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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.
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.