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A class at the LiveMetta
Laguna Beach yoga studio | Photo by Megan Ervoes

Find serenity through yoga at LiveMetta Laguna Beach.

By Jessie Dax-Setkus

 

Ythy Farnsworth and her husband, Chris—co-owners of LiveMetta Laguna Beach, the yoga studio in the north part of town that took over the former OM yoga & meditation space—have always had a soft spot for blending fitness and mindfulness, so they made the decision to leave their careers behind in order to bring their dream to life in Orange County.

LiveMetta opened an ocean-view studio upstairs in Boat Canyon Shopping Center with a grand celebration in May featuring free exercise classes, meditation, sound bath offerings and a special blessing ceremony with a Buddhist monk from India. Despite being new in town, the couple is already looking to expand. In the coming months, Farnsworth says that they plan to open a Pilates studio next door, similar to the setup of their location in nearby Laguna Niguel. The studio also helps to support local charities and is planning to do more service projects.

Here, Farnsworth goes into detail about LiveMetta’s history and how to find tranquility with its classes.

 

Laguna Beach Magazine: What is your background in fitness and how did you get involved with yoga?

Ythy Farnsworth: LiveMetta is actually a second career for both of us. Chris left his career as a litigation attorney and I left a career in health care to team up to chase our small business dreams. We’ve always been deeply passionate about mindful movement and … the healing role it can play. One of our first dates was actually on our yoga mats. … Having survived the hardships of the pandemic, LiveMetta now offers Pilates or yoga—or both—in six locations in Long Beach and Orange County, and was recently recognized as one of Inc. Magazine’s 5,000 fastest-growing private companies.

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Husband-and-wife team Chris and Ythy Farnsworth, co-owners of LiveMetta Laguna Beach | Photo by Vince Trupsin

What classes do you offer in Laguna Beach?

YF: We offer a wide range of authentic yoga practices including vinyasa, Iyengar, hatha, ashtanga, yin, restorative, breathwork, meditation, yoga nidra and sound healing. All of our classes are led by … exceptional human beings … who are backed by extensive training, experience and a deep love for what they do. Each of our team members shares LiveMetta’s core values of spreading loving kindness and supporting each of our unique local communities through mindful movement practices on and off their mats.

 

How are Pilates and yoga different?

YF: Yoga and Pilates are both popular mind-body practices, but they differ in their origins, principles and focuses. Yoga is a holistic practice that originated in ancient India, encompassing physical postures, breathing techniques, meditation and philosophical teachings aimed at achieving physical, mental, emotional and spiritual harmony. It emphasizes flexibility, balance and relaxation, often incorporating various styles that cater to different needs and preferences. … While both practices emphasize breath control and mindfulness, our yoga classes tend to incorporate more of the spiritual and philosophical dimension, often addressing mental and emotional well-being alongside physical fitness.

 

What should someone expect from your classes?

YF: All students … should expect to enter each of our beautiful light-filled studios to be greeted with warmth, love and kindness. We pride ourselves in ensuring that our offerings are inclusive of everyone in every shape, color or mindset that may be joining us in. One of our team members will immediately support you as you find what offerings will best fit your life, goals and schedule.

 

What health benefits come from Pilates and yoga?

YF: Both practices promote enhanced flexibility and improved joint mobility through stretching and controlled movements. Both also contribute to stress reduction and mental well-being by incorporating relaxation techniques, deep breathing and mindfulness, which can alleviate anxiety [and] depression and promote overall mental clarity. … Everything we do is designed to … [help you] live a happier, healthy life filled with love and kindness.


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Ensure that you get the most out of your session with these ideal products for yogis.

Calia Yoga Mat Carrier
For easy transport, grab the Calia YOGA MAT CARRIER, which has a zippered pocket for small items like keys or a cell phone and an internal hook-and-loop strap that ensures your mat is secure as you venture to and from the studio, $19.99, at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Mission Viejo. (949-538-4164; dickssportinggoods.com)
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Stay hydrated with the reusable Fragile Ocean WATER BOTTLE, which will keep your beverages ice-cold throughout the entire duration of your workout in either a stark black or chic ice-colored container; with products like this bottle, the brand strives to raise global awareness for positive environmental change, $40, at Hobie Surf Shop. (949-497-3304; hobiesurfshop.com)
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The strappy ALL STAR BRA from Free People makes it easy to go with the yoga flow, as it features material with four-way stretch and is developed to move with you in a design that is as stylish as it is functional, $40, with advance order at Free People. (949-519-3056; freepeople.com)
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The SUMMER STRIPES 9” BIKER SHORTS, designed by a brand that started here in town, are a fashionable way to step into your yoga class—whether stopping by for a sweat session or relaxing, restorative flow, the moderate level of compression offers ease on the mat as it hugs your body, $65, online at Goldsheep Clothing. (714-884-3668; goldsheepclothing.com)
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Stick your landing on the mat with the modern Arebesk GRIP SOCKS, which will keep you in place as you attempt to master even the most difficult poses, $18 and up, at LiveMetta Laguna Beach. (949-416-3996; livemetta.com)
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