kids' sessions. The studio's large walls and open hardwood floors further give moms the space to stretch freely and babies the room to practice their favorite dance moves.
During aerial yoga and aerial dance classes, Cuddled pigeon, swinging hero, and floating pinwheel are just a few of the poses taught by Kimberely Simonetti and the UP Flying Yoga staff. The trained aerial-movement therapists and yoga instructors lead students of all abilities through custom routines performed on soft fabric hammocks raised 3 feet above the ground. During each one-hour class, instructors give their undivided attention to up to sixteen pupils as they teach them how to climb, flip, and spin faster than the Tasmanian Devil trying to dry off his fur. Along with noticing an increase in energy and flexibility, clients may find an improvement in posture and a decrease in back pain.
Each of Heal and Soul Yoga & Tai Chi's instructors draws from a different background to create a well-rounded studio, helping patrons to achieve total wellness. Drawing from principles such as meditation, knowledge of anatomy, and holistic healing, the studio's schedule hosts a diverse blend of yoga and tai chi styles for students of all ability levels. Class sizes are small, facilitating the focus on one-on-one attention. Tai chi and qigong classes help to calm and strengthen the body and mind with moving meditation techniques, which some staff have practiced since the '70s and '80s. Yoga classes include beginner-friendly stretch sessions, to gentle and restorative classes, as well as active and advanced strength classes.
If you love to practice yoga, you will love the wide selection of yoga classes that Tarzana's Tarzana Aikikai offers.
Don't worry about packing a snack. This studio has a great restaurant so you can keep the fun going.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this studio — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
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Pilate-ology hosts a whopping 50+ classes each and every week. Owned by two women named Amy, the business aims to be one of the area's most welcoming Pilates studios—and it seems they've already succeeded. Readers of Ventura Blvd voted the fitness boutique their favorite in 2013, embracing the pair's passion for helping others achieve a healthy lifestyle in a friendly, unintimidating environment. The studio's six Pilates and Pilates-influenced classes all help students work toward the common goal of strengthening the body while toning the core and improving posture from droopy to totally undroopy.