We all know by now that regular exercise combined with a healthy diet is a great way to stay in shape, feel overall well, and live longer. But not all exercises are created equal. While many exercises are great for physical health, yoga is fantastic for mental and spiritual health, as well.

Here in LA, you already know that there are a huge number of yoga studios and a wide variety of types of yoga studios. Each studio has its own vibe, purpose, atmosphere, payment type, and location. Trying to find the right yoga studio for you could get a little (see: a lot) overwhelming.

With that said, we’ve combined 12 of the best yoga studios in LA into one list. We’ve tried to include a little bit of everything, so you’re likely to find a yoga studio that you can call home.

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1. Y7

y7-studio.com

8270 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046/4300 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Y7 has a new spin on traditional yoga. Rather than your typical soft music, they create creative and challenging flows, set to a hip-hop beat. The lack of mirrors makes it a little tricky for the yoga newbie, but the rentable mats and towels make it convenient for people who don’t want to lug their supplies around.

2. Set & Flow

setandflowyoga.com

1619 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Sleek, clean and modern, Set & Flow boasts some of the best instructors in the area, including Colin Kim. High ceilings and color therapy throughout the three expansive studios make Set & Flow a beautiful, spa-like place to get your yoga on.

3. Yoga Nest Venice

http://yoganestvenice.com/

38 W Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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Intimate, yet uncrowded, Yoga Nest Venice is loved for its authentic and friendly community. Yoga lovers of all experience levels are welcomed, and mats, towels, and water are free. But plan to come early if you’re driving – parking isn’t ideal.

4. Yoga at the Raven

https://www.yogaattheraven.com/

2910 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Whether you’re new to yoga, or it’s a hobby you frequent, Yoga at the Raven offers an inclusive community, and instructors both traditional and modern. Wood flooring, vaulted ceilings, and fresh flowers create a tranquil space, ideal for yoga.

5. Wanderlust Hollywood

http://wanderlusthollywood.com/

1357 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

A wide variety of classes feature various disciplines, levels, and styles of yoga and meditation, along with special events and workshops, such as Alchemy Sound Bath Meditation. There’s something for everyone here, including a relaxing patio and cafe.

6. YOGAqua

http://yogaqua.com/

13977 Palawan Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 / Harbor Cove Beach 1766-1798, Spinnaker Dr, Ventura, CA 93001

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YOGAqua is LA’s premier Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga studio operated out of Mothers Beach in Marina Del Rey, with a second location in Ventura. They offer a discount package for newcomers, which should be more than enough incentive to try this exciting new class!

7. Yoga House

http://www.yogahouse.com/

11 West State Street, Pasadena, CA 91105

Yoga House is the biggest and oldest yoga studio in the San Gabriel Valley. It might also be the homiest. First-time students get 3 free classes, and half-priced community classes are offered throughout the week. They offer everything from prenatal yoga to yoga for kids and seniors.  Therapeutic yoga is a special offering, and yoga for cancer and HIV/AIDS patients is offered for free.

8. Black Dog Yoga

http://www.blackdogyoga.com/

4454 Van Nuys Blvd #206, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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Here you’ll find a diverse community filled with people that won’t judge you if you roll right out of bed and into class. With more than 80 classes per week, and ranging from traditional basics to powerful advanced, you’re sure to find a day/time that fits into your schedule.

9. Yogaraj

http://www.yogaraj.org/

2001 S Barrington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

No front desk, a humble, clean studio, and yoga for just $10 (cash, check or square cash) at the door is a dream come true for many yoga fans. It’s Santa Monica’s yoga gem for a legit and joyful place to practice. I’m almost afraid to be sharing it here in this space!

10. AuraYoga

http://www.auraworkout.com/aurayoga/

8608-A West Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Interesting in knowing what it would be like to practice yoga in a far away galaxy? Try AuraYoga. The circular ceiling is reminiscent of a glowing UFO, with its LED lights flooding the space with picture-worthy shifting colors. Instructors even bring their own unique soundtracks to class.

11. Bikram Yoga LA

http://bikramyogala.com/

Downtown LA / Hacienda Heights / North Hollywood

Bikram Yoga is “The Original Hot Yoga,” and has been featured in the press and on television, famous for its miraculous healing ability. Bikram Yoga is a very specific 90 minute series of 26 yoga postures and breathing exercises taught in 105 degree heat. The heat is present to help relax muscles and reduce the risk of injury.

12. CorePower Yoga

https://www.corepoweryoga.com/

Hollywood / Downtown LA / Brentwood

Looking to kick your yoga game into high-gear? Try CorePower Yoga, where you’ll find out why people buy special towels just for yoga, after enjoying a Hot Power Fusion class, where you’ll be holding balances and doing core work – all while in a room heated to between 100 and 103 degrees. You’ll be thanking yourself when the pounds start falling off, and when your hips begin to move in directions that you previously weren’t aware were even possible!

Check out the websites and get an idea of what types of classes are available, and what kinds of vibes to expect – then decide which studio ‘speaks’ to you. The right yoga studio will have you excited to get your yoga on again and again!