Smoky hardwood floors, soft hanging lights and wall sconces, and dusty blue walls create a serene scene in Indie Yoga's practice room, where certified yoga instructors helm heated Vinyasa-style classes seven days a week. This experienced team caters to students of all abilities by offering beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes that combine a series of continuous postures with a deep-breathing technique called the ujjayi breath. As they lead students through the tapestry of poses, they allow the studio's heated temperatures to infuse the blood with oxygen, facilitate deeper stretches, and expose devious undercover snowmen masquerading as yogis. They also offer a couple specialty classes, such as the surf-flow session, which focuses on core strength and balance to help wave riders enhance their hang time, and a children's yoga class where poses are fueled with fun themes, games, and music.
Although his full name was probably never thrown into poems or songs, Bellur Krishnamacharya Sundararaja Iyengar (B.K.S.) certainly left his mark. Iyengar began practicing yoga in India in 1935 before moving west during the 1950s, where he taught his version of the ancient discipline. Eventually, those teachings reached San Diego, where, in 1979, they surfaced in the form of Iyengar Yoga of San Diego.
Today, the facility employs a roster of certified instructors to lead groups through multiple levels of Iyengar yoga. Through the perfection of yoga postures, or asanas, and yogic breathing, the facility strives to coordinate the mind with every part of the body and, according to their philosophy, connect the individual spirit with the universal spirit.
At the Yoga Factory, anti-gravity yoga reigns. Practitioners safely settle into silks suspended from the ceiling, then twist and spin through a series of asanas. Besides strengthening core muscles, the aerial practice can ease joint pain, reduce backaches, increase flexibility, and help students prepare for upcoming auditions to be Tinker Bell's stunt double.
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Recycled furnishings punctuate robin’s-egg-blue walls and glossy, natural bamboo floors inside Chakra Pilates’ tranquil studio, where a team of seasoned instructors steers students through the gentle muscle-toning postures of Pilates and yoga. They position participants atop Reformer apparatuses and mats during Pilates classes, scrutinizing each student’s unique corporeal mechanics and can-can-dance abilities to ensure proper, custom guidance.
Named after the concept of chakras—centers of energy located throughout the body—the studio also singes calories with spirited barre cardio sessions, cultivates pregnancy comfort with prenatal and postnatal classes, and enlightens budding instructors with teacher-training programs.
The teachers at Happy-U Namaste Yoga Center practice a combination of happiness and bliss. There's the yoga classes, which include vinyasa, ashtanga, and restorative. The studio takes a holistic approach to wellness by including discounts on coaching, acupuncture, and massage in its memberships.
From the moment she found out she was going to be a mother, Victoria delved into her passion for natural and holistic alternative by learning about childbirth and studying different techniques designed to help women with their pregnancy and delivery. At Yogi Mami, she helps moms-to-be with trimester-by-trimester labor preparation and prenatal yoga that helps alleviate pregnancy pain, morning sickness, and an addiction to smelling the heads of Cabbage Patch dolls. She also helps moms get their bodies back in shape with Mommy & Me outdoor workouts.