Los Angeles Times

Yoga bends and blends

- BY MARY MACVEAN

You can probably guess that Yoga Blend, a friendly studio in Burbank, has classes inf luenced by the various schools of yoga. Its schedule has about 70 classes a week, including vinyasa flow, belly dancing, core yoga and basics, along with classes for pregnant women and children. Workshops offer more specialize­d subjects, including cellular yoga. Studio owner Christy Marsden opened Yoga Blend with her husband, Jason, in 2005. They emphasize a noncompeti­tive atmosphere — not always the case in yoga these days.

Yoga Blend, 1921 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, www.yogablend.com

Aura

True to its brochure, Yoga Blend is welcoming and community-oriented. Many of the students

headed in and out seemed to know one another. There’s a couch out front, magazines, community announceme­nts on a bulletin board. And there’s a bowl with intentions students can take. Mine said, “I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” I like this idea a lot.

Effort

Almost none of the positions were super-hard on their own, done once. We did series of exercises repeatedly, with the intention to create an elegant flow — something I never quite achieved, but it took a lot of effort even to try.

Style

The room was hot, though not Bikram-style hot, the lights low and the floor space pretty well filled. “Press your feet into the floor like you want to leave footprints for future generation­s,” was one of teacher Rose Moran’s directions, which seemed to me emblematic of the class — grounded and aspiration­al at the same time.

Cost

Classes range from $9 to $18, with a two-week introducto­ry rate of $40 for unlimited classes.

If you have suggestion­s for classes, please let me know by email or on Twitter: @mmacvean. mary.macvean@latimes.com

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Los Angeles Times ?? PARTICIPAN­TS in a vinyasa f low class at the Yoga Blend studio in Burbank form a line of graceful poses.
Photograph­s by Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times PARTICIPAN­TS in a vinyasa f low class at the Yoga Blend studio in Burbank form a line of graceful poses.
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CLASSES at Yoga Blend include vinyasa f low, pictured here, as well as focuses on basics or core.

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