Storefront Report: Mid-City Pilates studio to open in Echo Park

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The future home of Whole Body Method East

ECHO PARK –Whole Body Method, which operates a classical Pilates and wellness studio in the Mid-City area, is preparing to open a second studio next month in a former Echo Park antique store.

Nigel Sampson and Daria DiBenedetto, owners of Whole Body Method on Pico Boulevard, said that their new Sunset Boulevard location will offer  private lessons as well as group fitness classes that feature Pilates, yoga and Yamuna Body rolling.

How will Whole Body Method East, as new Echo Park studio is called, differ from the other Pilates places in Echo Park and Silver Lake? The owners explained in an email:

Whole Body Method is a Classical Pilates studio with a more Holistic approach. We focus on not just a great Pilates workout but a whole mind body connection and experience. Also Whole Body Method is a Certification studio so our instructors and students are always learning and studying Joseph Pilates Classical techniques and principles.

The new studio will be located in the space once occupied by Minnette’s Antiques, which moved last November into a smaller space next door. Sampson and DiBenedetto, who had previously lived in the area, said that their Echo Park location will be an open space with bamboo floors, antique furniture, a calming water fountain and other natural elements intended to create “a Zen like atmosphere” and “a warm, welcoming, calm space away from hustle and bustle of busy Sunset Blvd,” the couple said via email.

Whole Body Method East is scheduled to open the the week of May 3.


  1. the End Times are indeed upon us…

  2. love this place. I cant believe they are going to be opening up on this side of town

  3. Oh great!!! Just what we need in EP another Pilates yoga studio… Can we get a spin place besides YAS? Maybe something were nor saturated with already like coffee shops and yoga.

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