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
Yoga classes in Los Angeles: Beach Yoga with Brad
Photograph: Bradley Roberge Yoga classes in Los Angeles: Beach Yoga with Brad
By Jade Chang |
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From the designer duds to the specialty mats to the classes that can top out at $25 apiece, taking yoga can feel more like a bank breaker than a body bender. But it doesn't have to be. From classes in the best parks in Los Angeles to those by the best beaches in Los Angeles, there are quality free workout opportunities throughout LA. So here is a list of the best free yoga classes, or those by donation (with little to no pressure to pay a dime), so you can be more flexible with your body and your spending. 

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Free yoga classes, or classes by donation

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Runyon Canyon Yoga
Photograph: Courtesy Runyon Canyon Yoga
Attractions, Parks and gardens

Runyon Canyon yoga

icon-location-pin Hollywood

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.

• Free
• Classes are offered Mon-Fri at 8:45am, 10:30 am and 2pm; Sat-Sun at 10:30 am and 2pm

2
Yogala Echo Park
Sports and fitness, Yoga & Pilates

Yogala Echo Park

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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 $2.

• Pay what you can
• See website for class times

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3
Bluff Park Yoga Class

Yogalution on Bluff 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.

• Free
• Daily classes at 11am, plus an additional class Friday at 9am, are held at Ocean and Junipero Sts in Long Beach.

4
Sports and fitness, Yoga & Pilates

Bhakti Yoga Shala

icon-location-pin Santa Monica

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-$25
• Check website for class schedule

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5
Sports and fitness, Yoga & Pilates

Lululemon Athletica

icon-location-pin 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.

• Times and locations vary, but generally each store in the LA area has at least one free yoga class per week, on Sunday mornings. Check website for dates/times.

6
Yoga Circle Downtown
Sports and fitness, Yoga & Pilates

Yoga Circle Downtown

icon-location-pin Downtown Historic Core

One of LA’s most well-known yoga personalities, Kest has turned his two (1410 2nd St and 522 Santa Monica Blvd) by-donation Santa Monica studios into a powerhouse yoga community, with classes that regularly draw more than a hundred students (show up early!). No matter how large the class, the charismatic Kest draws everyone together, creating a collective sense of focus and intention that keeps students from all over town coming back. If you’re aiming for yoga posterity, hit the 4pm Saturday class at the 2nd Street studio—most are filmed for Power Yoga’s online channel.

• Suggested donation: $15
• Check website for class times

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Beach Yoga with Brad
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Beach Yoga with Brad

icon-location-pin Santa Monica

In a city of actor-model-waiters, Brad Keimach is an unusual multi-hyphenate: conductor-lecturer-yogi. This Julliard-trained conductor (he’s appeared at Carnegie Hall) teaches free yoga on the beach in Santa Monica every Saturday and Sunday, plus a special sunset class. His 90-minute class can attract up to 50 students a session, and he leads them through a slow and steady flow that may involve moving off the mats and into the waves.

• Minimum donation: $15
• Sat-Sun at 10:30am-12pm; sunset yoga, sunset yoga varies (check online each week for start time, as the sunset changes).

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Bryan Kest's Power Yoga
Sports and fitness, Yoga & Pilates

Bryan Kest's Power Yoga

icon-location-pin Santa Monica

One of LA’s most well-known yoga personalities, Kest has turned his two (1410 2nd St and 522 Santa Monica Blvd) by-donation Santa Monica studios into a powerhouse yoga community, with classes that regularly draw more than a hundred students (show up early!). No matter how large the class, the charismatic Kest draws everyone together, creating a collective sense of focus and intention that keeps students from all over town coming back. If you’re aiming for yoga posterity, hit the 4pm Saturday class at the 2nd Street studio—most are filmed for Power Yoga’s online channel.

• Suggested donation: $15
• Check website for class times

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