Best Of: San Diego Yoga Studios
"Yoga is not about touching your toes. It's about what you learn on the way down."
Years ago, I began practicing yoga - simply as a way to stretch out sore muscles after track practice. Years later, it's become so much more in my life - yes, still a way to stretch, but also insanely therapeutic for my anxiety , a great way to manage my breathing while running (I still breathe obnoxiously and embarassingly loud when I run...so imagine how it sounded before!) and an outlet for me to be quiet and focused without any external distractions, a rarity in my life these days. More than that, my practice has taught me to learn from - and laugh at - your falls and failures, to inhale and exhale when things get hard and uncomfortable (hence, one of my latest tattoos, amongst its many meanings) and to be patient and enjoy every sensation in the moment!
When I moved to San Diego, I was both happy to see the prevalence of yoga (a quite drastic comparison to Nashville), but I was also overwhelmed by all of the options of where I could practice - hundreds of studios! I promise this is not an exaggeration.
After trying out dozens of yoga studios over the past year, I've finally settled on a few favorites! Check them out if you're in the San Diego area!
Spirit Yoga - Cutest little studio in Pacific Beach on the corner of Garnet & Ingraham! The studio space is warm and inviting - wood accents & plants line the walls. I love the vibe & I haven't had a teacher I didn't absolutely love. Spirit offers a huge variety of classes, including Vinyasa-style classes (beginner to advanced), meditation classes, high-energy classes and candlelight classes. The studio is currently offering $20 unlimited for 20 days for new students - amazing!
Yoga Six - I refer to Yoga Six as the SoulCycle of yoga - bright, sleek, clean, luxurious aesthetic in each studio. Did I mention fully equipped showers + locker rooms too?! I tend to venture here before in the early morning hours before since I can get ready in such a modern, inspiring space. While Yoga Six offers vinyasa, deep stretch and boot camp classes, my favorite class is Power Yoga - heated, dynamic and advanced postures - in a minimalistic room that empowers focus and remaining in the present without distraction. My recommendations: Yoga Six Solana Beach & Yoga Six Point Loma.
Trilogy Sanctuary - My favorite hidden gem directly in the heart of La Jolla, Trilogy is a combined space for yoga, food, personal development and community. Did I mention this studio is located on a rooftop that overlooks all of La Jolla & the Pacific Ocean? Extremely beautiful and serene - perfect backdrop for a great stretch and/or sweat sesh that leaves you feel inspired and refreshed. Trilogy helped introduce me to aerial yoga (thank goodness for beginners' classes!), but I do enjoy their indoor and outdoor vinyasa classes too. Trilogy classes fill up quickly, so be sure to reserve a space far in advance. And then stay for a quick bite after on the comfy couches outside - I recommend any of the smoothies or desserts! I clearly have a sweet tooth.
Indie Yoga - Cutest little heated studio in the heart of Ocean Beach off Bacon. The studio is warm and inviting - and during evening classes, you can see the awesome green/blue lights on the ceiling, which gives you the feeling of being outside watching the stars. My favorite part is the wisdom the teachers here impart - I always leave feeling really enlightened. Indie offers a variety of classes, including Vinyasa, Candlelight, Yin, Hatha and my favorite - Surfer's Yoga, an advanced Vinyasa that focuses on building core strength. No, you don't have to be a surfer to enjoy! Right now, Indie is offering a special of $39 for a month unlimited - wow!
Outdoors! - How can you live here and not practice outside - scenic views, almost perfect weather and the sound of the water?! Dozens of yoga teachers offer free classes on weekends outdoors - or bring your mat out and launch into your own flow.