At a Glance:
Address: 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Length: 60 minutes
The best thing about Los Angeles is that it is perfect year-round for outdoor workouts. Unlike New York and Chicago where you barely manage to avoid frostbite rushing from the subway to your class, LA hosts various outside sweat sessions in the “coldest” months. I finally had the chance to try one of the most popular ones, yoga at the Roosevelt Hotel pool.
Since the hotel is very near to my apartment, we walked over. I would recommend Ubering so you can take advantage of the pool bar, especially because parking in the area if difficult and expensive. If you have a Corepower account, you just have to sign in, otherwise you’ll fill out a waiver. We brought mats but they had some you could borrow. The yoga space was a walkway with some shady spots so we put our mats down in the back after grabbing bottles of the provided Evian water.
This class was modeled after a CPY Sculpt class but without weights. We started with two vinyasa flows and then did some cardio including jumping jacks, high-knees, butt-kicks, and squats with pulses. Lastly, we worked our core with a few varieties of crunches including bicycles. We stretched at the end and there was a second instructor walking around to help deepen your stretch. All in all I would say this was an intermediate level class that a beginner could follow along with. My husband joined me and it was his first ever yoga class. He tried to copy everything I did and had a little trouble with the logistics of the poses (ex: the direction of your feet in warrior poses, etc) that would be better suited for a beginner class. I found it was a good sweat that definitely made me feel like I got my workout in for the day.
Head over to the pool for $5 mimosas at the Tropicana Bar. Unfortunately, the pool seats are strictly reserved for hotel guests but there is a lounge area in the back for yogis. Make sure to bring a bathing suit to change into. After some sunning, head over to Hollywood & Highland for shopping.
Tricks of the Trade
- Pick a spot in the shade but also try to stay close to the front. We were in the back row and it was difficult at times to hear the instructions.
- Bring a towel for the pool as the ones there are only for hotel guests.