- Alexa Ardeljan-Braden
Los Angeles has long been the authority on wellness trends. It’s in LA, after all, that wellness concepts of all varieties find their home and ultimately take flight. But with juice bars and yoga studios on seemingly every corner, how do you cut through the noise and find the best places to get your wellness on? These 9 new wellness centers will help you invigorate your wellness routine.
Reach a deeper state of relaxation at Pause Float Studio. Located in the trendy Venice area, Pause brings patrons a transformative hour-long floatation therapy experience. With its watercolor mural and wooden wares crafted by local artisans, it will be hard to leave. In your own private float room listen to guided meditation, or float in peace partially submerged in ten inches of water blended with 1,000 pounds of epsom salts. During floatation therapy, many reach new heights of self-actualization. Once the hour’s complete, you’ll emerge regenerated, euphoric, and ready for a cup of tea in their quiet reflection room.
Pause Float Studio, 13353 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, USA +310 439 1972
Create Yoga is Santa Monica’s best new yoga, meditation, and creativity studio. With Create’s spacious Santa Monica Blvd. storefront, the wellness-minded can now connect over daily Ashtanga, Kundalini, Vinyasa and Hatha yoga classes or Sunday evening art and wine events. Aiming to disrupt the sometimes serious Los Angeles yoga studio culture, Create works to inspire and engage the community, offering a plethora of workshops and even the saucy Sexy Sunday Candle Lit Partner Flow. Visit Create Yoga for a real community driven yoga experience.
Create Yoga, 2828 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, USA +424 387 8596
What could be more perfect for the Los Angeles wellness market than a restaurant monikered Flower Child charged with the mission to provide ‘healthy food for a happy world’? Part of a flourishing chain, Flower Child’s Santa Monica location offers delectable fare that is locally sourced and always cooked fresh. All proteins in dishes like the Late Riser bowl and the The Rebel wrap are raised naturally and without additives. Best of all, Flower Child is vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free friendly!
Flower Child Santa Monica, 1332 2nd St. Santa Monica, CA, USA +310 382 2901
Taryn Toomey’s The Class has been lauded as one of New York’s hottest fitness crazes. Thankfully, Los Angeles recently welcomed Toomey’s pumping, spirit-cleansing classes to its must-do list as well. A 75 minute ‘cathartic mind body experience’, The Class strives to break down ‘sludge’, or layers in the body where stress and emotional damage are held. Through fluid movement, The Class helps to lay the foundation for a lean body, clear mind, and vibrant soul. With the tagline ‘peace through strength’, visitors to The Class claim to make emotional, physical, and spiritual breakthroughs. Keep an eye on the The Class calendar as this powerful experience moves around throughout the week.
Arbor Vitae Wellness Center
Tend to all of your wellness needs in one place at Santa Monica’s Arbor Vitae Wellness Center. Arbor Vitae’s team of practitioners provide chiropractic and naturopathic care, ayurveda, cupping, massage, and acupuncture. The AV team’s services can provide relief for anxiety, chronic stress, and pain. Request Dr. Lindsay Wagner to achieve spinal health bliss through chiropractic adjustments and cupping or acupunturist Brigita Slekys, L.Ac to experience Eastern medicine at its finist. Each practitioner in the AV office is dedicated to helping their patients achieve holistic wellness and feel their absolute best. Interested in trying facial cupping? Ask for Brigita.
1821 Wilshire Blvd. #501, Santa Monica, CA, USA +310 829 7339
Lifehouse Tonics and Elixirs
You might think if you’ve tried one LA juice bar you’ve tried them all. What sets Lifehouse Tonics and Elixir apart is that it’s not a juice bar — it’s so much more. Lifehouse offers something truly unique in the tapestry of Los Angeles wellness beverage providers. Their drinks are jam-packed with potent Chinese herbs, medicinal mushrooms, and Ayurvedic favorites, all meant to enhance health, longevity, and vivacity. Incorporating some of wellness’s hottest buzz ingredients like Reishi, Maca, and Ashwagandha, Lifehouse Tonics and Elixirs sets out to create equanimity and support your body to operate at its highest function.
7515 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, USA +323 378 5691
BeefSteak is both vegan and unrestricted diet friendly, and boasts a menu loaded with culinary crafts such as The K-Town Bowl, featuring kimchi, toasted seaweed, and a ginger gochujang dressing, as well as a gluten-free Ganache Tart. Expert Chef Marcel Vigneron gathers local ingredients from ‘socially conscious purveyors’ to concoct ecologically responsible, sustainable, and delicious dishes that fit perfectly in the relaxed California-chic atmosphere of the restaurant. When dining, remeber that wellness begins from the inside out.
BeefSteak, 7661 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, USA +323 424 7442
Conscious Family Dinner
Though this wellness celebration may not have a specific location, the buzz around LA’s Conscious Family Dinner is on the rise. An evening free of alcohol and filled to the brim with self-improvement, Conscious Family Dinner brings together some of Los Angeles’ most phenomenal healers, massage therapists, and teachers for an evening of betterment. Modeled as a mini-festival, each gathering welcomes about 200 people interested in things like laughter therapy, vegan fare, and self-healing. Organizer Benjamin Rolnik says Conscious Family Dinner works to ‘create a magical environment for guests to feel welcome, safe, and empowered‘.
Olive & June
No stranger to LA’s self-care aficionados, the blogger favorite Olive & June opened the doors to its breezy Santa Monica Montana Avenue location earlier this year. Looking to take some time to yourself or chat over organic tea with friends during a distinct nail care experience? Olive & June is your place. Ask for the ‘The Margot’ to be indulged in luxurious, organic products sourced from California. And don’t worry, their cleaning products are ecofriendly and their location is very Instagramable.
Olive & June Santa Monica, 1426 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA, USA +310 899 1029