Leah Rose Gallegos, along with Lauren Quan-Madrid, co-founded People's Yoga in 2012.
After two years of offering classes at community centers across East Los Angeles, they opened their own studio on June 8 on Pomona Boulevard.
The goal is "to bring quality yoga to the greater Eastside, where there is limited access to yoga," says Gallegos.
"At first we got a lot of resistance to yoga" from people in East L.A., she says. "A lot of people were under the impression that yoga wasn’t for them."
Gallegos' hopes that Eastsiders who begin practicing yoga will develop "their own health and healing, [and] that that will then extend to the greater community."