Relaxation Destinations…in LA!

11/29/2014

Los Angeles is a city that is full of hustlers. Some of the hardest workers live in our city and they rarely take a break. Well, turn off the phone, stop answering emails, and get to one of these many relaxing and rejuvenating spots:

Beverly Hot Springs
Known as Los Angeles’s only all-natural hot springs, the pools at this small, no-frills, traditional Korean bathhouse have minerals in the water are supposed to stimulate circulation, alleviate arthritis, help with fatigue, and lower blood pressure. Just get in and relax, the rest if taken care of. 308 N Oxford Ave., Los Angeles, CA; 323.734.7000

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Whether you want to grab a book and head to the Shakespeare Garden or meander through the landscape , which includes 120 acres, the grounds are nice and quiet and away from the business of Los Angeles. 1151 Oxford Rd.; 626.405.2100

Kenneth Hahn Park
This dog-friendly, 300-acre park is truly a hidden gem in the middle of the city. With a gorgeous Japanese garden, trails, and plenty of greenery, it’s the perfect spot to spend a quiet afternoon. You don’t have to even go on the trails, you can just sit and take in the views of the city. 4100 S La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA; 323.298.3660

Unplug Meditation
Drop into this studio in Santa Monica for 30- and 45-minute guided classes for newbies and pros. New students can get an unlimited two-week pass for just $30. 12401 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA; 310.826.8899

The Blue Ribbon Garden at Walt Disney Concert Hall
The Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of Los Angeles’ most stunning architectural gems. The Blue Ribbon Garden is a public park that’s tucked away on the venue’s rooftop. It has almost an acre of greenery, a mosaic fountain, and views of the San Gabriel Mountains. 111 S Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA; 323,850,2000

RA MA Yoga Institute
This Venice studio is the perfect place to practice the buzziest type of yoga right now: Kundalini. Known as “the yoga of awareness,” Kundalini isn’t your typical yoga. With chanting, humming, and repetitive movements, this is for those that don’t embarrass easily. It’s an odd sensation, but totally worth it. You will walk out relaxed and energized. 304 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA; 310-664-3700

Malibu Creek State Park
With 15 miles of relatively easy trails along the creek, this setting will make relaxed. Be sure to bring your bathing suit — if it’s hot out, you’ll definitely want to take a relaxing dip in the rock pool. 1925 Las Virgenes Rd., Malibu, CA; 818.880.0367

Forty Winks
Unlike any massage chair you have sat in, there are designed for ultimate relaxation and stress reduction. The space-age-looking chairs combine Japanese shiatsu healing methods with modern technology for a next-level zen. 8632 S Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA; 310.740.4041

Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens
Walking a labyrinth is an ancient practice meant to be relaxing, spiritual, and meditative. Clear your mind at Peace Awareness’s labyrinth (which is modeled after the one at Paris’s Chartres Cathedral), and don’t forget to check out the gorgeous Italian Renaissance mansion’s meditation gardens, too. Admission is free. 3500 W Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA; 323.737.4055

Kyoto Gardens at the DoubleTree Los Angeles Downtown
A hotel in the middle of DTLA is probably not the first place you’d look to escape from it all. But, head to the Kyoto Gardens on the rooftop of the DoubleTree, and it’s an entirely different story. Have an afternoon tea in this serene, tucked-away setting. 120 S Los Angeles St.; 213.629.1200

By Whitney

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