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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.
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?
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!
(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.
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.
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.
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.
Tipping. While it can be a taboo topic that no one really wants to talk about publicly, the fact is, it’s a very important one that shouldn’t (and can’t) be avoided. This is all too true, especially now, when it comes to beauty services. Even before, “all of this” happened, there appeared to be some ambiguity about exactly how much to tip, when, what’s a respectable amount, and why. Now that we’ve tried our best at #homebeauty, it’s time to head back to the salons, spas, and other boutique beauty businesses (if you haven’t already). We’re here to guide you through gratuity in the new normal and why tipping a little extra to show your stylists and service providers you care during this tough time is the right thing to do.
To make sure we get you all the right answers, we asked around about it (so you don’t have to). Turns out, our Instagram followers had a lot to say about how to tip your stylists and show them some extra love right now.
Here’s what you think:
79% of you said you’ve been tipping more for beauty services recently. We’re all so grateful for our stylists—with split ends, grown-out roots, out-of-control brows, and terrible home-cut bangs to prove it. And now that many of us can return to our salons and spas, we’re appreciating the ones who help us feel beautiful even more right now.
We got a range of responses to this question. Some said they tip 5% more than they previously did, and many said 25%-35% total! Not only are these stylists actual artists, but they’re providing services we just can’t do ourselves. On top of that, many had to close their doors for several months, many were displaced as their salons shut down for good, and all of them are trying their best to get back to a sense of normalcy and do what they do best—help us look and feel beautiful. So, take this as a guide. Tip what you can but remember how much these wonderful people do for us.
When it comes to trying new services, 69% of you gave it a big fat NO, while 31% remain intrigued. It makes sense that many would stick to their go-tos right now, as salons are just starting to reopen in some areas or may not be open yet at all.
Depending on where you live and your overall health, you might be sticking with the bare minimum for now. But if your city has put in place safe reopening guidelines and measures, and you feel ready to head back out there, you can do so safely at a Mindbody salon. And you may be interested in trying out some new services right now as a way to show your local salons some extra support. If that’s you, browse beauty on the Mindbody app—and filter your categories to find out what’s out there.
Another way you can support your stylists right now? Shopping. It’s the safest way to show them some love without actually going in for a treatment. Many salons offer pre-payment on the Mindbody app and curbside pickup or a plethora of shipping methods, so you can keep contact to a minimum as much as possible. Plus, they have some pretty great stuff. If you need to invest in a good shampoo—especially because you haven’t gotten your hair done in months—so why not buy it from your stylist? According to our poll, it’s a pretty even split. 55% of you haven’t bought any products yet, while the other 45% have been shopping away. If you’re part of that 55, consider checking out your salon’s product offerings (you might see something you like).
Finally, we asked you all open-endedly how else you’re supporting your stylists right now. We got a lot of great answers. There was a lot of overlap, but we thought you might like to see some of the ones that stood out. So, if we didn’t cover it all so far, we’re about to—because you all are awesome and you did it for us. Here are some of the great ideas you had:
• “Paying in advance!”
• “Being more diligent about scheduling appointments versus letting my hair grow out”
• “Referring friends!”
• “Being flexible” (this is a good one—check out the 5 things your stylist wants you to know before you book)
• “Scheduling my next cut before I leave!”
• “Sharing their photos on Instagram and telling friends!”
So, if you’re a stylist reading this, thank you. We all want to continue showing you support during this time and beyond. And if you’re a regular person like me who really needs her highlights done, just schedule the damn appointment already (if you feel comfortable) or buy some purple shampoo from your favorite salon.