Storefront Report: Yoga studio brings new life to old Highland Park building

Highland Park

Yoga studio in the works | Nathan Solis

By Nathan Solis

HIGHLAND PARK — It’s no secret where Highand Park’s newest yoga studio is going to open. The dead ringer would be the large letters that read “HOT YOGA” inside the broad windows at 5612 Figueroa Street, just a few doors down from the Highland Theater. New business owner Ryan Paravecchio’s renovations to the historical building have revealed large arched windows that were covered with plaster. The restoration doesn’t stop with the facade, but also includes new plumbing, a $50,000 heating system and a supplemental seismic retrofit to one of the walls. The price tag for the studio is somewhere in the neighborhood of half a million dollars, and though the area is already seeing a fitness wave with Pop Physique down the street, Paravecchio still plans to open Kinship Studio in early May.

Paravecchio is creating what he calls a state of the art yoga studio, implementing the best features of other studios he has visited over the years, including locker rooms, children oriented courses and workshops that look to engage the community.

The commercial building, built in 1929, once housed a market place, hardware store and later on a thrift shop. Local historian Charles Fisher notes that the accents at the top of the building give it flair while the large windows display a Mediterranean style. Paravecchio admits that the workload in preparing the studio is daunting, but also exciting.

“With jobs like this it takes time, but everyone has been enthusiastic and supportive of us being here,” says Paravecchio, who will  provide a battery of yoga teachings at the studio, including Bikram and Kundalini. Also in the mix will be a work trade program for students who might put in a few hours of work at the studio and receive a discount on courses or workshops. Paravecchio admits that he’s fallen in love with Highland Park with the restoration and engaging with the community and local businesses.

“We’ve put a lot of work into these facilities, and we want the community to feel like this is their hub. These studios function best when they have a good group of people nearby, locally, who want to make it work,” Paravecchio says.

Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis stories, reviews and photos at Smashed Chair.


  1. blah blah blah gentrification blah blah blah hipsters blah blah blah gangsters blah blah blah white people blah blah blah mexicans blah blah blah back in the day blah.

  2. Highland Park since 1870, I’ve been waiting a long time for a yoga studio in this location. Bravo and welcome to the community!

  3. Bikram Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga, just one branch of Yoga. Bikram was a student of Bishnu Ghosh, the younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda, whose international headquarters (of Self-Realization Fellowship) sits atop nearby Mt. Washington. The SRF teaches meditation, the deeper aspect of yoga science.

  4. Great! Good luck with the new business venture.

  5. It’s nice to see these old buildings getting some much needed love. With the big windows it’s perfect for a yoga studio. Hard to believe anyone would’ve ever covered that up with plaster.

  6. Go back to Silver Lake you cokehead.

  7. Nothing wrong with upgrading the neighborhood. Good luck on the endeavor.

  8. I was psyched to see the proprietor over a year ago start work on this big rehabilitation project. It wasn’t until I saw the same proprietor at the Highland Park Neighborhood Council meeting arguing against bike lanes on North Figueroa that I just shrugged my shoulders and hoped he’d be okay without support from little old me. There aren’t many things that will make me turn my back on a place, but his ringing endorsement of keeping Figueroa dangerous, loud, and bad for walk up retail definitely got me rotated in the opposite direction.

    Maybe he’ll come around on his support for bike lanes. For his sake, I hope he owns the building after dumping that much cash and time into it!

    • Kinship Studios

      hey there-

      I’m all for bike lanes, I ride on Fig every day, but that proposal had a lot of omissions that didn’t seem in the best interest of the community as a whole. maybe we can talk about this in detail sometime!

      Ryan Paravecchio

  9. Does anyone know when this is due to open?

  10. Any word on when this will open? Early May in the article, but it’s not yet open and I haven’t been able to find any more info anywhere. Would love to see a schedule. Thanks.

  11. This place will never open. Mystery funding will run out and this place will be razed to the ground. Cant wait for a McDonalds to end up there. FRAPPE!

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