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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.
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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