Ayurveda, a holistic health system native to India, considers that each individual is born with a unique psychosomatic constitution, known as a dosha. Each person has a combination of three doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha—and, according to Ayurvedic tradition, the dominant dosha can determine and affect the individual's appetite, body type, digestion, memory, and confidence to cry in public. Ayurvedic therapies—including massage, herbal oil treatments, detox programs, and meditation—all aim to boost a sense of overall well-being.
Monica Bhatia, an Ayurvedic practitioner and consultant at Ayurveda Yoga LLC, has studied the Ayurveda heritage extensively in India as well as the United States and is a cofounder of the San Diego College of Ayurveda. She taps into this vast background as she helps clients through energy medicine, meditation, and other healing practices.
Bindu guides yogis of all levels through daily classes that strengthen and restore bodies and calm bustling brains. Bindu specializes in Vinyasa yoga, a practice that streams muscle and breath movement into one continuous flow. During Divine Play Vinyasa sessions, disciplined contractions, extensions, and alignments awaken life-force energy and the ability to channel soft-serve through ordinary drinking fountains. Vinyasa concludes in the relaxation pose shavasana, known less poetically as corpse pose, wherein yogis simulate the proud posture of dead presidents. Bindu's eight yoga masters also lead therapeutic Viniyoga and athletic Ashtanga classes that align and restore wayward muscles to their rightful places. Sessions range from 60–90 minutes.
The nimble instructors at Foundation Yoga guide limbs through poses that stretch and strengthen physiques and eschew anxiety inside a relaxing studio with bamboo floors. The diverse, seven-day-a-week schedule accommodates students of varying experiences, such as Level 1 classes that work on properly aligning the spine and rogue chakras. The faster-paced Level 2 classes delve deeper into flexibility, strength, and stability, and the Level 3 power yoga classes combine therapeutics, alignment, and stimulating music. A 10-class pass grants guests participation in any of the studio’s body-bending classes, including the all-level Yoga for Athletes that render legs, upper bodies, and molten cores pliable enough to sleep comfortably in a sardine can.
Yoga Del Mar is a renowned house of Hatha yoga that reinforces limb-limbering postures with spiritual guidance provided by some of San Diego's stretchiest experts. Instructor Geri Portnoy was one of the area's first certified teachers of the Anusara style—poses emphasizing alignment and focusing energies—and fellow instructor Roger Cole, PhD, teaches precise Iyengar yoga and contributes to Yoga Journal magazine. In terms of class options, neophytes can begin with level one, which moves at a careful pace with detailed instructions, and grizzled flex-meisters can skip to higher levels to test their seasoned skills. Beyond traditional class formats, the studio also hosts breath- and stretch-minded gatherings for the prenatal crowd.
With a name inspired by the concept of six degrees of separation, Yoga Six emphasizes interconnectedness and community at its San Diego area locations. The number six also reflects the sextet of values that guide the studio’s teachings: body, breath, mind, heart, intuition, and skill.
In Yoga Six’s practice rooms, passionate instructors lead groups of students through hot yoga, flow, yoga fundamentals, and weight-assisted, fitness-focused routines. Workshops and special programs address topics, such as yoga-based nutrition. Guests can shower after class using complimentary toiletries in the locker rooms, then relax in the lounge. The studio boutique stocks essentials, such as towels, clothing, and BPA-free water bottles.
Ignite Yoga Fusion helps students practice the tenets of yoga both on and off the mat. Instructors seek to shepherd students through their discovery of the yogic arts, teaching classes in a heated studio that helps loosen tight muscles, facilitate detoxification of the body, and deter any polar bears that are currently trying to hunt you. Instructors view their studio as a warm retreat, where new students ease into gentle Bikram poses and experienced students practice advanced bends while braced by a student or instructor.