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 Volume 12, Issue 63  |  August 7, 2020


OM yoga + meditation reopens with first month discounts, new yoga room to debut soon

OM yoga + meditation welcomes students back as it reopens, and announces that it is offering a $99 unlimited package for classes for the first 30 days (June 20 - July 20). 

Owner Lori Kahn says, “After three long crazy months, we are ready to welcOMe you hOMe with 30 classes both in studio and on ‘livestream’ to meet all your yoga + meditation needs!” 

A longtime Laguna local and meditation and yoga teacher for over 20 years, Kahn opened OM Laguna Beach, a studio specializing in stress relief, meditation, and coaching, in 2012. In 2019, she moved her studio to its current location, merging with Yoga Sapien, a studio in North Laguna at Boat Canyon founded by Liz Campbell and David Taylor.

She added mindfulness practices to an already full roster of excellent teachers offering a wide variety of workshops, teacher trainings, and private appointments including yoga, meditation, massage, energy work, and coaching.

“Traditionally, mindfulness practices have always included both meditation and yoga, the two go hand in hand,” says Kahn. “Over the years, as yoga became more popular as a form of exercise, meditation and mindfulness got a bit lost.”

OM yoga Lori Kahn

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Courtesy of OM Yoga 

Lori Kahn, meditation and yoga teacher for 20 years

Kahn assures all those who enter OM that her studio is adhering to safety precautions as detailed by the CDC.

“We are following all CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces before and after each class – that includes, floors, door handles, bathrooms, and any other common surfaces. We have shortened the classes to 60 minutes and added 30 minutes between each class to clean and eliminate crossover of people moving in and out of the studio.

New yoga room

 “The ‘big’ yoga room is approximately 1200 sq. ft. We have marked off 15 spaces for mats, which is six to nine feet distance between each mat space. Our small meditation room is approximately 300 square feet, and we have marked off eight spaces with more than a six-foot distance between meditation cushions. So there is ample room in each studio for our students’ safety and comfort. 

“We ask that people bring their own mats, blocks, and other props they might need to practice, and we have single use clean sets for rent.

“Our teachers are staying on their mats in the front of the class – they are not walking around or doing any hands on adjustments,” Kahn says. “They are not to come into the studio if they have been exposed to anyone who is positive for COVID-19 or not feeling well and are regularly screened as is our desk staff which we have reduced from eight to three people to minimize the number of people. Only one desk person is working in the studio aside from the teacher at any given time.

“The A/C is on at a comfortable temp during class for air filtration and circulation as well. There are hand sanitizers ‘everywhere.’”

OM is requesting that students try to pre-register for a spot in class to guarantee a space, though participants are welcome to drop by and wait in the courtyard to see if there is a spot available for classes.

Livestream classes

Aside from 25 in-studio classes, OM also has 15 livestream classes; 11 of the livestream classes are happening “in-studio” during the regularly scheduled class, which means students can come take the class in the studio or practice at home with the group on livestream. Four of the classes are “livestream only,” which provides some more options for at-home practice.

Kahn says, “We just started these classes, and they have been great for people who aren’t ready to come in but want to practice with their favorite teachers. It’s really simple, you just register on our app (OM yoga + meditation) or website (www.omlagunabeach.com) under the “Livestream” option, make sure your email is up to date on your profile, and a ‘link’ is sent by email 30 minutes before class begins. You simply click on the link, make sure your volume is ‘on’, and be sure to mute yourself so we don’t hear all your background noise, and practice with us. 

“We have had great feedback so far, a few technical glitches, which is usually when someone’s computer volume is off, or their video option isn’t on, and we have staff standing by on the phone to help right in the moment.”

OM yoga Liz

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Courtesy of OM Yoga

Liz Campbell, co-founder and lead teacher 

Before OM closed due to the coronavirus shutdown, Kahn was beginning construction on a new room for yoga + meditation and special events.

“We are so excited that the room is almost ready so we can have more prime time classes available to give options to our clients as well as a space for speaker series, book groups, workshops, and special events,” says Kahn.

The Boat Canyon Wellness Collective

“We are also excited to announce the opening of ‘The Boat Canyon Wellness Collective.’ It is a complete remodel of all the upstairs suites in our building. There were three large spaces which have been redesigned and totally remodeled into smaller suites to make them much more affordable and focused on the Wellness industry.” 

The concept is for (wellness-based) businesses to have access to affordable small spaces and be able to help cross-pollinate and support each other. There is a Pilates and gyrotonics studio, a private training gym, a massage therapist, and skin care studio moving in already. 

Kahn says, “We are letting people know that there are nine beautiful new spaces available for rent for any individual or small businesses in the fields of acupuncture, nutrition, physical therapy, IV therapy, bodywork, massage, personal coaching, and more.”

There is a big parking lot above Pavilions (best kept secret), so the upper suites are easily accessible by stairs or elevator, and of course, the market and restaurants right downstairs. If interested in knowing more about the Wellness Collective, contact OM.

For the schedule of classes, go to www.omlagunabeach.com or download the OM yoga + meditation free app (OM Laguna Beach) on iPhone or Android for details.

OM is located at 610 N Coast Hwy, Ste 208.

For more information, call (949) 416-3996.

 

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