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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.
This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal.
You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.
As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.
Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.
The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.
A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.
The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.
The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.
Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.
Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th.
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