Yoga-urt is a new soft serve concept that opened its first retail location in Glendale’s health conscious Kenneth Village in July 2015, and opened our second retail location in Echo Park in June 2019. Yoga-urt brings the Namaste into people’s lives by providing nourishment for those seeking a healthier life by enjoying organic, dairy-free, soy-free treats in a peaceful setting.
Yoga-urt offers over 25 nut-based handcrafted rotating flavors of organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, non-soy soft serve, including Chocolate Bliss, Salted Caramel Zen and Peanut Butter Prana, a toppings bar with mostly organic and non-dairy options, house made pie slices and ice cream sandwiches, plus seven handcrafted smoothies including healthy green and paleo options, coffee from LA’s popular sustainable purveyor Groundwork, and tea from The Art of Tea. In keeping with Yoga-urt’s higher consciousness vibe, all of Yoga-urt’s serving wear is biodegradable.
Yoga-urt’s delicious handcrafted, ‘fresh from scratch’ fare is made with organic, natural, non-dairy ingredients, and contains no artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives.
All of the Yoga-urt soft serve is unbelievably rich and creamy and contains four strains of live probiotics added for digestive and immune health. And for those who like their Yoga-urt in a cone – these too are handcrafted from scratch, vegan and gluten-free.
Yoga-urt was founded by LA based project manager Melissa Schulman after the concept took hold of her during what she called her “Yoga Bubble Year.” This was a year she took off from her career to focus on her personal yoga practice by taking classes, doing a teacher training course, going on retreats, working in a yoga studio and more.
One afternoon, she and her cousin were riffing on the “yoga/yogurt” connection. While many people have made that connection jokingly, Melissa couldn’t let go of the concept of an upscale yogurt bar serving tasty organic soft serve, smoothies, coffee, and tea with a yoga studio ambiance.
Melissa always knew that she wanted to have dairy-free options that weren’t sorbets, and weren’t made with soy, but were organic, healthy, and yummy. In 2014, she put a team together to begin soft serve R&D. The Yoga-urt team very carefully selected all of the ingredients used in their dairy-free organic product, including the “made from scratch” almond milk that is the basis for most of their products.
Today, Melissa’s dream has come true. She is proud to serve LA’s yogis and foodies a delicious, healthy, non-dairy, soy-free, gluten-free soft serve treat at both the Glendale and Echo Park locations.