Did you know that yoga was first introduced to the west in Los Angeles, California? It was brought over by Indra Devi whom studied yoga in India under Sri Krishnamacharya. She wrote three books on the basic asana poses (physical yoga poses) which brought in a lot of readers, mostly women. People became interested and yoga’s popularity only has gotten larger and larger with time. Unfortunately when something becomes popular, it also becomes appropriated and expensive. But with wellness and healthy living being a larger topic of conversation, yoga and wellness centers are becoming more accessible and diverse. Here are a few Latinx owned yoga studios & wellness centers you can check out in the greater Los Angeles area.
The story behind People’s Yoga is quite inspiring. Lauren and Leah, the founders, first began offering yoga in 2012 throughout different community centers in East Los Angeles. After seeing the benefits and love that the community was gaining from yoga they went ahead and opened up their yoga studio in 2014. “Our classes are affordable, inviting, fun, intergenerational, and focused on self-care.” Their classes include mommy and me yoga, curvy flow, vinyasa flow, restorative and many more. The studio offers classes both in English and Spanish. Learn more about them here: http://www.peoplesyoga.org/