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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.
 

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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.

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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.
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Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

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 self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar