Silverlake Yoga

If you live anywhere near Silver Lake, you’ve probably passed Silverlake Yoga —on Glendale Blvd. at the corner of Rowena—a million times. Maybe you’ve even thought about checking it out. As someone who has found her “yoga home” at SLY after years trying different studios around town, I’m here to tell you, gentle Nike-style, just go in.

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You’ll be welcomed with open arms. Not literally, because there’s no touchy-feely, New-Age-y hijinks at SLY, just a friendly smile and greeting by one of the instructors. Juliette Kurth and Jonathan Emerson, the couple who co-founded the studio in 1995, still teach classes and keep a protective eye over the large, well-lit space.

Still need persuading to walk through the door? Let me address some possible fears and considerations:

1) “I’m intimidated. I’ve never done yoga before.” SLY is an inviting studio that’s incredibly low-key and decidedly unintimidating. In the current parlance, it’s user-friendly. No competitive yoga going on here. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be challenged if that’s what you want because it offers a wide range of levels —Juliette’s class in particular will kick your butt.

2) “They won’t have a class at the time I need.” SLY offers several classes every day, including Sunday morning.

3) “What if I don’t like the instructor?” Many people teach at SLY, all with different styles and techniques, so it’s easy to find one that fits your skill and energy level.

4) “Yoga is too expensive. I can’t afford it.” If you buy a series of 8 classes, the cost goes from $15 to about $11. A month of unlimited sessions costs $115, which could easily bring down the per class price to less than $7. There are at least two $8 “community” classes per week and for students with ID they’re all 8 bucks.

For me, yoga is part exercise, part stress reduction and part religion. I can’t imagine living in Los Angeles without the peace of mind it gives me.

I like what Jonathan says at the end of his class: “Experience the difference between the way you felt at the beginning of class and the way you feel now.” I’m always struck by how much different I feel: refreshed, alert and ready to tackle the day.

If you’ve ever thought about doing yoga, maybe 2010 is your year to start, and Silverlake Yoga the place to do it. At the least, you’ll come out feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. If you’re lucky, you’ll find your yoga home.

SILVERLAKE YOGA at 2810 ½ Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039 www.Silverlakeyoga.com