Los Angeles is my home sweet home and there are many fabulous places to sweat that you might not know about if you’re not a local. Yes companies like Equinox, YogaWorks, and Barry’s Bootcamp are amazing because they’re spread throughout US metropolitan cities, and you can definitely find me trying to get a spot in a Vinnie Vinyasa class at Yogaworks Main St. on Saturdays. However I can’t deny that I crave visiting boutique studios, and I tend to pair my classes with some narly cafes. Here are a few of my favs in the ever-evolving, trendy LA fitness scene.
The Yoga Collective is located in Venice Beach on Rose Ave. and is definitely on my checklist every time I’m in the Westside. Not only do I love the vibes of this space – minimalistic, yet vibrant – it’s also my go-to studio for strong vinyasa and flow classes. You can find well-known yogis like Travis Eliott, Lauren Eckstrom and Paul Toledo teaching. All the classes and instructors I’ve taken have been awesome. There is something special about this space where I always surprise myself, I immediately connect on my mat and let go. Rose Ave is also one of my favorite streets in general in LA, where I can bask in some soul work and meditation down the street at Ceremony Meditation, grab a smoothie at Moon Juice, and enjoy the patio at Café Gratitude.
Wanderlust has four brick and mortar studios in the US and one of them is in the heart of Hollywood on Highland. This three-story studio is a movement Mecca. I’ve literally spent the entire day at Wanderlust HLWD. I took four classes: Flow, Kundalini, Meditation and Rad n’ Roll, in between working away on my laptop on their beautiful patio and enjoying healthy eats from their café.
You can also take The Class on Wednesdays and Sundays. One of my favorite teachers is beautiful soul Erin Ward who also teaches at the SaMo Space on Monday mornings in Santa Monica. Her classes are unreal! I also recently attended Wanderlust HLWD’s 3-year anniversary celebration Kundalini class, which also treated us to an epic sound bath by the wonderful Susy Markoe Schieffelin, Reiki, and side of funky dance to celebrate – it was such a magical night!
The founder of LA Barre Belle is Marnie Alton, a true force to be reckoned with, and also originally from Alberta! Marnie has created a barre space for soulful sculpting that is unlike any other. I’ve taken a few different Barre Sculpt instructors from this fierce team of women and have loved them all! This community is absolutely incredible, welcoming, encouraging, authentic, and pushes you out of your comfort zone. Each series soaks you in with a different light or chakra focus, taking you beyond just a sweat and into a transformative state.
I recently discovered Knockout LA in Playa Del Rey, a “self-discovery studio” that offers a diverse line up of classes to exercise your mind, body and soul. I took my first yoga class this month and can’t wait to explore the schedule and special events more in the future. Playa Del Rey is also a beach city near and dear to my heart, less than a mile from my apartment in my early LA days….
Full transparency, I’ll forever be a SoulCycle rider (I finally took Master Senior Instructor Stacey Griffith’s class this month and it was incredible) but as I travel back and forth for work and play, creating more connections in the fitness and yoga community, I am always excited to check out different studios and new styles of movement. There is a reason so many travel to LA for cafes and classes – there is something special in La La Land you simply cannot duplicate.