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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.
Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.
With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."
There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.
Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:
When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: 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 we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?)
TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra.
Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.
Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.
If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.
Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.
There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.
We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.
If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.
These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.