Spiral Path Yoga Center

"We have also graduated numerous students from our Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings, and it's a thrill to see our grads out there offering yoga to others and expressing the teachings in their own unique and brilliant ways ..."

Wanderlust Weekly: Congrats on the growth of Spiral Path Yoga Center! What inspired its creation? Addie deHilster: Spiral Path Yoga Center is the evolution of a yoga community that started out as TheraYoga in 2012. When TheraYoga's owner needed to make a move, I had the opportunity to take over (as Spiral Path Yoga) in 2016. From the beginning, this yoga community has been focused on a therapeutic approach to practice. It's a "come as you are" attitude, and we strive to be welcoming for yogis of all levels and abilities. With some excellent teacher education and a willingness to adapt the poses, we've found that we can bring the practice of yoga to pretty much anyone. Since becoming Spiral Path Yoga Center, we've also put more emphasis upon the contemplative side of yoga. I've been a longtime practitioner of Mindfulness Meditation, which is a major influence on how I teach yoga. At the studio, we're exploring how we can bring together the practices of yoga and meditation in some fruitful ways, so that our students have the opportunity to benefit from both, all under one roof.

Wanderlust Weekly: You've built a strong community following in Los Angeles, what are some of your proudest moments? Addie deHilster: We are very proud of our teacher training program, which emphasizes accessibility in yoga, along with a significant focus on Mindfulness Meditation. We have also graduated numerous students from our Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings, and it's a thrill to see our grads out there offering yoga to others and expressing the teachings in their own unique and brilliant ways. We have graduates teaching classes to seniors, cancer survivors, and schoolchildren, among others. Recently, we held our first-ever all-day silent retreat, and it was a big hit! The retreat included mindful yoga, seated meditation, and walking meditation. It was a lovely, peaceful day, and so inspiring to watch our students practice that deeply - many of them experiencing a silent retreat for the very first time.

Wanderlust Weekly: The wellness field is constantly evolving, what upcoming news or developments can we look forward to? Addie deHilster: There's a certain media image of yoga that over-emphasizes youth and athleticism, and an assumption that going deeper in your practice means going to more extremes in physically dramatic poses. While that may work for some of us in a certain life stage, those images unfortunately can discourage the majority of people from even trying yoga. The good news is the growing number of yoga practitioners and teachers pushing back against that by highlighting the greater diversity of yoga and what it has to offer everyone. Poses can be adapted to different bodies (all ages, sizes, and conditions), and besides - yoga is not all about the poses! The Accessible Yoga movement and Body Positive Yoga movement are two great examples of the yoga community looking at how to make yoga practical, relevant, and authentic to more people.  [ learn more ]