Niche fitness studios have been popping up all around the country, but there appears to be an abundance in Los Angeles. Here you'll find barre classes, spin studios, aerial silks, and more. The O.G.? Yoga.
With that being said, yoga has been increasingly popular in the city as well as the country. There's such a large number of studios, providing such a variety of styles, classes, and atmospheres. Much like a cellular plan, it's difficult to decide where to begin and ultimately commit to.
PLAYLIST., which joined the ranks this January, makes that decision easy. If you associate music to your everyday life, whether it's in your morning routine, daily commute or at the gym, you're going to like PLAYLIST.
Walking into the West Hollywood studio, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, only having the knowledge that the Playlist is a "music based" studio with a resident DJ. The first thing I noticed was the contemporary vibe of the studio itself, with a neon sign stating "Started from Savasana now we're here." With a sign like that, you know you're getting the ultimate cool factor. My PLAYLIST. flow, led by instructor Nicole Sciacca, was 60 minutes of heated flow, thorough core work and heavy beats. Getting lost in the music was easy, but I still stayed in the mindset while Nicole gave wonderful personalized instruction to improve my practice. The experience was incredibly fun, challenging and entirely new. You really do get to play.
I had the opportunity to talk to Jordan Cohen, the owner of PLAYLIST., for more about the studio. Read on for the full interview.
Where did the idea of PLAYLIST. come from?
It really came from two places.
Even though some view LA as the land of yoga, we found that there was often an overall lack of approachability to the practice. We wanted to create a space where regardless of experience, everyone feels like they belong to the PLAYLIST. community. We are confident that among other innovations, our modern spin on this traditional practice will redefine people's preconceived notions of what yoga can be.
And of course, the music. Most things in life are better with a little music right?
How do you (or the instructors) choose what music to use during each flow?
Our playlists are expertly crafted by each instructor alongside our resident DJ Nikki Pennie to highlight their individual music preferences and tastes.
From my understanding, PLAYLIST. currently has flow classes, are you considering more types of classes?
You are correct, currently we only offer our signature 60 minute music-fueled PLAYLIST. vinyasa class. We are however, looking at possible additions to programming in the future.
What's next for PLAYLIST.?
We've only been open for about 5 weeks so it's hard to say what's next. We have some exciting collaborations in the works which we can't wait to share with you. For now, we are focused on introducing as many new people to this wonderful practice as we can! #PLAYMASTE
Songs From My Flow:
1. Unstoppable by Sia
2. Take Me To Church by Hozier
3. 2 Heads Coleman Hell
4. XO by John Mayer
5. Elastic Heart (Piano Version) by Sia
6. Nothing It Can by Helios
Find out more about PLAYLIST. on their website. #PLAYMASTE