Getting in shape after the holidays is a popular New Year’s resolution. Most of us start off with a bang – running, going to the gym, cutting down on carbs - but after a few weeks, we tend to loose steam. One way to refresh yourself is to incorporate yoga into your routine.
Yoga traditionally helps you unify your mind, body and spirit. But yoga will also strengthen your body, and result in a healthier you. Today there are so many different branches of yoga, from the early Indian approach of Ashtanga, to the Bikram sequential ritual, and to the hybrid Yogalates; everyone can find a form of yoga that will suit their needs.
La Jolla is home to a large number of yoga studios; alas, Patch Picks can list just a handful. Wherever you start, try different styles, teachers, studios (many offer new student specials), and eventually you will find a place where you will feel comfortable and accomplish your mind, body and spiritual goals. Namaste.
La Jolla Yoga Center: Founder/Director Jeanie Carlstead has had over 20 years of yoga experience, which is reflected in the complete package the center offers to students. La Jolla Yoga Center offers a variety of classes, and the schedule denotes their levels of comfort, from True Beginner to Mixed Levels. There are also programs for kids, sports & yoga, prenatal, weddings, and healing & therapy. Special first week price of $30 includes unlimited classes. The center also offers Hatha or Vinyasa community classes for only $10. La Jolla Yoga Center, 7741 Fay Ave., 858-456-2412, lajollayogacenter.com/.
Bikram Yoga La Jolla: The newly remodeled studio is home to Bikram yoga classes, which teaches a series of 26 yoga poses and breathing exercises in a heated room, for 90 minutes. The heated room helps your body’s muscles move more fluidly, metabolize fat, and eliminate toxins. The classes are open to yoga students of all levels. Introduction special is $25 for 10 days of unlimited classes. Bikram Yoga La Jolla, 565 Pearl St., 858-454-8642, bikramyogalajolla.com/index.php.
CorePower Yoga: If you are looking for high-energy yoga, you will find it at CorePower Yoga. The classes combine heat, music, breath and movement, to help you increase strength and flexibility, lose weight, and manage stress. They are intense and energizing. Print out the online coupon for one week free of unlimited classes. Online yoga is also offered, where students can practice at home anytime. Special studio events are offered, including yoga with live music. CorePower Yoga, 7728 Regents Rd. #503 (UTC), 858-455-9642, corepoweryoga.com/.
La Jolla YMCA: Yoga at the Y may not be your first thought, but if you prefer a full workout location, you can’t beat the Y. For yoga, the classes offered run the full gamut of styles: Gentle Yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Hatha Flow Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Yogalates. Besides yoga, you can participate in other fitness classes such as Pilates, Zumba, or Line Dancing. Plus the Y has a full gym, pool, and fitness programs for adults and kids. La Jolla YMCA, 8355 Cliffridge Ave., 858-453-3483, http://www.lajolla.ymca.org/.
Yoga Luna: When you think about La Jolla, you think about the beautiful coastline, so why not combine the scenic views with yoga. Yoga Luna offers outdoor Ocean Flow yoga classes at Calumet Park in Bird Rock. Resuming classes in spring, Yoga Luna holds classes for all levels for $5 per class, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays (bring your own yoga mat, large towel and water). Instructor Mandy Burstein also works with Bird Rock Yoga, offers private instruction, and teaches Full Moon Yoga, Yoga for Kids & Teens, and Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) yoga. Yoga Luna, 858-523-8650, firstname.lastname@example.org, yogaluna.org/Home_Page.html.