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Meet Kar Lee Young of Crenshaw Yoga and Dance Studio in Crenshaw corridor

Crenshaw Yoga studio was created by KarLee Young. KarLee saw a need for yoga in the local community and decided to create a unique space where the community can gather to practice yoga and dance. KarLee is a retired nurse who graduated in England as a registered nurse and midwife. Through a wonderful turn of events she had the opportunity to move and live in the US. She found her yoga practice as a way to deal with personal issues. Yoga helped her find the direction and the focus she needed to deal with life. She opened Crenshaw Yoga and Dance (CYD) to share the benefits of yoga and dance with the community. CYD opened its doors in August 2004, becoming the first yoga studio in the Crenshaw Community.

Since the studio opened, it has expanded to include four individual spaces. The studio space is open up to public use, private parties, events and workshops. She started with yoga and dance classes, and is now looking to expand into children’s wellness and fitness that can enrich the lives of young children.

Her mission at Crenshaw Yoga and Dance is to provide yoga and dance classes, wellness education, and fitness at an affordable price that will encourage the community to learn, maintain, and value a healthy lifestyle.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It was not exactly smooth journey. First I was still working full-time job when I open the studio in 2004. To divide my time in work, family and studio, that was tough. Second, financially is a challenge too. Being a single mother, minority and female is the worse customer any bank wanted to engage. Third, in 2004 Yoga practice was new to the area, many people was hesitated to explore.

Being a Yogi; deep breathing helps me to take things easy. Poses helps me to be flexible in all situations. Meditation helps me to focus, understand and be patience. YOGA help me to overcome this tough journey. Now looking back I did enjoyed every step of the way.

Please tell us about Crenshaw Yoga and Dance Studio.
My business mission at Crenshaw Yoga and Dance is to provide yoga and dance classes, wellness education and fitness at an affordable price that will encourage the community to learn, maintain, and value a healthy lifestyle.

My main purpose to share the benefits of yoga and dance to local community, a place for the community to gather, to meet and a learning center.

I am proud be able to converted an eyesore 5000 sq. ft. warehouse into 2 spacey beautiful and up-to-date studios.

I am living my dream and helping you to live yours.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Be patience and follow your dream.


  • Seniors Yoga every Wednesday and Friday morning 8-9:30 am $60/month.
  • Single class $15. 10 classes’ package $110 20 classes package $200 to all our classes.
  • Tiny Tots Ballet every Saturday $45/month
  • Check out our Monthly workshop

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Image Credit:
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, Robyn Gardenhire, Director of City Ballet of Los Angeles.

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