A few years ago, alt-newspaper L.A. Weekly wrote that “teaching yoga [was] the new waiting tables.” You didn’t have to go to many classes in Los Angeles to see aspiring actors leading yogis through a workout.
Some of these yogis continue to teach. A few are closer to achieving the rock-star teacher status of folks like Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea and Seane Corn. And, later this month on July 24 in L.A., what can be described as a "rock club meets country club for yogis" is slated to open in Hollywood.
Wanderlust Hollywood measures 10,000 square feet and is described as a multi-level community center and social club. In addition to yoga and meditation classes, Wanderlust Hollywood will house a café that’s open for breakfast, lunch and happy hour and will host lectures and nutrition classes as well as film screenings, wine tastings and live music.
Although it’s not the first brick-and-mortar location for Wanderlust — they have studios in Squaw Valley, California; Austin, Texas; and Montreal, Quebec — Wanderlust Hollywood is billed as the Wanderlust Center, home to the company that produces multi-day yoga events around the world that combine yoga and music.
Opening weekend is slated to feature classes by marquee teachers such as Corn and Rea, as well as live music including Wanderlust staple MC Yogi as well as a DJ set by Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation.
Like most studios, yogis who want to check out Wanderlust Hollywood can drop in for a class ($23), buy a package (five classes for $105, 10 for $199) or sign up for a monthly unlimited package ($169).
Wanderlust Hollywood will also roll out the red
carpet yoga mat to a select group of yogis who want to become a “founding member.” Membership has its privileges in the form of unlimited yoga and meditation, members-only lounge areas, complimentary towel and mat usage, private monthly events and workshops and bring-a-friend benefits.
The cost for this country Brahmin-esque fun? That's available only during a face-to-face meeting over a chai. (On them, of course.)
With the Center located in a former kundalini studio, many Angelenos are asking the tough question that concerns L.A. yogis most: what about the parking?
Fear not! Wanderlust Hollywood responded via Facebook, “We have considered parking and plan to staff our lot with an attendant and rent additional parking from neighboring businesses.”
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