Yogala & Pilates York Blvd. is aiming for an early November opening, according to owner Samantha Garrison, who also owns Yogala Echo Park, which opened in 2011. To learn more about Garrison and her philosophies toward yoga, see below, which is from a 2011 Echo Park Patch story. (Garrison is referred to as Samantha Jones in the story)
To learn more about Yogala & Pilates York Blvd, go to www.yogalaechopark.com.
Community is what fuels Jones’ concept behind Yogala Echo Park, which veers away from more traditional studios by focusing on the social aspects of meeting at one place for exercise and blending it into the day–as opposed to being seen as a place to solely escape from the world and aggressively purge the day from your body.
“It’s clear that people here in this neighborhood want to be part of the community,” said Jones, who moved back to Echo Park in October from New York with her husband, Nick Garrison, who was born and raised in the area. “This area needs a community center where kids are welcome and people can come together.”
And when they do, they will find a variety of options. Instead of offering classes focusing on one specific style of yoga (there are many), visitors will get a blend of traditional styles and classes designed around a particular part of the day.
“On Friday night, you need a different kind of class than, say, a Monday morning,” Jones said. “The classes work off the rhythms of the day.”