YogaCo is Santa Monica's largest yoga studio with three unique rooms offering up to 25 classes daily...We believe in a collective community consciousness and welcome all yogis from all walks of life.
YogaCo strives to provide the most complete yogic experience for every person who walks into our studio. Whatever your individual style or level may be, we strive to be conscious of your body, mind and spirit and hope to accommodate everyone?s needs with our variety of classes and teachers.
We endeavor to keep the healthiest, cleanest and most enjoyable environment possible in which to practice whatever your choice of Yoga is to suit your internal compass at any given moment.
The ?Co? in YogaCo is not for company, but rather reflective of collective community consciousness. These three ?guide words? are the key elements of our philosophy.
Original founders Grant and Kelsey Gottfurcht had a vision for a yoga studio that offered a more varied and cutting edge yoga experience than any other studio in the Los Angeles area at an affordable price. Having come from a background in real estate, construction and design and also having been avid practitioners of yoga for years, as well as certified teachers, it made sense to meld the two together. They decided to take a chance (and a great leap of faith) and invested their life savings in a yogic dream.
After searching thoroughly for the ideal space they found a perfect location in Santa Monica on the 3rd Street Promenade (albeit with a ton of work to be done as it hadn?t been touched in 25 years).
They then approached their favorite yoga teacher and mentor, Tamal Dodge, to come on board as their partner and head teacher, knowing he would be the perfect compliment to their project.
Tamal has been practicing yoga his entire life. Born and raised in his family?s yoga ashram in Hawaii and California, he has been teaching for the last 10 years. Tamal has developed a strong following nation wide. His vigorous vinyasa classes are filled with humor, music, and meditation. His yearly retreats, workshops, and teacher trainings are a way into the life and times of being a modern yogi. Tamal?s goal is to help you be in the world but not of the world, to be truly peaceful and happy.
Together, guided by Tamal?s influence and deep yogic roots, the three co-founders decided to best serve the community by making YogaCo a donation-based studio that lives up to all the core yogic principles and beliefs such as community, discipline, ethics, compassion, family values, cleanliness and karma.
After much hard work (in what has literally been a labor of love), to personally build and design the studio, they are proud, honored and grateful to be able to offer an end-result that features all styles and levels of yoga (ranging from Poweryoga, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anasura, Mommy and me, pre-natal, etc.) from an eclectic group of some the most talented teachers that Los Angeles has to offer?
We hope you enjoy your yogic experience.
THE DONATION BASED SYSTEM-
To donate means to give freely. By practicing in a donation-based studio, it should not mean practicing Yoga should be free. Unfortunately, because the entire studio (the teachers) subsist soley from the donations ; it is impossible for us to stay alive if our students do not donate whatever they feel is appropriate. We suggest a $14 donation for every class taken at YogaCo in the hope that you, the student, will give in the spirit of appreciation for this Yoga center. What you donate is personal and private. We don?t want you to stop practicing yoga for financial reasons. That said, we DO depend on your contributions. In the yogic sense of karma, as we are giving to you a gift, it is our hope that you will give back.
OUR GREEN AND CLEAN ENVIRONMENT-
*We strive to keep our air as clean and healthy as possible to add to your yoga experience. We do this by placing Hepa-filters throughout the studio, which filter 100% of the existing air 2 to 5 times per hour. We also have oxygen-producing plants, (featured on an environmentally approved list of a small handful of plants which are proven to rid the environment of Benzene, Formaldyhyde, and TCE), all which help to enhance and produce additional fresh air for every breath we take.