Melissa Chua

About Melissa Chua

Melissa Chua is an LA-based writer who enjoys inversions and playing around with arm balancing poses. [email protected]

Hot Yoga 1000 in Newbury Park

Kevin Mattison was introduced to his first Bikram class as he was approaching 50; in this class he found the yoga practice that resonated the most with him. In 2011, he completed teacher training. After a career change from scientist to yoga teacher, a trip to India, and a few months of searching for the [...]

By | October 27th, 2015|new studios|0 Comments

Veggie Grill arrives in Encino

The expanding vegan/vegetarian restaurant chain, Veggie Grill, is now serving Encino, making it the first location in the Valley and the ninth in LA County. “We have had many requests to open a restaurant in the San Fernando Valley and feel the area is a natural fit for us,” says Chief Energizing Officer Greg Dollarhyde. Right [...]

By | July 16th, 2013|Restaurants|0 Comments

Forward Fold Opens in Encino

Uttanasana is Sanskrit for “standing forward fold,” a grounding pose that resonated with Matt Bedrosian. “When you bend forward, you are turning inward physically and emotionally,” explains Matt. With inspiration from the pose and positive connotations to the word “forward”—forward thinking, moving forward, paying it forward—it was only natural for Matt to name his new [...]

By | June 4th, 2013|Studios|0 Comments

Equinox Encino

  Nestled along busy Ventura Boulevard, the new Equinox location in Encino is a red brick building with large panoramic windows that allow natural light to soar throughout its two stories. Equinox Encino offers all the high-end amenities you find at the club’s other locations, including Kiehl’s products, chilled eucalyptus towels, and a spotless fitness [...]

By | May 13th, 2013|Studios|0 Comments

Simona Yoga Opens in Los Feliz

Shakti Dance in Los Feliz By Melissa Chua Simona Evoli (also known as Dharma Kaur) has traveled the world immersing herself in different cultures and sharing the practice of Yoga. Simona has a background in dance, theater, and painting, and with devotion, expresses her creativity. She has brought this spirit to Los Feliz where she [...]

By | May 16th, 2012|Studios|0 Comments

City Yoga opens second location in Studio City

A Yoga studio offers an anchor in a community or neighborhood, and City Yoga in West Hollywood, at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Fairfax has been holding a powerful space in the community since 1999. Opened as Southern California’s first Anusara studio, the now independent Yoga space has been operated by husband and [...]

By | February 29th, 2012|Studios|1 Comment

Yasa Yoga Santa Barbara

Yasa Yoga now inhabits a Santa Barbara landmark “In Sanskrit, Yasa means "good-hearted," which is the spirit behind our mindful and balanced approach to practicing and teaching yoga at YASA Yoga,” says studio owner, Stephanie Besler. For the past five years, Stephanie and her husband Ryan Besler have been active yogis hosting teacher training programs, [...]

By | November 20th, 2011|Studios|0 Comments

Community: Open Doors

YOGA LIFESTYLE CENTER IN ATWATER VILLAGE: SANTOSHA SPACE is a family-friendly, kid-welcoming, and stress-free zone for people in all stages of life located in Atwater Village on Glendale Boulevard. Santosha is a Sanskrit word that refers to a state of contentment described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: "When one reaches a state of happiness, Santosha is [...]

By | April 12th, 2011|Restaurants|0 Comments

Community: New Doors

Hot Yoga in Santa Monica HOT 8 YOGA is Santa Monica’s newest and largest hot Yoga studio located on 2nd Street and Santa Monica Boulevard. Partners Linda Kim and Vincent Nicoletta along with help from friend and Hot 8 instructor, Deanna Ainsworth, opened the studio in May. “Hot 8 Yoga will provide you with the [...]

By | July 23rd, 2010|Studios|0 Comments

Community: New Doors

Gypsy Yoga Anahatha Lara Sackey and Brian E. Plaster joined forces to create OLM, or Original Live Music for Original Live Movement. This unique gypsy Yoga studio travels around California sharing a one-of-a-kind Yoga experience. During the hour long Hatha-style practice, the OLM experience invites you to embrace all of your senses and encourages you [...]

By | March 31st, 2010|Studios|0 Comments