Entrance and main dining area with fresh-pressed juice bar that doubles as an organic wine bar.

Entrance and main dining area with fresh-pressed juice bar that doubles as an organic wine bar.

If there’s a place in Los Angeles that embodies my [holistic] dreams, The Springs is it. A multifaceted “urban oasis”, everything good for you, physically and mentally, rolled into a perfectly casual space - industrial cool without sacrificing warmth and accessibility.

The Springs opens its doors bright and early at 7am and I stopped by for breakfast with my yoga mat in hand for a Power Yoga class scheduled for 10am. Not wanting to overeat before sun salutes, I ordered the coconut yogurt parfait, which at the super-friendly cashier raved about. It is made in-house with fresh coconut meat, homemade granola and sliced strawberries. (I'm not much of a dairy eater normally, much less a yogurt fan). Despite being skeptical, I was sold by his passionate description and give it a shot.

It’s my newest obsession. I dream about this yogurt, a dairy-free cloud of rich coconut flavor that makes you feel healthier just having taken a bite of it. Together with the layers of crunchy granola and sliced strawberries, I was in breakfast heaven. I ate it slowly, reading The Best American Travels 2004 edition edited by Pico Iyer for inspiration and preparation for my upcoming trip to Vietnam, while watching people trickle in. 

Coconut yogurt parfait with alkaline water.

Coconut yogurt parfait with alkaline water.

Freshness in a cup.

Freshness in a cup.

View from the parking lot.

View from the parking lot.

Front desk.

Front desk.

Popup shop by Atomic Garden from Oakland, CA.

Popup shop by Atomic Garden from Oakland, CA.

Ceramics and other handmade goods.

Ceramics and other handmade goods.

After eating and snapping some pictures, I strolled to the store behind me, a setup by Atomic Garden from Oakland carefully curated with healing oils, handmade ceramics, stationery, dreamcatchers, and other miscellany. Everything is casually perfect in the space, from the painted tile design on the concrete floors, to the colorful Acapulco chairs artfully placed in various gathering areas. 

Group seating area towards the back.

Group seating area towards the back.

Love the bright colors with raw wood.

Love the bright colors with raw wood.

Cool rope detailing "separates" the store space from the communal table.

Cool rope detailing "separates" the store space from the communal table.

Painted tile design on the concrete floor.

Painted tile design on the concrete floor.

Love how much light floods into the open space. The greens definitely add to the "urban oasis" feel.

Love how much light floods into the open space. The greens definitely add to the "urban oasis" feel.

More details from the popup shop.

More details from the popup shop.

Cushiony seating right outside the yoga studio.

Cushiony seating right outside the yoga studio.

It was almost time for my class and  I headed towards the back to sign up and pay the $12 drop-in rate. There was another store next to the yoga studio, a display of organic cotton yoga gear, and other yoga items- blocks, crystals, etc. David the power yoga instructor introduced himself to me and asked what I’d like to work on. (I'm still trying to get into a flying pigeon aka Eka Pada Galavasana). It was a small class - a handful of people - it being a (relatively) new space and on a Thursday morning. We were led through a powerful flow that included some inversions and arm balances.

Yoga studio with mural by LA artist Angelina Christina.

Yoga studio with mural by LA artist Angelina Christina.

Dining area just past the bar.

Dining area just past the bar.

Ample parking in the lot with another mural.

Ample parking in the lot with another mural.

Outdoor seating complete with cozy blankets.

Outdoor seating complete with cozy blankets.

I left on a positive high, having indulged my body, mind, and soul in nourishing ingredients, a powerful practice, and a restorative shavasana.  

Next time, I look forward to giving the infrared sauna a shot. Maybe a massage or reiki therapy as well ending with lunch or dinner with their organic wine selection.

Destination Tips:

- Yoga classes can be reserved/booked ahead of time online.

- Bring a book or journal, its a space you'll want to lingeR in for awhile.

- Be open to conversation - its a burgeoning community and everyone I met that day was warm and friendly.

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