Between Bikram, Vinyasa, Hatha, and prenatal, the Los Angeles yoga menu offers an eclectic assortment of styles. With an estimated 20 million practicing yogis in the U.S., and with yoga studios popping up all over town, finding the perfect instructor can take some time. Our list of L.A.’s best yoga instructors will leave you chanting ‘Om’ with your perfect guru.
Bring an extra towel and a full bottle of water to this class, because Sean Gray’s rigorous Vinyasa Flow heats up like a Bikram studio. A self-proclaimed former ‘gym guy,’ Sean abandoned his iron-pumping to test his strength on the mat. Teaching mostly immediate and advanced flow classes in a variety of locations, Sean’s approach isn’t for the faint of heart. Gray’s Vinyasa Flows are perfect for yogis looking to deepen their practice and push their limits through invigorating breath work and rigorous sequences.
Whether looking to heat up their practice or wind it down, Molly O’Neill’s Vinyasa Flows and Restorative Yoga classes are perfect for yogis at all stages. With the belief that yoga should be fun, Molly ensures that all of her students feel safe and fulfilled by focusing on basic alignment and what she calls a more ‘joyful approach’ to challenging poses. She offers classes at different studios in Hollywood, Downtown, and Silverlake, so L.A. yogis can check out one of her classes no matter which side of town they live. Can’t make it to one of her studio teachings? On occasion, Molly hosts workshops and even accommodates students with private and corporate classes.
Understanding that yoga is as much a physical journey as it is spiritual, Mia helps her students develop their practices for deep healing and transformation. Through mindful sequences that emphasize alignment and the synchronization of breath and movement, students of all levels are encouraged to find and express themselves with their practice. Mia’s goal of inspiring others makes her ultra-aware of her students’ levels and needs, encouraging them with gentle adjustments. In addition to being an iPEC Certified Life Coach and regular teacher at the YogaWorks Santa Monica-Main location, Mia also leads destination retreats, teacher trainings, and private instruction.
‘Yoga Warriors’ is the term coined by this L.A.-based teacher to describe yogis who use their practice as a weapon against weakness, sickness, and fears. While Rudy‘s classes definitely create Yoga Warriors in the physical sense, he holds the viewpoint that students must also mindfully change the intention of their practice to gain real strength; thus, he teaches the importance of one’s mindset in each pose. Rudy breaks down every movement in his online classes with Udaya, but students of all levels can also challenge body and mind with Rudy’s in-person instruction at Power Yoga in Santa Monica.
Featured in Shape, the L.A. Times, and The Huffington Post, Andrea is definitely one of the best the city has to offer – but this L.A.-based yogi isn’t exclusively available just for city dwellers. If popping into the studio isn’t convenient, Andrea offers online classes at My Yoga on Gaia so students can keep up their practice wherever they are. Andrea likes her classes to involve challenge as well as humor, and she tackles her sweaty Vinyasa poses with lighthearted laughter. Dedicated to sharing her knowledge and experience, she writes for sites like Elephant Journal and MindBodyGreen, as well as teaching at national and international retreats.
In addition to teaching over 20 hours of yoga a week in Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Studio City, and Larchmont Village, Carolina is also an expert in body and mind energy in dietary regards, leading various successful detox seminars. Her approach is very nurturing and gentle, making the Prenatal Module in her teacher trainings and private prenatal classes ideal for expecting mothers. This dynamic yogi offers fun and lighthearted 1/2 level classes but also builds subtle strength with her level 2/3 flows, and her specialty with alignment-focused yoga is great for anyone with back pain or injury.