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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.
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!