Intro to Yoga in La Jolla

Choosing the Best Yoga Practice

The practice of yoga has achieved a large number of devotees over the past decade in the Southern California area. La Jolla is no exception to this craze, as new yoga studios continue to pop up in the neighborhood and residents who visit them begin to understand not just the physical, but emotional, stamina yoga can offer. Still, despite most people knowing several people who do yoga, it can be intimidating to start the practice of yoga. With multiple different types of yoga and the images of yogis doing perfectly balanced handstands, the idea of yoga can seem farfetched to someone who has never meditated or can’t even touch their toes.

Where to Begin?

The first step to achieving yoga bliss is figuring out what type of practice is right for you. A yoga practice that combines meditation with strength building is often a popular choice; here are a few options:

Hatha: This type of yoga is slow and involves holding poses for long periods of time while concentrating on breath. It is one of the base yoga styles and is incorporated into many other styles of yoga. The goal is to ultimately find relaxation in the pose and it is a challenging and stimulating practice.

Where can you practice this style in La Jolla?

Akasha Yoga: 3211 Holiday Court, Suite 203

La Jolla Yoga Center: 7741 Fay Avenue

Prana Yoga Studio: 1041 Silverado St.

Vinyasa: One of most popular types of yoga, Vinyasa is a term that encompasses many styles of yoga that focus on the art of movement. The different movements and transitions into new poses are linked together by your breath.

Where can you practice this style in La Jolla?

Akasha Yoga: 3211 Holiday Court, Suite 203

La Jolla Yoga Center: 7741 Fay Avenue

Prana Yoga Studio: 1041 Silverado St.

Sol Yoga: 8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, Suite 121

Ashtanga: A form of Vinyasa that focuses on a particular set series of poses. Those looking for a yoga practice that feels like the “regular” exercise you may be more used to will enjoy the physical elements and strength needed to be continually moving into new positions. Ashtanga is called Power Yoga when the poses are used in a Vinyasa style, but not in the set series Ashtanga focuses on.

Where can you practice this style in La Jolla?

Akasha Yoga: 3211 Holiday Court, Suite 203

Iyengar: Instead of focusing on a flow from one position to the next, this practice concentrates on the art of body alignment. The goal is to teach your body how to be perfectly aligned, which is ideal for practitioners new to yoga who are skeptical about being able to properly learn the poses used in yoga.  Positions are held for long periods of time as it is a form of Hatha yoga. The practice of Iyengar often incorporates in blocks, blankets, and straps in order for students to reach optimum alignment.

Where can you practice this style in La Jolla?

East West Yoga Studio: 7460 Girard Avenue, Suite 14

What about this Hot Yoga craze?

Bikram yoga is one of the most well-known styles of yoga. Even those who don’t practice yoga have often looked into the practice out of curiosity after hearing that it involves doing yoga positions in rooms with temperatures over 95 degrees.

Bikram yoga, often referred to as hot yoga, has been increasing in popularity due to its believed purifying components. The heat in the room encourages your body to cleanse itself by sweating out any impurities while soothing the mind with the meditative qualities of the practice. Bikram yoga is good for those who aren’t very flexible as the heat helps your muscles to loosen up and more easily move into each position. Bikram yoga incorporates in 26 poses, which when done traditionally are conducted in a set series.

Where can you practice this style in La Jolla?

Bikram’s La Jolla: 565 Pearl Street

Just Take That First Step

The first step in jumping onto the yoga craze and finding inner and physical strength is to just try it. Look into a beginner class, or if you’re self-conscious about being new to it, consider taking a private class first. Though more expensive, a private class can help you learn the poses at your own pace before advancing onto the group classes.

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (vanessa@lajollabluebook.com)

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