6 Ways Yoga Isn't Boring Anymore
Crazy-fun new classes and techniques around Los Angeles
Weary of the same old sun salutation? Are the four walls of your usual studio closing in on you? Luckily, there are a slew of yoga innovations that liven up the experience. These fresh attempts--from video-accompanied to stretch-assisted to aerial--could take your practice to another level, or at least make it more fun.
WATCH NATURE VIDEOS
Hippie-dippy meets short attention span in the Yogascape class, where videos of natural elements (full moon, golden mountains, twinkling stars--you get the picture) are projected on the walls while you practice. We like the 94-degree class temp, which helps you loosen up right away.
Earth's Power Yoga, 7901 Melrose Ave., #208; 323-655-9642 or earthspoweryoga.com
GET A HELPING HAND
At StretchLab, you lie down on a massage table and “flexologists” certified in Fascial Stretch Therapy move your limbs to and fro, targeting the connective tissue between joints and muscles called fascia. Even a short session (20 minutes, $25) does wonders, and you’ll learn DIY moves that can help relieve pain and improve range of motion.
StretchLab, 512 Rose Ave.; 310-450-2510 or stretchlabvenice.com
HANG UPSIDE DOWN
We’re fans of flying yoga: It’s done with wide silk straps you alternately use to stretch, hang from and (our favorite) cocoon into while a teacher patiently leads you from one pose to the next. At Air Los Angeles, we felt the fun in our flow like we hadn’t in years.
Air Los Angeles, 8474 W. Third St., West Hollywood; 203-305-8447 or airfitnow.com
STRETCH TO A SOUNDTRACK
Good luck holding balance poses when Notorious B.I.G. comes on the speakers at YogaHop. You're going to sweat to the jams in owner Matthew Reyes's fast-paced hip-hop class at his Santa Monica studio. Don't forget a towel and electrolyte water, but leave your Adidas shell toes at the door.
YogaHop Santa Monica, 1612 Montana Ave., Second Floor; 310-829-5000 or yogahop.com/sm
GET IN AND OUT
For a quick fix, YAS offers all-levels 30-minute Vinyasa classes four times a day. Take the 11:45 lunchtime class and you’ll still have time to change clothes and grab a bite back at your desk.
YAS Silverlake, 1932 Hyperion Ave.; 323-665-6011 or go2yas.com
Now: the yoga-studio-as-hangout. Opening this month, Wanderlust Hollywood offers classes and also meditation sessions, concerts, lectures, and a chef-derived cafe menu, all to create a place that’s as much about making friends as it is about learning crow pose.
Wanderlust Yoga, 1357 N. Highland Ave.; wanderlusthollywood.com