OUR COMMUNITY [ open doors ]
Evoke Yoga, 212 W. 7th St., Los Angeles
(213) 375-5528. Evokeyoga.com
Downtown LA is experiencing an amazing renaissance: loft
apartments have taken over abandoned buildings and upscale
restaurants and bars now line main thoroughfares. Spend some
time exploring this busy center and you'll find yourself sharing
sidewalk space with locals walking their dogs while people in
suits dine al fresco to unwind after a long day at work.
It is this eclectic mix of people who live and work in downtown that Vivian Nguyen and Natalia Simatupang, co-owners
of the new Evoke Yoga in the Historic Core neighborhood,
had in mind when they opened the studio in September. The
class schedule is equally eclectic – from energetic lunch blast
and challenging yoga barre to breath-centered flow and relaxing restorative—with most of them practiced in a heated
room. Vivian and Natalia come from hot yoga backgrounds
with additional vinyasa flow, barre, and yoga therapy training.
Between them, they've taught at over twenty studios before
joining forces to create this community-centered space.
Evoke Yoga provides the perfect opportunity for taking a
break from a busy schedule to escape the hustle and bustle of
the outside world. Step through the glass doors of their chic
studio near the corner of 7th and Spring and allow them to
conjure up, or evoke, the best that you can be. New students
can get two weeks of unlimited access for $25.
By Joni Yung, who has found yet another compelling reason for an
extended staycation in downtown Los Angeles. Follow her adventures
on Twitter at @ayogist.
Greg White’s love for yoga is palpable. “The best word to describe how I felt after my first Bikram class is invigorated,” says
Greg. When you enter his Bikram Yoga studio in Rancho Cucamonga, prepare to melt into a sweaty and energizing 90-min-
ute embrace. “Our hope in opening this studio is for it to serve
as the vessel that best spreads the benefits of the practice and
its culture to others.”
In 2007, Greg was working two high-pressure jobs when a
friend suggested he try the renowned ‘ 26 + 2’ Bikram posture
series for stress relief. It was a fortuitous move: “About a year
into my practice, I’d made a complete physical change and had
developed positive new tools to balance out the stress and negativity.” This former adjunct college professor was inspired to
become not only certified as a Bikram yoga teacher – he graduated in 2009 – but to open a studio as well.
After a year of planning and construction, Bikram Yoga RC
debuted in October, 2013. It is the largest Bikram studio in the
Inland Empire, and nine instructors teach the five-classes-per-day schedule. The 3,000 square foot studio is equipped with a
sophisticated heated fresh-air filtration system; it has regulated
105-degree, 40-percent-humidity conditions, and soft antibacterial Flotek flooring. Towel and mat rentals are available, and
changing areas are fitted with showers and lockers. An airy
lobby doubles up as a space to rejuvenate.
For Greg, the studio is the manifestation of his transformation.
And now, despite balancing three jobs – studio owner, yoga
teacher, and licensed real estate broker – he’s feeling calmer and
more balanced than ever.
By Marina Chetner, an LA-based freelance writer who loves practicing Bikram
Yoga. She is also the Managing Editor of Find Bliss Los Angeles magazine.
8403 Haven Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga.
(909) 484-2652. Bikramyogarc.com