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Retreat Lifestyle in South Pasadena, CA.
South Pasadena is a part of this city that I had never really explored until Diane opened Retreat a little over a year ago. Diane and I are both from the same small town in Maine, and she was actually a librarian at my elementary school! Diane was also the buyer for years at one of my favorite stores back home called Abacus, and she took the experience and relationships with artists and designers she had gained working there, and opened up this great shop. She carries an assortment of unique and thoughtful gifts that are perfect for anyone on your shopping list, including guys and your pets. So if you happen to live in Pasadena, or - like me - just like a little citywide exploration - I highly recommend stopping in her shop. If you do stop in, please mention you saw her shop in my newsletter!
Oh, and a little bonus: there is an assortment of lovely delicious food, boba, and coffee shops next door and down the street.
Casey teaches a Slow Flow Level 1-2 at YogaWorks on Main Street in Santa Monica, and her class is perfect if you are coming back from an injury, haven't done much yoga, or just feel intimidated by some of the faster-paced flow classes.
Kayla teaches a fantastic Veda 1 at Veda Yoga in Culver City. Her classes are incredibly inclusive, and she infuses a little yogic philosophy into the flow. She gives modifications and always reminds you to remember to focus on your breath and listen to your body.
If you check out their classes or these studios, I'd love to know what you think! Or if you have a recommendation for me to try, please let me know! I'm always up for discovering and trying new ways of connecting with the community and like-minded people!