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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.
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.