STELLA LUNA YOGA
9191 Valley View St., Cypress.
Stella Luna Yoga has been offering yoga and other holistic healing
practices since 2013 in the city of Cypress, in Orange County. The
studio, whose name is a composite of the owner’s and her daughter’s
names, continues to evolve as an increasing number of offerings find
their way on to the schedule. Stella Tryon, a dancer and yoga teacher,
says that after spending so much of her life inside studios, it felt perfectly natural to open her own. Her wish is to provide a wide variety
of services so that there is something for everybody.
On top of basic Hatha and flow classes, the schedule includes
Kundalini, chair yoga, Mommy and Me, and a handful of donation-based classes each week. With two rooms, Stella Luna also has plenty
of space for trance dance events and teacher trainings. One of the
rooms, dubbed Luna’s Lounge, is often converted from a studio space
into a mini-spa for massage, Reiki, or chakra readings. Stella, who
describes her studio as “home-style and family-grown with a sophisticated, elegant edge,” has fostered an atmosphere where the teachers
are free to bring their individual modalities and specialties into the
shared space. For students, this means abundant opportunities to explore your practice.
By Alisha Vasquez, a yoga teacher, world traveler, bookworm,
and handstand enthusiast.
201 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica.
Something of a purist when it comes to her fitness routine, Marni
Rosenthal Chaikin co-owns the Brentwood and Woodland Hills Pure
Barre locations, and is especially excited to bring the method further
west by offering classes to Santa Monica residents, both new and
experienced. “If you can hold a ballet barre, you can do Pure Barre,”
Although the teachers and nuances of each class are unique, the sequence and structure of every Pure Barre class remains consistent.
Beginning with a cardio warm-up to raise the heart rate and prepare
the muscles, the class quickly moves through arm-strengthening exercises and challenging core work. At the barre, small, localized movements help to efficiently work the quads and gluteal muscles without
any jarring or over-straining. Yoga-like stretches and deep breaths
conclude the class to elongate the muscles and complete the practice.
Pure Barre members can participate in monthly “Breaking Down the
Barre” workshops which explain the Pure Barre method. New members can take advantage of a month of unlimited classes for $100.
By Kiara Kinghorn, who held her first barre at age five. She is now a ballet teacher
and editorial assistant for LA Yoga Magazine.
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