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Published Wednesday Sep 09, 2020 by Denise Prichard

How to Find the Top Yoga Studios in San Francisco

Fitness
Yoga

The Mindbody Wellness Index is released each year to highlight the most active cities in America. It should come as no surprise that San Francisco made the cut in 2020—landing in the number two spot with over 83% of all SF residents saying they work out at least once a week. On top of their fitness fanaticism, folks in the Bay Area are mindful about eating healthy, too—the city’s residents nabbed the number three spot in the healthiest cities in America due to their high intake of fresh fruits and veggies. Or maybe this city is so physically fit because it happens to have the densest population of wellness businesses in the country, with over sixteen per square mile.  

Whatever it may be—it’s safe to say that San Franciscans pack a serious punch when it comes to their wellness game.  

As for yoga, San Franciscans also like to get their flow on weekly—with around 17% of residents who regularly work out opting for a restorative yoga class and 13% rolling out their mats for a power flow at least once per week.  

With so many businesses dedicated to providing exceptional yoga classes in San Francisco, it may be difficult to find the perfect studio for you. To help you find the best yoga studio in San Francisco, check this step-by-step guide to choosing the best experience. 

San Francisco yoga

Read the reviews 

Before booking a yoga class, see what people are saying. Think about it—you wouldn’t eat at a restaurant that consistently got one-star reviews, would you? But places with high praise and five-star reviews deserve a visit or two, am I right? Well, why would your methodology be any different when booking a yoga class?  

Reading reviews is probably the best way to learn if a studio’s pros outweigh their cons—or vice versa. By checking out ratings in the Mindbody app, you can learn about what fellow yogis like or dislike about the studio, find out what to expect when you take one of their classes, get a sense of what the teachers are like, and more. 

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Find your perfect instructor 

I don’t know about you, but in my opinion, the best yoga classes are the ones that have teachers you can connect with. With the Mindbody app, you can easily learn about a studio’s instructors and their teaching style. Whether you’re looking for a teacher that emphasizes long meditations or one that encourages dancing in your downward-facing dog, you’ll be able to get a sense of what a certain teacher’s class has to offer by checking out their bio before booking.  


Explore different class styles 

Whether you’ve been going to the same Vinyasa class for years or you’re just starting out in your yoga practice, you may be unaware of all the different styles of yoga available in San Francisco. From traditional classes like Ashtanga to the recently popular Buti yoga, your options are pretty much endless. However, it’s important to note that not every studio offers every style of yoga—one studio may boast the best restorative yoga class with crystal singing bowl therapy, while another studio is breaking the mold with their hip-hop yoga classes. Use the Mindbody app to access each San Francisco studio’s class schedule to make sure your yoga preferences align with their offerings.  

Virtual Yoga SF

Make virtual a reality 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, virtual class offerings have been front-and-center in fitness and have enabled folks all over the world to stick to their wellness goals. With 91% of group fitness studios offering live stream and/or on demand classes, those who are ready to get their asana on have plenty of virtual yoga classes to try all over San Francisco—whether they live there or not.  

Not sure how to find the perfect virtual yoga class for you? Let’s break it down.

On Mindbody.io, click the box that says ‘search for anything’ and select ‘fitness.’ Then, click ‘classes’ on the top left, set your ‘fitness type’ to yoga and select ‘virtual classes’ to see all the upcoming classes available. (Or, just let us do it for you.) 

On the Mindbody app, search classes in San Francisco, click filter to select 'Yoga' as your fitness category, and toggle 'Virtual Classes' on.
 

Yoga in San Fran

Explore your neighborhood 

Whether you’re a local and want to find a studio that’s within walking distance of your Bay Area apartment or you live outside the city and need to take BART to your yoga classes, location-based browsing can be your best friend. Whether you’re eager to try an outdoor yoga class in Washington Park in North Beach or looking to squeeze in a yoga class after work in the Financial District, you can find tons of different yoga classes to try all over the city.  

Since traveling to other cities throughout the country is on a bit of a hiatus right now, make it your mission to do a tour of your beautiful city this year. Use Mindbody to see all the yoga studio options your city has to offer in each neighborhood. Maybe you’re down(dog) to try a meditation class in Haight-Ashbury one weekend and beach yoga at Baker Beach the next. The world—or city—is your oyster!   

These tips should be enough to get you started on your journey to finding the best yoga classes in San Francisco. Ready to start flowing with the best studios, teachers, and fellow yogis in San Francisco?  Head on over to Mindbody and start browsing.

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior 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.
black-owned beauty and wellness businesses
Beauty
Published Sunday Jan 30, 2022 by Denise Prichard

Black-owned Beauty and Wellness Businesses to Know

February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society.  As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.  

While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support. 

1. Beauty Bin 

Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.  
 

2. KIKA Stretch Studio  

The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.

3. Kimberly Coleman Salon 

At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads. 

4. Pressed Roots 

Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.  

5. SW3AT  

Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins. 

6. The TEN Nail Bar 

Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days. 

7. Bettye O Day Spa 

Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.  

Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well! 

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior 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.