Browsing Tag

yoga

Lifestyle Angelenos

Attention L.A. Yogis—These Are the Unique Summer Events You Need on Your Radar!

July 18, 2017

Whether you’re a self-proclaimed yogi or you simply want to take up a new hobby this summer, L.A. is obviously the perfect place to do just that.

The City of Angels is jam-packed with yoga activities from now through mid-August, and there’s no shortage of variety and experience level at your fingertips.

From outdoor classes to festivals and workshops, read on to find out the best events to incorporate yoga into your life this season!

(Pixabay)

  • Flow + Flavor Rooftop Yoga: Imagine performing sun salutations led by some of L.A.’s top yoga teachers with a killer view of downtown. Now, add some blissful beats with “Sound Off” headphones and finish it all off with a delicious brunch and the chance to peruse a curated collection of unique and stylish pop-up shops at ROW DTLA. This unforgettable event is hosted by Bender. Sign up for the July 23rd Deep House Yoga edition with special guest DJ Alissa Jo HERE.
  • Yoga x Sound x Art: Prepare to be inspired on July 22. This unique event blends yoga, music and art together. Come to the Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica for a session with yoga teacher Mia Togo and the resident DJ from Bender. After class, you can indulge your artistic tastes by touring the dozens of art galleries. Oh, and did we mention the food trucks and beer tastings? Doors open at 11:00 am and the all levels yoga class starts 11:30 am inside the D3 gallery space. Register HERE.
  • Baby Goat Yoga: You read that right—yoga with baby goats! Come on and try it out at Lavender Wood Farm. It’s a bit of a drive from L.A., but it’s absolutely worth it. They do all level classes every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for $20 a class. Space is limited and you need to bring a yoga mat or towel along with bottled water. But don’t worry, you won’t have to bring your own goat! Classes can be purchased through Eventbrite HERE.
  • Acro Yoga Workshop: Sign up for this workshop to Acro Yoga by Create Yoga on July 22 from 2-3:30 pm, you will learn the basic aspects of the acroyoga practice. This unique class will allow you to explore asana and movements with a partner. Mats, towels, and pads are included. If you have a partner, bring them. If not, it’s the perfect opportunity to make new friends! Reserve your spot HERE.

(Pixabay)

  • Downtown LA Arts Festival: The Downtown LA Arts & Music Festival 2017 kicks off on Sun., Aug. 6. The festival will open with a Kemetic Yoga class by Jill Maynard from Yoga House Houston. Kemetic Yoga is an ancient Egyptian system of Yoga that focuses on controlled deep breathing and meditation. Tickets are free and can be reserved HERE.
  • Propel Co: Labs Fitness Festival: Join the Propel Fitness Festival on Aug. 12 & 13 to celebrates all things working out. Prepare to sweat your way through a variety of epic workouts, from boot camp to dance, and you guessed it, yoga! Each class will be led by instructors on the cutting-edge of fitness. And did we mention there would be performances by musical guests? Yeah! Propel will also donate all proceeds to the nonprofit Girls on the Run. Sign up HERE.

 Is there an event or a workshop that we missed out on? Let us know in the comments!

Namaste.

**Emily Adams is a marketing specialist at YogiWear having a main focus on development and implementation of marketing ideas. Her primary talking points are yoga life, benefits of yoga, yogi lifestyle and yoga wear.

Lifestyle Angelenos Featured

Peace Out, Gym! These L.A. Workout Deals Are Going to Blow Your Mind, Not Your Bank Account!

February 4, 2016

yoga_fitness_skyelyfeYou may recall my post from about a year ago, in which I compiled some of the best fitness deals in Los Angeles. Well, I’m back for round two. And let’s just say, you may morph into an overnight yogi (a la me!) after reading some of these over-the-top steals!

Going off of the above statement, let’s get into the yoga deals first, because there are a handful, and they are each from highly recommended places.

And then keep reading for additional deals in everything from Martial Arts to Pilates and more. There’s no excuse not to extend those 2016 resolutions through the rest of the year!

YOGA

  • YOGAWORKS – Studio offering traditional yoga classes, integrated yoga/dance/circuit training classes and tranquil sessions.

INTRO SPECIAL: TWO WEEKS UNLIMITED = $25 (all locations apply!)

1057 N. Fairfax Ave.

West Hollywood, CA 90046

323.654.2125

(with additional locations in Hollywood, Studio City, Brentwood, Koreatown, Larchmont, Pasadena, Playa Del Rey, Santa Monica, El Segundo, Westlake Village, Tarzana, Valencia and Woodland Hills)

  • MODO YOGA – This hot yoga studio offers classes that stretch, strengthen and tone the muscles while helping to detoxify the body and calm the mind.  

INTRO SPECIAL: 30 DAYS UNLIMITED = $40!

340 S. La Brea Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

323.938.5000

  • LIBERATION YOGA – Studio offering varying classes based on experience levels, along with all-ages family classes.

INTRO SPECIAL: 30 DAYS UNLIMITED = $45!

124 S. La Brea Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

323.964.5222

  • HOT 8 YOGA – Studio offering more than 200 classes per week at varying levels of intensity, including hot yoga, hot power fusion, hot power yoga, hot yoga sculpt (with weights) and hot yoga barre.

INTRO SPECIAL: 30 DAYS UNLIMITED = $45 (all locations apply!)

8383 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 75

Beverly Hills, CA 90211

310.986.6420

(with additional locations in Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach and Pasadena)

  • BIKRAM YOGA SILVERLAKE – Hot yoga studio offering 90-minute sessions with 26 postures and two breathing exercises.

INTRO SPECIAL: 30 DAYS UNLIMITED = $45!

3223 Glendale Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90039

323.668.2500

  • NAMASTE HIGHLAND PARK – An all-inclusive urban oasis that offers everything from Hatha Flow and vigorous Vinyasa, to Yoga Sculpt, Yin Yoga and meditation.

INTRO SPECIAL: 3 WEEKS UNLIMITED = $30!

5118 York Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90042

pilates_fitness_skyelyfePILATES

  • STUDIO MDR Sebastien Lagree‘s total-body program melds together elements of Pilates, cardio training and weight-bearing activities.

INTRO SPECIAL: ONE WEEK UNLIMITED = $30 (all locations apply!)

13357 Washington Blvd.

Culver City, CA 90066

310.881.9467

(with additional studios in Marina Del Rey and Playa Vista)

MISCELLANEOUS WORKOUTS

  • BASECAMP FITNESS – This high-intensity workout consists of 30 one-minute workouts that include Air Assault bike movements, body weight exercises and weight lifting. This is one of the quickest workouts in town!

INTRO SPECIAL: ONE WEEK UNLIMITED = FREE!

8714 Santa Monica Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA 90069

424.323.0555

  • THE PHOENIX EFFECT – Studio offering community-driven, full-body, group fitness sessions.

INTRO SPECIAL: ONE WEEK UNLIMITED = $5!

7264 Melrose Ave.

West Hollywood, CA 90046

323.380.5528

  • NOVO BODY FITNESS – Studio offering weight-lifting workouts that target the fat-burning zone and sculpt lean muscle, while increasing metabolism.

INTRO PACKAGE: 3 SESSIONS = $33!

15928 Ventura Blvd. Ste. 108

Sherman Oaks, CA 91436

818.501.2639

  • STUDIO CITY MARTIAL ARTS  – Studio teaching best practical applications of self-defense, as well as movement for development of strength, flexibility and balance for a strong, hard body, and mediation techniques for a strong, clear mind.

INTRO SPECIAL: TWO WEEKS UNLIMITED = FREE!

12418 Ventura Blvd.

Studio City, CA 91604

818.769.5866

[divider_flat]

Lifestyle Music Angelenos

West Hollywood’s Playlist Yoga Doesn’t Miss a Beat (Literally) with Its Brand New Music-Inspired Studio

January 7, 2016

playlist_yoga_parking_skyelyfeIf you like your yoga the way West Hollywood folks like their coffee (hot, fresh and expensive), then you just might be a fan of Playlist Yoga, La Cienega Blvd.’s latest fitness studio.

Why the coffee analogy, you may ask? Well, the sleek new sweat spot is located within walking distance of the two locations of Alfred Coffee {+ Kitchen}, arguably the trendiest place to grab a caffeine kick in town.

Not only has Alfred extended a warm welcome to its neighbor on social media, but new yogis can receive a friendly discount thru Jan. 15 if they bring in a receipt or cup from an Alfred order.

playlist_yoga_lockers_skyelyfeThanks to a friend, I had the opportunity to try Playlist’s signature Vinyasa Flow class earlier this week before the location opens to the general public, and I must say, with so many studios that provide similar workouts, I can see why this will be a standout. Everything is musically themed. From the quotes on the walls, to the lockers listed by the names of the most famous musicians of our time, this is a place for a music lover to take deep breaths and take in deep beats.

The hour-long classes provide users with a playlist (hence the studio name) of dance, hip-hop and Top 40, so that even though guests are relaxed during their session, they are still feeling upbeat in the process.

#PLAYMASTE

Beauty Music Featured

6 Things to Know About the Magic of Energy Stones, from Collector & Jewelry Designer Calypso Wilde

August 19, 2015

Calypso_self_skyelyfeEliseCalypsoWilde sat down with me at West Hollywood’s Dialog Cafe in the midst of one of her personal journeys. The singer (check out her Soundcloud) and artist, who very recently moved here from New York, was in the process of a multi-week cleanse a la Ramadan (though she is not Muslim).

Going down this road has allowed her to tap deeper into her spiritual side – something she doesn’t stray from regularly though. But eating only a few hours a day has given her more time to focus on yoga and meditation, which keeps her mind from focusing on thoughts of food and other temptations that are banned from much of this period.

“It’s crazy how just not eating parallels to everything else in your life,” Calypso, who had already lost 15 pounds at the time of our conversation, told skyelyfe. “Your main bodily craving is to eat. You’re hungry. To withstand that, you can really withstand anything else. It’s really crazy. I feel a lot more in control and a lot more clear, that’s for sure. I’m more aware of the people I have around me. There are just different things to focus on, because you’re not focused on the simple things.”

She added: “When I first started, it was an affirmation of just, like, I’m doing this for you. I’m going to incorporate discipline back in your life and rebalancing yourself and being content with just you, as opposed to relying on other things.”

Around 7:30 p.m. is when she starts cooking. Sunset is around 8:00 p.m. Then she eats (generally a vegetarian meal with potatoes or rice, then fruit throughout the night). If she wakes up between 4:30 – 5:00 a.m., she’ll pull herself out of bed and eat fruit so that she has something in her stomach. Then she goes back to bed until 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. and goes about her day. She does a lot of meditation and yoga throughout the day to help “remove the focus from your daily needs to keep you grounded and centered.”Calypso_jewelry_skyelyfe

Part of what falls into her realm of yoga and meditation practices are working with energy stones, which have been a part of Calypso’s life for quite some time. She doesn’t just pop into various shops and swoop up the latest shiny gem on the table. She really analyzes these earth forms and figures out how they can play a role in her life and in her everyday healing process. 

“My entire aesthetic is I inspire a lot from the sun or from calypso, which means conceal, or to hide,” she said. “When it comes to stones, they hide a lot of energy. There’s their outlying border, but when you really tap in, they’ve got all these super magical healing powers and all this other stuff.”

To those unfamiliar with the healing power of stones, Calypso explains, “I don’t just try to sell people stones, you know? I’m not like, ‘Oh, here’s this rock. I know that you like it. It looks cool.’ Each one has its one specific chakra that it aligns to and its own healing power. I go about it in a way where I get to know who you are first. I ask people a bunch of questions about themselves. ‘Tell me what you’re into, what are some things that are troubling you right now? When’s your birthday? I can align all these things with people.’ It’s a whole body healing specifically for them.”

Calypso – who says the amethyst stone is among the most beneficial in her life – provided six important things to know about the use of stones. And if you are interested in more information on her beautiful jewelry (out of curiosity or for purchasing purposes), she says her Instagram account is the best way to contact her. Check out her six things to know below:

Calypso_long_skyelyfe1. Be Mindful of Who Touches Your Stones

“I believe you should limit who touches your stones,” she says. “People kind of come up to me all the time and they comment on my necklaces. For the most part, I’m fine about it. I cleanse my stones almost every day.”

2. Cleanse Your Stones Properly and Frequently

“I cleanse them by either rinsing them under cool water, or if it’s a full moon, I do a full recharge,” she explains. “I sit them out in the sun for the most part, if I’m not using them. Stones are so easy and simple. The biggest thing you should do is get to know your stones. Meditate with them. Get a pendulum, kind of work with it. Let it work with you. Really be open to it. Be open to the idea that this thing does have energies in it that can help you and renew you.”   

3. Be Aware of Some Excellent Stone Shops from Coast to Coast

Spellbound Sky was the first stop I made when I got to Los Angeles,” Calypso says of the East Hollywood establishment. “I touched down, picked up my luggage, dropped it off and went straight out to the stone shop. It’s a beautiful, small shop. It’s super calm in there. It’s owned by a gay couple who are super, super sweet. They do palm readings, tarot readings. They have meditation on fridays. In New York, I used to go to Rock Star Crystals. It was in Midtown. They’re a small shop, but they have a huge selection. They have everything there.”Calypso_jacket_skyelyfe

4. Receiving a Stone Should Be an Experience

“My price point is generally anywhere between $35 for smaller scale stones and $75 for really, really large pieces,” she says. “It takes time, and I’m really diligent about it. I’m not just giving you anything. I want to know about you and your situation. It’s almost like you’re getting a reading with it. The first girl who ordered a stone from me, I also gifted her a smaller stone with it, just because she was telling me things and I was like, ‘This is the one you should be wearing, and this is the one you should keep in your pocket.’ I try to make each interaction very special.”

5. Be Sure to Mix Stones Properly

“I do it all the time,” Calypso says of placing certain stones together. “I have a quartz and a green calcite around my waist. It’s important to know which stones are best for mixing. I have a stone bible, basically. It’s actually called that. It tells me which stones go well with each other and which is for what. Reading something like that helps guide you which way to go with those.”

6. You Can Use Stones to Welcome Happy Thoughts Into Your Sleep

“If you get a chance, try to find an angel or aura quartz,” she says of keeping negative subconscious thoughts at bay. “They’ll help with your crazy dreams. Cleanse them by putting them in your window sill at night for a lunar cleanse and meditate with them before bed with a mantra that tells negative spirits that they are not welcome in your thoughts, awake or asleep. And sleep with them under your pillow.”

[divider_flat]

Beauty Food

Sake Is the Sip of the Season at The Springs, DTLA’s Wellness Oasis & Raw Vegan Restaurant

April 21, 2015

Springs4Give your mind a break from the hustle, bustle and one-way street insanity you associate with Downtown L.A. and take in the calming, zen atmosphere of The Springs, a total detour from the DTLA stereotype.

The urban wellness oasis and raw vegan restaurant – located on 608 Mateo Street – just celebrated its six-month anniversary over the weekend, and I had the pleasure of being invited to come in for a first-nibble of chef Michael Falso‘s latest tasting menu, paired with an array of brand new sake-based cocktail recipes ranging from savory to sweet – all made with variations of The Springs’ popular pressed juices. I enjoyed my meal to the sounds of live music playing by a few-person band in a back corner just away from the dining area.

Springs2My personal pick of the appetizers and dishes were the rangoons, which were small, but flavorful and fulfilling beyond belief. Made with coconut wonton, “old bay” cream cheese, bell pepper, celery and sweet chili sauce, it was pretty clear off the bat that these bites would be worth savoring.

Springs3

Other noshes included a “Reuben” – which definitely got its point across with its Caraway “rye” bread, marinated mushrooms, Thousand Island dressing, sauerkraut and dill pickles – along with a seaweed Caesar salad, a nacho salad, a cashew cheese plate and two desserts. That sweet pea cake and black chocolate cake with vanilla bean “ice cream” I absolutely could not put down.

The beverages (I still can’t believe sake was the only liquor ingredient in all of them!) were seemingly endless. And the variety was impressive! I tried everything from a pickled jalapeno-infused Desert Flower (my favorite) to a Smokey Mountain, which resembled a Manhattan.

Had I come in a little earlier, I would have taken advantage of one of the various forms of yoga the spot has to offer, or I would have relaxed with a massage or infrared sauna treatment. In fact, going back to a post I wrote a few weeks ago about wellness deals in L.A., The Springs offers free meditation once a day at 1:00 p.m. on weekdays, led by Gloria Baraquio.

Springs1For $59 a person, you can get your very own taste of The Springs. Chef’s tastings are subject to change daily, but the restaurant’s full menu offers a slew of breakfast options (served all day), desserts, snacks, salads, entrees, coffee beverages, you name it. Check out all of the options here.

[divider_flat]

Beauty Featured

Don’t Sweat Your Bank Account – Here Are Some of the Best Fitness Deals in L.A. Right Now!

April 3, 2015

britney-dance-11Just a week away from Coachella (a.k.a. the most important annual weekend – or two – in the life of an Angeleno), there’s still time to pack a few more solid workouts in before hitting the road to body-baring desert festivities.

But whether you’re festival bound or simply rooftop pool party bound, there’s one commonality you share with everyone: the inability to escape summer (which has already felt present in L.A. for at least a month).

That said, after some serious investigating, I’ve compiled a list of the best fitness deals all over town so that you can sweat the toxins, but not the bank account in time for bikini season.

Before you scroll, just note that if you feel overwhelmed with workout options, there’s always ClassPass, a $99-a-month membership that gives you unlimited access to participating fitness studios limited to three classes a month per location, allowing you to basically try before you buy!

Photo courtesy of Orange Theory

Photo courtesy of Orange Theory

MIRACLE MILE/DOWNTOWN

  • MODO YOGA – This hot yoga studio offers classes that stretch, strengthen and tone the muscles while helping to detoxify the body and calm the mind.  

INTRO PACKAGE: UNLIMITED MONTH = $40!

340 S. La Brea Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

323.938.5000

  • PURE BARRE DOWNTOWN – In the same family as Cardio Barre, Pure Barre’s brand new DTLA location is partnering with Real Simple magazine to host a Beauty & Balance weekend April 18-19. Four specialized classes will be offered and swag, giveaways and prizes will be given all weekend long.

FREE CLASS FOR NEWBIES THE ABOVE WEEKEND ONLY (use REALSIMPLE code at checkout)!

740 South Olive St. Ste. 106

Los Angeles, CA 90014

323.305.7025

Photo courtesy of Rise Nation

Photo courtesy of Rise Nation

HOLLYWOOD/WEST HOLLYWOOD 

  • PINK IRON – Ladies-only boutique studio offering variations of crossfit, boot camp, yoga and lifting classes.

FIRST CLASS FREE!

1106 N. La Cienega Ste. 203

West Hollywood, CA 90069

310.360.PINK

  • RISE NATION – Studio offering 30-minute cardio-climb experiences in which guests use their arms and legs to move up and down a tall climbing device to the beat of music.

FIRST CLASS FREE!

8906 Melrose Ave.

West Hollywood, CA 90069

424.245.4052

  • CARDIO BARRE HOLLYWOOD – Studio providing hour-long, high-energy/no impact classes that combine barre work and light weights with continual fat-burning motion.

INTRO PACKAGE: 10 CLASSES = $49

6464 Sunset Blvd. Ste. 150

Hollywood, CA 90028

323.462.6464

zico5

SANTA MONICA/VENICE

  • ORANGE THEORY – Offers high-intensity heart rate-focused interval training (30 mins cardio, 30 mins strength-training); different workout each day.

FIRST CLASS FREE!

1431 2nd St.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

310.730.1399

  • BRYAN KEST’S POWER YOGA – Owned by longtime yoga veteran Bryan Kest (who teaches some of the classes), this studio offers yoga for all levels and beginner-level meditation classes.

INTRO PACKAGE: ONE WEEK OF UNLIMITED CLASSES FREE!

1410 2nd St., Fl. #1

Santa Monica, CA 90401

  • CYCLE (BEACH) HOUSE – This brand new Cycle House location offers spin classes and boasts “the most intense cardio workout in LA,” noting that anywhere from 500-1000 calories can be burned from just one session.

FOR EVERY PERSON YOU REFER, YOU GET TWO FREE CLASSES (APRIL ONLY)!

1541 Ocean Ave., Ste. 105

Santa Monica, CA 90401

310.394.4800

ADDITIONAL WELLNESS BONUS DEALS

Keep the bettering of mind-body-spirit going with some post-workout meditation (at very little cost):

  • UNPLUG MEDITATION – A guided-meditation studio that offers 30 and 45-minute drop-in classes in a clean, modern and calming atmosphere.

INTRO PACKAGE: UNLIMITED MONTH = $40!

12401 Wilshire Blvd, Ste. 101

Los Angeles, CA 90025

310.826.8899

  •  THE OAKWOOD HOUSE – Offers varying forms of individual and group yoga (hatha, nidra, prenatal, yin and therapeutic), reiki and intimate, powerful shaktipat meditation led by Uma Devi, who has been practicing for more than 20 years. Reiki and yoga sessions are ongoing and by appt. Group meditation is offered Monday nights at 8:30 p.m.

MEDITATION IS DONATION ONLY!

**located in Venice – call or email for specific location

TheOakwoodHouse@gmail.com

310.801.6261