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Yoga is an ancient philosophy, an art of living perfected in India thousands of years ago. Composed of physical exercise or postures known as “Asanas” in the Sanskrit language, practiced along with breathing exercises and an awareness of the breath, yoga is practiced universally regardless of religion or creed, age, or physical condition. It cultivates a higher level of strength, health and physical, emotional, mental, and social wellbeing.

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The origin of the word Yoga is "union." It means to bring together. We all have experienced some kind of suffering in one way or another. Yoga helps to relieve suffering through acceptance and to create a sense of liberation, while building healthy, strong bodies and minds. Each of us comes to the practice with the desire to feel good, to get stronger and experience joy. This is universal and in this way we are all the same. We celebrate this sameness and end each practice by saying Namaste. This ancient Sanskrit word represents the belief that there is an eternal light within each of us and we use it to declare that the light in us honors the light in you. We are sincere in our desire to help you enjoy practicing yoga, and to find that every part of your journey is valuable to you in your daily life. It is more than a workout – it translates into more peace and joy in everything you do. We believe in your limitless potential. We understand that everyone is different, and we honor your individuality. We do our best to offer modifications so you can customize your practice, even in a group class.

Each class designed with purpose and is well-rounded and safe, and our teachers have a tremendous knowledge of anatomy, provide precise clear cues, and every class, even with different instructors, has a thread of consistency so you are always comfortable in any class. We offer a guided structure you can count on. Our classes are intelligently sequenced, and designed to move all joints in the full range of motion, with no area of the body left unsettled or untouched.

At Red Diamond Yoga, we serve the areas of Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Culver City and the surrounding communities. We welcome newcomers and seasoned yogis alike to our yoga studio. We promise commitment to our clients and that we will deliver a superior yoga experience, with consistently high quality classes in a bright, clean, 4,000 square foot facility that smells as good as it looks.

No Competition, No Judgment

In our studio, yoga is done at your own pace – there is no concept of competition with anyone else. We are compassionate, non-judgmental, consistent, welcoming, and treat every person with dignity and respect, from children on up.

Philosophies of Our Yoga Studio

Yoga is a method of uniting the body with the mind through Asanas (physical postures), breathing techniques, and meditation. It is a system of tools for removing the obstacles to living a joyful life and dealing with the many challenges of being a human being. The most basic philosophy of yoga is that, through a practice of self-study (svadyaya), we can become liberated from suffering and realize more peace and happiness in our daily lives.

This art of living was practiced and perfected thousands of years ago in India, and its foundations were recorded in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali circa 200 AD. The Yoga Sutras provide an eight-step blueprint for achieving lasting peace. These steps are known as the 8 limbs of yoga philosophy.

Yama, the first limb of yoga philosophy, is composed of 5 parts, individually known as yamas. Practicing these 5 yamas can help practitioners gain self-awareness to transform negative energy and cultivate inner peace:

  • Ahimsa – Compassion for all living things
  • Satya – Commitment to truthfulness
  • Asteya – Non-stealing
  • Brahmacharya – Control of the senses
  • Aparigraha – Non-possessiveness

We do not cover the 8 limbs extensively in our yoga classes at Red Diamond Yoga as we focus mostly on the physical work (Asana). We believe that practicing Asana (yoga postures) bring the practitioner to the state of awareness as described in the 8 limbs. We offer the following philosophies as guidelines to yoga for our clients:

  • Let go of expectations.
  • Practice with intention.
  • Be mindful of alignment.
  • Go to your point of tension.
  • Find your edge, stay there, and work there.
  • Focus effort toward steadiness.
  • Find controlled breath to calm and open the body and mind.
  • Enjoy personal exploration.
  • Find freedom in movement.
  • Connect.
  • Smile.
  • Let go of what does not serve you.

The practice of yoga can have many benefits for the body, mind, and the inner “you.” Performing yoga postures (Asanas) and breathing techniques improves strength and poise, enhance mood, raise energy levels, calm the mind, promote deep rest, increase confidence, increase creativity, and enhance intuition and wisdom.

The moment our clients walk into our studio at Red Diamond Yoga, they will sense the difference in the quality of the superior yoga experience we offer. We invite you to join us in practicing the ancient art of yoga to discover your true strength and potential.

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