Created for love of the sport by six stalwart enthusiasts, Dodgeball is Life runs seasonal leagues that pit five or more teams against each other, with members of all skill levels and both genders taking to the court. Players receive their team assignment from the league, joining court-ready crews typically composed of five men, two women, and one taxidermied mascot. The season pits these impromptu groups against each other in eight or more chuck fests, which lead directly into playoffs for the top-performing teams, which will get to replay grudge matches or continue to demonstrate their immunity to rubber. All matches take place on the squeaky courts of the Ocean Beach Recreational Center, beginning at 7 p.m. and usually concluding with a trip to a local bar to celebrate camaraderie over a brew.
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.