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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.
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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