Yoga classes: by-donation and free yoga in Los Angeles
Free (and almost free) yoga classes in Los Angeles and beyond: From beachside asanas to Downtown downward dogs.
Here’s the way we like to do it: Enter Runyon Canyon from the butterfly gate off Vista Street, hike to Indian Rock via the narrow path that veers left just before the second gate, and follow the approximately 2.5-mile loop, descending just in time to join a yoga class at the east end of the park, in the grassy area by the Fuller Avenue entrance, where you can have a friend meet you with a yoga mat. This incredibly popular Hollywood hiking spot offers two to three free yoga classes a day—many taught by the founder of the program, the tough but friendly Yogi Steve.
• Classes are offered Mon-Fri at 8:45am, 10:30 am and 2pm; Sat-Sun at 10:30 am and 2pm
This cozy, stylish spot is in the middle of Echo Park’s mini-retail row, down from Tavin boutique and Cookbook food emporium. A two-room studio with at least one pay-what-you-can yoga class each weekday (including three Power Yoga sessions), Yogala is also something of a one-stop-shop for healing, with acupuncture, sound healing, chair massage, energetic bodywork and tarot readings, as well as a more literal kind of cleansing: a Matsana mat sanitizer that students can use for $1.
• Pay what you can
• See website for class times
- Echo Park
Teachers from Long Beach’s Trilogy Yoga lead free classes every day of the week at Bluff Park, a gorgeous stretch of green that overlooks the Pacific. Classes at the studio itself are by donation, but these daily outdoor sessions are completely free as part of founder Dharma Shakti’s Yogalution movement to bring yoga to all. And she really does mean all: Toddlers abound at these classes, and there are occasionally canines in the mix, demonstrating what downward dog really means.
• Daily classes at 11am, plus an additional class Friday at 9am, are held at Ocean and Junipero Sts in Long Beach.
This ashram style studio in Santa Monica reaches beyond fitness to the more spiritual origins of yoga. Most of the classes are vinyasa flow, but Bhakti’s founders Govindas (née Ira Rosen) and wife Radha are also devotees of kirtan, a form of spiritual chanting, which often becomes a part of their classes. Instead of just the traditional harmonic "om" at the beginning or end of class, you might find yourself voicing Sanskrit mantras while flowing through a set of poses. The studio is a couple blocks from the beach, so you can continue your practice on the sand on warm days.
• Suggested donation: $10-15
• Check website for class schedule
- Santa Monica
Every single person in your yoga class is already wearing Lululemon pants; you might as well do yoga in the middle of their store! Led by experienced local teachers, and infused with the brand’s trademark quirky positivity (the exterior of their new Robertson store proclaims: Rock & Peace, Love & Dove, Hare Krishna You Groovy Cats), these classes accommodate yoga neophytes but are still challenging enough for the experienced. The only downside will be your increased desire for yet another pair of Lululemon bottoms.
- Citywide locations
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