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Welcome to San Diego.
Whether you live in America’s Finest City, visit it from time to time, or have it on your bucket list to see one day, this coastal paradise can't be beat (okay, we're a little biased because one of our offices is here... but still). Whatever the case, you’ve probably heard that San Diego is where it’s at if you’re looking for some of the best yoga classes and studios on the planet.
Yoga is among the trendiest, most popular workouts in San Diego. People do it in the sky, on the beach, at breweries, out on the open water... If you want a taste of that San Diego yoga culture, you’ve come to the right place.
These are the top 10 yoga studios in San Diego (based on number of great reviews for in-person and virtual):
If you’re an SD local—and maybe even if you’re not—you’ve probably heard of Trilogy Sanctuary. This aerial yoga studio/vegan café/gorgeous boutique is a San Diego yogi paradise (or I guess I should say sanctuary). Enjoy your practice on the rooftop with a view of the beautiful ocean in La Jolla and finish off with some avocado toast, vega-nachos, or a superfood smoothie bowl and tell me you haven’t discovered pure bliss. While you’re at it, browse around in the boutique for some sustainable clothing, home and self-care goods, or crystal jewelry for the complete Zen experience.
If the name didn’t intrigue you enough, the welcoming environment and warm energy of this San Diego studio will. With locations in North Park and Normal Heights, Pilgrimage of the Heart was founded by the owner of the oldest vegetarian restaurant in San Diego. It began as a small gift shop and has transformed over the past 21 years into the beautiful yoga community it is today. With everything from live music, to sound baths, to sacred cacao ceremonies, it’s more than a yoga studio. And now, you can check them out virtually!
If you’re looking for a clean, trendy downtown studio, honey, you found it. With its crisp white walls, floor to ceiling windows, tons of natural light, and brightly colored props, Honey Yoga is the place to go in Downtown San Diego. Its founders and instructors emphasize that everyone is welcome, and that “pajamas are yoga pants, too.” They even have a weekly class for BIPOC led by Digital Strategist/Art Historian/Black History Historian/Yoga Teacher, Camille Bethune-Brown as a “space for solidarity and healing for those identifying as persons of color to improve their physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.” And yes, it’s virtual.
If you're a parent, you understand the struggles of balancing parenthood and fitness. Founded by a busy mom struggling to prioritize her wellness after the birth of her first child, Hapa Yoga in Grantville offers a place for moms and kids alike to make time for their practice. They offer childcare to get you back on your mat, and kids’ yoga by age group from toddlers to twelve-year-olds, so your child can enjoy it, too. And if your little one isn’t quite here yet, they offer prenatal yoga as well!
Want to heat things up a bit? Jump into the Yoga Box. This trendy studio offers hot Power Flow and Sculpt classes as well as non-heated Recovery, all with color-changing lights and surround sound music to set the mood. They have locations in Pacific Beach, Hillcrest, Ocean Beach, and North Park, so odds are, you can find one near you if you’re in the area. After a class at Yoga Box, you’ll leave your practice feeling energized, empowered, and connected to the Yoga Box instructors, students, and community.
If you’re looking for a yoga studio that can help you in many areas of your wellness journey, check out Wellness Lounge in Kearny Mesa. They offer chiropractic services, massage, acupuncture, lash extensions, facial/skincare, and naturopathic medicine. Talk about the full package. On top of that, they have yoga classes, retreats, private sessions, and even paddleboard yoga on Mission Bay! Meet your new one-stop shop.
Located in the heart of downtown, The Little Yoga Studio is just that—a quaint little studio on the corner of Eighth and Ash. They emphasize yoga as a healing method, and the instructors want to create personalized experiences for all who enter through smaller class sizes. They offer classes for all levels as well as workshops, community gatherings, and wellness retreats so you can dive deeper into your journey. Plus, if you’re new, you can get two weeks of unlimited yoga for just $35. Sign us up!
In an always-sunny city like San Diego, of course there’s going to be multiple gorgeous outdoor aerial yoga studios. Elka Yoga and Wellness is an “educational sanctuary” for instructors and students to learn about themselves and live healthier, happier lives both on and off the mat. They offer not only mat and aerial yoga, but massage, life coaching, Reiki healing, hypnotherapy, cupping, nutrition consulting, flow systems auditing, and more. Pretty much anything you could want to help guide you to living your most balanced life. (And right now, they’re offering many of these services in-home).
Want to raise your energetic frequency? Sojourn Healing Collective is here to help you heal yourself both emotionally and physically, offering workshops to become the highest version of yourself as well as yoga and meditation classes, healing sessions, and breathwork. They call themselves an “urban oasis nestled in the community of Golden Hill,” and with a name meaning “temporary stay,” how can you not feel welcome?
If you couldn’t figure it out from the name, Riffs is known for their live music and beautiful outdoor yoga deck, bringing Bali to Bird Rock. Just two blocks from the beach, the studio is the perfect place to enjoy beautiful music and feel the salty ocean air as you flow. (Then, enjoy some great Mexican food at Don Bravo next door after class, you won’t regret it). Plus, they have a second location with a large indoor space in Ocean Beach!
So, if you ever find yourself in sunny San Diego, or if you want a taste of the beachy yoga vibes from afar, book a class at one of these studios (or any others, they're all great) in-person or online! Because when it comes to empowering, healing, yoga communities, all are welcome, and the more the merrier.
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!