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Meet Erica Morton Magill and Spiros Antonopoulos of Los Angeles Yoga Club

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erica Morton Magill and Spiros Antonopoulos.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
We met in Mysore, India where we were both studying with the Ashtanga Yoga lineage holder Sharath Jois. It was one of many visits we had each taken over the years; but the first time that our studies had overlapped.

Word got out that Spiro was teaching people the Hanuman Chalisa – a forty stanza prayer to the monkey god of devotion, Hanuman – and Erica sidled up to Spiro at a coffee shop to ask if he would guide her too. Over the course of the next forty days, as we learned and chanted one stanza per day of the Hanuman Chalisa, we slowly fell in love.

We left Mysore together and the rest, as they say, is history. We both had a vision of teaching Ashtanga yoga in Los Angeles, and of having a little laboratory in back to make tea, and potions, and to connect with our community. Through divinity, grit, determination, luck, and a ton of support from friends and family we’ve breathed that vision to life.

Has it been a smooth road?
As two different people with two different histories, ages, karmas and sets of opinions, we sometimes find that we rub each other the wrong way. And, as anyone with a handful of fingers to count might tell you, we jumped into a very big project rather quickly after meeting one other.

But we balance each other; and push each other in different directions that we wouldn’t otherwise take on our own. Neither of us could have done this as individuals; but together, we can ride the waves of uncertainty and move through the challenges as a team.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We teach traditional Mysore-style Ashtanga Yoga every weekday morning. Daily classes are facilitated as individual practice in a group setting. No experience is necessary.

People come and go all morning, and if you’re new to the practice, we’ll guide you through the Ashtanga Yoga sequence slowly, methodically, moving at your own pace, with a focus on soft, steady, stable mind and breathing. The key to Mysore isn’t perfection, but rather commitment and rhythmicity.

Apart from the Mysore practice we also offer led classes, experiential workshops, practicums, lectures, meditation, breathwork, and tea. We love to collaborate and frequently partner with our inspiring friends to create magical experiences and happenings.

And no description of our work would be complete without mention of Ardor, our apothecary, community gathering space and carefully curated boutique which sits just next to LAYC and offers a place for practitioners to ground down, connect, create, share, and heal.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
We opened our yoga school in LA because this city is vibrant, creative, and full of possibility. People are open-hearted and curious. And while some may say LA is saturated with yoga, we believe it provides a strong foundation for the exploration of yoga as spiritual exercise, practice, even art – we’re so honored to call LA home.

Pricing:

  • $200/month unlimited
  • $22/single day

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Image Credit:
Todd Weaver. Jamie Hamilton. Erica + Spiro.

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