When you think of the yoga studio of your dreams, what do you picture? Is it a spa-like atmosphere, or one of laser-focused concentration on the scientific elements of the practice?
If you’re looking for either, or something in the middle, you’ll certainly find it at the Tantris Center for Yogic Science.
When Russell Simmons founded the yoga studio, he had one goal in mind: to bring the devotional aspect into hot yoga, and make it available to the general public.
He wanted to bring stretching for the masses, and inner peace for all.
But Simmons’ ultimate goal was to use his influence to bring the spiritual aspect of yoga, or the asna, to the masses.
“Everyone should have access to the healing powers of yoga. If we bring a little bit of yoga to the asna, it will change the vibration of the world,” Simmons told GrindTV.
In pursuing that, Tantris was born. The flagship studio opened in West Hollywood in November 2016, and offers innovative heated classes as well as non-heated options.
We took a tour to find out more about what makes this studio unique.
During our tour, we found out there are four main aspects to the studio, apart from the teachings. Yoga, beauty, retail and wellness are all wrapped together in a wonderful package.
If you’re looking for a blowout after spiritual enlightenment, followed by a light meal, then stop by the West Hollywood-based studio for a bit of everything.
Not only is Tantris focused on the outer elements of yoga, its employees and Simmons are also deeply rooted in the sciences that guide and shape the practice of yoga.
Meditation is an integral part of each class, and the in-house library features multiple texts that highlight the history and benefits of yoga.
Teachers are encouraged (not required) to practice veganism, and each month is guided by a different tenant of the practice, with daily lessons that break the practice down even further.
So, what will you discover at Tantris?
Maybe it’ll be inner peace. Maybe it’ll be the idea that the spiritual nature of yoga can coexist with the elaborate circus that is Los Angeles.
You’ll just have to visit to find out for yourself.