Mass-produced mats that make your body stick to the surface when you’re sweaty and razor-backed shirts that don’t move when you do have determined yogis out on the town looking for just the right items to replace those that just aren’t working when class is in session. Not only does the Southland offer a slew of places to practice this ancient exercise system aimed at attaining body and mental control as well as well-being, but the City of Angels also prides itself on a fine selection of boutiques, most of them attached to studios that teach the ancient practice. All are stocked to make sure you’re ready when your poses are being perfected, so be sure to consider the following five. They’re standouts.
The Americana at Brand
710 Americana Way
Known for its comfortable athletic wear for both men and women, Lululemon is a perfect place if you’re looking for yoga apparel. The clothes here not only feel good on, but also look great and are durable. Find everything from yoga pants, tanks and other clothes that is perfect for a workout.
Gurus Gate Yoga
815 Manhattan Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Not far from the Manhattan Beach Pier, Yoga Circle supplies yogis with all kinds of goodies to enjoy during class as well as at home or outdoors while practicing perfecting their poses. The atmosphere at this serene boutique is run in such a way that you can shop without any commitment to buy, but feel free to do so if you find exactly what you are looking for. The space, done in hardwood flooring and decorated with a huge Buddha head, takes the eye from colorful mats to loose T-shirts to all kinds of products that promise to be eco-friendly. There’s even a bar accompanied by high-backed stools for sitting while contemplating your next move, this time in a nifty retail arena.
Maitri Yoga Store
11160 W. Washington Blvd. Unit C
Culver City, CA 90232
February 2015 brought the opening of this Culver City-based yoga store that takes its namesake practice more seriously than anything else, no matter who is practicing yoga. While experts may want to gear up with Toesox low rise half toe shoes, beginners may be looking for the best of the basic rectangular bolster. On her website, owner Ellina Kim talks about the vision for Maitri (which means loving-kindness in Sanskrit) as “a space and resource where beginning and seasoned yogis alike could come, without intimidation to deepen their practice, ask questions and shop for all of the latest trends in yoga clothes and gear in one place.” Mission accomplished.
12178 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
Want to get down, dog? You’re about to hear about a place where every move you make in yoga class will be at its best thanks to the clothing you choose to use. Sure, this Valley shop equips other disciplines, but the one where you can conceivably make yourself into all kinds of shapes, even that of a pretzel, is especially special. At Lucy’s Yoga Shop, you’ll unearth all kinds of top lines offering yoga pants, yoga shorts and yoga tops, and you’ll notice that the variety is among the best Los Angeles has to offer.
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11 W. State St.
Pasadena, CA 91105
An all-purpose place aimed at the center’s athletic and spiritual passion, this Pasadena-based studio runs a carefully-curated shop committed to the yoga devotee. All kinds of designer garb, from such lines as Beyond Yoga, Be Present and OmGirl to designer gear like yoga mats from Mats by Manduka and Hugger Mugger are on hand. So are a variety of eye pillows, meditation zafus, yoga DVDs, and so much more that you’ll have to stop by for the full effect. While there, take a class before or after checking out the wares.
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5142 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village, CA 91607
Eco-friendly is the byword at this compact shop located inside one of Valley Village’s most popular yoga studios. Workout clothes meant for making good lines while practicing the ancient art are the main event, but also offered at this pretty outpost is everything from inspirational books to an assortment of candles. Also on hand: unique jewelry that seems to marry well with the yoga culture. Namaste!