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Published Tuesday Sep 08, 2020 by Sara Lesher

How to Find the Top Yoga Studios and Classes in Los Angeles 
 

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According to Mindbody’s 2020 Wellness Index, Los Angeles, CA is the number one most active city in America, with 87% of people working out at least once a week and the highest percentage of residents who exercise five times a week or more. Maybe it’s the 284+ days of sunshine a year, or maybe it’s the 75+ miles of open coastline and surf spots that inspire people to work out... who knows—regardless, good for you, LA. (Not to mention, they’re the most hydrated and have the healthiest diets).   

When it comes to yoga, Los Angeles also tops the charts. 10% of Angelenos who work out at least once a week are choosing gentle/restorative yoga, and 12% are opting for power yoga. In the last 24 weeks, Los Angeles Mindbody app users on iOS devices have averaged 1,112 bookings per week—now that’s what I call dedication to the flow.  

Check out the Definitive Wellness Guide to Los Angeles! 

With so many studios in LA, it’s hard to narrow it down. To help you find the best yoga in Los Angeles, follow our step-by-step guide to choosing the best experience.  
 


1.    Read the reviews!  


Find out what people are saying. I don’t know about you, but I am big into reading reviews. If I'm looking to buy a piece of clothing or a product online, I literally won’t buy it if I don’t see any reviews listed. How can I know for sure what it’s like if I can’t see any comments from real people?  Why would it be any different when I am looking to find a yoga studio?  

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Ratings and reviews are a great way to find out what other people like and dislike about a studio, things you should know, ways you can prepare, suggestions on the best instructors, and so much more. So, if you’ve never heard anything about a certain studio from your real-life friends, check out what the people are saying on Mindbody!  

Just head over to Mindbody.io, click ‘fitness’ in the search bar, set your fitness type to yoga, and filter the ratings to 4.5 stars and up. Then, click on any studio that looks interesting, and scroll down to read the reviews! 

2.    Look for virtually any class you want 


(Ignore the terrible pun.) With the rise of online and virtual fitness, you can find and take just about any class you want, anywhere. So, if you’re not currently in Los Angeles, but you want to try one of their awesome yoga classes, pick a studio with virtual offerings that fit your schedule. 

Yoga studios in LA

On Mindbody.io, click ‘fitness’ in the search bar once again. Then, click ‘classes’ on the top left, and select ‘virtual classes’ to see all the upcoming live stream and on demand classes available! And don’t forget to filter your fitness type to yoga. 

3.    Find yoga classes in your neighborhood 


Whether you live in Los Angeles and want to find local yoga classes to try in your neighborhood, or you live outside the city and want to narrow down your search, location-based browsing is a good way to go. Maybe you have a favorite area of LA you want to explore, or maybe you want to see what kind of studios West Hollywood has to offer (because you know, celebrities probably get their Down Dog on there). Los Angeles is huge, and you can’t even scratch the surface of all the amazing yoga classes and studios that it has to offer.  

Yoga studios in LA

So, try out a little LA tour of your own. Hop on Mindbody.io and start moving the map around. You’ll start to see different studios popping up as you switch up your radius (and it’s pretty fun). Plus, if you really want to have fun with it, you can try classes in lots of different areas. Beginner yoga in Santa Monica today, breathwork in West Hollywood tomorrow, Hatha yoga in Venice Beach this weekend, and a Vinyasa yoga flow Downtown after that. Try them all—and leave a review, maybe you can help out those people up there in step 1. 

That should get you started on finding the best yoga classes in Los Angeles. Once you start playing around with these search options on Mindbody, you’ll start to realize the opportunities are endless. So, if you’re ready to start filling out your virtual yoga LA trip itinerary, you can start here. Head on over to Mindbody and start browsing

Done with LA? Maybe you want to head a little further south and check out a few of the top 10 yoga studios in San Diego. More of a Bay Area person? Look no further, we’ve got that too.

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Sara Lesher
Lifecycle Program Manager
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. A former English major, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
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Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

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If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

While you’re at it, check out some Intro Offers near you that can help you get back to your cadence of hot yoga classes.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!