Laughing Lotus Yoga Center
Dance, fly, and get out of the studio for a fresh take on one of the city's favorite pastimes.
Take it Outside
Practicing yoga en plein air is a huge change of pace from the confines of a pristine studio where cloying incense fills the room and wood floors provide a steady platform. In the urban landscape, you’ve got uneven ground and the weather to contend with, but you also have dramatic views to keep things interesting.
The hottest trend in yoga? Not paying if you don't want to. Donation-based yoga's been around for a while (check out this April article in the New York Times on the trend) and has swept many Bay Area studios with its come-one-come-all mentality.
Rusty Wells, local yoga-master (he's got a cultish following) and recent Wanderlust Festival instructor, just released the first of a video series explaining the ethos behind his donation-based Urban Flow Yoga studio.
We’ve noticed two yoga trends lately: more music played during class, and more weekend nighttime classes that serve as a kind of social happening. These phenoms collide at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in the Mission, where Midnight Yoga has been bringing in the healthy crowd every Friday at 10 p.m. for a two-hour vinyasa class accompanied by local DJs and live music ranging from jazz to African. 3271 16th St., 415-355-1600, laughinglotus.com