Gillian Clark: Co-Founder, Swerve Studio + Creator, Yoga Booty Ballet

Gillian Clark: Co-Founder, Swerve Studio + Creator, Yoga Booty Ballet

Gillian Clark...Fitness Innovator, Yoga and Meditation Guru and Today, a True InspirationaList

ELAINE SAYS: If you read the "about" section on the website for SWERVE, a popular fitness studio that Gillian Clark co-founded with longtime friend, Teigh McDonough, you'll see that the first line is, "Gillian is a seeker..."...I love that...and her "search" has lead her down some interesting roads. She's completed a Master's Training in Meditation, she's a long-time practitioner of Kundalini, Anusara and Kriya yoga, and she's also the creator of a now signature fitness class called, YOGA BOOTY BALLET. I discovered the class years ago at Crunch, where she was an instructor when she literally dreamed it up. It became wildly popular, and has ultimately, grown to be not only the foundation of Swerve, but the subject of countless dvd's and a fitness trend that captured the interest of now partner, Beach Body. But most importantly, devotees will say that Gillian is really inspiring and that her classes are body-morphing. In fact, lister Sophie Pierce, owner of Sophie Dance on LaBrea, sung her praises recently, right HERE. Today, Gillian spreads the love with a list full of discoveries for Body, Mind and Spirit. Read the list....enjoy the journey!

BODY
  1. Look and Feel Good, Even After A Sweaty Yoga Class benefitVISIT WEBSITE| LOCATION: Benefit 8387 West Third [Mid City]Every 6 weeks or so, I get my eyelashes tinted at the Benefit Cosmetics shop on 3rd street near Orlando...and I love the results. Vegetable dye only.
  2. Moisturize and Shine! coconut oilVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Whole Foods Market 6350 West Third Street [Mid City]I use Whole Food, 365 Brand Organic Coconut Oil instead of body lotion. There aren’t any chemicals or poisons in it like regular lotion. Its also great as lip butter.
  3. Body: Gotta Take Care Of It massage garageVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Massage Garage 3812 Main Street, Culver City [Culver City]I’ve been getting rubbed down by the therapists at the Garage for 6 years and it cannot be beat. Everyone is excellent, but Julie is my favorite, with strong hands and educated, intelligent healing bodywork. At $48 for 60 minutes, its the best price too!
MIND
  1. Train Your Mind and It Will Take You Where You Want To Go meditationVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Zykoff Body Work and Life Care 517 North La Cienega Boulevard, Suite 9, West Hollywood [WeHo]“Life Care Meditation” with Myke Zykoff, HHP, C. Ht. ~Myke teaches 6 days a week around town and although I’ve been meditating for 10 years and teaching meditation for 3, Myke has a simple approach that gets me and the group in deep, every class.
  2. Learn These Exercises...And Do Them coupleVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Dr. Gary Brainerd, PhD 595 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 405, Pasadena [Pasadena]My hubby insisted that we take a relationship workshop with Dr. Gary Brainerd, PhD & his "Couple’s Work Station," before we got married and it was a smart move. I’d recommend it to all couples at any stage in their relationship.
  3. Stimulate and Inspire lacmaVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: LACMA 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los AngelesFirst go see the work at the Broad Wing to fire up your imagination then go downstairs and get lit under Chris Burden’s installation and finally, listen to free Jazz on Fridays 7-9pm or Latin Tunes Saturdays 5-7pm.
  4. See Other Cultures and Read Their Books krishnaVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Govinda Bookstore 3764 Watseka Avenue, #1, Los AngelesGovinda’s Great bookstore operated by the Hari Krishna devotees. Beautiful, Indian, imported gold jewelry, clothing and delicious vegetarian buffet downstairs which is a true bargain. Lovely, peaceful people about the place.
SPIRIT
  1. Life Is Good...All The Time! agapeVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Agape International Spiritual Center 5700 Buckingham Parkway, Culver City [Culver City]“The Rev,” Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, is a charismatic preacher with a positive message—Whatever you put your attention on, grows. Raise your vibration and attract positive outcome!
  2. Oneness with Nature: Surf The Pacific surfVISIT WEBSITEToday I surfed Sunset, which hosted long tiny sweet waves. 18th Av and 26th Ave., also host great surfing in Venice. In Malibu, try the Adamson House, Zuma, La Piedra. Down South a bit, El Porto. Even if you don’t surf, just swim in the water. It will change everything. Look at the Pelicans. Oh!
  3. Spirit: Always My First Priority lake shrineVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Lake Shrine: 17190 Sunset Boulevard, Pacific Palisades [Palisades]I go to the Sunday service at 11 and the monks always lead a brief meditation followed by a positive dharma talk about how to be happy being yourself. Favorite part—the whole deal is only an hour. Then, chai and goodies and a walk around the lake. If the service is not for you, just walk the lake...It will bring your spirit out.

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