Long-time La Jolla residents Gerhard Gessner and Alexandra Oehmigen-Gessner founded Prana Yoga Center in 2001 as a way to share their mutual passion for the ancient practice with fellow certified instructors, yogis undergoing teacher training, and students of all experience levels. Fluent in the styles of Hatha, Ashtanga, and Iyengar, Gerhard puts his 28 years of practice and training to use, leading challenging yet accessible classes, adopting an integrated, nondogmatic approach to the form. Known for his signature all-level Vinyasa Flow course, he is no stranger to tailoring course regimens to suit the diverse needs of his students. Gerhard and Alexandra, along with a massive team of 19 other instructors, also fill their robust class schedule with gentler Hatha yoga and specialty classes, such as prenatal yoga for mothers-to-be, teen yoga for girls, and kids yoga for little ones and overly stressed teddy bears.
In a heated, 4,000-square-foot facility, Bikram Yoga La Jolla’s instructors guide students in a body-bending curriculum that aims to cultivate strength, flexibility, and inner peace. These pliable pros help students hone the body and the mind by leading them through a flowing regimen of 26 poses. The classes are performed on clean, non-absorbent Lonseal floors situated in heated rooms that foster greater muscle fluidity and faster metabolic functioning. Other benefits of yoga may include stress reduction, improved concentration, pain relief, and increased self-esteem. After they are cooled down with ice cold lavender towels at class's end, students can head to the remodeled changing facilities, including an expanded women's room. The facilities provide cubbies for storing possessions and showers to sluice away sweat and caked-on pranas.
Muscular instructors help exercisers of all fitness levels slim silhouettes and chisel muscles with motivating boot camps, one on one personal training, and fat-evicting nutrition plans. During boot camps, a certified fitness coach draws on more than 15 years of experience to build up bodies with a series of high-intensity interval and metabolic resistance training. The encouraging trainer conducts a symphony of grunts as students strain to lift sandbags and tires within the indoor gym before hitting the fresh air to hurdle over motionless freeze-tag players and other outdoor obstacles. They’ll also compliment their rigorous workout regimes with nutrition guidance that equips students with grocery lists and recipes that ensure balanced meals.
Art can be made anywhere and the professional artists of Painting & Vino prove this every week with pop-up painting-and-wine classes held at wine bars, cafes, and other locations conducive to creativity and socializing. Over drinks and conversation, participants learn to paint a different work during each session, whether its a picture of the teacher's own design or a classic work by artists such as Matisse and Picasso. Instructors go over the paintings step-by-step and pepper in trivia about the piece's history, which students can then recite to calm down angry animals. Classes include all supplies, such as canvases, paints, brushes, and aprons.
Bathed in natural light, Akasha Yoga's students practice postures as certified instructors offer gentle corrections and words of encouragement. With a handful class styles to choose from, yogis of all ages and abilities can find a session to suit their needs. Classes typically contain 8?15 participants, meaning that students can rise through sun salutations without collision, and instructors can navigate between mats to give one-on-one attention and intentional pats on the back.
Part Pilates studio, part healing center, White Light Studio offers group and private Pilates lessons in addition to soothing massages and infrared sauna sessions. Reiki healing sessions aim to create a state of balance and wholeness within the body, and clients can also take Gyrotonic fitness lessons, which use a machine to simultaneously stretch and strengthen the muscles.