Mr C. Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, CA: Having opened in June 2011, Mr. C offers complimentary yoga every Saturday at 9am for hotel guests and neighborhood locals. Classes work on releasing tension within a “spirited flow” (insert your own meaning here). Translation? You will be sweating. If it’s nice out, they hold poolside yoga on the 4,500 square-foot pool area teak deck. Otherwise, yoga happens in the 12th floor Starlight Ballroom with 360-degree panoramic views of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. Mats are provided. For non-hotel guests, email concierge beforehand with your name and number to reserve a spot.
W Los Angeles Westwood, Westwood, CA (pictured): In the summer, the W Los Angeles in Westwood offers free yoga to guests and the public poolside on the WET Pool Deck (June 2-September 9.) Find your inner calm every Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 10am with celebrity trainers Kit Rich (Saturdays for pilates) and Tiffany Russo (Sundays for yoga) for an hour-long workout. Space is first come first serve, although we doubt any fist fights would break out if you took someone’s space. Mats are available but they recommend you bring your own. Best part? Classes end with a mimosa on the house, and 20% off brunch that day!
Palihouse Holloway, West Hollywood, CA: Palihouse is a stylish-yet-quirky combination of a boutique hotel and luxury residence all rolled into one. Since May, the hotel has been offering rooftop yoga sessions on Saturday mornings at 10am, followed by a special “brunch-asana” for $20 in Palihouse Courtyard Brasserie. Bottomless bloodies and mimosas with your side plank, anyone? Though classes are not currently in session during the colder months, hotel reps say they will resume again in late February. Summer also includes Tuesday night sunset yoga on the roof from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Yoga is free for Palihouse and Palihotel guests, and $10 for non-guests. RSVP is suggested but not necessary. Mats are available for those who need.
Shore Hotel, Santa Monica, CA: Over a year old now, the Shore Hotel is the only Gold LEED-certified property in the area, and its gym floor is even made of recycled tires. Yoga is offered complimentary to hotel guests, but in addition, the Shore Hotel is also the hotel of choice for a unique new company called YogaVacay which provides one-of-a-kind yoga retreat vacations for people from all over the world.
Retreats can last anywhere from 3 to 7 days, and typically include two classes per day taught by some of the area's most renowned power yoga teachers (Bryan Kest and Brock Cahill to name a few). Other cultural outings and outdoor activities are suggested within the carefully planned YogaVacay itineraries, but they’re also flexible so that if you feel you’ve had one too many downward dogs, they’ll be sure to understand.