Aura Yoga in West Hollywood provides a colorful experience.
Located in the parking lot-facing side of Sunset Plaza, the studio incorporates advanced patent-pending lighting technology,
a heated room, and shock-absorbing Zebra flooring to raise
your practice to a new level. Jake Feree, lead instructor and
program director, used Aura’s patent-pending lighting system
to create a programmable set of choices based on the Chakra
system. Like selecting paint from a palette, instructors can adjust the color of the lights to complement inventive sequencing
for the class theme, including dimming the lights to close the
class and flooding the room with a cool blue hue.
The yoga studio opens on the heels of its sister studio, Aura
Cycle, located nearby on West 3rd Street. The indoor-cycling
studio (which debuted in April) also incorporates the ambient
lighting technology. The unique lighting—as well as live music
in selected classes at both studios—connects the two; yet each
maintains a distinct atmosphere reflecting its specialty, with a
nod to the two disciplines’ connection. “Cycling and yoga work
very well when practiced together,” says Jay Palau, the studio’s
co-owner. “Our cycling classes are designed to have a yogic
feel, focusing on mental training in addition to sweating.”
The experience of practicing at Aura Yoga supports a calming effect, from free parking (a bonus in LA!) to fresh drinks
from Juice Served Here available for purchase. Yet what really
makes the studio unique is the lighting technology that helps
your mind rest and allows your entire body to absorb the effects of the added visual layer on your senses and your practice.
By Olivia Kvitne, an LA-based yoga instructor specializing in trauma-sensitive
classes for veterans, military and first responders.
8608 #A West Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
(323) 570-0570. Aurayoga.com
OUR COMMUNITY [ open doors ]
When Philip Fulton and Sandrine Petit Fulton decided that it
was finally time to open the Yoga studio they had been dreaming about for years, it seemed natural to create this in Redlands,
where they had already been teaching.
Sandrine came up with the name Inner Evolution Yoga while
journaling on a retreat. She had scribbled down some words in
her notebook, and she noticed the the way the words inner, evolution, and yoga all connected for her with the shared letters “e”
and “o” in evolution. She recollects, “I thought ‘Yes!’ That is
exactly what I’m going through. The thought is you start at one
place and travel the journey just to come full circle to the place
where you started.”
Philip and Sandrine have been developing a strong community,
one Sandrine has seen in her own classes, “People know each
other and come early to sit and talk. All the teachers take the
classes, too.” This demonstrates that everyone who practices
shares the roles of teacher and student. As Sandrine says, “I’ll be
teaching… but then I will be beside you the next day.”
For both teachers and students, a variety of offerings are on the
schedule at Inner Evolution Yoga, including Hot Power Hour,
Candlelight Flow, Beginners Yoga, Slow Deep Stretch, and
Just like Sandrine’s own evolution, this studio seeks to inspire
people to make their own inner connections. New students can
try out the studio for $30 for 30 days.
By Jessica Malloy, an Orange County-based Yoga teacher. During her time away
from practicing and teaching, she often finds herself outdoors hiking or climbing.
INNER EVOLUTION YOGA
Inner Evolution Yoga, 555 W Redlands Blvd, Redlands
(909) 798-2244. Innerevolutionyoga.com