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Best Yoga In LA: The Top 11 Yoga Studios Based On Yelp Reviews (PHOTOS)

Yoga in Los Angeles is about as commonplace as frozen yogurt stores and gas stations. Yogis are loyal, though, and everyone has his or her own opinion about the best studio in town. So instead of splitting hairs, HuffPost LA took to Yelp to discover the highest-rated yoga studios in the city according to you — and every other down-dogging Angeleno. Eight of the studios below received the highest rating possible, 5-stars, while the last three studios got 4.5-stars. Now inhale, exhale and namaste.

1. Yogis Anonymous
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[Photo: Yogis Anonymous]
Yelp Rating: 5 stars, 96 reviews
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
1221 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90401. (310) 451-9644.
Word of mouth: “Each teacher does a wonderful job of suggesting modifications or issuing challenges. Classes are rarely crowded, which is a nice change compared to places like YogaWorks.” (El S.)
“It’s the first and only studio I have tried that is far from pretentious and snobby. Everyone here is so sweet and I have met some amazing people here.” (Danielle D.)
“Great teachers, great space, totally reasonable prices.” (Jennie H.)

2. Yoga Blend
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[Photo: Yoga Blend]
Yelp Rating: 5 stars, 83 reviews
Neighborhood: Burbank
1921 W Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506. (818) 954-9642.
Word of mouth: “What keeps me coming back are the instructors – one is better than the next!” (Denise F.)
“It’s everything you would want in a yoga studio: Great teachers, Variety of classes, Clean, Discounts.” (Shannon M.)
“This place has become a sanctuary for me. The owners are amazing.” (Linda S.)

3. Lotus Kitty Yoga Spin
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[Photo: Lotus Kitty]
Yelp Rating: 5 stars, 62 reviews
Neighborhood: Studio City
11963 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. (818) 980-8455.
Word of mouth: “I’m completely hooked on this spot. The teachers are phenomenal and the workouts have whipped me into shape in no time.” (Jessica W.)
“I was apprehensive about trying spinning and yoga but after one class I can see and feel a difference! I am absolutely hooked!” (Su C.)
“The positive messages get me thinking and the great music gets me pushing harder.” (Kari F.)

4. Bhakti Yoga Shala
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[Photo: Bhakti Yogi Shala]
Yelp Rating: 5 stars, 56 reviews
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
207 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401. (310) 804-9290.
Word of mouth: “Bhakti Yoga Shala is truly the heart of yoga in Santa Monica.” (Bryan F.)
“Without fail, the energy of the room and the people that congregate here make this studio something special.” (Justin W.)
“I can honestly say there is no place like it. I have been to the countless studios and around the Santa Monica/Venice area and none offer the loving, healing energy of the Shala.” (Alexandra H.)

5. Body Wellness
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[Photo: Body Wellness]
Yelp Rating: 5 stars, 39 reviews
Neighborhood: West LA
12304 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025. (310) 453-1221.
Word of mouth: “A calm and peaceful environment.” (Rosie S.)
“The entire staff is so knowledgeable and helpful, and it is a very nice clean studio.” (Jay B.)
“I highly recommend this studio to anyone who is sick of the ‘elitist yoga’ BS and looking for a place to really get their ‘om’ on….with true namaste.” (Amanda E.)

6. YogaGlo
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[Photo: YogaGlo]
Yelp Rating: 5 stars, 27 reviews
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
1800 Berkeley St., Santa Monica, CA 90404. (310) 800-4601.
Word of mouth: “Another one of LA’s best-kept secrets.” (Marcus F.)
“The range of styles YogaGlo offers online is beyond impressive.” (Zero C.)
“Great deal. You pay $18 a month and get unlimited classes online (which is great when you travel a ton) and unlimited classes in the studio.” (Mark L.)

7. Yoga At The Village
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[Photo: Yoga At The Village]
Yelp Rating: 5 stars, 21 reviews
Neighborhood: Glendale
1306 Sonora Ave., Glendale, CA 91201. (818) 265-9833.
Word of mouth: “Every instructor has something different to bring to the table.” (Cathy S.)
“They are experts in every way no matter your injury or body type. Really improved my health and well being.” (R.B.)
“This studio uses a lot of props, which I love, and the instructors take their time to hold positions and really get you stretched out.” (Alexandra P.)

8. Third Eye Yoga Studio
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[Photo: Third Eye Yoga]
Yelp Rating: 5 stars, 15 reviews
Neighborhood: West Hollywood
1235 N Sweetzer Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069. (310) 954-9108.
Word of mouth: “The class sizes are purposefully kept small and intimate, it almost has a private lesson vibe.” (Steven B.)
“If you are looking for an excellent instructor, not only in the practice of Yoga, but Meditation as well, then Third Eye Yoga is the studio for you.” (Christine S.)
“I have worked with many Yoga instructors and I have never worked with anyone who is as good as Nicole.” (Merrill G.)

9. Power Yoga East
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[Photo: Power Yoga East]
Yelp Rating: 4.5 stars, 180 reviews
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
2 locations: 1410 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401 522 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401.
Word of mouth: “I’ve been coming here for almost 6 years, and it’s one of my favorite places in all of LA.” (Elisabeth D.)
“I have heard a lot of hype about this studio and it 100% lives up to it!” (Marisa M.)
“It’s legit yoga without the pretentiousness.” (Neekoh P.)

10. Studio Surya Yoga
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[Photo: Studio Surya Yoga]
Yelp Rating: 4.5 stars, 66 reviews
Neighborhood: Venice
1501 Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90291. (310) 910-4740.
Word of mouth: “Love this little studio. Very intimate with lovely, spiritual teachers.” (Nita B.)
“I can’t say enough about the great vibe and high-level of quality instruction you’ll find here.” (Wendy K.)
“I took a donation based partner yoga workshop here and it was fabulous. Not too crowded and very personal.” (Justin W.)

11. Lululemon Athletica Yoga
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[Photo: Lululemon]
Yelp Rating: 4.5 stars, 30 reviews
Neighborhood: Many Los Angeles locations. Click here to find the store nearest you.
Lululemon offers complimentary yoga classes at their stores each week and brings in local yoga instructors from all around the city.
Word of mouth: “Each week features a guest teacher from different yoga studios in the area. Today’s teacher was Aree from Core Power Yoga off Wilshire. She was amazing.” (Audra R.)
“Free Sunday yoga makes it unbeatable.” (Josh L.)

Earlier on HuffPost:

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  • Half Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskara)

    Sun Salutation sequences are traditionally performed as a way to awaken the body. “This is great to do upon rising, even before you have had your first cup of coffee,” Bielkus says.

    To perform the sequence, stand up straight in a href=”http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/492″ target=”_blank”Mountain Pose/a (emTadasana/em) with the feet together and arms at the side of the body with open palms. Sweep the arms up and extend them over the head on the inhale, then exhale and bow forward into a forward bend. On the inhale, lift the torso halfway up, place your hands at your shins and extend the spine. Fold forward again on the exhale. When you inhale, sweep back up and bring the palms together into prayer. Repeat this sequence three or four times.

    a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LPLwC4pRzk” target=”_blank”Click here /afor a video tutorial.

  • Camel Pose (Ustrasana)

    The gentle heart-opening stretch of the camel pose — performed either with the hands on the lower back or reaching down to touch the heels — can be highly invigorating for the entire body.

    “Camel is great because it’s a total front-body opener,” Bielkus says. “You have the front of the legs moving forward. … The core is stretching and the torso is lengthening up. The chest is really opening and expanding so that the lungs can expand full of breath.”

  • Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II)

    “This pose combines both leg strengthening and mild back bending, bringing energy into the body,” Bielkus says. “Just like the name suggests, this pose awakens the warrior within — power and strength, but with ease.”

    a href=”http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/495″ target=”_blank”Click here for basic Warrior II instructions/a, and try adding what Bielkus calls the “breath of fire” for an extra energy boost.

    “A great way to rev up this posture is to add in breath of fire — rapid belly breath, focusing on the exhalation,” Bielkus says. “To start, take a deep breath in and then pump the navel in as you exhale. The inhale will take care of itself.”

  • Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana)

    After Warrior II, try going into a restorative Triangle Pose. Straighten the front knee and extend the arm forward and then down to the shin, the floor next to the leg, or a block. Reach the other arm up and turn to face the sky, breathing deeply for five breaths, Bielkus advises. Then, repeat on the other side.

    “This pose is about fully expanding not contracting,” Bielkus says. “Focus less about stretching and more about expanding and bringing breath and energy to every cell, every skin pore, every fiber of your being.”

  • Side Plank (Vasisthasana)

    For the whole body-strengthening Side Plank, start in a plank pose. Turn to the right side, stacking the feet on top of each other, and lifting the left hand. Breath deeply for five breaths before repeating on the other side. If you’re looking to modify the pose, Bielkus suggests bringing either the bottom knee or the forearm down to the ground.

    “Yoga brings our mind to a oneness and a focused attention,” Bielkus says, regarding the balancing poses. “The more that we’re coming into a mental clarity or focus, the less energy we’re expending on that stress. The cortisol levels can drop and then we feel a little more energized.”

  • Chair Pose (Utkatasana)

    The dynamic Chair Pose is performed by standing with the feet together or hip-width apart, and bending the lower body down as if you were sitting on a chair. Raise the arms to the ears and raise the chest up to complete the pose.

    “This pose is literally translates from Sanskrit as ‘powerful’ pose,” says Bielkus. “Sometimes in class, I refer to it as lighting bolt pose because [of] the amount of energy it creates in the body by using the big muscles of the legs and glutes while also creating a slight backbend, which awakens the spine.”

  • Half-Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)

    In addition to warding off stress and anxiety, the Half Moon Pose can be therapeutic for fatigue, a href=”http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/784″ target=”_blank”according to emYoga Journal/em/a. In a forward fold, bring the right hand about 10 inches in front of you and slightly to the right, extending the left leg up while the hips and torso open. Extend the left arm up and hold the pose for five breaths before repeating on the other side.

    “Any balancing poses are great for finding that inner balance,” Bielkus says.

  • Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

    “Back bends are all about unlocking the energy of the spine and nervous system,” Bielkus says.

    Lying on your back, bend the knees and place your feet flat on the floor with arms by your sides. Lift the hips up high and interlace the hands together or leave the arms at the sides of the body. Breathe deeply for five breaths and repeat several times.

  • Locust Pose (Salabhasana)

    For this strengthening pose, lie on your belly with arms by your side and palms down. Then, gently lift the arms, legs, chest and head off the floor and breathe deeply for five breaths, trying to lift up higher with each breath. Repeat three or four times, being careful not to strain the neck. For more of a challenge, extend the arms in front of you, as pictured at left.

    “You’re really stimulating the upper, middle and lower back, and the muscles of the hamstrings are engaging” Bielkus says. “You’re using so many muscles in the body to lift yourself off the earth. The neurons are firing to make that all happen.”

  • Right Nostril Breathing (Surya Bhedana)

    This energizing empranayama/em (breathing exercise) offers a counterpoint to the calming a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/30/yoga-for-sleep_n_3505226.html#slide=2629257″ target=”_blank”left nostril breath/a. To perform the exercise, sit upright in a chair or on the floor in a comfortable cross-legged position, blocking the left nostril with the thumb and extending the fingers. Breathe long and deep, in and out of the right nostril for around five minutes, Bielkus advises.

    “The right nostril is associated with the energy of the sun,” Bielkus says. “This breath is stimulating, invigorating and awakening.”

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