The Real Deal:   JK Zen Fitness is a pilates studio conveniently located on Robertson Blvd that offers both beginning and advanced level classes, providing the traditional pilates reformer experience.  Underground parking is also available (with validation)! While it can be found in the hallways of a big building, once you step inside the walls of the studio, you immediately get the “zen”…

The Real Deal: Breedlove Pilatesis tucked away from the bustling sounds of Abbot Kinney in an adorable cottage.  The quaint surroundings almost make you feel like you are on a mini vacation and the warm welcome you’re sure to receive from Mary, the studio’s owner, will put any newcomer at ease.  The studio is small, but full of charm, and the space accommodates two separate rooms,…

The Real Deal: Located just off Laurel Canyon and about one mile south of Ventura Blvd, Fryman Canyon is a great way to get in a workout in a beautiful setting.  This hike truly has it all…a secluded setting, gorgeous surroundings, and challenging terrain.  If you’re looking for a peaceful hike, walk the trail and enjoy the nature around you.  If you’re more in the…

The Real Deal: Black Dog Yoga is deceptively large, with three separate yoga rooms.  Not only is the studio extremely warm and welcoming but it smells amazing because of the massage room located by the front desk!  Black Dog Yoga offers a variety of classes which primarily feature Ansura and Ashtanga Vinyasa systems…which basically means that they focus on incorporating flowing…

The Real Deal: Lotus Kitty offers a variety of cycling, yoga and boot camp classes daily.  The studio is very welcoming and has a warm and intimate feel, plus, the maximum class size is about 12 people.  On top of the daily cardio classes, Lotus Kitty offers a 6 week intensive KatCamp.  The next session will begin on February 21st, costs $700, and classes are Monday-Friday,…

The Real Deal: Yoga Shelter is located in Studio City and is a Michigan transplant.  Yoga Shelter occupies the former Angel City Yoga location on Ventura Blvd and is directly across the street from Kings Road Cafe.  The studio is extremely warm and friendly and the classes are amazing.  There is plenty of street parking, just be sure to have a credit card or plenty of quarters (an…

The Real Deal: The Westside finally has its own super sweaty yoga studio with the recent addition of Hot 8 Yoga in Santa Monica! The boutique space has two rooms which are heated between 90 and 100 degrees throughout the classes.  The floors are made of PVC, so they are slip-resistant, hypo-allergenic and shock absorbent.  Additionally, Hot 8 has an air purification system that they…

The Real Deal: CorePower Yoga just opened this month and is located on Ventura Blvd. at Colbath Ave. in Sherman Oaks.  CorePower Yoga classes combine heat, music, breath and movement.  Most of the classes are held in heated rooms, anywhere from 80-105 degrees.  The classes offered are CorePower Yoga, CorePower Hot Yoga, Hot Power Fusion, Yoga-Pilates, Yoga Sculpt, and Corerestore.  CorePower…

The Real Deal: The Electric Lodge is a visual and performing arts center just off of Abbot Kinney in Venice.  It’s described as a laboratory for artists and engages the community through a variety of programs, including an incredible Tuesday evening, donation-based Power Yoga class.  The tiny room is pretty bare and doesn’t offer any yoga “extras” like blankets and…

The Real Deal: Bryan Kest has become somewhat of a legend amongst yoga lovers here in Los Angeles.  All of his classes are on a donation basis, although it is suggested to leave $12 in the box on your way out.  Kest has two studios, both in Santa Monica with different schedules for each.  Classes taught by Bryan are the most popular (make sure you get there early!), but the studios offer…

  The Real Deal: Core Fusion is a trademarked workout by Exhale, which also offers yoga classes (Venice location only) and boasts a full spa.  Core Fusion is, as its name suggests, a fusion of several practices including yoga, pilates and ballet.  Class attendees are led through a series of exercises that incorporate light hand weights, stretching leg work at the ballet bar, and a variety…