At a Glance:
Address: 608 Mateo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Length: 90 minutes
Price: 1 class/$15, 10 classes/$135, month unlimited/$150
Sweat scale: low
Energy level: low
Restorative yoga has been my go-to Sunday (and Thursday, recently) relaxation activity. A class made for light stretching and time to rest can do no wrong in my book. I’d also been dying to visit the newly opened “urban oasis” in the DTLA Art’s District.
If you haven’t had a chance to check this place out, it’s a must. Not only is it completely new, gorgeous, and modern, but it also has a organic smoothie/juice bar, vegan restaurant, little store, and live music…all in addition to the yoga studio! They have a small parking lot out front, but plenty of street spots right nearby (it’s kind of in the middle of nowhere DTLA). When you walk in, head to the way back and sign in with the yoga studio’s front desk. They have cucumber water and glasses to the left of the entrance where you can also leave your shoes—purses go in cubbies inside the studio.
For the next 90 minutes, while breathing in aromatherapy, we used blankets, bolsters, and blocks to lay in the most comfortable, relaxing positions. Although it was still daylight and the room has a sunroof, Mary gave us each a little beanbag eye cover to block the light. While it was a really pleasant 90 minutes and the time flew by for me, it was a bit difficult to feel completely calm with the brightness and the studio walls were a bit thin allowing for hallway noise to seep through. If you like super calm restorative yoga without any painful stretching (I’m terribly inflexible so even pigeon kills me), this is your place.
After your downward dogs are done, head to the vegan restaurant and grab a fresh juice. If you’re really in the mood to relax, book a massage or sauna treatment. Check the calendar for live music, as there was a band setting up after the restorative class finished. In the neighborhood you can also find Blue Bottle Coffee (haven’t been but my coworkers swear by it) and Café Gratitude, another trendy vegan place.
Tricks of the Trade
- If you’re interested in eating at the restaurant afterwards, you may want to make a reservation and bring a change of clothes. It was getting pretty crowded and people were dressed to impress when I was there.