8853 Adams Avenue, Huntington Beach.
OUR COMMUNITY [ open doors ]
When studio owner Jason Wilkerson decided to rebrand Huntington Beach Hot Yoga as Yoga Tribe, he chose to use the
Trader Joe’s slogan as a business model, setting out to become
the neighborhood yoga studio, “offering a high-quality product
at affordable prices with friendly people.”
The studio was originally founded in 2003 with the financial
and emotional support of Jason’s mother, Cindy. “She was my
hero, and I miss her very much.” When Cindy passed away in
June, 2011, Jason found a loving community within the studio
they had built. Teachers and students alike helped him through
the tough time, and Jason realized how special having a tribe
With a background in Bikram Yoga, Jason developed a similar
series called the Dayton Method (derived from Jason and his
grandfather’s middle name), designed to be therapeutic and accessible to all body types. After Jason had spinal-fusion surgery,
Hot Yoga helped him recover. He knew he wanted to teach a
style that would help others find healing. Along with the Dayton Method, Yoga Tribe also offers Warrior Flow (
Vinyasa-based) and candlelight classes.
With the idea of family tucked into every corner of his business,
he has made Yoga Tribe accessible to the entire neighborhood.
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.
245 South Main Street, Venice.
When you walk into Exhale’s newly-renovated Venice studio,
you will notice an immediate change in the front entryway: open
and inviting, as the end of 2013 ushered in a new look for this
location. The studio received more than just a new welcoming
space; Exhale Venice joined the other 21 locations nationwide
in offering the brand’s unique Core Fusion program, a powerful
cross-training regimen to help build strength on the mat.
According to Core Fusion co-founder Elisabeth Halfpapp, “Fred
DeVito, my husband, and I wanted to develop a class that fused
the disciplines of our Lotte Berk Method lineage, Pilates, yoga,
sports, and dance (ballet) to create a balanced class of strength,
stretch, and interval training.” Exhale Venice now offers Core
Fusion Barre classes, in addition to yoga.
These classes are challenging and not for the faint-hearted. Halfpapp’s advice to someone just getting started is, “Be patient and
embrace the challenge, and your body and mind will change. The
priority is to work with position and alignment first, and then
how many repetitions. Focus on working from the inside out,
and of course, your breathing. Try to get through 10 classes and
you will definitely see inner and outer results happen on and off
The studio renovation includes an opened-up reception and retail
area, newly-added ballet barres, and brand-new HVAC units for
maximized air flow.
By Tiffany Tomaszewski, a writer living, loving, and searching for life in the greater Los
Angeles area. Follow her escapades on Twitter @tiffanytomaszew