YogaWorks Costa Mesa

YogaWorks Costa Mesa

YogaWorks is the big cheese of yoga studios.  There are 5 branches in Orange County, many more in LA and beyond.  Lots of experienced instructors.  Lots of class choice.  If you prefer a larger brand to smaller scale independent then this could be the yoga studio for you. 

location   On a large, busy retail mall with easy access to the 55.   Steps up to the studio on the upper level but elevator available.

parking   Lots of it but time your arrival to dovetail with the end of the previous class – otherwise a longer walk across a busy parking lot 🙂

welcome    There are always one or two staff on reception to greet you.  With such a large number of students coming and going it is can be a little hectic and impersonal at busy times.  On my first visit I was given friendly verbal directions for the studio but not a guided tour.

  • 3 yoga studios & 1 pilates studio
  • varied schedule with lots of choice
  • lots of great instructors

facility  3 yoga studios, 1 pilates studio.  Changing cubicles available and large restroom.  Herbal tea & water freely available in reception

studio environment  Of the three yoga studios, 2 are very big rooms and the 3rd is smaller but works well for a smaller group.  All have windows with lots of light but due to it’s central location there is some traffic noise. The studios all share the same corridor which can get a little snug at class changeover time and if you are arriving directly after a hot, sweaty class the air can be a little, well let’s say, heavy!

props  Lots available.  More blocks, blankets, straps & bolsters than you can shake a stick at.

schedule   Very big and varied.  Lots of choice from a 6.30am  to 7.30pm, 7 days a week.  Class lengths from 60 minutes – 90 minutes

yoga styles and instructors  Lots of YogaWorks method classes (a style of yoga devised by YogaWorks) as well as vinyasa (flow style, fast moving), gentle, restorative and prenatal.  Other styles include Iyengar yoga, Yoga Tune Up, Kundalini yoga and Yin yoga.   Lots of choice for instructors.

capacity   The two large studios are big spaces that can accommodate many students.  I’ve attended classes with large numbers of students and the room is filled to capacity which may, or may not, appeal!

other services offered  Mat pilates, pilates with equipment, barworks & sculpt works (other body workouts – pilates, ballet and fitness based, not yoga)

workshops & trainings   A variety of great workshops and several teacher trainings annually (across the YogaWorks studios)

website    Very polished.  Lots of information all on one site.  Can be tricky to navigate initially simply because there is so much material there

retail  Large retail area in reception offering mats, props, clothing, books, jewellery & skincare among other things.  Regular sales and occasional pop up shops

  • single class $25  /  ten class package $190
  • intro deal 2 weeks unlimited $25 (Sept 16)
  • regular Groupon deals

value  Single class $25 /  ten class package $190 / monthly auto renewal $100 – $135 month (Sept 2016)

deals   intro deal 2 weeks unlimited $25 (Sept 2016)  & regular deals on groupon & similar deal websites

loyalty scheme  Offers a loyalty scheme.  Points based on attendance.  Redeem for merchandise discounts or private lessons (Sept 2016)

Ask an Instructor – Diana Markessinis

Diana Markessinis
Diana Markessinis – Yoga instructor and fine artist

Diana Markessinis is a yoga instructor and fine artist specialising in sculpture.

ask an instructor – 10 questions

• the very first yoga class you attended?   As a small little lady with my mom we walked to an old Victorian house in our neighborhood of Wilmington Delaware. I remember the sound of the pocket door sliding shut, deep breathing, and quiet organized movement in a full room of ladies.

• what is it about yoga that inspires you?   The merging of our internal and external worlds, to explore and travel our internal world then the outside physical body world…it’s a lovely dance back and forth and eventually they merge and unite creating a one pointed focus, where all else falls away, in that peacefulness I get inspired

• what yoga item(s) could you not be without?  I suppose my blocks, but honestly if they aren’t with me, I find something else, books, buckets, a railing, whatever is available to give me more space!

• your favorite post yoga class snack?  Something juicy and refreshing like fresh veggie or fruit.

• what book would you recommend to a brand new student of yoga?  Depends on that persons interests…Donna Farhi ‘bringing yoga to life’ has a nice overview or for a deeper level ‘the body has its reasons’ by Therese Bertherat

• if you could teach a class anywhere in the world, where would it be?  On the floor of a soft forest on a sunny day.

–  type of class you like to attend when you are not the instructor?  Relaxation classes like Restoratives or Yin, as I practice this at home, but have to keep watch of the time, it’s luxurious to have someone else keeping track.

• favorite thing to do if not doing yoga?  Being outside and creating objects.

• if you weren’t a yoga instructor?  I’m an artist, my love and knowledge of yoga is to make this life fuller for myself and others.

• as a yoga instructor, what do you hope a new student takes away from your class?  To simply feel better then when they arrived. Showing up on our mat is to be a witness to whatever is happening that day, and in theory as that awareness comes through we can better serve ourselves and therefore others.

To find out more about Diana’s yoga schedule and sculpture work visit her website

Diana teaches a weekly Yoga Fundamentals class at Inner Space yoga studio in Santa Ana.


A Yoga Studio for the over 40’s

Yoga for the over 40's is a growing demographic
Yoga for the over 40’s is a growing demographic

Seniors are the largest growing segment of the US population with numbers growing year on year.  As yoga continues to gain popularity one yoga studio has embraced these changes to cater for a very specific demographic – the over 40 age group.

Yoga studios are aplenty in the US.  Plenty of choice, styles, facilities and instructors.  Some studios specialize based on class style, such as hot yoga or vinyasa yoga, or on a specific school of yoga study such as Iyengar or Bikram. This particular yoga studio specializes in yoga for the over 40’s age group.

Founded by David Webster in the Summer of 2013, Better Living Yoga in Aliso Viejo, California opened its studio doors in March 2014.

David recognized that ‘Yoga for seniors is a demographic that is not being served and it is the largest growing market’.  We are all living much longer and by 2030 older adults will account for roughly 20% of the U.S. population.

This particular studio is catering for a very specific demographic – the over 40’s.

As we age we can anticipate a whole range of conditions and ailments coming our way.  Diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, osteoporosis, heart disease, depression and cancer to name but a few. Research carried out by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) discovered that two out of every three older Americans have multiple chronic conditions

Not appealing, I know, however we can adapt and, in some cases, limit the effect and impact of these age related conditions using the tools we learn when practicing yoga and meditation.

‘Yoga for seniors is a demographic that is not being served and it is the largest growing market’

The primary focus for Better Living Yoga is to cater for an older community with a ‘non-competitive approach and attention to alignment & safety to help reverse and prevent chronic conditions’.  Although the target demographic is the over 40’s, all levels and ages are welcome and it’s a perfect studio to attend for students working with injuries or recovering from medical procedures and surgery.

Their schedule boasts an impressive line up of experienced yoga instructors and yoga therapists of varying yoga lineages all with extensive teaching experience.

Enjoy a healthier transition into older age by making a regular yoga practice part of your routine.



ask an instructor – Jessica Seabern

Jessica Seabern - yoga teacher and teacher trainer
Jessica Seabern – yoga teacher and teacher trainer

Jessica Seabern

Jessica is a yoga teacher and YogaWorks teacher trainer

ask an instructor – 10 questions. 

the very first yoga class you attended? I can’t remember when but recall being bored!

what is it about yoga that inspires you? How strong it makes me physically & mentally.

what yoga item(s) could you not be without?  Cotton yoga pants (hard tail).  Universalyogi mats are my fave.

your favorite post yoga class snack?   Whole bowl – cabbage, spinach, brown rice, beans, avocado, hot sauce!

which book would you recommend to a brand new student of yoga?  ‘The Heart of Yoga’ by TKV Desikachar is good for beginners.

if you could teach a class anywhere in the world, where would it be?  Harbour Island, Bahamas Pink Sands Beach – I lead retreats there!

type of class you like to attend when you are not the instructor? Flow with creative & intelligent sequencing, not exhausting but empowering.

favorite thing to do if not doing yoga? Beach and travel.

if you weren’t a yoga instructor?  A travel correspondent/journalist would be my first choice.

and finally……

as a yoga instructor, what do you hope a new student takes away from your class?  Better knowledge of yoga & burning desire to learn more.


Jessica is leading a Teacher Training at YogaWorks Mission Viejo in Feb. 2017 and a retreat in the Bahamas late February 2017.

Visit for retreat info for TT info.