Where you can now exercise — and meditate with butterflies — in LA – Hollywood Reporter | Directory Mayhem

Stars get their minds and bodies in top shape in the hottest new wellness spaces, including a clubby-recommended Pilates studio, a mind-body mat class, the first Clmbr studio and a Bali-inspired outdoor wellness retreat with NFT -Membership Passes . Additionally, sports brand Beyond Yoga is opening its first store in LA, and VR fitness app Supernatural is launching a lineup of music artists.


A workout room at The Class in Santa Monica.

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Decorated with references to moon phases and the power of crystals, the new Santa Monica studio of Taryn Toomey’s mind-body program The Class – whose fans include Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Stone and Alicia Keys – marks its first permanent West Coast location . The emotional mat-based sessions (also available through The Class’ digital studio) mix squats, jumping jacks, burpees, Pilates, dance-cardio and meditation into a carefully calibrated playlist.

Until now, pop-ups on the Santa Monica Pier and other LA locations have been selling out fast. “After many years of teaching The Class at various locations in Los Angeles, it is exciting and fulfilling to be able to offer our students and teachers a place they can truly call home. Putting down roots in the Santa Monica community,” says Toomey, a former luxury fashion executive THR. “I hope the space will help people leave the outside world behind, ground themselves and reap the benefits of our signature mindful movement method.”

The course was first introduced in 2013 at TriBeCa in NYC. New students get two free courses. Private lessons $30 (less with packages). 2433 Main St., theclass.com/la-studio


In 2020, Liana Levi opened a boutique Pilates experience at her mother’s Little Holmby pool house. Ariana Grande, Hailey Bieber, Rita Ora, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Lori Harvey and Bella Hadid soon joined the gregarious, referral-only cadre of Forma Pilates devotees.

“Forma isn’t just Pilates; It’s a community of like-minded people who have chosen to learn the fundamentals and deep technique of Pilates,” says Levi THR. “We specialize in transforming bodies and building strength and relationships.

Levi has since opened two other Forma Pilates studios in LA, one on Melrose Avenue in 2021 and her last one on Melrose Place earlier this year. The company also expanded into New York City in March with a studio in SoHo, and an Upper East Side outpost is planned for November. Forma launched branded Pilates equipment bundles ($250) for home workouts in May. Online reformer and mat courses — launched in 2021 and open to all — cost $19.99 for 30-day rentals; $49.99 per month and $450 for a yearly subscription. Referral only, small group sessions $100, private sessions $250, address provided at time of purchase, formapilatesla.com


A meditation session at the Rafi Lounge in Malibu, across from Nobu.

A meditation session at the Rafi Lounge in Malibu, across from Nobu.

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Jamie Foxx and Nicole Murphy were spotted at the Rafi Lounge, an outdoor wellness/co-work/social retreat in Malibu across from Nobu.

Created by Rafi Anteby — a gifting lounge producer, designer of the Bullets 4 Peace jewelry line (worn by Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Beyoncé), mandala artist, and martial arts instructor — the Bali-inspired space features cabana workstations, an oxygen bar, and an one Range of courses including meditation surrounded by 100 butterflies attracted by milkweed, sound baths, belly dancing, reiki, ballet, boxing, qigong and cycling. Among the instructors is Brooke Burke, who teaches breathwork and body sculpting classes.

“It’s an escape from madness,” says Anteby. During the pandemic, people didn’t know what was coming next and needed an anchor. I felt that not only could I improve them from a wellness building perspective, but I also know many of the gurus, so I started bringing my friends like the Lama of Tibet to give classes, often on one LED screen. We attract digital nomads who can work anywhere in the world.” There are monthly yacht parties, annual retreats and Anteby also invites speakers from the Web3/NFT community.

Rafi Lounge is offering a new NFT model ($5,000 per person, lifetime membership) where members own a portion of a digital mandala artwork with a resellable QR code that serves as a membership card. Additional locations will open next year in Newport Beach and Miami, with West Hollywood and Scottsdale planned next. Private lessons from $35. 22741 E. Pacific Coast Highway, rafilounge.com


The vertical Clmbr machine combines cardio and strength training with a high-tech sound system and has attracted investors from Jay-Z, Odell Beckham Jr. and Ryan Seacrest. “With Clmbr, you get a beautifully designed piece of equipment that fits anywhere, combined with a safe, low-impact workout,” says CEO Avrum Elmakis. Originally launched for home use, Clmbr introduces Studio Climbr gyms with classes that complement the machine with weight exercises. Studio Clmbr’s second location (after Denver) just opened in West Hollywood. Private tuition $28 (less with packages) or $179 per month unlimited. 8599 Santa Monica Blvd., studio.clmbr.com


LA-based athleisure label Beyond Yoga, known for its ultra-soft fabrics and size inclusivity, has opened its first-ever 4,000-square-foot store in Santa Monica. (The company was acquired by Levi Strauss & Co. last year.) Jennifer Lopez, Shay Mitchell, A-list fashion stylist Erin Walsh, and Hollywood makeup artist Mary Phillips are all fans of Beyond Yoga. The new store features Beyond Yoga’s activewear, maternity, nightwear, casualwear and growing men’s collection, as well as accessories from six LA-based women-founded companies, including Emi Jay hair clips, Sticky Be socks and Dagne Dover bags. A second location is slated to open this fall at the Irvine Spectrum Center. Beyond Yoga, 1409 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, beyondyoga.com


The Supernatural VR fitness app, designed to pair with Oculus’ Meta Quest 2, launched in April 2020 and has since garnered a rapid following. Dan Levy, Neil Patrick Harris, Kelly Ripa and Elliot Page all dive into the boxing, meditation, stretch and flow workouts. The company recently launched its Artist Series, featuring sessions featuring engaging music from Katy Perry, The Weeknd, Swedish House Mafia and Imagine Dragons. Kid Cudi lands this month, Coldplay is coming in November, followed by Lady Gaga in December. $19 per month or $179 annually; getssupernatural.com

A version of this story first appeared in the October 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to login.

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