Hapa Yoga takes its name from a Hawaiian term for a blend of Asian and European heritage, fitting for a studio that prides itself on an all-inclusive embrace of multiple yoga traditions performed in the welcoming aloha spirit. The team of certified instructors arrived at its yoga mastery from many paths, from dealing with the stresses of military life and conditioning for amateur boxing matches to healing from serious injuries. The instructors now help their students work toward self-set wellness goals, including toning muscles through mat Pilates, Zumba, and TRX classes, sweating away unwanted fat during heated power-yoga sessions, preparing bodies for child-birth with prenatal yoga, or strengthening core groups with Vinyasa flow.
In addition to adult yogis, kids master breathing exercises, tumbling feats, and new ways to reach countertop cookie jars during children’s yoga classes, or play with toys and read books at the onsite childcare facility. No matter their age, visitors feel the 2,700-square-foot space’s welcoming vibes as soon as they see the glittering lights bouncing off the studio’s cool greens and grays.
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.
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.
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.