When it comes to yoga, L.A's reputation precedes it. Ask any east coaster, and they'll tell you that we're a bunch of Lululemon-wearing, namaste-saying hippies who have jobs that allow us to practice Iyengar at 11:30 on Tuesday mornings.
And in some cases -- like that of the freelance writer -- they're not entirely wrong. But that doesn't mean we'll drop mat at just any old class; we're selective about who we let guide us into a nice, easy downward-facing dog. Here are the top ten studios in Los Angeles that we frequent:
10. The Yoga Collective
Once Santa Monica's biggest yoga studio, The Yoga Collective recently moved to Venice in order to offer a little Zen to the hugely overexerted beach community. The schedule of Hatha classes isn't as jam-packed as it once was, but classes are still offered late into the evening; the last session most days is from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 512 Rose Ave., Venice.
9. Bikram Yoga College of India
Some of us might feel that hot yoga is for masochists. But the truth is that a lot of people wouldn't have their practice any other way, and for that group -- whoever you are -- there's the granddaddy of hot yoga, Bikram Yoga College of India in West L.A. There, participants sweat their troubles away for an hour and a half in 105 degree heat. On purpose. 11500 W. Olympic Blvd., West L.A.