Olive Yoga Long Beach
When deciding on a studio name, Elizabeth Olive Bolla chose Olive because it's her middle name and because when spoken aloud, Olive Yoga sounds like "all of yoga." When you come to class, you'll be doing more than practicing postures. "I want to teach the eight limbed path" says Elizabeth. The Sanskrit names of the eight limbs are even displayed in Sanskrit on the stairs leading up to the second floor studio.
Olive Yoga offers a combination of classes including meditation, stronger practices such as Core Flow and Power Detox, gentler styles like Restorative Rejuvenation and Yin Fusion, and even Kundalini Blend. Regardless of the type of class, Elizabeth says the teachers "focus on alignment-based, breath-based, spiritual-based yoga." They walk the room while teaching, encouraging students to rely less on visual feedback and instead look within to feel the practice.
The large studio allows for plenty of space to roll out a mat on the hardwood floor. An eclectic collection of candles and singing bowls line the ledge beneath the wide windows at the front of the room. Hot tea and comfortable seats invite you to linger and there's even a massage therapist who operates out of an attached room.
Elizabeth has hosted a handful of workshops and events including sound baths, ecstatic dance, and Full Moon/New Moon circles. She has plans for more to come, notably a Friday night kirtan jam so the community can explore the devotional side of the practice. "Let's just practice yoga," she says "and be present and peaceful and compassionate and loving, so we can spread it out!"