Nobu Ryokan Hotel

Nobu Ryokan Hotel

Malibu opens its doors to the first of the new Nobu Ryokan Hotel collection. These luxurious boutique hotels are the perfect blend of traditional Japanese inns and modern elegance.  

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Ever since opening its doors on Carbon Beach in 2012, Nobu has been one of the hottest restaurants in Los Angeles. Celebrities and regular folks alike flock to the modern Japanese restaurant. On the weekends, it is often booked weeks in advance. Less known but just as extravagant is the Nobu Ryokan Malibu located just steps away from the restaurant. The Nobu Ryokan Malibu is part of Nobu Hotels Collection, a group of luxury hotels set to be built all around the world in exotic locations. Nobu Ryokan Malibu is inspired by traditional Japanese ryokan inns and aims to seamlessly blend authentic Japanese minimalism with the natural elegance of the California coastline.

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is the mastermind behind the inventive Japanese dishes at the Nobu restaurant. In Malibu, Michelin Star Executive Chef Gregorio Stephenson and Executive Sushi Chef Toshiyuki Shiramizu turn Matsuhisa’s dishes into reality for hundreds of customers every day. Stephenson has been with Nobu Malibu since it opened in 1999 back when it was still located in the Malibu Country Mart and is without a doubt a contributing force to Nobu Malibu’s success. Shiramizu began his journey with Nobu at Nobu Hong Kong in 2000. With his formal training being done in the heart of Japan, his inventive mind along with expertise in Japanese cuisine dazzle customers on a daily basis.

The recently opened Nobu Ryokan Malibu is lesser known but perhaps even more luxurious and exclusive than the restaurant. Located right next door on Carbon Beach, guests can enjoy the same breath-taking ocean views along with traditional Japanese luxuries such as hand-crafted teak soaking tubs, shoji screens, bamboo towels as well as spacious patios overlooking the Malibu Pier. “It is located on a magical edge, where land and sea meet, in a wonderful serene cocoon that creates a completely private and discreet getaway,” designer Todd-Avery Lenahan told hospitalitydesign.com.

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The boutique hotel has only 16 guest rooms, each priced at least $2,000 per night with a two-night minimum stay. It is impossible to book a stay directly, in fact, the Nobu Ryokan has no phone number you can call for reservations. Instead, guests have to fill out an inquiry form on the Nobu Ryokan website; this ensures complete privacy for guests. There are absolutely no outside visitors or tourists allowed inside the Ryokan. General manager, Janelle Eng told Vogue that, “You go to Nobu and Soho House to be seen – you come to the Ryokan to not be seen”. No luxury is spared for guests staying at the hotel. Each room is entirely unique and offers a whole host of luxuries. Priceless Japanese artwork out of Larry Ellison’s private collection adorns the hotel walls; each room has at least two pieces. In an interview, founder and owner of TAL Studio Todd-Avery Lenahan tells us, “He has one of the most important private collections of Japanese artwork anywhere in the world.” Meals can be brought over from the Japanese restaurant next door, and guests wishing to head over there are often offered some the best tables in the house. For those looking to be active, there is a brand new fitness center on the premises with state of the art equipment and all Ryokan guests are also welcome to head over to the private Malibu Racquet Club.

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Responsible for Nobu’s luxurious, minimalistic, Japanese inspired look and feel are architect Todd-Avery Lenahan along with Severine Tatangelo of Studio PCH, Montabla Architects, and CW Eisner. Lenahan describes their approach by saying, “There is a warmth, an ease, and a sincerity to everything about the design and this property is very representative of [Larry Ellison’s] personal value as it relates to hospitality and the things you should experience in a great resort or in someone’s home.” The Japanese influences on the hotel are countless, “For the bathing areas; Mr. Ellison wanted an extremely reductive and elemental bathing experience that is reflective of the way one would bathe in a Japanese bathroom,” Lenahan says. Studio PCH also tells us they paid special attention to the design of the bathrooms, “Most of the bathtubs have a skylight above allowing light to wash into the bathroom in a way that is almost spiritual. There is a moment in the day when the sun enters through the skylight when you can feel a stillness and calm settle over you. Witnessing this effect in person is a very special moment." However, being inspired by Japanese inns, the design team had to triumph over various challenges such as traditional Japanese sleeping arrangements. Lenahan tells us that, “I had a challenge in that, in a traditional Japanese ryokan, the sleeping actually occurs on the floor on tatami mats but obviously our clientele here, as far as Western, we certainly had to accommodate the Western sensibilities for the sleep experience. That is what informs the overall styling of the bed presentation and the other furniture in the room”.

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The Nobu Ryokan sits on what used to be the Casa Malibu Inn, “The word renovation doesn’t speak to the magnitude of what this was,” Lenahan tells us, “the existing footprints of Casa Malibu Inn and much of its structure was to be integrated as the skeletal bones of the new project, but that is the extent of the Casa Malibu influence on the project." In 2007 the Inn was purchased for a mere $20 million by billionaire Larry Ellison who owns a whole host of properties along Carbon Beach as well as the Malibu Racquet Club. Ellison quickly joined forces with Nobu Chef Matsuhisa to create the first of the entirely new Nobu Ryokan branded hotels. Actor and producer, Robert De Niro and producer Meir Teper are also partners in this venture. Matsuhisa told Haute Living that, “Larry Ellison loves Nobu. The first time I met him in one of my restaurants was a long time ago. He loves Japan, and he loves Nobu’s food – he likes the sashimi and crispy rice best, but he really likes everything – so we had something like a marriage. We moved to his property, and he supports us.”

Nowadays Nobu Hotels can be found all around the globe. There are hotels located in Miami, Manila and Las Vegas. In the next few years, numerous additional hotels are said to open. These will be located in Ibiza, Riyhadh, Marbella, Los Cabos, Chicago, Toronto, and Bahrain. Nobu hotels worldwide are known for their luxuries, fantastic hospitality, and gorgeous design. In an interview with the New York Times, De Niro said that “I like a hotel that’s got good service. It can be old style or new style, but the service has to be good”. Expanding on the importance of hospitality, Matsuhisa said, “We need to be sure to take care of our guests every minute through check-in, housekeeping, room service. We are taking care of them for several days, maybe a week. For this, we need to have everyone on the team understand the Nobu philosophy and how to make guests happy.” This philosophy has quickly paid off for the hotel brand. After the first Nobu Hotel opened in Las Vegas, it was quickly awarded numerous titles such as “Hottest New Hotel” by CNN Travel and also won the Luxury Travel Advisor’s Award of Excellence.” Other Nobu hotels have been received just as warmly.

When asked what is next for the Nobu brand, co-owner, Robert De Niro told the Hollywood Reporter earlier this year that, “I’d like to do the Caribbean next. A Nobu beach club, hopefully." MM

People Malibu Loves: Khalil Rafati

People Malibu Loves: Khalil Rafati

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SunLife Organics has become a Malibu institution in recent years, their beautifully-hued smoothies and juices ubiquitous from Trancas to Cross Creek. And just as beloved in the community is the chain's owner, Khalil Rafati. While it's hard to imagine him as anything but the charismatic, buoyant presence in his shops, Rafati's journey to his incredible success has been a long one. Once dealing and addicted to drugs, Rafati ended up homeless before going clean in 2003. His sobriety inspired him to found a sober living house in Malibu, Riviera Recovery, in 2007, and continue his passion for healing and nourishing with his first SunLife Organics shop in 2011. "I wanted to do my own version of a juice bar," he said. "A place where we could come together as neighbors, strangers and friends."

Fitness Trends for 2018

Fitness Trends for 2018

Fitness trends evolve every year, from wearable tech to the age-old practice of yoga. We asked eight fitness trainers from various backgrounds about their predictions for 2018.


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MIKE ANDERSON | CrossFit Malibu

The CrossFit Malibu mission leads people along a pathway of fitness that yields the strength, confidence, and freedom to do anything and everything. In 2018, our goal is to provide new CrossFit trainees with support and a solid foundation to be successful in the sport. As CrossFit trends more and more to outdoor activities, our training program extends beyond the confines of our Quonset Hut to the beach, into the ocean, and up the trails as we cultivate the spirit of our motto, “Go Outside and Play.” Each day of training brings something fun and different. We devote time towards skill work and practice resulting in gains that transfer to any physical pursuit.

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NATALIE MACAM | Malibu Beach Yoga

Yoga’s popularity has increased tremendously in recent years, and studies show it isn’t expected to slow down any time soon. Yoga is attracting a more diverse range of practitioners than ever before. We now have professional athletes such as Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Braun on the mat, with their yoga practice paramount to their fitness regimen. In addition to a range of bodily benefits including improved flexibility, balance and physical fitness, many people look to yoga for mental wellness and stress relief as well. Yoga seeks to realize the nature of—and obstacles to—higher awareness and fulfillment, to connect us and bring us back into wholeness, to remember what our bodies know to be true. The development of yoga can be traced back over 5,000 years. This time-honored tradition stands to grow, evolve, and become an even more vital part of our culture.

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SAMANTHA BLAUSTEIN | Yoga

Yoga originating in India, did not become a popular fitness trend until the 1980s. The past decade, yoga has taken on a new trend. Yoga has shifted towards mindfulness, loving-compassion, and the use of pranayama (breath work). Using these yogic tools combined is proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and ease ailments. Yoga is for all who seek peace of mind, focus, connection to oneself, and being present in the moment. Sthira and sukkah, steadiness and ease, in each pose enables us to have the ultimate experience. Choosing to turn our focus inward and find peace, helps not only the individual , but also has a ripple effect into the community. Yoga, now, is beyond fitness; it has the ability to change our vibrations, and make us the best version of ourselves. Hope to see you all in the next yoga class of 2018!

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NABIL MARDINI | Dig Cycle

In the upcoming year, I believe wearable tech, body weight training, and high intensity interval training (HIIT) will be huge. When it comes to wearables, we are going to incorporate the chest strap at Dig early in 2018 and ride the wave of this trend. Second, its easy to see why no-equipment workouts are so popular: They’re relatively easy to learn, can be modified to suit any ability level, and require more movement and dynamic as opposed to the traditional static exercises one may exert at a big box fitness place. Digfit and Digbody classes at Dig incorporate TRX training along with other exercises performed on a Bosu Ball, resistance bands and kettle bells. Finally, HIIT helps you torch calories fast by alternating bursts of high-intensity exercise with short rest periods. Our signature Dig 50 cycling classes incorporate interval training with a mixture of rhythm rides.

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NIKKITA WEERASINGHE | BeneFit Body Pilates

With every year comes a new trend in fitness. From underwater cycle to paddle board yoga, the possibilities are endless. The thing about a trend is that it lacks longevity; it comes and goes. I’m a believer and promoter of any kind of movement, mostly because we live in a very fast-paced society spending most of our time being sedentary. Over the last few years, studios like the one I own, BeneFit Body in Woodland Hills, have taken the fundamentals of Pilates and created a more contemporary form of exercise. We have evolved our Pilates practice to fit the fast-paced mindset, constantly offering a variety in each class while still prioritizing the importance of correct form and alignment. This new version of Pilates can safely and effectively help a wide range of resolution seekers in every age group and fitness level to achieve their New Year’s goals.

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NATALIE NEWHART | Crossfit Costa Mesa

CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman describes his workout by saying saying, “It can kill you. I’ve always been completely honest about that.” My first CF Games experience was in 2013, and I’m currently working on earning my spot back. Every year the sport gets harder, the weights get heavier, the times get faster and the competitors get better. The trend in CrossFit year after year is not about training harder (everyone does that), it’s about training smarter, and that’s what I set out to do. As for off the matt, CrossFit’s social media following and technology is growing rapidly. In 2018, I predict there to be better smart phone apps for CrossFit athletes to plan and achieve their goals, more CrossFit stars on social media, and even bigger numbers of participation at the Games.

Malibu Real Estate Trends for 2018

Malibu Real Estate Trends for 2018

Malibu has long been one of the hottest, most exclusive markets in the US. We caught up with some of the most influential agents in the area to get their take on real estate trends in 2018.


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MAURICIO UMANSKY | The Agency

In recent years, Malibu has experienced an uptick of investment in both the residential and commercial real estate spheres. We have seen scores of high-end restaurants and retailers establish outposts in Malibu, and the residential real estate market is booming with numerous multi-million dollar homes sold. Myself, Billy Rose and Savills Studley are currently listing the Perenchio Family’s Malibu Portfolio - comprising more than 70 acres across eight expansive residential and commercially zoned parcels in Malibu. This transaction will be monumental for Malibu as it is the first time the land has been offered for sale in more than 30 years, and its new stewards will play a significant role in shaping the city’s future. We can expect to see more high-priced homes come to market and trade for record-breaking prices, and we anticipate more brands will seek space to set up shop.

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CHRIS CORTAZZO | Coldwell Banker

I feel the 2017 trend will continue into 2018 with buyers seeking architectural and mid-century-style homes. There are those still looking for larger, private estates, but I’ve also seen a shift in buyers who want smaller, well-designed homes with exceptional views. I know Malibu will be strong in 2018, but Malibu Colony has been the “hot” area for me with seven sales in 2017. Malibu’s proximity to the city has become even more desirable for buyers who want a casual beach lifestyle with incredible public schools, world-renowned restaurants, and beautiful hiking trails.

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TOMER & ISIDORA FRIDMAN | Compass

We have recently moved brokerages to Compass, an amazingly innovative, new luxury real estate/tech hybrid. The company’s proprietary technology brings actionable intelligence and transparency to real estate, empowering both the consumer and the agent to make decisions smarter and faster. We feel strongly that Compass will be a leader in the Los Angeles luxury real estate market. Starting in 2017 and leading into 2018, the clientele for our local market is becoming more sophisticated, with a substantial amount of relocation occurring from affluent markets outside of our local area. Los Angeles will remain one the most sought-after residential real estate markets in the world.

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TRACY TUTOR MALTAS | Douglas Elliman

2018 is going to be all about servicing ultra-high net worth clients and new development projects in Malibu Malibu is, and always will be, one of the most exclusive, sought out, neighborhoods in Los Angeles. In the past year, the massive deals and developments popular in Beverly Hills have taken over the Malibu Market. Examples include the sale of David Geffen’s estate for $85 million, the recent deal of Kurt Rappaport’s estate, currently in escrow for $120 Million. Historically, this is unprecedented, as the CA Coastal Commission, has been tough on developers and homeowners that have tried to build in Malibu. But, this recent trend of higher priced sales and bigger projects, has shifted the tides. These spec mansions are catching up to the demands of the ultra-high net worth buyers and sellers are beginning to reevaluate what they are sitting on.

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SHEN SCHULZ | Sotheby's

The market is good! Malibu home sales in 2018 are expected to be nearly the same growth and rate of sales as 2017. Southern California home prices are expected to rise at roughly the same pace in 2018 and to match the statewide median. There is a tech boom between Seattle, San Francisco and Santa Monica but not that much overflow into the beach areas of Malibu for the Tech buyers. Mostly we are seeing buyers from the entertainment and other businesses buying their dream homes in Malibu. It’s still a great family town, especially in the Malibu West, Malibu Park and Point Dume Neighborhoods. We’re a small town with good schools, less traffic, a lot of community events and a lot of room for growth. International buyers are expected to continue to be interested in California in the coming years.

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JEFF CHERTOW | Pinnacle

I’ve been a realtor in Malibu for 30 years. Malibu real estate in 2018 will look similar to 2017, so it should be a record year. Malibu is and always will be one of the finest places in the world to live. The incredible weather and close proximity to one of the biggest cites in the world are what attracts buyers to want to own a slice of Malibu. Malibu is a finite commodity with very little new construction. Malibu Public Schools have been a big selling point the last several years and this trend should continue. I have seen more and more in-town buyers coming to Malibu to raise their families. Most of these buyers do it for our incredible lifestyle. It seems that most buyers are now spending more time working from home and less time commuting to town. To sum it up up: Malibu real estate is hands down one of the best lifestyle choices and investments in the world.

Charmlee Wilderness Park

Charmlee Wilderness Park

In every issue, we'll introduce you to one spectacular Malibu hike. With over 500 acres, spring wildflowers, gorgeous sunsets and sweeping ocean views, we think Charmlee isn't a bad place to start.


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Written, Photography by Julie Wuellner

We headed out to Charmlee Wilderness Park around 4 pm, the sun was still shining, there was a light ocean breeze, and the birds were chirping overhead. It was the perfect day to get out of the office and unwind in nature. Charmlee was easy to find, there is a giant sign that clearly marks the park entrance, and the only fee was a $4 parking fee that we paid once we got there. The park was almost empty, in fact, we only passed one other pair of hikers on our way out. Since Charmlee is dog-friendly, we brought our friend’s corgi, Gus, who trotted along the well-maintained trails happily. It did not take us very long to reach the ocean overlook, 15 minutes along relatively easy trails and through a giant sloping meadow. Once we made it to the ocean overlook, we were able to watch the sun slowly set over the ocean and turned the entire park into magnificent fields of gold. The views were absolutely incredible! From atop the mountain, we could see the clouds starting to roll in over the ocean below us. It truly felt like we were on top of the world!

“There are lots of great places to hike in Malibu, but there is definitely something special about Charmlee. It has a surprisingly varied network of trails, and most of them are moderate enough for hikers of all abilities” editor-in-chief of Modern Hiker and author of “Day Hiking Los Angeles,” Casey Schreiner tells us in an interview. “The Coastal views are some of the best in Southern California, and there’s always something interesting going on there, whether it’s at the nature center or on a ranger-led hike.”

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Charmlee first opened to the public in 1981, and after being traded in a land-swap is managed by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The park is located in western Malibu, 3 miles south of Ventura County line. From PCH, Charmlee is a quick 4 miles up Encinal Canyon Road. The Park is clearly marked by a sign reading, “Charmlee Wilderness Park.” Make sure you get there early enough as the small parking lot can fill up quickly on the weekends, especially in the summer. While Charmlee is gorgeous all-year round, it is best to visit earlier in the year. “This park really shines in the winter and spring, though, when rains bring back a lush carpet of green grasses and explosions of wildflower color appear in front of the Pacific Ocean,” Schreiner tells us. Aside from individual hikes Charmlee also offers a whole host of activities. Throughout the year there are many ranger and docent-led hikes. In the spring, Charmlee has wildflower hikes, and all year long there are monthly full moon hikes. The full moon hikes are docent-led and start around 5 pm. They are free of charge, aside from the $4 parking fee, and open to all age groups and experience levels.

We definitely recommend Charmlee Wilderness Park if you are looking for fun trails for the whole family or simply a peaceful and scenic spot out in nature. Check back next issue for another great Malibu hike! MM

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Wildfox Meets Broad City

Wildfox Meets Broad City

For their 10-year anniversary, the cult-favorite brand known for clothing that's as exceptionally chic as it is exceptionally comfy unveiled a special collaboration with Comedy Central's Broad City.  From minimalist FEMINIST HERO shirts to an adorable thermal set adorned with Ilana's favorite substance of choice, Wildfox's obsession-worthy new collection definitely merits a big YAS KWEEN!


Left: Mike Perry Doodles Sommers Sweater ($118), Right: Mike Perry Doodles Keaton Tank ($66)

Left: Mike Perry Doodles Sommers Sweater ($118), Right: Mike Perry Doodles Keaton Tank ($66)

Mike Perry Doodles Sommers Sweater ($118), Mike Perry Skipper Skirt ($88)

Mike Perry Doodles Sommers Sweater ($118), Mike Perry Skipper Skirt ($88)

Left: Mike Perry Doodles Sommers Sweater ($118), Right: Mike Perry Doodles Keaton Tank ($66)

Left: Mike Perry Doodles Sommers Sweater ($118), Right: Mike Perry Doodles Keaton Tank ($66)

Right: I'm an Abbi No9 Tee ($66), Left: I'm an Ilana No9 Tee ($66)

Right: I'm an Abbi No9 Tee ($66), Left: I'm an Ilana No9 Tee ($66)

Left: Junior sweatshirt, $98, Right: Pastel Reefer No9 Tee ($84), Pastel Reefer Knox Pants ($114)

Left: Junior sweatshirt, $98, Right: Pastel Reefer No9 Tee ($84), Pastel Reefer Knox Pants ($114)

Left: Yas Yas Sommers Sweater ($118), Right: YAS Middle Tee ($64)

Left: Yas Yas Sommers Sweater ($118), Right: YAS Middle Tee ($64)

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ABOUT WILDFOX

Established in Los Angeles in 2007 by musician turned restaurateur Jimmy Sommers, Wildfox has gained fans the world over for its soft sweats and expanding collection of chic womenswear, all made here in L.A.

While the brand has made strides since opening its first shop on Sunset Blvd. a decade ago, with Wildfox stores in Malibu and Austin and availability in high-end shops and chains around the world, Sommers says the line has always had an eye towards staying true to their roots. “We try to grow up with our customers and we’re always trying to evolve, but we still want to stay true to our core audience,” he said. “When you get too serious, you can lose what you’re known for.”

All clothing available online at wildfox.com or at their two L.A. locations:

Wildfox Malibu

3835 Cross Creek Rd. (424) 217.7727

Wildfox Sunset Plaza Flagship

8710 Sunset Blvd.

(310) 855.9030

 

Fashion Meets Fitness with Torquato for SQN Sport

Fashion Meets Fitness with Torquato for SQN Sport

SQN Sport's latest collaboration with Torquato merges the sportswear purveyor's chic aesthetic and wearable fabrics with the celebrated L.A. artist's street art edge. Working out never looked so good.


Long sleeve cashmere crewneck shirt ($130), high-rise liquid leggings in navy ($96), racerback rib dress ($268)

Long sleeve cashmere crewneck shirt ($130), high-rise liquid leggings in navy ($96), racerback rib dress ($268)

Left: Reef leggings Nicaragua ($125), one-of-a-kind long sleeve Moss shirt ($295) Right: Jersey racerback white tank ($255), liquid side pocket legging ($299)

Left: Reef leggings Nicaragua ($125), one-of-a-kind long sleeve Moss shirt ($295) Right: Jersey racerback white tank ($255), liquid side pocket legging ($299)

Long sleeve cashmere crewneck shirt ($130), high-rise liquid leggings in navy ($96), racerback rib dress ($268), Lux Infinity scarf ($50), Black Chester Wallace bag ($250), Torquato skateboard ($450)

Long sleeve cashmere crewneck shirt ($130), high-rise liquid leggings in navy ($96), racerback rib dress ($268), Lux Infinity scarf ($50), Black Chester Wallace bag ($250), Torquato skateboard ($450)

Jersey racerback white tank ($255), liquid side pocket legging ($299)

Jersey racerback white tank ($255), liquid side pocket legging ($299)

White muscle T-shirt ($269), Sumatra Reef leggings ($125), Torquato surfboard ($7,500)

White muscle T-shirt ($269), Sumatra Reef leggings ($125), Torquato surfboard ($7,500)

White muscle T-shirt ($269), Sumatra Reef leggings ($125), Torquato surfboard ($7,500)

White muscle T-shirt ($269), Sumatra Reef leggings ($125), Torquato surfboard ($7,500)

Jersey racerback white tank ($255), liquid side pocket legging ($299)

Jersey racerback white tank ($255), liquid side pocket legging ($299)

Chester Wallace canvas tote ($350), White muscle T-shirt ($269), Sumatra Reef leggings ($125)

Chester Wallace canvas tote ($350), White muscle T-shirt ($269), Sumatra Reef leggings ($125)

All pieces available at SQN Sport - Malibu | 23410 Civic Center Way D-1 (310) 633-4966

Pure Barre Comes to Cross Creek

Pure Barre Comes to Cross Creek

The fitness craze sweeping the nation arrives on Malibu's shores


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For those unfamiliar with barre classes, they are total body workouts that combine cardio and strength training through various movements and exercises, many of which incorporate a ballet barre. Pure Barre, the country’s largest barre studio, has thrived since its opening in 2001, and now has over 460 locations throughout the United States and Canada. The Malibu Pure Barre studio just celebrated its two-year anniversary. Owner Cynthia Webb is a So-Cal native that got hooked on the Pure Barre lifestyle, enough so to open up her own franchise. Her firsthand success with Pure Barre sparked a passion that she brings to not only how she runs the studio, but how she instructs her classes.

“I started taking Pure Barre 9 years ago and have been passionate and devoted to it ever since,” Webb said.  “While I have been exposed to a life of athletics and fitness, I did not experience such a full body workout with immediate and noticeable results until I committed Pure Barre into my weekly routine.”

Pure Barre Malibu owner Cynthia Webb.

Pure Barre Malibu owner Cynthia Webb.

A typical Pure Barre workout starts with a warm up to get the blood flowing, followed by standing weight exercises to sculpt your arm and shoulder muscles. You then hit the barre for some intense lower body and ab work before finishing with a cool down stretch to work on that flexibility. In addition to working just about every muscle in your body, Pure Barre workouts clear your mind, allowing you to “get in the zone” and tune out all of the distractions and stress from your outside life. Although you will definitely feel the burn during each workout, Pure Barre’s low-impact nature is easy on your joints and ligaments, and there is little to no learning curve making Barre workouts unique in that there are no skill levels associated with each class. You can increase or decrease the intensity of the movements based on your comfort level or specific needs to get what you need out of every workout.

Above all, Pure Barre offers a sense of community, with friendly staff and like-minded classmates from different walks of life. This is incredibly important — because we all know that it’s easier to stay on track with your fitness goals when you’ve got a good group of people supporting you. MM

 

Malibu Acupuncture

Malibu Acupuncture

At her Cross Creek acupuncture clinic, Lauren Freiman combines ancient technique with modern medicine.


Written by Ramsey Abushahla | Photography by Julie Wuellner

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Originating in China over 4,000 years ago, acupuncture is a time-tested medicinal practice effective at treating a wide range of ailments and conditions, from chronic pain to stress and depression. At Malibu Acupuncture and Herbs, health and wellness expert Lauren Freiman has combined this ancient treatment with the more modern functional medicine, which pinpoints the origin of disease in a patient-to-patient basis. Despite the age difference between these two practices, they both aim to address the underlying cause of a patient’s health issue rather than provide short-term solutions. In tandem, they can effectively treat a myriad of illnesses. “When most people think of acupuncture, they think of pain conditions,” Freiman said. “People are surprised when they find out acupuncture is  effective for treating nearly every health concern from anxiety and depression, to acid reflux, IBS, insomnia, autoimmune conditions, menopausal symptoms and more.” Acupuncture, which involves the insertion of thin needles into specific locations in the body, may understandably stir up some apprehension in potential clients, but Freiman insists that the benefits are worth overcoming “needle-phobia”. “I am well versed in ‘needle-phobia’ because funny enough, I never liked needles either,” Freiman says. “It was only when I found out how powerful they were that I changed my mind. I began thinking of needles as tools for healing, which is what they are in my mind to this day. I notice the same pattern in my patients. While very few people begin by liking needles, they love the effects of acupuncture. Patients change their perspective  of needles once they see the benefits on their body, mind and spirit.”

For those that are still wary, Freiman also offers acupressure, which employs light pressure on acupuncture points in place of needles. Aside from acupuncture and acupressure, Freiman offers private yoga classes to help patients heal injuries, manage stress, and connect with their inner spirit. Special offers for January at Malibu Acupuncture and Herbs include a “Restore and Revive” package — in which you can either choose five acupuncture sessions or five private yoga classes and a “New Beginnings” package, which offers a combination of five acupuncture and private yoga classes. MM

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Malibu Beach Yoga

Malibu Beach Yoga

With a great community, knowledgeable instructors and a zen athmosphere, Malibu Beach Yoga is the perfect studio for anyone looking to start practicing yoga in the new year.


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A beautiful studio conveniently located in the Point Dume Village on PCH, Malibu Beach Yoga offers a wide range of practices for every type of yogi. Founded by Khalil Rafati, who has used the combination of yoga, juicing, and meditation to overcome addiction and depression, the studio aims not only to improve your well-being physically, but also spiritually. Despite not being a teacher himself, Rafati is no stranger to the lasting mental and physical benefits of yoga.

“I truly believe health and wellness is paramount and intrinsically related to lasting freedom from addiction and sobriety,” Rafati said. “If I didn’t feel good for a sustained period of time I would have returned to drugs and alcohol. Everything we do is an attempt to avoid pain and gain pleasure. Drugs and alcohol may feel good, but so does being in amazing shape and being super healthy. There are very few things that I’ve ever experienced that feel as amazing as doing a really awesome yoga class.”

Malibu Beach Yoga offers a variety of classes and styles that fit the preferences and skill level of just about anyone. They’ve got everything covered — from slow and gentle Hatha, to more advanced and fast-paced Vinyasa, to hot yoga. The studio itself has plenty of open space, and has an uplifting quality, from its bamboo floors, to the mural of Hindu deity Ganesh, to the generous natural light that flows through the windows. “Malibu Beach Yoga is a space where people can immediately feel comfortable, calm and at ease as soon as they walk in the door,” Rafati said. “They see the beautiful artistry and power of the mural, connect with the earth energy of the crystals, and the expansive view of the mountains and ocean — all of these are a reflection and a remembering of what is in each and everyone of us.” The studio’s intimate setting has created a vibrant and thriving community, which only adds to the well being of each individual.

“The community is phenomenal, where old friends can know they can see each other on a daily or weekly basis while also making new friends,” Rafati said. “And last but not least, the teachers are the key ingredient that holds it all together, all with such distinct and highly individual approaches.” MM

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