Stepping into Liberation Yoga in Mid-City feels a whole lot like returning to the loving embrace of your old college dorm room. The ambience is thanks to founders (and couple) Christine Burke and Gary McCleery, who were both theater directors and now are deeply devoted to spiritual health as well as the arts. Rice-paper lanterns dangle from the ceiling, curls of Nag Champa waft through the air, and the light remains dim throughout the day in the cocoonlike space. Classes are held both indoors and outdoors in a semi-enclosed garden area, so you can have the enlightening experience of communing with nature without having to camp or anything. 124 S. La Brea Ave., Mid-City. (323) 964-5222, —Jessica Ogilvie

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