Category Archives: CLASSES

Buzz About Bellicon

August 21, 2018

As both a fan of fitness and a fan of fun, it didn’t take much convincing for me to agree with all the buzz about the Bellicon.  

 

Bellicon is a mini trampoline (known as a rebounder in the fitness world) that takes fitness to a whole new level. Bellicon has revolutionized rebounding by using small movements in a low-impact form of exercise to yield BIG results. Whether your goal is to get in shape, lose weight, improve your health, increase your stamina, or boost your immune system, bellicon has made the process more fun than ever. The nostalgic vibes of a trampoline workout allow for an enjoyable workout that you will look forward to all day, every day.

According to CEO Philip Von Kunhardt, Bellicon is the “highest quality and best performing fitness trampoline in the world” providing you with the opportunity to bounce your way the best version of yourself. With the mission of being the world’s most effective piece of fitness equipment, bellicon takes no shortcuts in bringing you quality materials and paying attention to the details so that it can have the best overall performance.  

 

Unlike traditional trampolines, bellicon has traded springs for unique patented bungee cord rings. This added technology and innovative design enables you to have a much smoother and safer experience for your body and the strain on your body generally associated with a trampoline workout is virtually eliminated.

 

But wait, I haven’t even mentioned the best part! Outside of the fact that bellicon is totally fun and incredibly effective, it also provides serious health benefits. It exercises every one of the 638 muscles in your body, boosts your metabolism and works to stabilize your body’s balance and bone health, all while challenging your cardio system. I don’t know about you but if I can do all that while movin’ & groovin’ on a trampoline, I’m sold.

 

So add a little bounce into your workout and enjoy the benefits of jumping your way to health.

The Wall’s Flagship Studio Finally Takes Over! (La Brea & Wilshire)

August 1, 2018

Finally!!
BREAKING GROUND WITH BREAKTHROUGH FITNESS
THE WALL‘s flagship studio has finally opened on the corner of Wilshire & LaBrea. Yes – THAT gorg 500 sq foot space you’ve been driving by!
Founder & Celebrity Trainer Jason Wimberly is my personal superhero.
THE WALL is the largest boutique studio in Los Angeles, as well as the first fully-registered green studio in the city.

This place – THE WALL, is my top fave workout experience.

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Check this out – THE WALL’s flagship studio offers a variety of workouts, expertly choreographed with every fitness background in mind.

Whether it be crushing it through circuit training in THE WALL’s “STACKED”, cycling to your goals at “WIMBERRIDE”, recovering in “STR3TCH” or challenging yourself in the studio’s signature class, “123STACK”, THE WALL offers something for everyone.

The “123STACK” is a class that is a first of its kind – beginning with 10 minutes of Core Activation, followed by 20 minutes of High Intensity Circuit Training and ending with 30 minutes of Indoor Cycling. Moving clients in rhythm through two studio rooms, 123STACK keeps attendees focused on unison, making it a  true model of Group Fitness. Holla!

At THE WALL, technology is not used as a means of competition, nor will you find any segregated workout stations. Instead, THE WALL utilizes performance data to help track progress. Each class is constructed rhythmically – ensuring that everyone moves in unison with the goal of promoting mindfulness, cohesion and most importantly, results.

With a mission to deliver the best value possible, Wimberly does not skimp on the luxury either. Architecturally significant and state-of-the-art, the flagship studio space has been designed to optimize the guest experience. Every visual detail is an expression of THE WALL’s philosophy – to break through and rise above, both physically and mentally. A heavy retail program, lounge, THE BAR (a grab-n-go station featuring bites from Cafe Gratitude and refreshments from Clover Juice), free parking, complimentary shoe rentals and towel services, luxury lockers and showers, free wi-fi and a rewards program are just a few of the amenities to expect at THE WALL’s Flagship. Wimberly explains that “it is important that THE WALL focuses on the community and creates a place to meet and connect – so every detail was chosen carefully to ensure a complete experience from start to finish”.

OMG Jason I worship YOU!

The fully interactive space boasts so much more than just workout classes. Wimberly is also intent on contributing to a better, healthier world. This philosophy is what propelled THE WALL to establish itself as the first ever, fully registered green fitness studio in Los Angeles – meaning a completely paperless check in, zero plastic water bottles (only boxed water and a filtered water station), along with the use of eco-friendly building materials and completely toxic-free cleaning materials.

No walls? No breakthroughs. The flagship studio brings together like-minded people in order to generate a cohesive and unified workout juxtaposed with personal success and growth, with a variety of class opportunities and styles. Wimberly’s dream has always been to create a fitness experience that knocks down the mental walls that shroud physical goals in order to challenge the mind, body and soul – now in a studio just as elevated as his workouts.

New client intro pricing is two classes for $25 (one free).

THE WALL’s Flagship Studio (730 S. La Brea Ave, just south of Wilshire) is currently open.

About Jason Wimberly (personal God, if you ask me)

With over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry, Jason has taught over 6,000 sold-out classes across the country and keeps many of Hollywood’s elite looking their best, including Kate Hudson, Selma Blair, Jane Lynch, Leela Goldkuhl and Annabeth Gish. Prior to opening THE WALL, Jason launched WIMBERLEAN, his signature movement and DVD that focuses on long, lean bodies through isolated movements with resistance bands. Additionally, Jason is a featured W Hotels Worldwide FUEL Trainer and Propel Water Ambassador.

Your Best Butt At Bünda

July 6, 2018

Imagine if Pilates Plus, Burn 60 and your stairmaster workout had a threesome.
Welcome to Bünda – the best new workout in town. When I saw this peachy pink studio
opening on West Third, my eyes and butt perked up. WHAT COULD IT BE?
Only the best ass workout in town.
I am so in love this workout. As in obsessed. The class is divided into intervals of around ten mins (tops) floor and stairmaster. The floor station is pimped out with rigs, bands, floor slide, booties and more.
It’s total heaven to me!  
Intense intervals – walking, slow, fast, deep, sideways, ‘catwalk’, and skipping steps. Floor work is classic lunges and butt work -with the emphasis on alignment and form. This is what really speaks to me – as a 20 plus year instructor who is also a stickler for form – I knew this was the real deal. Slow. Steady. Deep. Aligned. Specific.
Excellent.

     IMG_1570Here is why we love this machine

  • Helps shape the butt and legs, specifically with the Bünda unique movements
  • Low impact on the joints, unlike running which is very stressful on your joints
  • Allows for intense cardio without burning all of your muscle tone,  compared to spinning and running.
The owners and creators are smart, well-educated master trainers. Lovely too.

New clients have two options // First class free OR 2 for 1 special for $30. *must choose one, both options will not be honored. CLASS PASS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR NEW CLIENT SPECIALS

PACKAGE OPTIONS

Single Classes $30
5 Classes $140
10 Classes $270
20 Classes $500

*Class packages expire 1 year from purchase date

CANCELLATION POLICY- ALL CLASSES MUST BE CANCELLED OR RESCHEDULED 12 HRS PRIOR TO YOUR SCHEDULED CLASS TO AVOID LOSS OF THAT CLASS.

Membership: $299

Limited to 100 members
10 percent off retail
1 class per day

*NEW MEMBERS RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY BUNDA TANK AND BRANDED ANKLE CUFFS 

    
Address8231 W 3rd St suite c, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone(323) 852-3355
Open ⋅ Closes 7:30PM

Sound Alchemy With La Mer at La Maida Institute

June 21, 2018

LOVE LA MER 

I fell in love with La Mer during an internet stalk on sound healers in LA. I had to meet her ASAP and did so at the La Maida Institute where she is the Sound & Song Healing Advisor. La Mer took me into a deep, hypnotic trance state, deep theta – with her instrumental alchemy and soothing angelic voice. My one on one session was nothing short of breath-taking. I am for sure going to have her work her magic on a small private group. Here is more about Meredith. I urge you to check out one of her offerings at the stunning La Maida or to book her privately.

Here’s a little interview to learn more about her!

GLA: Do you remember first connecting to sound alchemy and what did you do once you realized it was a portal to healing?

Like most music lovers who grew up singing and playing, I have always felt tapped into music’s capacity to connect, heal and transform.  I became more keenly aware of this while studying Ewe drum and dance in Ghana during my second year of college.  Working directly with a community whose connection to the pulse of life is literally woven into everyone’s daily rhythm was life altering.  Music has always been the foundation of their lives… babies come out of the womb knowing how to play rhythms of their tribes, it’s in their DNA!  This experience helped me realize how much has been lost in our mind centered culture and inspired me to reclaim rhythm within my own ancestral lineage.   It also helped me acknowledge how integral rhythm and resonance is and always has been to the health and well being of ourselves, communities, and the world.   Furthermore, my studies in the yoga arts and Ayurveda (the science of life) brought depth to my understanding of how to attune with nature’s rhythm in all kinds of ways.  All this and more has directed of my path as music maker, performer and healing artist.  It is also the seed inspiration of my current approach to sound alchemy which bridges ancestral wisdom with the evolving science of sound.

GLA: Do you have any mentors or teachers who ushered you to the work and nurtured your growth as a sound alchemist?

SO many!  Jennifer Goodrich, Jim Gilchrist, Bill Headberg, Shiva Rea, Maria Guerre, Silvia Nakkach, Sally Kempton, Susan Maine, Matica Filous, Guro Jess, Guro El, all my ancestors alive in body and spirit..

GLA: This is such esoteric (yet vitally important work!) Did you ever doubt that you could make a living like this? Did you question it as a profession or simply trusted it?

Trusting the path of integration is my practice.  I have never once had a regular ‘job’, I have just always tried my best follow my gut and heart and it has lead me to this work.   It’s a challenge to create your own lane in the highway, but many succeed at it and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Simply trusting it is over simplifying though… I have moments of doubt and confusion…who willing to dive deeply into the human experience doesn’t?  But no doubt strong enough to veer me off the path of integration I am committed to.

GLA: What was the most challenging experience using this modality?

Transporting/loading/unloading/loading instruments/gear:)

GLA: Do you ever find yourself getting stuck or lost or scared that your channel might be blocked?

If I am lost or stuck or scared it’s because I haven’t taken the space or time to connect to the Source of Love that is ALL WAYS there when we take the time to nurture it.  I believe the channel is there for anyone who is willing to consciously, reverently lovingly relate with it.


La Maida Institute

GLA: Do you receive healings when you are in session and service for someone else? I imagine so!

Yes!  Not in the same way as those who I am holding space for, yet I most definitely receive healing.

GLA: Was there ever a moment in a session where you felt something divine happening but thought ‘oh I need to stop this!’ – because it was too intense?

My essence thrives on intensity so I have always been able to work with and through strong sensations, however holding safe space for others is integral to the process of wholesome attunement.  Checking in with participants and creating space for clear communication around the experience is often necessary.  That being said, sometimes the work requires intensity and discomfort.  Most people who find me have a willingness to dive into the  experience, come what may.   Together we cultivate deep sensitivity and respect for the process of organic unfolding through rhythm and resonance.

GLA: Where do you see yourself in a few years with this work? Can you imagine opening sound alchemy centers? Bringing it to school children?

I am currently developing a course and training that will be offered at La Maida Institute, where I am Sound & Song Healing Advisor.  That is the next phase of this work.  I am also working on more recording projects and soundscapes.  I actually work with pre-teens and teenagers now and really enjoy it.  Yes, I would love to integrate the work into schools.

GLA: How do you practice self care and nurture YOURSELF after a session?

I have some simple rituals for clearing after a session.  I take time for silence and prayer.  I often work with tarot and Goddess decks.   I walk my dog if I do a home session.  I have learned to not over book myself; this is necessary for self care.

GLA: Who are some of your favorite people in LA for healings, classes, workouts, etc…What are your little secret spots that bring you joy. A favorite walk, stretch of beach, taco or hole in the wall book store. Your LA comfort zones.

La Maida Institute, where I offer monthly new moon sound ceremonies,  weekly nada yoga classes (yoga of sound) and one on one sound alchemy sessions is my favorite place in LA… truly!  It is an AMAZING community center with so much to offer.  I feel privileged to be part of the evolution taking place there.   My favorite indie yoga studio/class/teacher is Light on Lotus~  Sunday morning Love Saves the Day class with Kate Cariarti… amazing dynamic, playful flow.  The proceeds go to a different charity each month…and you get to step out of class into the Mar Vista Farmers Market…best way to spend a Sunday!  Favorite beach is by Heathercliff by Malibu, favorite little valley spot is Follow Your Heart on Sherman Way.  I also train MMA (mixed martial arts) at Magda Institute in the valley.  This has been a game changer in so many ways, but that’s a whole other conversation for another interview! I highly recommend it for anyone who is burnt out on the health and wellness ‘scene’ and interested in some hard core bad ass training in the lineage of Bruce Lee:)

La Mer offers : One on one sessions, couple and small group ceremonies, corporate wellness sound alchemy sessions, , monthly new moon sound ceremonies, training programs and more. 
Her next new moon sound ceremony at La Maida Institute is July 12
   
Heavenly sounds and instruments…
The aftermath…
Total bliss…

Address11159 La Maida St, Los Angeles, CA 91601

Phone(818) 505-3552

RYT 500  +  REIKI MASTER TEACHER  +  SOUND ALCHEMY  +  AYURVEDIC LIFESTYLE +  RITUAL GUIDE

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I am a healer, songstress, and wildwoman storyteller from Los Angeles Earth. My contribution centers around powerful rituals of union with soulful nature. Through workshops, sound bath, healing circle, artistic happenings and individual sessions, I empower people to navigate their lives with graceful integrity, holding sacred space for transformation at the heart of every offering. 

Drawing from 11 years of experience in the healing arts, I honor the philosophies of our wise traditions while utilizing these very teachings to sensitively and playfully engage in a genuine call and response with my surroundings.

I spent the first part of my career as a touring and performance artist.  This taught me the way of communicating with others through artistic expression.  I further developed my style as an inspirational speaker teaching yoga and meditation in studios, public schools, and wellness centers in NYC and Los Angeles.  I now explore the bridge between ritual and performance art,  guiding group experiences that strengthen collective intuition and embody conscious community. Aside from the healing arts, I support ocean conservation with beach clean ups, marine conservation watches, and generate awareness as advocate for Mission Blue and public speaker for Heal The Bay. My deepest desire is to be in a practice of continual growth, cherish nature’s movements as proof of magic, and to share the love with all my relations. xo

Upcoming public gatherings are always listed on this events page.
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Crystal 101 Class @Varley Pop-UP: Manifest your goals and intentions by combining the power of healing stones with sacred geometry

May 22, 2018

Manifest your goals and intentions by combining the power

of healing stones with sacred geometry.

7pm Wednesday May 30th

Varley x Platform LA

8850 WASHINGTON BOULEVARD CULVER CITY,

The Crystal Manifest x Varley crystal grid
 

t h e  r e l a x e r

//the restorative manifest//
this grid attunes to the vibration of peace and tranquility. it assists one with finding relaxation, clarity of mind and focused awareness.
tcm stones// howlite + clear quartz

https://www.thecrystalmanifest.com/

Each crystal + crystal set offered is hand-picked and hand-crafted for its potency, high quality, and specific healing abilities.
All of the crystals are cleansed and supercharged by a Full Moon before finding themselves in your care.
TCM is intention setting and crystal activation taken to a new level. To strengthen and awaken our relationship with our own manifestation magic within, we work with crystals and sacred geometry to create grids that support and activate your desires and intentions. Each crystal is hand-picked for it’s special potency, high quality and specific healing abilities.
 

t h e  r e l a x e r

//the restorative manifest//
this grid attunes to the vibration of peace and tranquility. it assists one with finding relaxation, clarity of mind and focused awareness.
tcm stones// howlite + clear quartz