ONE DOWN DOG
4343 W. Sunset Blvd. #208, Los Angeles.
OUR COMMUNITY [ open doors ]
One Down Dog’s new studio space in Silverlake is almost as
beautiful as the story of how it came to be. After her rowdy
teenage years, Jessica grew up and decided she wanted to become a therapist. During the stressful hours earning her masters
degree, she discovered the healing power of yoga, and it became
her dream to open a studio. Countless people told her there was
no way she could do it so young or so soon. She proved everyone (including herself) wrong. She began in a shared space with
another instructor (bringing her supplies and packing them up
daily) and soon segued to her own grand opening of One Down
Dog on January 26 with live music and lots of food.
Just walking into the open-format second-story space offers a
sense of the culture. Studio mascot pup Patrick greets you at
the door even before you are warmly welcomed by members of
the team. Jessica wanted to create a place that was like a second
home for people to escape to, a “community space.” Beautiful artwork by studio teacher Joerael Elliot adorns much of the
studio, as does a piece by artist Pascal Guetta, creating a unique
and fun energy.
Classes are offered in two adjoining rooms: a larger space is
used for the loud and upbeat yoga dance classes, and a smaller
one, for calmer sessions. One Down Dog also offers one-to-one classes, massage packages, and private studio rentals for
By Tiffany Tomaszewski, a writer living, loving, and searching for life in the greater Los
169 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles.
To say that the new YOGAMAZÉ studio is your typical yoga
studio is tantamount to saying that its owner, Noah Mazé, is
your typical yoga teacher. Highly-regarded in the yoga community, Noah is known as the teacher’s teacher; instead of merely
leading the class through a series of poses, he weaves in meditation, pranayama, yoga philosophy, and asana alignment cues so
that every student emerges with an enriched yoga practice. Every encounter with Noah, as he puts it, “is a journey of understanding and a deep inquiry of the structures and the principles
behind the practice.”
Opened in August 2013 as the new home for Noah Maze’s
teacher training program, the light-filled studio near the corner
of La Brea and Beverly is conducive to expanding one’s physical
practice as well as going within to find one’s spiritual self. The
second floor space features hardwood floors and wall-to-wall
windows, a lounge to chat with fellow students, a kitchen to
stash your lunch, and a shower to freshen up after class.
YOGAMAZÉ invites experienced yogis to come for upcoming philosophy and asana intensives. World-renowned scholar
Douglas Brooks will be collaborating with Noah Maze for
seminars on the Mahabharata in April and the Bhagavadgita in
October. Lecture, storytelling, and dialogue will be interspersed
with asana practice for the ultimate mind-body experience.
A regular class schedule open to the public is currently in the
works; stay tuned.
by Joni Yung, Senior Editor at LA Yoga Magazine and Host of Yoga Chat with
the Accidental Yogist on killradio.org