Business Interruption Fund spotlight: Crenshaw Yoga and Dance

KarLee Young, owner of Crenshaw Yoga and Dance. Photos by Gary Leonard for Metro.


Crenshaw Yoga and Dance is located along the future Crenshaw/LAX Line. The studio is owned and operated by KarLee Young and was the first yoga studio in the Crenshaw area when it opened in 2004. Crenshaw Yoga and Dance offers a variety of classes and has become a reputable entity in the South Los Angeles community. The studio’s mission is not only to provide yoga and dance classes, but also to offer wellness education and fitness at an affordable price.

In addition to offering yoga and dance classes, Ms. Young redesigned her studio and is now offering space for corporate meetings and film and television production. She recently was approached by the producers of Dancing with the Stars to use her studio space for rehearsals.  Ms. Young continues to think of new ways for growing her business and plans to expand and offer wellness and fitness classes to children in the upcoming months.

As the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Line has moved into the Park Mesa Heights area, the studio has been directly impacted. While experiencing difficulties, Ms. Young remains optimistic about the future of her business and the area around her. “I am located in close proximity to several future stations and I see a bright future ahead of me,” she said. “My business will grow as more clients will be able to reach me by rail. In the meantime, I am grateful to the BIF for their support.”

Crenshaw Yoga and Dance is located at 5426 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90043. Normal business hours are Monday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, please call (323) 294-7148 or visit

Metro’s Business Interruption Fund (BIF) provides financial assistance to small “mom and pop” businesses directly impacted by construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the Regional Connector in the Little Tokyo area and 2nd/Broadway area and Purple Line Extension Section 1 and Section 2. For more information about the BIF, visit To apply for a BIF grant, visit Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation (PCR) at

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