The Los Angeles East Side Guide
Formerly known as hipster central, the East Side—though by no means mainstream—has transformed from a far-flung destination to a vibrant central neighborhood, thanks to a consistent stream of new openings across all categories, be it shopping, eating, or drinking. Close proximity to amenities like Griffith Park and booming Downtown just add fuel to the fire.
Love Yoga2110 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park | 310.905.9777
We spend a lot of time at the original Love Yoga in Venice, so news of its East Side outpost was thrilling. Just like the Lincoln Boulevard space, co-yoga directors Kyle Miller and Sian Gordon have created a paradise that smells more like white sage and Diptyque candles than a sweaty yoga studio. While the studio interior has obvious appeal, the teaching is where Love Yoga really shines. The overall vibe is laid-back—no heat, no mirrors, and definitely no weights—with a meditation and Savasana built into every class. Clear direction and game-changing adjustments will make seventy-five minutes go by extraordinarily fast, though there’s nothing about this that’s easy: Expect to sweat (a lot) and to feel it the next day.
Lucas2828 Newell St., Echo Park | 323.913.1100
There are many large and glossy salons in LA (with prices to match), which makes the small, intimate, and fairly-priced Lucas a nice alternative. Located in Echo Park, they strike a nice balance between hip and classic, and the experience is friendly and attentive.
Natural Pilates2894 Rowena Ave., Silverlake | 323.522.6108
Natural Pilates may seem mild, fairly easy, and somewhat gentle. Do not be fooled. In the hour-long class of small, subtle movements and dynamic stretching on the Reformer, you may hardly break a sweat, but your muscles will be aching for days afterward. The space is small, with eight Reformers in a sparkly clean, functional studio. Individual sessions are also available, and classes are at convenient times—like the popular 7 a.m., which means you can exercise and still make it to work on time.
One Down Dog2150 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock | 323.344.3696
This is the east side's most awesome yoga studio. They offer a variety of tailored classes based on nearly everything you could be looking for in a yoga session: "chill," "restore," "sculpt," "sweat," "baby & me," etc. They also offer even more customized, one-on-one private sessions, as well as on-site classes at businesses and universities around Los Angeles. One Down Dog's class packages can be used at both their Eagle Rock and Silver Lake location.
Stark Waxing Studio3335 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake | 323.666.3335
These aptly-named salons are pleasantly airy, modern and minimal, and give awesome Brazilian waxes. Their high-quality blue and cream wax, imported from France, is great for sensitive skin. They also offer eyebrow shaping and any wax you can imagine, from nostrils to stomach, for women and men alike. There's another location in West Hollywood.
Still2395 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake | 323.906.8960
As the name suggests, you'll find peace at Still, which offers great yoga classes at reasonable prices in Silver Lake. The vibe is positive and calm, and classes are taught for all different levels.
The Sweat Spot3327 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake | 323.953.8089
When the gyms gets boring and boutique fitness classes are too involved, the Sweat Spot and its wonderfully nostalgic dance classes for adults are just what the doctor ordered. The best thing on tap? Sweaty Sundays, an all-levels, all-ages, free-form community dance class that never fails to lift your spirits.
Y7 Silver Lake4300 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
It’s hot and dark, and it can get crowded—but honestly, the more the merrier. Thanks to a booming soundtrack of Drake and 2 Chainz and the only light coming from candles, you can neither hear or see other yogis. It sounds a bit corny, but we’re saying it anyway: Y7 makes exercise fun. The beats, the upbeat teachers hollering encouragement, the lack of forced-upon-you Zen mean that an hour flies by. Prepare for a serious sweat and stretch, with a side of convenience. Mats and towels are available for rent at the desk, the lockers are the combination kind, meaning you don’t need to come prepared with a lock, and there are several showers (as well as deodorant, face wipes, and hair ties to freshen up) on the premises.