Both yoga and Pilates require patience, a clear mind, deep breaths and time. Most importantly, these types of exercise call for workout gear that is stress-free, calming and comfortable. Los Angeles is a leader in wellness and healthy living with a focus on taking care of your body, mind and spirit as you give back to the community. Check out these yoga/Pilates boutiques and ease your mind and body into a productive exercise routine.
Take a deep breath in and slowly let it out as you walk into Divine Blessings. Located behind The Global Breath Awareness Movement, which educates individuals on the Power of the Breath, Divine Blessings specializes in reminding us to take stock of our lives and see the world around us before jumping into your next appointment on the calendar. Divine Blessings’ signature line, Breathe – Breathe Some More, is a testament to their philosophy and mission. Made in the United States, the Breathe – Breathe Some More… black, 100 percent cotton hoodie is super-soft and a great pre- and post-workout pullover. The shop also carries its Om – Om Some More line featuring unisex thermals in white/grey.
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Finding a yoga mat or the perfect sports bra for Pilates can happen at Yoga House. The boutique carries earth-friendly, PVC-free yoga mats by Hugger Mugger, Manduka, Barefoot Yoga and Jade Harmony. In addition, Yoga House has all the necessities for a successful workout including blocks, bolsters, meditation zafus, mat bags, straps, blankets, eye pillows and yoga wear from Hard Tail, Beyond Yoga, Be Present and OmGirl. If you have a friend or loved one who is a total yogi, Yoga House also has a variety of yoga-inspired gifts items such as jewelry, candles and incense. In addition, the studio offers workshops – On September 1 and September 16, put on your most comfy workout pants and attend the studio’s YOGA 101: A Workshop in the Basics.
Get into the relaxing vibe of your workout with soft, flexible workout clothes at Double Shaka. A beachy boutique that offers clients a variety of lifestyle fashions, Double Shaka’s atmosphere is just like its namesake, shaka, the Hawaiian meaning for “chill and to be laid back.” Down the street from Ocean Pilates, Double Shaka has a unique selection of active and yoga wear including the Teaser Bootcut yoga pant from Public Myth. In addition, the shop offers resortwear, men’s swimwear, bikinis, coverups, organic bamboo and baby products.
Offering one of the highest quality yoga programs in Los Angeles, Yogaworks believes in the importance of outfitting its followers with the right gear. The yoga studio recently debuted bkr (“beaker”), a glass water bottle (because glass is the super-green in eco-friendly living) that won’t leave residue of drinks past or have any of the issues plastic bottles seem to run into. The bkr is a perfect hydration companion for both yoga and Pilates workouts (probably a no no for running or cycling) and will sit quietly next to your eKOLite Mat 3 by Manduka. It also serves as a sleek accessory to your black Low Rise Ankle Leggings by Nux (choose from colors surf – turquoise, jelly – purple, smith – green apple or crush –red). In addition, Yogaworks sells Mat Washes, because we can’t stick those into the dishwasher.
After a hot yoga or power Pilates class, it’s hard to keep your mat from collecting debris at the studio. Siesta Yoga is one of the few Los Angeles studios where you can buy the Limited Edition Manduka Lyrics Practice Tote. The tote protects your mat so you can travel to and from class or take it on the road. Adjustable, breathable and made with 100 percent cotton, the canvas tote comes in tranquil colors including vintage white, vintage violet and limestone. As “siesta” means a short afternoon rest in Spanish, you should definitely try the studio’s Candlelight Flow class, a sequence of Vinyasa yoga poses that focus on flexibility and breathing. The 7:30 p.m. Friday class will be a relaxing start to your weekend.
Jennifer Geisman is a freelance writer and faithful beauty junkie living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.