Since 2001, Kimberly Fowler’s YAS Venice (Yoga and Spinning) has inhabited a distinctive corner at the north end of Abbot Kinney. Now as of August, the Venice institution has moved to nearby Main Street at the border of Santa Monica to inhabit the space that Exhale Sacred Movement once called home.
The bright, modern, high-ceilinged spacious location is larger (5,500 square feet compared to YAS’ former 3,100) allowing for more bikes (now 50!), more retail (find your workout essentials and YAS branded gear), more amenities (check out the juice bar and on-site physical therapy), and more community. An emphasis on activism, fundraisers, and community engagement is essential to the YAS ethos. This has already begun force on Main Street.
The YAS signature one-hour yoga classes range from stretch to yin to core to balance to ripped to power, and the various indoor cycling classes are offered at either 45 or 60 minutes. The schedule is set up so students can go directly from a spin class to yoga for a full-body workout.
Venice’s new home joins the other SoCal YAS sites of Venice, Silverlake, Downtown LA, Costa Mesa (and soon to be Playa Vista) as well as a Portland, Oregon outpost. Venice has two private spacious showers and a changing room, in addition to larger restrooms. New to this part of town, YAS offers two hours of parking for $2 (don’t forget to validate!), which is a welcome change for members used to parking around crowded Abbot Kinney. If you’ve never been, YAS offers a first class promotion for $13.
245 Main Street, Venice
Karen Henry is an Associate Editor at LA YOGA who volunteers in a variety of capacities for nonprofit organizations and artists around Los Angeles. She practices yoga as a counterbalance to her daily impact sports and is a mother of four grown children who also practice yoga . Now, she’s working on teaching yoga and joy of life to the grandkids!