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Published Thursday Feb 06, 2020 by Fitt

The Best Fitness Events & Activities in San Diego This Month

From themed workouts, pre-brunch sweat sessions, and yoga-fueled dance parties, there’s no shortage of healthy happening and fit events to hit up in San Diego. Even better, we’ve scoured the scene to bring you the best of the best.      

Equinox
Image Source: Equinox Facebook
February 9: EQUINOX x ALCHEMĒ BARRE & BUBBLES EVENT (with a vitamin shot!) 

Sunday Scaries? Never heard of 'em. Get ready for the week ahead with this muscle-sculpting barre class at Equinox La Costa. Stick around after to enjoy a delicious spread of light bites from local juice bar Beaming, plus a free vitamin shot courtesy of ALCHEMĒ. 

Barrys Bootcamp
Image Source: Barrys Facebook
February 9: Barry's Cares: A Charity Class for the Endure 2 Cure Pediatric Cancer Foundation 

Make your way to Barry's San Diego to sweat it out in the Red Room for a good cause. Not only will you get in a solid workout, but you'll be helping support the Endure 2 Cure Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to children and families undergoing cancer treatment. 

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February 11: FREE barre3 Community Class 

 Grab your grip socks and head to A Time To Dance in North Park for a complimentary barre3 class. During the 60-minute workout, you'll sculpt and tone from head to toe during a series of low-impact movements and cardio exercises. Just remember to bring your mat, water, and hand weights, if that's your thing. 

HIIT the BEAT Event
February 14: HIIT the BEAT X Vuori: Valentine's Edition 

Skip the fancy dinner and celebrate Valentine's Day with this high-intensity workout. Taking place at Vuori's recently renovated space in Encinitas, you'll get your heart rate up during a 45-minute HIIT session infused with energizing beats from a live DJ. Stick around post sweat to take advantage of complimentary drinks courtesy of Kyla Kombucha and Ghost Tequila. 

AquaVie
Image Source: AquaVie Facebook
February 15: Poolside Yoga & Mimosas 

Savasana before you sip on Saturday. Start the morning off with a 60-minute rooftop class at AquaVie before rewarding yourself with a well-earned mimosa. 

GALentines Day Yoga
February 15: GALentine’s Day Yoga at THC 

Get in on the Galentine's Day festivities with this fun rooftop flow at The Holding Company in Ocean Beach. Bend and stretch alongside your best gals, then enjoy a post-sweat cheers with your complimentary mimosa. Now, this is one annual tradition we can get behind! 

Namaste for Brunch
February 16: Namaste For Brunch: Galentine’s Day 

Spend the morning celebrating your best girls during this Galentine's Day-themed workout. Enjoy a relaxing, 45-minute flow in the rustic, plant-filled restaurant space of Herringbone La Jolla. Then, settle in for a delicious two-course brunch and a free drink. 

Sunrise Saturday
February 22: Sunrise Saturday: Community work out! 

Jumpstart your weekend with a free workout at the San Diego Convention Center Stairs. In addition to a series of glute-burning stair climbs, expect HIIT-focused circuits, cardio moves, and a lot more during this fun bootcamp-style sweat session. 

Daybreaker One Love
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February 23: Daybreaker SD // One Love 2020 // Yoga + Dance Party 

Feel the love during this Sunday afternoon sweat party at Quartyard. You'll kick things off with an hour-long, energizing yoga sesh powered by a live DJ. Then, it'll be time to take things to the dance floor for an epic outdoor party complete with live performances and special guests. When you need to take a breather, refuel with free kombucha, healthy breakfast bites, Daytrip sparkling water, or non-alcoholic beer from Brooklyn Brewery. 

Leap Year 5K Run
February 29: Orangetheory Fitness Leap Year 5K Fun Run 

Join your fellow runners for this non-competitive 5k run in the San Diego sunshine. Meet at Road Runner Sports in Solana Beach before heading out for a run-fueled workout led by Orangetheory Fitness coaches. After, head back to the store for snacks and raffles. All paces welcome! 

Sunset Cliffs Yoga
February 29: Oceanfront Yoga at Sunset Cliffs 

Savasana is even better on Sunset Cliffs. Every Saturday, head to this tranquil, scenic overlook for a donation-based Hatha/Vinyasa practice and guided meditation with the ocean as your backdrop. Just remember to BYOM(at). 

Burpee Mile
March 7: The Burpee Mile San Diego 

Body by burpees, anyone? Hermosa Beach’s gnarly Burpee Mile is making its way down the coast to Silver Strand State Beach this March for those of us up to the challenge. Yes, this is exactly what you’re thinking: burpees with broad jumps for an entire mile. Whether you team up with your buddies or take this mile on solo, you’re guaranteed to be drenched in sweat by the last leg. 

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About the author
Fitt is a location-based discovery platform that connects users to healthy experiences across 30 cities in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. Find the best fitness studios, healthy restaurants, and outdoor adventures at www.fitt.co.
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Wellness
Published Thursday Apr 01, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Your Guide to Releasing Stress and Finding Peace

Expert Advice
Wellness
Self-care

Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.

With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."

There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.

Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:

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1. Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice  

When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love? As we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey. 

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2. I Tried Virtual Meditation...Here’s What I Learned 

Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?) 

TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra. 

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3. Accessible Yoga Poses for Emotional Balance and Release 

Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.  

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4. Top Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Depression and The New Normal

Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.

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5. The "Staying Grounded" Guide to Stress and Anxiety Pre- and Post-COVID-19

If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.

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6. How to Meditate: A Beginner's Guide

Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.

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7. Cultivate Your Calm with These 7 Yoga Poses

There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.

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8. Mindfulness Tips to Stay Intentional, Focused, and Aligned in 2021

We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.

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9. Why It's Time to Try a Healing Virtual Sound Bath

If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.

These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.  

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Written by
Denise Prichard
Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.