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Ready to test your limits in an outdoor HIIT class, try out a silent meditation, or down dog next to your pup? We've got all that and more in our latest roundup of LA health and fitness events that you don't want to miss.
Take some time for yourself during this restorative, day-long wellness retreat. Going down at a picturesque home in Venice, you'll start the morning with coffee and a supplements bar before diving into a full schedule of curated activities, including yoga, meditation, and cold immersions, with a few surprises along the way. It all wraps up with a multi-course, all-organic dinner with your new friends. Sound like your kind of experience? Snag your ticket — spots are limited.
Join your fellow runners for this scenic trail run complete with quintessential LA sights. You'll sweat it out on an 8k or 12k course through Griffith Park with views of downtown, the Observatory, and the Hollywood Sign to carry you through the muscle burn.
Olympic boxing coach and former fighter Cary Williams is teaching a 45-minute class at 2XU Century City, where you can truly train with the pros. Did we mention it's free as part of the store's Master Trainer series? See you at the heavy bag.
In addition to the awesome benefits of a heated practice, this energizing flow at Modo Yoga West will end with one lucky yogi leaving with some sweet OV gear. If that's not a reason to get up for a morning workout, we don't know what is!
Head to Sweaty Equity Fitness for an immersive silent disco yoga session followed by a mindful meditation and wellness-focused discussion. Headsets are provided; all you have to do is bring your mat, water bottle, and a positive attitude. All levels welcome!
Goat yoga was so last year. Now, it's all about puppy yoga! Head to Laughing Frog Yoga for a class filled with six or so puppies, as well as a few foster pups who are looking for a forever home. Come for the yoga, leave with a furry friend.
Grab a workout buddy and sweat it out during this full-body circuit training class focused on building strength and endurance. Stick around after to refuel with a post-workout shake.
Leave it on the mat during this sun-soaked, all-levels yoga class on the deck of Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel Los Angeles. Hang out post-sweat for brunch and mingling with your fellow yogis, plus the chance to shop your favorite fitness and wellness brands.
The Fit Girl Club LA is at it again, this time, partnering with Sweat Yoga Little Tokyo to bring you a fun-filled afternoon of yoga and networking. Unroll your mat for an energizing flow, followed by complimentary healthy snacks and drinks, along with 20% off retail from Sweat, Vuori, Beyond Yoga, and Onzie.
If you enjoy working out and coffee, then join Outdoor Voices LA for a morning jogging club meetup in Venice. Start with a two-to-three-mile run, then head back to Bluestone Lane on Rose Ave. for a free cup of joe and half-priced avo toast.
Join the Fitbit Local team at Echo Park Lake for an all-levels bootcamp workout and followed by a rejuvenating yoga flow. Listen for the name of the giveaway winner of the free Fitbit (fingers crossed!) while drinking some coconut water post-sweat.
Runstreet and Athleta LA are teaming up to bring us the first-ever LA Art Run. You'll sweat it out on a scenic, 5k course along the Venice Beach Boardwalk, pass by some of the area's well-known street art and murals, and make a few well-timed stops for photo ops. Hang out after for giveaways and a photo contest.
With the inability to leave our houses, right now might seem like the perfect time to try a lot of things we’ve never made time for. In this altered state of reality, and time indoors that seems to drag on forever, it may seem like the opportunities are endless. Organizing, decorating, baking, crafting, reading, TikTok-ing, and doing all those things you see online. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed with options, we’re here to tell you that now’s the perfect time to try yoga above the rest.
Bedroom. Backyard. Livingroom. Basement. Bathroom (hey, to each his own). Anywhere you have room to roll out a yoga mat is fair game. Sorry, extra tall peeps, you may have to move some furniture. As we’re all sheltered-in-place right now, we’re getting creative with how we get our fitness in. But if you just don’t have it in you to start transforming your guest room into a fitness studio (we get it), virtual yoga classes are perfect for you.
You’re probably already wearing yoga pants.
Unless you enjoy suffering and have been putting jeans on every day to WFH (props to you), you’re probably wearing sweats, PJs, or yoga pants on your lower half (with some business on top, of course). If that’s the case, you’re already almost fully dressed for a yoga sesh! Throw on a sports bra or top, push your coffee table out of the way, and you’re good to go (no shoes necessary).
As we’re all stuck at home, people's creativity has started to blossom. Some have started new social media challenges, taken up painting or knitting, or channeled their inner Chrissy Teigen and started trying out all those recipes they never had time to before. If you’re like me, though, you’re a little discouraged when it comes to getting the creative juices flowing. You may be feeling anxious about the state of the world right now, discouraged by how talented everyone else seems on social media, or simply can’t find the energy to take on a new challenge. If that’s you, that’s okay. I’m right there with you. I’m a writer, and usually a pretty creative person, but I just can’t bring myself to hop on this trend right now.
For me, however, yoga has been an awesome way to express myself—a different form of creativity that doesn’t necessarily yield a production at the end. You can start by attending a live virtual yoga class, and add in your own creative flair as you go (because what better time to try new poses than when you’re in your house with no one watching?). Listen to your body, get expressive, and let your creative juices flow (literally).
It’s no secret, that yoga has some incredible mental benefits. And it’s also no secret that a lot of us could use a little extra mental self-care right now. Focusing on your breathing, connecting your body and mind, and diving into meditation all have incredible effects on your overall mental health. It’s been shown to relieve stress, calm the nervous system, and even improve symptoms of depression.
On top of that, in a time of such uncertainty, we are all most likely craving routine. Carving out some time in our not-so-busy schedules to put down our phones, turn off our TVs, and tune in to connect with our bodies and minds could definitely do us all some good right now.
If you’re used to working in an ergonomically correct office and have now switched to a hunched-over-a-coffee-table-on-your-couch situation, we feel you. I know I’ve been having some serious back pain from all the weird positions I’ve been working in each day. Yoga can help strengthen your back muscles, improve posture, and increase blood flow. If you’ve noticed areas of pain or tightness in your body, you can focus on bringing fluid, breath, and awareness to them to release tension and increase flexibility.
There are many different types of yoga, and you may have to test out a few before you find the one that’s right for you. If you want it as a supplement to your other intense virtual fitness classes, you may want to try restorative or Yin yoga. If you want to heat up your muscles and break a sweat, you may want to try a more active Vinyasa or Power flow. Don’t be overwhelmed by choices; think of it as an opportunity to challenge your body and mind in lots of new ways! Here’s a guide to get you started.
If you’re feeling isolated and in need of a sense of community right now, you’re not alone. We’re all missing our friends, family, and general sense of human connection right now. A great way to get connected to a local (or distant) community right now is through virtual classes. Many studios are offering live-streamed virtual yoga sessions that are bookable through Mindbody, where you can flow in solidarity with others around the world.
Maybe you’d like to try out yoga studios near you in hopes of finding one you can frequent once they reopen. Or maybe you’d like to explore what other cities or countries have to offer. Perhaps you’ve been nervous to try yoga for the first time in a studio in front of others. Right now, you have the unique opportunity to experience classes and instructors from a variety of different studios from the comfort of your home. Take advantage of it! You’d be surprised how comforting it is to know that you’re sharing an hour of your day with people in the same boat. And who knows? Maybe you’ll find a local community of yogis you love and a studio to visit once stay-at-home orders are lifted.
If you’re looking for a new hobby, fitness type, creative release, stress-reducer, pain-reliever, or sense of community, yoga is all of that—and more. So, find a space, roll out your mat (or just try it on the carpet!), and find a class to try today. What’s stopping you?