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We don’t have to tell you that San Diego’s health and fitness scene is fire. But on the off chance you were busy with an oceanside savasana or posted up on a patio with a cold-pressed juice and missed the latest buzz, don’t worry — we’ve been keeping tabs on things.
One Paseo is still growing! Tocaya Organica, San Diego’s favorite place to score a healthy take on Mexican cuisine, has debuted its third location in the Del Mar hot spot. Your new motivation during a sweaty SoulCycle class or BODYROK mash-up? Tocaya’s tasty avocado-topped tacos and flavor-filled bowls.
The gym-meets-resort experience has finally made its way to San Diego. Life Time’s latest health and fitness club features upscale equipment, multiple studio spaces, and luxury amenities all housed in a whopping 56,000-square-foot destination. When it comes to classes, take your pick of everything from kickboxing and kettlebells to cycling, yoga, and HIIT. And if you need a little R&R after your workout, just make your way to their in-house spa or the on-site healthy cafe to refuel.
Root down and rise up at San Diego’s newest yoga studio, Root + Flow Yoga. Small but mighty, this Mira Mesa spot is all about inclusivity and helping yogis create a mind-body connection through purposeful movement. The schedule is packed with a variety of practices, too, including Vinyasa, Yin, Yoga Sculpt, and Ashtanga. Oh, and rumor has it they’ll be adding rope wall classes in 2020!
San Diego is all about the fresh, locally-sourced cuisine, and Farmer’s Table is delivering. The popular farm-to-table restaurant has announced plans to open its fourth location in South Bay. Set to open in early 2020, you can expect they’ll be replicating the other three eateries’ recipe for success by serving up fresh, organic ingredients and unique Italian-inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Get ready to move your asana in Bay Park! YogaSix will soon be opening their newest location in central San Diego. A little birdie also told us that they also plan to cut the ribbon on studios in North Carlsbad and Little Italy, too, so you’ll be sweating up and down San Diego’s coast in no time.
Get ready to veg out, North County folks. Encinitas plant-based favorite, EVE, has made its way up the coast to Oceanside. The hip eatery’s second space is now open, so you can stop by for a signature Buddha Bowl, flatbread, or smoothie—and everything else you can order from the OG spot—between catching waves and soaking up the sun.
Mesa Rim has broken ground on its third location in North City! The 28,000-square-foot full-service rock climbing and bouldering gym will feature 52-foot walls, plus space for yoga and fitness classes. Can't wait for their doors to open in August 2020? Visit the Mira Mesa or Mission Valley spaces to get your bouldering fix.
San Diego’s own Netflix-famous brand The Gluten Free Baking Company (anyone else catch Sugar Rush?) is moving from wholesale to retail, and it’s safe to say we’re excited. In February, they’re opening their first brick-and-mortar bakery in North Park, where they’ll be dishing out all of your bready favorites, like cinnamon rolls, bagels, and cupcakes, all made without even a hint of gluten.
Point Loma coffee shop fave, Local Krave, has officially opened the doors to its second location in Pacific Beach! Known for its famous Kraveman Coffee (a comforting blend of house coffee, grass-fed butter, organic coconut oil, honey, and cream), nourishing breakfast sandwiches, and drool-worthy acai bowls, this spot is perfect for pre-beach day fuel.
With the recent announcement of F45 Training’s plans to open a seaside spot on Coronado, it’s clear the boutique brand is planning a full-on takeover of the SD fitness scene. But hey, we’re not complaining — we’ll take a new place to sweat it out before some beach hangs. While you wait for the doors to open, why not crush some burpees and box jumps at one of the Aussie-born functional fitness gym’s nearly 20 other San Diego spaces.
Downtown’s Yoga One is heading to the hills with the opening its second location in early spring. Get ready for all of the yoga classes you already love, plus community and wellness events in a picturesque studio decked out with natural light, free parking, and canyon views. Namaste, ya’ll.
Plant-based foodies, we’ve got a new spot for you to hit up. Introducing The Plot, a recently-opened restaurant in Oceanside that’s far from your average meat-free affair. The reason? You won’t find any processed foods here, as the health-focused eatery makes all of its plant-based proteins (think chicken, burgers, and more) in-house. Did we mention it’s also San Diego’s first zero-waste restaurant? We’ll make the drive up the coast for this place any day.
To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.
Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.
If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.
Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.
Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.
Here’s what you all had to say.
According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.
I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.
Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.
Here’s what they had to say.
“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights
“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center
“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio
“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates
I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.
Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.