Despite the abundance of yoga studios in Los Angeles, it can be difficult to find one that speaks equally to the physical and mental components you want to fulfill. These studios address both crucial aspects of the practice — each offering a distinct charm and grace that elevates the experience beyond just a workout.
Rising Lotus packs so much heart and humor into each class, it’s impossible not to leave there beaming — and you will carry that glow with you throughout the day. Playful inversions are touched upon and offer a safe environment to learn how to trust yourself and carry your own weight. Peel back the layers of self-imposed limitations and see what you’re truly capable of. Offering Kirtan, as well as powerful flow classes and breath work, this studio is truly a must. Recommended teacher: Daniel Stewart.
This beautiful space in mid-city is a welcomed reprieve from the L.A. hustle. It was voted by Travel and Leisure as one of the top 10 yoga studios in the world, and it’s clear why. The staff is friendly and accommodating, paper lanterns dot the ceiling and teachers gently nudge you to reach past your limits. There is a strong sense of community and a welcoming vibe; akin to the Cheers of the yoga studios, no matter how many times you frequent, everyone really will know your name and greet you with a smile. Some of the most rigorous, playful, cathartic classes you’ll ever take. Lovely indoor studio as well as enclosed garden studio (featured). Recommended teachers: Sarah and Noelle.
Located in the heart of Silver Lake, Yoga at the Raven is a charming little studio with a palpable warmth and an inviting air about it. Its tasteful décor, and abundant natural light that streams in through the windows, make it feel like a sanctuary. While the classes can get quite large, the instruction feels individualized, and teachers are always available for questions. Be sure to take advantage of their Acroyoga class, which is a fun and unique way to get to know your classmates. Sweetening the deal: Yoga at the Raven shares its space with a spa. Recommended teacher: Tony G.
This donation-based Santa Monica studio offers rigorous classes that will challenge your balance and test your focus. Steeped in Ashtanga yoga, a powerful flow class, the teachers offer spiritual focal points as well as physically demanding classes, so you leave feeling like your body and your soul were stretched in the best way possible. Catering to yogis of all levels, classes offer a challenge but provide a safe environment to listen, learn and grow at your own pace. Recommended teacher: Bryan K.
With an emphasis on Kundalini yoga (more breath work and less flow), this studio offers challenging, meditative classes that remind you of the restorative nature of a single breath. It’s startling how peaceful the simple act of taking a moment to inhale and exhale can be. Massage your mind with soothing meditations and let your worries fall away. Expect lots of breath work and some strengthening core exercises, consisting primarily of floor work.