Whether you’re just visiting or you’re a Downtown resident, finding the perfect place to workout in a busy city can be a challenge.
When it comes to yoga, that might be especially true since a dedicated student is usually in search of developing a deeper connection to the studio, fellow classmates, and instructors. Downtown LA has tons of great studios full of high positive energy, as well as relaxed and peaceful ambiances. In order to help you find the perfect place, here are 10 great locales in Downtown that might be the one for you.
Evoke Yoga is located in the heart of Downtown LA on Spring St. between 7th and 8th street. If you’re looking for a high intensity workout or a mindful and meditative experience, Evoke is the perfect place to try. The studio offers classes for all ages, ranging from beginners and experienced yogis alike. They provide their clients with 11 different yoga classes, private/semi-private reformer pilates sessions, physical therapy, and massage services. Evoke also grants new clients a special $25 rate which includes 2 weeks of unlimited yoga. Classes can then be purchased individually or through special packages.
Bikram Yoga, often referred to as The Original Hot Yoga, is famous for introducing multiple beneficial and healing postures. This yoga studio promises its dedicated and hard working clients the benefits of weight loss, increased flexibility, flushed toxins, recovery from injuries, and reduced stress. Bikram Yoga’s website states that at the completion of one Original Hot Yoga session, “you will have worked every muscle, tendon, joint, ligament, internal organ, and gland while systematically moving fresh, oxygenated blood to 100% of the body.” Bikram has many yoga studios, but the one in DTLA is located in Bunker Hill on 1st St and S Hope St. New clients can enjoy 30 days of unlimited yoga for just $49.
YAS FITNESS CENTERS
YAS is the “first studio dedicated to the combination of yoga and Spinning.” In 2001 Kimberly Fowler created the YAS Fitness Studios with the goal of offering a fun experience for people who are serious about fitness. This special fitness center offers classes that integrate yoga and indoor cycling techniques, making yoga at YAS an especially unique experience. YAS offers four different classes, including Yoga For Athletes, but do not let its name scare you away. This class isn’t just for athletes, but instead for those looking for a challenge that improves their flexibility. The class focuses on enhancing balance, power, flexibility, and stamina. The hour-long class is offered in three different levels (beginners, intermediate, and advanced) for comfort and the best results possible. You can find YAS on S Hope St between 8th and 9th.
PEACE YOGA GALLERY
Sitting at the junction of Main and Spring streets is a very unique yoga studio that has been around for eight years. From its total atmosphere to the delicious and healthy foods, Peace is the perfect place to be at ease with yourself. At Peace, you will walk away with more than added flexibility. You will get to taste some of the freshest and healthiest dishes in Downtown, you will gain a meditative experience, and you will be taught by extremely passionate instructors. Owner Cheri Rae Russell has taught in India, Thailand, and at The Yoga Barn in Bali before opening Peace. With the help of her skills, knowledge, and good nature she has created the ultimate experience at her studio offering music, food, art, and Reiki healing.
Since 1999 Yoga Circle has been specializing in breathing, alignment and form, meditation, union, and happiness. This premiere yoga studio is located in the historic San Fernando building in the heart of the Old Bank District, at the corner of 4th and Main Street. From breath to pose, at Yoga Circle you will connect to yourself and your heart while overcoming both physical and mental limits. Whether you’re looking for an introductory class or an advanced workout using props, this is the place that will challenge you and mold you into an evolved practicer of yoga.
SOHO YOGA DTLA
SoHo Yoga opened it’s DTLA doors in October of last year (2016). Although it is new to the city, SoHo is no stranger to the practice. The studio believes in self discovery, physical, mental and spiritual. Since they are the only studio in Los Angeles to offer simultaneous hot yoga and traditional yoga classes, SoHo encourages students at every level and age to join in on the fun. At SoHo Yoga, you will challenge yourself and push through your physical fitness limits. You will also clear your mind and become centered through any one of their spiritual classes. New students can enjoy the exercise for $45 for 30 days. SoHo Yoga DTLA is located on W 4th St and S Olive St.
HELIPAD YOGA AT THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA
The Helipad Yoga program at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles allows 10 guests at a time to practice yoga and meditation on the hotel’s rooftop. Although the program is only offered as a private group event, an experienced instructor will help provide you with one the most memorable yoga experiences of your life. The $3,500 program includes a 90 minute group yoga session and meditation on the helipad, one 50-minute spa treatment per person, fresh juice and water, valet parking, and the most breathtaking views of the city skyline. It might not be an everyday, weekly, or even monthly practice, but practicing yoga on the Ritz-Carlton Helipad is something every yogi should do at least once in their life.
THE MAIN BARRE
If you’re looking for a serious workout session, you should visit The Main Barre and take any one of their stimulating classes. From barre to yoga, The Main Barre knows fitness. At this studio the possibilities are extensive. You can take core defining classes or candlelight flow classes. Although it’s called The Main Barre, they are more than just barre experts and instructors. Their Yoga Sculpt class is a one-hour long heat infused class. At 90 degrees, you’re almost guaranteed a sweaty, yet efficiently sculpting session. This workout combines all of The Main Barre’s workouts into one for maximum results. You can also book private classes, private group events, and bachelorette parties. Stop by the Santa Fe Building on the corner of 6th and Main Street and give their full-body workout a try for just $11.
THE BRIDGE MIND BODY MOVEMENT
In the historic Arts District of Downtown LA there is a bright, serene and spacious boutique studio called The Bridge. This is a place to learn both pilates and yoga. It offers high-intensity workouts that integrate yoga and dance, as well as yoga done in candlelight for a slower and more peaceful experience. For those who prefer smaller classes, The Bridge offers private and semi-private sessions. Students will also have access to the wellness center that offers Acupuncture, Myofascial Release, and Massage Therapy. If you’re looking for a studio whose instructors will focus on helping each student advance, has beautiful decor and good energy, with ample learning space, The Bridge is the place you want to visit.
THE SPRINGS LA
Since it opened in 2014, The Springs has been an incredibly effective wellness center in Downtown LA. Their services range from serving food and juices to offering yoga classes, acupuncture, fire cupping, chi renewal, nutritional consultations, among many more. The Springs, along with their yoga studio, is located on the corner of E 6th St and Mateo St. Their wide variety of services do not cut into its extensive yoga schedule. The Springs offers over 35 classes a week. They provide everything from the bare basics to meditation and power flow. Their prices are fair, offering new students 2 weeks of unlimited yoga for $40. Anyone can join them Monday-Friday for free meditation sessions at 1pm. After one visit to The Springs you will leave more rejuvenated and empowered than when you first arrived.