Montauk, New York may be thousands of miles away from Venice, California, but there’s an ethos that connects the two coastal communities—a love of sea and surf culture. Now there’s another connection: Love Yoga studios in both towns.
Love Yoga in Montauk was founded in 2010 by Sian Gordon and Jeff Schwarz. They’ve had their sights set west where the endless summer is not just an idea, but a way of life. Landing in Los Angeles, they’ve collaborated with westside native Kyle Miller and a roster of vibrant teachers to support their expansion, spearhead the global retreat programs, and to nurture a vibrant conscious community. Venice teachers include Sian, Kyle, Courtney Harms, Caley Alyssa, Daniella Karuna, Liz Arch, Mary Beth La Rue, Ryan Batiste, Deborah Lee, Hannah Dawe, and Meredith Liebross. Love Yoga is part of the growing and transformational Lincoln Boulevard creative region, adjacent to local businesses including Dawn, Superba, General Store, and Flowerbox.
Sian created the design-conscious studio with a resort aesthetic, including art by Carly Margolis and a hand-crafted artisan desk by Chad Hagerman. Walking into the bright studio featuring wraparound windows full of ample natural light with aqua-blue wood floors underfoot evokes the feeling of a surfer dropping into a wave and the fluidity of the yogis’ philosophies. The studio also features a private 10- car parking lot, a bonus in Venice.
Kyle Miller says, “As student and practitioner I knew we wanted to create a design conscious space that fits into the energy of the neighborhood.” Love Yoga’s intention is to offer classes with accessible, intelligent 60 and 75-minute vinyasa classes for all levels, grounded in a safe alignment.
Love Yoga Venice
835 Lincoln Blvd, Venice
By Natalie Macam, a yoga teacher who leads charity yoga treks to the Himalayas in Nepal every year and combines yoga with the use of essential oils to deepen and enhance the yoga practice. tigerwaveyoga.com.