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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.
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.