On a recent sun-dappled afternoon, a dozen womenand a stray man or twoare gracefully bending their bodies in unison, like synchronized swimmers run aground. They've gathered at the home of West Hollywood hostess Nancy Stoddart for a Kundalini yoga class taught by her friend Anna Getty; it will be followed by an Indian-inspired tea party that complements the cleansing spirit of the exercise, with soymilk and yogurt instead of cream and butter.
Perhaps inevitably for this ZIP code, the group includes two producers and four aspiring actresses. "Actors are artists," says Getty, the daughter of oil-fortune heir and erstwhile thespian John Paul Getty III and herself a producer and a star of Confessions of a Burning Man, a forthcoming documentary about the annual Bohemian bacchanal in the Nevada desert. "They're looking for ways to get in touch with themselves, and that's what yoga does for you."
Getty and her friend Akasha, a caterer and personal chef who has worked for Michael Jackson and Barbra Streisand, have formed the company Pure Style to throw partiesGetty's yoga classes followed by Akasha's organic food. (They had planned on naming the company New Age Divas but changed their minds after consulting their spiritual coach.) Before each party, Getty and Akasha meet to establish "an intention and a vision." "We have an affirmation: like, we see this event going really smoothly, everyone enjoying the foodeven guests helping clean afterwards!" Getty says half-jokingly. "The universe picks up on that." A trial fête held at a hotel during last year's Oscars left stars like Farrah Fawcett and Daryl Hannah "blissed out," Getty says. "People could walk away with a bit of experience versus just getting a bag of swag," Akasha says, referring to the usual Oscar party favors.