Glendale welcomes Yoga-urt, a dessert shop carrying dairy-free, kosher, non-GMO, organic frozen yogurt.
Glendale’s Kenneth Village is a already destination for foodies, pedestrians, and yoga students (Yoga Vibe LA at the Village). Now it is a destination for the newest vegan soft-serve frozen desserts; the new shop on the block is Yoga-urt. The vibe for the location is reminiscent of the chill hangout of a yoga studio with features like the whimsical blackboard inviting fun messages at the front door and the outdoor seating area at the back. It’s no accident that the space feels like a yoga studio, and that the name riffs off the yoga/yogurt word play. Yoga-urt founder Melissa Schulman’s inspiration emerged during a year she spent taking a break from her project management career and immersing herself in her yoga practice, taking teacher training, going on retreat, working in a yoga studio…and dreaming of a yogurt bar, but not just any yogurt bar.
Melissa set her sights on dairy-free, kosher, non-GMO, organic, and delicious. Research and development for a unique set of recipes began in 2014; the team included Ayurvedically influenced chef Meredith Sarah Klein and menu and product innovator Jim Broussalian. Their creations are definitely delicious. Yoga-urt’s smooth and creamy soft serve made-from-scratch options have an almond cashew base and four strains of live probiotics. Personally, I couldn’t name a favorite, especially with flavors like peanut butter prana, salted caramel Zen, chocolate bliss, calming coconut chai, green tea tranquility, strawberry serenity, and Ganesha’s sweet greens (with kale and spinach). Toppings include superfoods like goji berries and mulberries as well as fresh fruits, shredded coconut, cacao nibs, and even vegan gummy bears. Smoothies, coffee, and tea round out the menu. Whatever part of town you usually frequent, head to Kenneth Village and try all the flavors.
VegNews Magazine lists Yoga-urt in the 8 Best Places for Vegan Frozen Yogurt.
1407 W Kenneth Road, Glendale, CA 91201
Felicia Tomasko has spent more of her life practicing Yoga and Ayurveda than not. She first became introduced to the teachings through the writings of the Transcendentalists, through meditation, and using asana to cross-train for her practice of cross-country running. Between beginning her commitment to Yoga and Ayurveda and today, she earned degrees in environmental biology and anthropology and nursing, and certifications in the practice and teaching of yoga, yoga therapy, and Ayurveda while working in fields including cognitive neuroscience and plant biochemistry. Her commitment to writing is at least as long as her commitment to yoga. Working on everything related to the written word from newspapers to magazines to websites to books, Felicia has been writing and editing professionally since college. In order to feel like a teenager again, Felicia has pulled out her running shoes for regular interval sessions throughout Southern California. Since the very first issue of LA YOGA, Felicia has been part of the team and the growth and development of the Bliss Network.