Hope you’ve had a big cup of matcha, because today Well+Good is excited to tell you all about the launch of our Healthy City Guide to Los Angeles! (See all our Healthy City Guides here!)
What’s in this amazing guide to one of the wellness capitals of California? Just the best spots on the health and wellness scene, all vetted by our team of experts, local wellness influencers, and Well+Good readers, who sent us their can’t-miss spots for consideration.
If you saw our Guide to Los Angeles last summer, this one is updated and expanded to twice the size with best juice bars, hikes (with parking info), and every healthy spot you need at your finger tips.
Get a taste for the guide below, and find the full Los Angeles Healthy City Guide here!
A cool spin on traditional Kundalini practices. In Venice, the turban-wearing force of nature known as Guru Jagat is breathing cool, new life into the Kundalini scene. For her devoted (boho-chic) following, she layers Age of Aquarius lessons from Yogi Bhajan, with whom she studied, into weekly workshops, special events like gong baths, and jam-packed classes set to her own Lady Gaga–inspired album of mantras. ($14)
A smoothie nirvana, where top-quality ingredients are combined just so. Along with offering a full menu of organic cold-pressed juices, raw foods, and cleanses, these superfood cafes, which newly arrived in LA last year, blend organic ingredients and house-made protein powders and nut milks into delectably healthy smoothies. Try the Beaming Basic with Spinach for a low-glycemic blend made with dates, sprouted almond milk, banana, and Beaming Protein.
Full of top-notch athlete-instructors and luxury amenities. Located in the heart of DTLA in the FIGat7th shopping centre, this sleek new studio is attracting young professionals with its office-friendly schedule (the 30 minute lunchtime express class skips the weights), full changing rooms stocked with L’Occitane products, and roster of popular teachers including Shay Kostabi, Tevia, and Eric Sand. Other (now standard) perks include bookable Carbon Blue bikes, cold eucalyptus towels, and post-workout hydration from Sustain Juicery. ($32)
The mother of all cardio dance classes. Hollywood choreographer Jennifer Johnson’s 90-minute workout incorporates high-energy, super fun moves borrowed from hip-hop, jazz-funk, and ballet (with a little kickboxing for good measure). It’s followed by conditioning work with resistance bands, light weights and body bars, and floor gliders that show off her fitness smarts. Johnson, who trains Jessica Alba, says other classes will seem like a breeze in comparison. ($35)
A pretty, shady route in West LA—with an option for extra challenge. Though close to Temescal Canyon, Los Liones has a shadier trail, a more direct route, and summit seating to take in the view. Plan to stop for a couple water breaks (you’ll need them), but if you feel adventurous, continue on to the Parker Mesa to complete the 7.3-mile run. (Free street parking inside Topanga State Park)