Controle, Yoke, Unite – Yoga in Los Angeles
The Sanskrit word yoga has many meanings, and is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj,
meaning "to control", "to yoke" or "to unite". In its western tradition it is associated
mostly with Hatha Yoga and a physical practice in the system of exercises aiming the
muscle strengthening, body alignment and breathing control. Particularly popular in Los
Angeles Yoga becomes the way to gain optimal fitness of both, body and soul, the way
of life for a lot of Californians. Yoga is for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level
you may achieve strength, improve your posture and flexibility, create longer, leaner
muscles, speed up your metabolism, lose weight, enhance your balance, recover from
injury and chronic pain, reduce stress, have more energy and passion, experience a new
level of emotional calm and mental clarity. If you still don’t do yoga it might be the time
to start. Below we listed some great places you may start and continue practicing yoga in
Golden Bridge (The Heart of Yoga, 6322 De Longpre Avenue) whith their media appearances, books, videos and devoted followers like Courtney Love and Cindy Crawford helped Gurmukh (co-founder) fulfill her goal of bringing Kundalini (“the serpent power”) yoga to the masses. Her studio is a comfortable, serene setting. The focus here is on breathing, chanting, meditation and simple postures. Instruction varies from pre-natal to children's Kundalini and there's even a class on astrology, tarot and Kabbalah. Golden Bridge offers teacher’s training in Kundalini Yoga (an unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force or Shakti, envisioned either as a goddess or else as a sleeping serpent coiled at the base of the spine first brought to the western culture by Sir John Woodroffe, the High Court Judge in Calcutta) and pre-and postnatal yoga as well a specialty training in children’s yoga.
City Yoga was opened on the busy corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Fairfax in 1999 by co-owners Sue Elkind and Anthony Benenati. Despite the chaos outside, the second-story practice room faces a quiet back alley. Focusing on vinyasa-based study, classes range from introductory to advanced. Instructors vary, but most will gently affirm basic poses and some will even strum Indian instruments to deepen meditation. At City Yoga both the spiritual and physical aspects of a Hatha yoga practice are fully integrated into the student’s way of life. The foundation of the practice are summarized in three Sanskrit words: Iccha, Jnana, Kriya- desire, knowledge, and action. City Yoga offers teacher’s training.
Founded in 1967, Center for Yoga (YogaWorks 230 N. Larchmont Blvd) was the first studio in Los Angeles to offer different hatha yoga traditions, including ashtanga, anusara, kundalini, Iyengar and viniyoga. Today YogaWorks have 7 others locations within just Los Angeles County. This welcoming and attitude-free school in Larchmont Village houses three different classrooms that accommodate about 100 classes each week. The calming effects of wood floors and natural lighting almost override the whir of traffic outside. Classes running from 6am-9pm for all stages: beginner to advanced and relaxing to athletic, personal guidance from an experienced yoga adviser and instruction from the world's finest teachers. Teacher’s training available.
Liberation Yoga (124 S. La Brea av.) is spiritually-focused yoga house for beginners through advanced offering candlelit evening classes, family and kids groups, massage, meditation and a garden studio. Liberation Yoga is about living authentically. It's about finding one's true nature through the practice of yoga and sharing this limitless life force with the world. Liberation offers all styles of Hatha Yoga and all levels of practitioners, recognizing that every individual has a unique path to follow and every teacher has a unique gift to offer. Liberation is a home where people can create healthy, strong, vibrant bodies and cultivate creative, tranquil minds and the physical beauty
Urth Yoga (2809 W Sunset Blvd.) was born from an idea between friends to create a yoga oasis in the heart of Silverlake, where people could come to practice yoga in an environmentally friendly space with easygoing teaching staff. Most of Urth’s teachers have completed Anusara trainings and most are dedicated solely to this path, some of them though are influenced by other styles and lineages and incorporate this into their classes. The main goal stays the same and is to help each and every student gain a deeper relationship between their body, mind and nature, to overcome physical and mental limitations and most importantly for a student to leave class feeling better than when they first arrived. The studio was built using non-toxic and natural products and the staff commits to environmentally friendly practices. Urth offers Hatha yoga classes 365 days a year.