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y7-la-studioAngelenos may have 99 problems, but keeping their 2016 fitness resolutions won’t be one.

On January 2, Brooklyn-born yoga studio Y7—known for its beat-bumping, sweaty, hip-hop-inflected vinyasa flows—is setting up shop on Melrose Avenue, following on the heels of a wildly successful pop-up engagement on the iconic street last August.

“The response to the pop-up was really great—every class was sold out,” recalls Y7 co-founder Sarah Levey. “We got a lot of feedback from locals that there’s no [yoga] in the [Melrose] area. As soon as I came back to New York, I was like, ‘LA by January.’”

The Melrose studio, located on the same block as high-end vegan restaurant Crossroads and eco-fashion brand Reformation, is set to offer the same signature classes that have made Y7 a cult hit in NYC; think candlelight, infrared heat, and playlists filled with beat-driven tunes from the likes of Drake and Jay-Z (all the better to synch your breath to). “There are no mirrors and it’s dark, which allows the student to focus on the self and the poses,” says Levey. “Here, it’s not what you look like; it’s about how you feel.”

Y7 studioThe decor, too, is a departure from the typical LA yoga studio, with its black-and-white minimalist lounge area, changing rooms, and retail space (where you can pick up a hoodie emblazoned with “Namast’ay Fly” or a tee featuring the phrase “A Tribe Called Sweat”).

Several original Y7 teachers (all NYC transplants) will have a heavy presence on the permanent schedule—Rob Montgomery and Bree VanZutphen among them—while a handful of LA yogis will also be joining the team, including Sara Schwartz and Ariadne Vickers-Davis.

And it looks like Melrose might just be the beginning of Y7’s West Coast migration. The studio has teamed up with The Standard Downtown LA for a four-day pop-up running January 12, 13, 19 and 20 because, as Y7 co-founder Mason Levey puts it, “We’re super excited about the creative and growing Downtown LA market.” Can we get a what, what? —Erin Magner

Y7, 8270 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90046, 646-820-0781; Y7 at The Standard Downtown LA, 550 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA, 90071, 213-892-8080, y7-studio.com

Need a sweet new mat for your vinyasa? Check out these 7 (luxe) mats we’re smitten with. Or if you’re over material stuff and are working on your spiritual fitness, here’s a move from Taryn Toomey that helps foster forgiveness (for yourself or others).

(Photos: Y7 NYC)

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