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Friday, July 21, 2006

late night yoga

i've been interviewing in earnest for an honest-to-goodness full-time job. and while i've been eagerly anticipating the return of what could be a comfortable paycheck, i've been lamenting the fact that i won't be able to take my usual array of mid-morning and mid-afternoon yoga classes. in other words, once i rejoin the working world, i'll have to crowd in with all the rest at the evening and weekend classes.

no more 10:45am classes with bryan kest, where i can waltz in at 10:45 and still be able to get a decent spot. no more 10:30am classes with saul david raye at shakti's, where the classes tend to run a bit longer. no more 4:15pm classes with vinnie marino at yogaworks, where there's a chance of getting some airspace between me and the yogi beside me. once i find myself sitting behind a desk from 9-5, i won't be able to take the random mid-day yoga class at a random studio anywhere in la. sigh.

but rather than dwell on what i won't be able to do, i suppose i have to be thankful for the time i had to do what i'd been wanting to do, which is to discover all the nuances of the yoga scene in LA. and yes, many of the excellent yoga teachers do have evening and weekend hours, including those teachers i just mentioned. so all is not lost. just a little less convenient.

but as with any job, there is always the chance of overtime. so if i find myself working so late that i miss my usual 6:00 or 7:00pm class, are there any studios with late-night classes?

luckily for me (and for all of you in the same situation), there are options. not many, but at least there are classes after 8:00pm at these studios.

i feel much better now...

golden bridge yoga (GB) - 323.936.4172
liberation yoga (LY) - 323.964.5222
maha yoga (MY) - 310.899.0047
power yoga east (PYE) - 310.458.9510
power yoga west (PYW) - 310.458-9510
rising lotus yoga (RL) - 818.990.0282
santa monica yoga (SM) - 310.396.4040
yoga west (YW) - 310.552.4647
yoga works larchmont (YWL) - 323.464.1276
yoga works westwood (YWW) - 310.234.1200

8:00pm LY: all levels alicia johnson
8:00pm YWL: hatha blend 1-2 jeanne heileman
8:15pm SM: level 1-2 flow dana marcoux
8:30pm PYE: all levels anaswara
8:30pm PYW: all levels leah
8:30pm PYW: all levels marc
9:00pm YWW: candlelight flow 2-3 susan fischer
10:45pm PYW: all levels jay co

8:00pm LY: level 1-2 sarah isenberg
8:00pm YW: kundalini yoga & meditation sada simran
8:00pm YWL: hatha blend 1 susan swan
8:15pm SM: slow deep stretch cindy fraser
8:30pm PYW: all levels ally hamilton
8:30pm YWW: iyengar 1-2 marla apt
9:00pm MY: level 2-3 ish moran
9:15pm SM: mixed level blair darby

8:00pm GB: kundalini yoga & meditation dr. gurudev neil
8:00pm LY: all levels alicia johnson
8:00pm YW: kundalini yoga & meditation satya kaur
8:00pm YWL: iyengar 1-2 knancie sandercock
8:15pm SM: mixed level dana marcoux
8:30pm PYE: all levels anaswara
8:30pm PYW: level 1-2 astrid kastenberg
9:00pm YWW: candlelight flow malachi melville
10:45pm PYW: all levels jay co

8:00pm LY: level 1-2 mark dewitt
8:00pm LY: yoga & candlelight meditation dr. schlomit michaely
8:00pm YWL: hatha blend 1 susan swan
8:15pm SM: slow deep stretch cindy fraser
8:30pm PYE: level 1-2 jane alpert
8:30pm PYW: all levels ally hamilton
8:30pm YWW: iyengar 1-2 marla apt
9:00pm MY: level 2-3 ish moran
9:15pm SM: mixed level david kim

8:15pm RL: kirtan daniel stewart
8:30pm PYW: all levels ally hamilton


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Joni - my wife and I are in LA from August 3 to 6 because our son Brad is getting married August 5th. We are staying at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA 90071-2607

Can you recommend a Bikram studio or other good option close by, as in walking distance or VERY short drive?? I figured if anyone knew where to go and what to do, I'd be you. Thanks for your help!!!

11:41 PM  
Blogger joni said...

hey richard -- you're in luck! the bikram downtown location just opened up; it's supposedly right across the street from the disney concert hall. it's a relatively short walk from your hotel. do you mind if i join you (assuming i don't have something else to do at that time)? it would be fun, especially since i'll have no clue as to what i'm doing!

here's their website:

12:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re: alicia johnson

She's a great teacher. So comfortable conducting the class, and a very good one too.

She recently subbed at SMPY west. I believe she has a website too.


2:29 AM  
Blogger joni said...

thanks, benni, for the link to alicia's website! i'll update my teacher listing right away :)

3:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ummm, hello

job/work is good!

Please try Astrid on wed nite at SMPY/W, if you haven't. She's excellent.


12:45 AM  
Blogger joni said...

hi benni --

wow... i wrote this around this time last year, and it's interesting to see how schedules have changed (or stayed the same)!

yes, having a job is a good thing. at least it pays for more yoga :) and thanks for the tip about astrid. i don't believe i've taken a class with her yet...

4:58 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow, great post and great blog!!! I am so excited to know that there are classes as late as 10:45. I'm going to check it out tonight. Thanks for the article.

8:23 PM  
Blogger joni said...

hi michelle --

i don't know if you noticed that this post was dated back in 2006, although there still is late-night yoga at the studios i mentioned back then (with different teachers, in most cases). there are a few new studios that have opened up since then that also have classes after 8pm, including bhakti yoga shala, yogis anonymous, and yogaco, which are all near the third street promenade in santa monica.

3:14 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oop, I didn't!! But Thanks for telling me about those other places. I will definitely be checking it out. :)

9:18 AM  

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