A bright mural covering the walls welcomes visitors to Chula Vista Yoga Center, where instructors foster strengthened bodies and usher minds to tranquility through various yoga techniques. The studio focuses on Vinyasa yoga, in which students move from one pose to another within one inhale or exhale to synchronize breath with movement. Each class is structured to enable novice yogis to practice their newfound stretches on their own while more experienced yogis can enter classes for all levels. Chula Vista Yoga Center offers classes at various times throughout the week, so check the studio's class schedule to chart the ideal course.
In 1997, Amy Caldwell discovered yoga. As she backpacked through Asia, Australia, and parts of Europe, she stopped to train with yogis she met along the way, exploring the styles of Vinyasa flow, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Ashtanga. As she learned, she blended these styles into her own dynamic flow. Since this nomadic journey, Amy's rapidly developing skills have earned her a spot on two Yoga Journal covers. Today, as owners of Yoga One studio, she and her husband Michael incorporate their own unique yoga and meditation styles into their teachings.
The flexible duo leads a team of experienced instructors, who foster a positive, non-competitive environment and also specialized in different styles of yoga, such as sunrise flow, Vinyasa flow, and gentle flow. Inside the main studio, where natural light from skylights casts a glow onto hardwood floors and saffron curtains, instructors lead groups through classes that cover optimal alignment, breath, and present-moment awareness. They also guide students outside the studio to stretch and align on a sunny rooftop in Little Italy. Inside softly lit massage rooms, therapists help visitors release tension from aching muscles.
The Little Yoga Studio is an intimate studio that aims to help its students achieve and maintain physical, mental, and emotional health through yoga. The certified instructors are passionate about yoga and want to share their belief that yoga can transform lives. Walking in, clients feel as if they’ve entered a sacred space—big windows let the sun stream in on honey-colored wood floors and wall paneling, and calming Buddha shrines add to the feeling of openness and serenity. Students can unwind in a Yoga for Deep Rest class, an alignment-focused class that works with breath, or get an intense workout in the challenging Power Vinyasa class, where emphasis on creative, gymnastic vinyasas build lean muscles and increase flexibility.
CORE40 is a new brand from the co-creators of the Bodyrok program, which fuses Pilates with cardio and strength training workouts to form a comprehensive, calorie-burning system. Clients work in small groups, sweating through muscle-building CORE40 classes held on Megaformer M3 machines and fast-paced COREcycle classes held on high-tech, customizable spin bikes. The gym also offers the best of both worlds with COREcombo classes, which combine elements of each program to give participants a rapid, effective workout in under one hour. Certified instructors lead each energetic class or personal training session, pushing clients to work past their preconceived limits and offering encouragement along the way.
A strong core improves posture and prevents injury—that’s the theory behind Pilates. At The Pilates Room Studios, instructors put it into practice in more than 150 fitness classes a week at four studios. Students of all abilities strengthen their minds and muscles on the latest equipment, such as the Allegro Reformer 1 and 2, jump board, exo-chair, spring boards, tower treadmills, and more. In recent years The Pilates Room Studios have expanded, opening additional locations and upgrading their equipment to include the most modern makes and models. Each high-end space beams with vibrant colors to give guests a motivational boost while boosting their own fitness levels
Instructors never run out of steam at BODYROK. It’s their job to keep the atmosphere upbeat and encourage students to push through their demanding Sculpt and Cycle classes. The 40-minute Sculpt classes heighten the core-toning effects of Pilates with cardio exercises on individual Proformer machines. The Proformer's resistance can be adjusted to accommodate any fitness level so first-time students can follow the workout and veterans can continue to challenge themselves. In Cycle classes, students hop atop Scwhinn A.C. Performance Indoor Cycle Trainers that use magnets to generate resistance instead of forcing riders to pedal through tubs of yogurt. The two workouts collide in the 50-minute Sculpt and Cycle class as students hop from Proformers to Schwinns for a blend of lower body- and core-focused training.
Despite its name, Pilates 4 Women Only is a multidisciplinary women’s fitness studio. While they do host Pilates classes, which build core strength and flexibility, they also teach their clientele the basics of TRX suspension training, yoga, and kettlebell lifting. Their instructors have especially savvy tips for safe prenatal workouts, and postdelivery workouts that burn baby weight.