1st Jul 2016 FOR YOU

The MC Yoga Guide

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As mothers, often the hardest part of practicing yoga is finding the time to come to your mat. In our very busy lives we often tend to neglect ourselves. Use yoga as a gift to yourself, take some time to slow down and remember what is important to you.

With so many different styles of yoga to try, challenge yourself and try something new. Hot yoga is wonderful for a great detox, while you can slow things down with a gentle Yin yoga or step it up with a high intensity Vinyasa class. It all depends on what you’re looking to achieve personally.

 Below are my favorite studios in London and Los Angeles. Whatever the class, they will help you to understand the importance of connecting the breath with the body and mind. B.K.S Iyengar was quoted as saying, “Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.” 

 

LOS ANGELES:

AuraYoga: A West Hollywood favorite! All the classes at AuraYoga place focus on breathing and form. Yogis love the LED light system, which is customized by instructors along with music, colors change throughout class to balance your chakras to flow with the class. Favorite Teacher: Jake Ferree Auraworkout.com

Hot 8 Yoga: Offering wide variety of hot yoga classes, focusing on strength, flexibility, and balance with a holistic approach of nurturing the spirit. Practice their series of 26 static postures in unique eco-designed rooms with slip resistant and hypoallergenic floors. Their state of the art climate control, constantly pumps fresh air, which is disinfected using ultra-violet lights killing 99.98% of all harmful bacteria. Studios in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Pasadena. Hot8yoga.com

Maha Yoga: If you’ve ever wanted to experience rock and roll or hip-hop mixed with the power of yoga then this is the place. The word “maha” means “great” or “supreme.” Maha Yoga is a beautiful, light and music-filled yoga studio, where people experience the great fun and euphoria that only yoga provides. Maha Yoga offers a full schedule of classes with its founder, Steve Ross and other excellent teachers combining upbeat, inspirational music with a relaxed, easy spirituality that make his classes at Maha Yoga some of the most popular in Los Angeles. Mahayoga.com

Playlist Yoga: New to Los Angeles with the belief thatMusic has the power to connect, communicate, and motivate. Playlist Yoga is a modern, music-based approach to yoga. They believe in a dynamic, upbeat workout that ignites the body and clears the mind. Matching your breath to the movement and your movement to the music, all while aiming to improve your strength, flexibility and endurance. Playlistyoga.com

Power Yoga: Bryan Kest is one of the most popular yoga teachers in Santa Monica. He has created a healing atmosphere that honors each individual, in an environment that respects your boundaries and works within you. His donation only, powerhouse yoga community is directed at creating the highest level of energy, vitality and freedom. Can’t make your weekly class, login to their website and join your favorite class from home. Poweryoga.com

Rise Movement: This gym is Los Angeles’ best kept secret. Their yoga classes offer a challenging vinyasa style work out with a well-rounded set of asanas that builds strength, balance and flexibility. Not to mention the best tunes during class to motivate and deepen your practice. Favorite Teacher: Andrea Bogart Rise-movement.com

Wanderlust Yoga: This Wanderlust is a 10,000-square- yoga studio, café, meditation zone and members-only social club… a place to practice, listen, taste, learn, and gather. Wanderlust Hollywood is a fusion of classes and experiences from yoga and nutrition to meditation and specialized workshops. Their mission is to help you find your true north and cultivate your best self. Wanderlusthollywood.com

Yoga Works: Yoga Works is a popular chain all over LA with a wide range of yoga styles. They pride themselves to honor and empower your journey toward personal growth and well being. Their programs remain authentic to ancient yoga tradition while tackling modern challenges. Their highly trained, passionate teachers make yoga accessible to everyone and offer a practice that can be applied on and off the mat. Favorite Teacher: Andrea Marcum,Yogaworks.com

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NEW YORK:

Lyons Den: Their mission at Lyons Den Power Yoga is to empower you to live boldly and courageously. From a physical perspective, the power is indicative of the poses and flow of practice. The poses they use will focus on building strength, balance and flexibility while moving from one pose to the next. Lyons Den Power Yoga is Manhattan’s only yoga studio dedicated to teaching Hot Power Vinyasa Yoga in the Baptiste Yoga™ Method. Lyonsdenpoweryoga.com

Y7 Studio: New York’s original hip hop yoga studio. Y7 does things differently. They give you 60 minutes of intensity combined with heat and strength complemented by deep breathing and a calming of the mind. Here you won’t find mirrors, but candlelit studios to flow alongside the latest beats. You’ll leave feeling strong, clear and ready to take on whatever the city has in store for you. Y7-Studio.com

Yoga for Bad People: The name alone makes this studio stand out. Here they like to make the time for both a strong vinyasa style class alongside a more intricate exploration of the proper alignment and therapeutics of the postures. One of the most important aspects of a YFBP class is the music – expect to hear anything from Outkast to Cat Power to Zeppelin to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. It’s not uncommon for the vibe of the class to feel like you have one foot on the mat and one foot on the dance floor. Bottom Line: They like to have a good time. Yogaforbadpeople.com

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 LONDON:

 Battersea Yoga: This modern yoga studio is housed in a farmhouse style loft. They offer a plethora of dynamic yoga classes, as well as an extensive mediation series., Free-Movement Bioenergetic yoga therapy sessions, and a pre and post-natal series, which include Mum & Baby classes. Batterseayoga.com

Evolve Yoga Studio: Evolve Yoga Studio is on a mission to provide an excellent resource for well being through yoga, holistic treatments and innovative workshops. Evolve cares about creating a healthy community where each individual matters as well as the environment we live in. Inspired by supporting you to feel great about yourself; in feeling happy, healthy, vibrant and balanced, not only on the mat, but in your everyday life. Evolvewellnesscentre.com

Good Vibes:Good Vibes is a place dedicated to the enjoyment created by positive, fun and thoughtful exercise. Their ‘glow yoga’ is a modern approach to yoga, believing that your practice should cultivate awareness. Aiming their teachings to be in line with the latest anatomy and movement thinking. This class is perfect if you want a social experience, where you feel fantastic about generating positivity and joy together with other fellow yogi’s. The studios feature infra-red lights to maximize the benefits for your mind and body. Goodvibesfitness.co.uk

 Indaba Yoga: Indaba means ‘gathering’. Perfectly located in Central London, you can gather into this beautifully built community of yogis with the city’s most talented teachers. Offering a rich array of yoga styles, providing something for people of every ability and preference. They have a wonderful collective of experienced and inspiring yoga teachers from around the world. Drawing on a wide range of backgrounds and methods, dedicated to the practice, they are committed to sharing their knowledge with students of all levels. Favorite Teacher: Alaric Newcombe Indabayoga.com

Iyengar Yoga Institute: The Iyengar Yoga Institute is London’s original Iyengar yoga centre and named after influential yogi B.K.S Iyengar. Welcoming new students and experienced practitioners for more than thirty years. Located in Maida Vale, and offering more than fifty classes a week, catering for all levels from complete beginners to more advanced practitioners, in award-winning bright, spacious studios. Iyi.org.uk

Rocket Yoga: Founder, Marcus Veda is the man behind the Rocket Revolution. His cult followers love his mash-up of taking poses from traditional Ashtanga yoga, but breaking them down into moves that are more accessible to beginners. All classes are accompanied by a motivational playlist. Expect to be challenged, work up a sweat, stretch out those muscles and come away from the class feeling ready to take on the world! Marcusvedayoga.com

The Power Yoga Company: The power yoga philosophy is not about learning to put your feet behind your ears, but learning to love and look after the body you’ve been given. It’s about challenging your limits, both mentally and physically and learning to breathe through it. Allow yourself to find peace and become a calmer, healthier, and happier person. Classes are taught in heated studios with beautiful big stain glass windows…be sure to hit the juice bar after class. Favorite Class: Monday at 6:30pm Thepoweryogaco.com

Tri Yoga: One of London’s favorite yoga companies is a one stop shop for true well-being, combining three key elements of yoga, pilates + treatments. Sign up for sessions from the best teachers, offering a broad range of truly authentic styles of yoga in a sacred space. Most locations also have an organic café and juice bar, perfect for a post shavasana snack. Favorite Teacher: Ryan Spielman Triyoga.co.uk