"Love Yoga East" Studio Spotlight - LA YOGA Magazine
Echo Park is a neighborhood on the rise. It has become a burgeoning mecca of new coffee shops, pet stores, and yoga studios. While the east side of Sunset Boulevard has seen refurbishment and revitalization indoors of buildings and properties, the edifices have kept the iconic murals that helped create its historic vibe. Love Yoga East, nestled in a cozy enclave where new ideas meet rich history, is a brick and mortar manifestation of Sian Gordon and Kyle Miller’s offering to the yoga community and east side scene.
Love Yoga East is the 2.0 of Love Yoga Venice. While the neighborhood has changed, Love’s signature blue floors, light colored rooms, and quirky accents are the same. Their Venice class offerings and methodology also cross pollinate with East. Co-owner Sian Gordon remarks, “We wanted to spread our method to the east side.” While Love has a bevy of teachers trained in the Iyengar and Jivamukti traditions, it is the only yoga studio in Los Angeles that offers Katonah Yoga. “Katonah is a Chinese method of yoga that includes Daoism, Chinese medicine, and metaphor to flush the glands,” says Sian. “We don’t consider the body the temple; we mess up the house and then know how to clean it.” For those versed in other lineages of yoga, the asana may be the same at Love Yoga East but the language and intention around them are distinctly different. While the dust has just settled from Love Yoga East’s grand opening, Sian and Kyle already have big plans on the horizon. Teacher trainings, mentorships, and retreats are on the books for the coming year. If students wish to take their practice from the lush blue floors of the studios’ urban oasis to surfing and sunbathing in Costa Rica, safaris in Africa, and downdogging in the south of France, Love Yoga East provides ample opportunity to adventure.
LA YOGA Magazine article link: https://layoga.com/community/studios/open-doors-love-yoga-east/
Editor: Felicia Tomasko
Staff Writer: Marja Lankinen