Yogis have plenty of Yoga studios to choose from here at Yoga Los Angeles and, with such a wide variety available, it’s easy to find the Yoga Studio Los Angeles has for you!
Los Angeles is one of the top cities in the world to practice Yoga, and we have the favorite Yoga studios in the Los Angeles area.
If you’re slightly confused by all the different Yoga styles, here are the most popular currently out there:
Anusara is often described as Iyengar (a purist form of yoga) with a sense of humor. Created by the aptly named John Friend, Anusara is meant to be sincere and accept. Instead of trying to fit everyone into standard cookie cutter positions, students are guided to express themselves through poses to their fullest skill.
Six established and strenuous pose sequences – the primary series, the second series, the third series, and so on – practiced sequentially as progress is made. Ashtangis move quickly, flowing from one pose to the next with each inhale and exhale. Each series of poses bound by breath in this way is called vinyasa.
This is probably my favorite. I am a hot girl type of yoga, and Bikram features yoga poses in a sauna-like room. The heat is cranked up to almost 105 degrees and humidity of 40 percent in official Bikram classes. If it is called “Bikram” (for inventor Bikram Choudhury), it will be a series of 26 basic yoga poses, each executed twice.
By definition, hatha is a physical yoga practice, which is practically all the yoga you will find in this hemisphere. One of the original six branches of yoga, “hatha” covers almost all types of modern yoga. In other words, Hatha is the ice cream if styles like Ashtanga and Bikram are vanilla and chocolate. Today, classes described as “hatha” in studio settings are typically a basic and classic approach to yogic breathing exercises and postures.
This is a purist yoga named after founder B.K.S. Iyengar. Stands like blocks, strips, harnesses and tilt boards are used to get more perfectly in positions and have earned the style its nickname “yoga furniture.” Suitable for all ages and abilities, Iyengar yoga is all about precise alignment and deliberate sequencing. Do not take this to say easy.
A physical practice, pushing boundaries that reinstate the traditional spiritual elements of yoga in an educational way for Western practitioners. Expect a theme for each class, Sanskrit chant, and references to ancient scriptures. Created by Sharon Gannon and David Life in 1984 in New York City, jivamukti translates as “liberation while living.”
Kripalu is a three part practice that teaches you to know, accept and learn from your body. It begins with figuring out how your body functions in different poses, then moves toward postures held for a long time and meditation. It then beats deep in your being to find the spontaneous flow in asanas, letting your body be the teacher.
The practice of kundalini yoga constantly presents moving, invigorating poses. The fluidity of the practice is meant to release the kundalini (snake) energy into your body. Did not you know you had one? Well, just think of it as a supply of energy, curled up like a snake sleeping at the base of the spine, waiting to be beaten; The practice aims to do just that – awakening and pulsing the material up through the body.
Yoga postures carefully tailored for pregnant women. Prenatal yoga is adapted to assist women in all phases of pregnancy, even those who return in post-natal form. When you keep your muscles strong through your term, they will still have the strength and energy to return to normal.
Less work, more relaxation. You will spend up to 20 minutes each in just four or five simple poses (often they are modifications of standard asanas) using strategically placed props like blankets, pillows and calming lavender eye pillows to help you sink into deep relaxation. There is also psychic cleansing: the mind goes to mush and you feel new. It’s kind of like group siesta time for adults. It’s best not to fall asleep, though.
An unhurried yoga practice that usually focuses on the same 12 basic asanas or variations each time, bookended by sun greetings and savasana (pose corpse). The system is based on a five-point philosophy that proper breathing, relaxation, diet, exercise and positive thinking work together to form a healthy yogic lifestyle.
A highly individualized practice in which yogis learn to adapt their poses and goals to their own needs and abilities. Vini actually means differentiation, adaptation and proper application. Instead of focusing on stretching to be strong and flexible, vynyoga uses the principles of proprioceptive neuromuscular (PNF) facilitation. PNF simply means warming up and contracting a muscle before stretching it. This decreases your chance of injury.
Vinyasa / Power
An active and athletic yoga style adapted from the traditional ashtanga system in the late 1980’s to appeal to aerobic-crazed westerners. After studying with Pattabhi Jois, Beryl Bender Birch and Bryan Kest were pioneers at the same time in this westernized ashtanga on the East and West coasts respectively. Power yoga does not adhere to the same sequence of poses every time as ashtanga does, so the style varies depending on the master. Classes called “vinyasa” or “flow” in your gym or studio may be very different, but generally derive from this movement and ashtanga as well.
A quiet and meditative yoga practice, also called Taoist yoga. Yin focuses on the elongation of connective tissues and is intended to complement yoga yang-your muscle building Anusara, ashtanga, Iyengar, or whatever you have. Yin poses are passive, which means you are supposed to relax your muscles and let gravity do the work. And they are long – you will practice patience here as well.
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