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Downtown LA's Garden of Eden
Kim and Jared
It all started while Producer Kimberly Helms and Jared Stein, the Musical Director of the hit Green Day production American Idiot left New York and opened the show in 2012 at the Ahmanson Theater.
While putting together the multi-million dollar musical, they drove through the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles and had an "Ah-Ha" moment.
While living in New York, Stein had a routine of going to one place to grab a juice, another place to eat vegan cuisine and another place in the city to take a yoga class. Stein wanted to create a wellness center that provided organic food and juice for residents in this community. He also wanted to incorporate a Yoga studio all in one place for easy accessibility.
When the show closed in October 2012, Helms and Stein moved into the Arts District about two blocks from The Springs. By January 2103, they had their business plan. In October 2013, they found a Paper Supply building near the corner of Sixth and Mateo.
Construction started in May and they have been hiring specialists just as they would put together a Broadway show. The Springs is scheduled to open next month.
What is Your Favorite Type of Yoga
Yoga Contributes To Wellness
Helms has been an avid yoga practitioner for years. She has trained with Travis Eliot, Govindas and Hilaria Thomas. She also has attended yoga retreats at Udaya, Kripalu, 8 Limbs and the Yoga Lodge.
When she became a vegan in 2009, she had an "Ah-Ha" moment about the benefits of the two lifestyles. She is so excited to create a space that provides community, wellness and personal growth to others in Los Angeles.
There will be a multitude of different types of Yoga classes in the back of The Springs. Yoga students can park in the back and check in near the yoga retail store. They will offer a clothing line and yoga mats that are made from recycled tire rubber.
The flooring will be from reclaimed white oak wood. Helms and Stein want to offer live music by local musicians in many of the yoga classes.
Classes are known for their fluid, movement-intensive practices
Relaxes and soothes frayed nerves.
A gentle introduction to the most basic yoga postures
Music is played to keep things lively
Sometimes more rejuvenating than a nap
Leave class feeling longer, looser, and more relaxed.
Hard Hat Tour
Touring The Springs Wellness Center
We started our tour with a Mason jar of freshly pressed watermelon juice while donning our white hard hats. We started in the front of the complex and learned that the building is street to street, so there is plenty of parking in the front and in the back of The Springs.
The building is receiving a facelift with various planters outside and inside the building. There are multiple skylights and an open glass front door that can roll up to allow fresh air inside.
Inside offers lot's of seating near the Juice Bar serving 100% organic, raw and vegan made to order juice and smoothies. The juice is served in glass "milk" bottles. Guests can bring the bottles back for refills and receive a discount.
Nearby is the kitchen serving vegan food. They also will serve 100% organic wine in kegs on tap to reduce waste of packaging and waste of bottles opened that go bad if not drunk immediately.
Members and visitors can sit at tables or communal tables to use Wi-Fi.
The Springs will combine an in-house, organic pressed juice bar and raw vegan restaurant from Chef Ian Martin from New York. This certified raw vegan/living foods chef has worked and studied at Juliano’s Planet Raw and Matthew Kenney's M.A.K.E.
He is creating an exciting menu at The Spring. Non-vegan diners won't believe how good the food tastes. Chef Ian will educate the guests about the benefits of vegan cuisine. Eventually he might also include some cooking classes.
Holistic treatments at the Wellness Center and treatment rooms include gentle colon hydrotherapy, infrared sauna, massage and energy sessions.
After a five day juice cleanse, colon hydrotherapy helps "take the trash out."