1410 Second St, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9010434.014629 -118.496972
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West LA
Great Yoga! Great experiences! – Wonderful Teachers: Travis and Astrid
The experience at this yoga studio is different with each teacher. Classes incorporate challenging asanas and yoga philosophy. Some classes are very spiritual, while some classes play popular music. I would take yoga here even if it wasn't donation only - especially for Travis and Astrid who are very gracious and welcoming. Travis is a very spiritual, very uplifting teacher - be ready to work up a sweat in a sweet way. Astrid is one of their veteran teachers, and often recites poetry or the words of yogi masters during lessons.
Classes here can be as physically challenging as you want them to, no one makes you do anything you feel uncomfortable with, in fact, the teachers ask you to rest as much as you like. I would also recommend Ally for yoginis with children or long time students. I have been going to this studio since it opened in '04.
Great class but disrespectful students – The new power yoga studio West is great and has a wonderful store next to it (although a bit noisy with loud buzzing in the background - a good challenge to help you maintain focus). If you are looking for a great class where you don't need instructions and you just want a good workout then this is great. However, if you are new to yoga or you just started your practice, I highly recommend you study in a studio where you will get some hands-on assistance to ensure your form is proper. My biggest complaint about this studio though is that people showed up over 30 minutes late and expected others already in the midst of their practice to accommodate them. Please - if you are more than a few minutes late, find another class to attend. We all have busy schedules but coming in to a very crowded class is extremely disruptive to others.
Editorial Review – The second location of Brian Kest's Santa Monica Power Yoga features more donation-based yoga classes with a variety of seasoned instructors.
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