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Marja Lankinen

About Marja Lankinen

Marja Lankinen, founder and CEO of Yoga for Dancers, is a yoga therapist and commercial dancer in Los Angeles and travels the globe teaching yoga and meditation: yogafordancers.com

Unplug Meditation in West Hollywood Has Classes for Everyone

Unplug Meditation Photo by David Young-Wolff For former fashion and makeover mogul Suze Yalof Schwartz, opening Unplug Meditation was a feat of feeling. “I run this business based on feeling,” says Suze. And while people warned against intuition-based business practices, Unplug Meditation is booming. Unplug Meditation includes the founding Santa Monica studio, the [...]

By | May 7th, 2018|Studios|0 Comments

Samarasa Center in Echo Park

Sister and brother duo Susan and Nick Marrufo recently opened their brick-and-mortar-dream-come-true studio in Echo Park. They combined their desire to create a safe space for self-inquiry with the reach of their imagination. Samarasa Center offers yoga, Pilates, meditation, study groups, and community gatherings - all influenced by Susan’s teacher, Sri Prem Baba. A humanitarian [...]

By | March 3rd, 2018|Studios|0 Comments

Yoga NoHo and the North Hollywood Reinvention

    Photo of Rudy-Mirkovich and Karen Russell from Yoga NoHo by Hello June Films   North Hollywood is currently living a renaissance of revitalization and reinvention. New restaurants, food trucks, vegan pop-ups, and juice bars crop up daily in this walkable section of a driving-centric city. While Yoga NoHo is not new [...]

By | March 3rd, 2018|Studios|0 Comments

The Importance of Yoga Teachers Continuing Education

    Photo of Jasmine Rausch and Andrea Marcum by Jeff Skeirik. Clothing by K-Deer. Jewelry by Gogh Jewelry Design. Hair and Makeup by Monica Simone. Location: Goorus Yoga Studio in Pacific Palisades. When I began a career teaching yoga, I knew it would be a lifelong pursuit. I devoured teacher training programs, [...]

By | December 5th, 2017|Business of Yoga|0 Comments

Soul Hum Meditation in Sherman Oaks

Soul Hum Meditation in Sherman Oaks Soul Hum is the latest Zen enclave to open in the Valley. It offers elegant, inviting, and stress-to-bliss transformation in under 30 minutes. Soul Hum studio owner Natalie Kiwi says that the studio’s name is a derivative of the yogic contemplative mantra “so hum.” Soul Hum’s intention is to [...]

By | December 4th, 2017|Studios|0 Comments

Yoga Vibe West Hollywood Yoga Studio

Locally owned and homegrown, Yoga Vibe WeHo is the sister studio to Yoga Vibe Los Feliz and Black Dog Yoga in Sherman Oaks. It is the quintessential neighborhood West Hollywood yoga studio. “We strive to be the kind of studio that is embedded in the community,” says co-owner Larry Santiago. Yoga Vibe West Hollywood Yoga Studio Yoga [...]

By | November 21st, 2017|Studios|0 Comments

LOCALI Brings a Healthy Deli to West Hollywood

LOCALI is the deli-style restaurant where you can take your vegan first date, meat-loving grandmother, and fast food addicted coworker alike. Their concept is a combo deli/natural foods market plus convenience store with nutritious, thoughtful, organic offerings. Their newest LA outpost in West Hollywood is conveniently located on Santa Monica Boulevard between San Vicente and [...]

By | November 16th, 2017|Restaurants|0 Comments

Open Doors: Love Yoga East

  Echo Park is a neighborhood on the rise. It has become a burgeoning mecca of new coffee shops, pet stores, and yoga studios. While the east side of Sunset Boulevard has seen refurbishment and revitalization indoors of buildings and properties, the edifices have kept the iconic murals that helped create its historic vibe.   [...]

By | September 29th, 2017|Studios|0 Comments

Open Doors: Modo Yoga East, Echo Park

  Toronto-based yoga collective, Moksha/Modo Yoga, has opened another brick and mortar on the East Side of Los Angeles in hip Echo Park. The studio is founded on seven pillars: health, eco-consciousness, accessibility, community, outreach, peace, and perpetual personal growth. The new space lives and breathes these tenets while simultaneously speaking to the East Side’s [...]

By | August 26th, 2017|Studios|0 Comments

Teacher profile Nicole Sciacca — Perseverance and Play

Photo of Nicole Sciacca Wearing Uintah Collection by Jeff Skeirik The arc of a life is not a perpetual upward trajectory. As director Baz Luhrmann said, “The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind. The kind that blindside you at 4 PM on some [...]

By | June 27th, 2017|Teacher Profiles|0 Comments