3618 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach.
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Tiffany Friedman made a fresh start when she decided to rebrand her South Bay yoga studio. Formerly Bikram Yoga Manhattan Beach, the beachside studio has been relaunched as
Haute Yogi Manhattan Beach. Tiffany continues to offer the
traditional Bikram 90-minute sequence as Haute 90, but the
schedule now includes classes like Beyond Haute (the original
series set to music, with the addition of sun salutations, arm
balances, and inversions), Haute Vinyasa, Haute Fusion, Haute
Yin, Haute Vin Yin, and Haute Advanced -- all use poses from
the familiar Bikram series as a foundation, while adding elements from other yoga styles, including vinyasa, yin, and restorative yoga. Also included in the daily schedule are the popular
Haute Lunch and Haute Express, shorter classes that have an
added cardio kick.
The studio is a beautifully renovated space with state-of-the art
heat and humidity control and antibacterial flooring in the practice room, fully equipped locker rooms, and a friendly reception
desk alongside a retail area. Just a few miles west of the I-405
Rosecrans exit, a class at Haute Yogi can be paired off with a
meditative walk on the beach or dip in the ocean.
Friedman says, “My students thank me every day for giving
them the opportunity to try new things. They know the studio
and trust the teachers to provide them with a yoga experience
that gives them inner peace.”
By Zoë Kors, a certified life coach, yogini, mother, writer and the managing editor of
LA Yoga Magazine.
7327 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood.
When Agni Yoga opened in February, the studio invited the
West Hollywood community to a soulful yoga class to celebrate
the occasion. Owner and senior teacher Ashley Cummings also
gifted all students with free classes during opening week, solidifying the studio's role in the area as a place where yogis can
congregate, meditate, explore, and let loose.
The studio’s insignia is a creative combination of a heart, a lion,
and a yogi in seated meditation, with a lotus on fire. The spiritual
approach to the studio's artwork is also one of the signatures
to the classes offered here. Each teacher is given free rein to include meditation in addition to asana. "Agni is a place for people
to explore what is not mind and not body, but pure consciousness.” Ashley explains. “Everyone is welcome.” The talented and
dedicated teachers on the roster include Brianna Welke, who specializes in mindfulness and yoga, and Ashtanga trained teacher
Ralph Craig. The schedule offers a wide array of classes ranging
from open level vinyasa to powerflow and prenatal.
Agni Yoga also features a second room for workshops and private instruction. Located in the heart of West Hollywood near
the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Fuller Avenue, Agni
Yoga neighbors a large selection of restaurants, health food
stores, and clothing boutiques, providing a serene oasis in the
midst of the Los Angeles urban jungle.
By Nadine Truong, an LA-based filmmaker, Ashtanga enthusiast, and powerflow
yoga teacher at Agni Yoga. She also volunteers through Uprising Yoga at a Juvenile Hall.
PHOTO BY JUSTIN ROSENBERG