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Yoga and Wine at EVO

Apr. 18 2010, Published 8:03 a.m. ET

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When you think of yoga and Los Angeles, images of bamboo, beaches, and incense come to mind. But for those who yearn for a more sophisticated city experience (with a dose of Zen), head to a Yoga in the Sky session held in the penthouse of the swanky new EVO residences in downtown Los Angeles.

As the sun sets on the city, unwind amidst the twinkling lights of the surrounding highrises and candlelight.

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The area of the penthouse where the class is held is composed of floor to ceiling windows that give the space a breathtaking view and feeling of openness (which goes a long way since the class can often get packed so even the illusion of space keeps it from feeling cramped).

Juliet Kaska, a celebrity fitness instructor, guides the session in a soothing and firm way, gently helping students on their form throughout the class. She is attentive, but not too-attentive, allowing students to have their moments of escape. Another upside is that yoga enthusiasts of all levels can take the class since Julia gives pose suggestions for those who want to take it up or down a notch in terms of difficulty level.

After cleansing (and sweating!) the day's stresses away, the class offers one other unique perk: vino!

In the back of the room, a small bar is set up in the kitchen with a delicious array of wine. It's a nice way to round out the end-of-the-day relaxation and get to know some of the other people in the class. It's the perfect blend of exercise, "me-time" and socializing.

Classes are every Wednesday at 6:30 pm and every Sunday at 5:00 pm. Beginning in June, there will be poolside yoga sessions as well. It is $10 for non-residents (a steal, especially when you take the wine into account!).

For more information, call 213.622.5400. EVO residences are located on 1155 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

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