San Diego is America’s Finest City – there’s no denying that. From the beaches to the ridiculously laid-back vibes. There’s never a moment when I don’t feel ultra relaxed calling San Diego home. I’ve explored everywhere from Cowles Mountain to Potato Chip Rock. However the one space I’ve yet to explore is the influx of new and inspiring yoga studios across San Diego. Over the course of this upcoming year, my goal is to experience as many yoga studios as possible in San Diego and Southern California and share them all with you. Have any recommendations? Leave them below in the comments!
The San Diego Yoga Scene As I See It
After growing up in Los Angeles, it is safe to say I’ve seen a lot when it comes to yoga studios. The Corepower’s of the world hooked me originally, but now I crave something deeper and more meaningful. While there are hundreds of yoga studios in San Diego to choose from, my goal is to find those that foster a practice that expands past downward dogs. I’m looking for the spaces that cultivate an energy that leaves students practicing their yoga on and off the mat. I’m talking meditation, dharma talks, and a sprinkle of breathwork.
San Diego yoga has influence dripping in from every angle. Western power yoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa classes and yin are all offered across the city. I love that you can get a taste of virtually any variety of yoga depending on the studio you are at. Clad in Lululemon, the yogis you’ll find from North County to Ocean Beach are completely unique in their approach and philosophy of the practice. Similar to San Diego as a whole, the yoga culture is a melting pot that I can’t wait to dip into.
What Makes a Yoga Studio Unique?
When I finished my yoga teacher training last year at Indie Yoga in Ocean Beach, I was hooked on the spiritual vibes the studio nourished me with. Each teacher that enters the studio offers something new and original. You’d never in a million years find a cookie cutter teacher coming out of their training. That’s what makes that studio so popular in the neighborhood.
As I begin my journey of trying new studios in San Diego, I’ll be looking for that palpable energy that I found at Indie Yoga. The electricity in the air, the community, the safety. You’ll find studios that will know your name, give you the yummiest adjustments and hold space for you in whatever way you need. This is the real shit, sans Corepower queues.
San Diego Yoga Studio Reviews
Now, let’s get down to business and start exploring what San Diego has to offer! Below you’ll find some of my favorite San Diego yoga studios I’ve practiced at over the past year. Again, if you have a recommendation, share it in the comments so I can feature it here as well!
Indie Yoga is one of the most community-driven and supportive studios I’ve ever had the honor of practicing at. This heated yoga studio in San Diego is where I completed my 200-hr yoga teacher training. Also, I currently teach at Wednesdays at 6am! Come say hi?
If you’re interested in the philosophy of yoga, unique teachers, and bomb ass playlists, Indie Yoga is the place to be. Indie Yoga has Vinyasa classes, Hatha, Hot Yoga/Bikram Yoga, and Yin classes throughout the week. There is also a ton of different workshops ranging from breathwork to masterclasses. They offer a new student special for $39 for your first month of unlimited yoga! That’s one of the best prices I’ve seen for new practitioners. I highly recommend it if you’re interested in developing a practice that is more than just a few poses.
Indie Yoga: 1857 Bacon St, San Diego, CA 92107
If you haven’t heard of Saffron & Sage, it’s about time you sign up for a yoga class or free wellness consultation with their Spiritual Director, Cristin Smith. Saffron & Sage is a full boutique wellness studio in Mission Hills that combines holistic healing modalities and yoga to provide members with an exceptional experience unlike any I have ever seen in San Diego.
I love Saffron & Sage because they offer so many different services outside of therapy and really create a wellness plan for members that is unique to their mental and physical needs. It also helps that Saffron & Sage’s aesthetic is to die for and seriously Insta-worthy. From restorative yoga to strengthening, Saffron & Sage is unheated for minimal intervention and has classes Monday-Friday and monthly new moon and full moon circles. YES PLEASE!
Saffron & Sage: 2555 State St, San Diego, CA 92101
What Is Your Favorite San Diego Yoga Studio?
Now I need to hear from you! What is your favorite studio in San Diego? Are you into spaces that offer more than yoga? Boutique studios or corporate? Leave a comment below with your favorite spot! Let me know the area of San Diego it’s in, and what you like about it! I can’t wait to share your suggestions and try out your favorite spots!