|Most studios equate stark designs with zen-like simplicity. Don't be fooled. When a small, renegade enterprise like Kula Yoga can fashion enchanting surroundings from numerous, artful components (like a mandala ceiling mural or woven mats underfoot), so can its better-known competitors. This can-do, will-do ethic incites many a youthful tred up rickety stairs in a section of town where yoga is less ubiquitous than elsewhere.
The Kula Flow is rumored to be marginally more difficult than the Open Flow, but whatever you take, you're likely to encounter a mix of Ashtanga, Anusara and Iyengar. With generally small classes, individualized attention is easy to come by, but take heed: A caring instructor attending a fellow student may mean you'll be holding that pose longer than expected. Props (i.e., blocks, straps and blankets) are available. Be ready to chant more than Om.