La Jolla Yoga

If you love yoga or are curious to try it, you are in luck! La Jolla is home to at least two award-winning yoga studios. La Jolla’s two major yoga studios attract many loyal and enthusiastic customers every day. They have been consistently voted “Best in La Jolla” in local newspaper polls and welcome all newcomers, with beginning-level classes, special prices for the first week, tips for starting your practice and special attention when you need it. Both studios offer a variety of membership and payment plans. You can pay per class, by the month, for a series of classes, or for a whole year. Discounts are offered for military, teachers, students and seniors. And although only two studios are mentioned here, there are other options to consider, including the studios that offer hot yoga in La Jolla.

Prana Yoga Center, located at the corner of Hershel and Silverado, is owned and run by popular teacher Gerhard Gessner and his wife Alex. Prana’s emphasis is on vinyasa flow classes, but the studio also offers a full schedule of classes in other yoga styles, including hatha, happy back yoga, restorative yin yoga, kundalini yoga, meditation and prenatal yoga. There are three levels of classes at Prana: Level 1-2 for beginning and intermediate students, Level 2-3 for intermediate and advanced and All Levels, suitable for beginning or advanced. Many students prefer to alternate class styles and levels throughout the week. Prana offers several classes every day, starting as early as 6 a.m. and ending as late as 8 p.m. In addition to classes, Prana offers regular workshops, lectures, retreats and teacher training programs.

La Jolla Yoga Center, on Fay Avenue, was founded and directed by Jeanie Carlstead, another popular yoga teacher and mentor who trained and worked at Prana Yoga for many years. Jeanie opened her own center in 2009. She and her husband own the Hampton Inn in Kearny Mesa and incorporated the many conveniences and beautiful design of the hotel world into the design of their yoga studio. La Jolla Yoga Studio includes two separate exercise rooms, which can be combined for special events. The studio offers approximately 20 types of yoga, including alignment-based vinyasa, hatha, hatha/raja, healing raja, high school 101 (for high school students), Iyengar, meditation, pilates, power yoga, prenatal, restorative, sunrise, silver age, true beginner, vinyasa, yoga for a healthy back and yoga therapy, the Feldenkrais way. You can choose from more than 60 classes per week, from 6:30 a.m. through 7 p.m. daily, as well as private sessions. Class levels include True Beginner, Level 1/2 and Mixed Level. In addition, La Jolla Yoga Center offers many special workshops and lectures throughout the year by well-known teachers and several comprehensive teacher training programs.

La Jolla Yoga Center Events | Bo Forbes

Integrative Yoga Therapy at La Jolla Yoga Center

Integrative Yoga Therapeutics with Bo Forbes
Date: Friday, November 30th – Sunday, December 2nd
Time: 12:00-7:00pm each day (with one hour lunch break)
Cost: $115 per day; $330 entire weekend ($299 if registered by 11/9/2012)
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In this weekend intensive, we will study Yoga as Mind-Body Medicine. We will highlight the nine major bodies of the Mind-Body Network, emphasizing the nervous system as the Gateway to Change and weaving in the physical body, mental body, emotional regions of the brain, immune system, enteric nervous system (belly brain), pain modulation pathways, deep visceral body, and fascial web. Using this Mind-Body Network as a backdrop, we will study the basic techniques of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics, including physical postures, therapeutic postures designed for fascial expansion and release, Restorative Yoga, breathwork, meditation, relaxation, and compassionate self-observation.

This method forms the backdrop for all other areas of study in our training program, including the art of assisting students, addressing special issues such as spinal anomalies or emotional imbalances, and sequencing a yoga class.

Friday focus: Yoga for the Immune System
Saturday focus: Yoga for the Nervous System/Gut Wisdom
Sunday Focus: Yoga for Emotional Balance

**Bo’s workshops qualify as Continuing Education Units for yoga teachers (through Yoga Alliance). She also has the ability to offer continuing education through the American Psychological Association (for psychologists) and the National Association of Social Workers.

Additional Fee: $25 for American Psychological Association and National Association of Social Workers. Please email Meghan if you will be attending for continuing education.

Neuroscience and Yoga: Creating Positive Change
Join us for a special two-hour talk with Bo Forbes to kick-off our weekend intensive on Integrative Yoga Therapeutics!
Date: Thursday, November 29th
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Cost: $45

What makes change so difficult? The mind and body are part of a larger network that includes the nervous system, enteric nervous system, immune system, emotional body, and more. The incredible power of this mind-body network can be used either to reinforce challenging patterns or to transform them. This class will explore yoga’s powerful impact on neuroplasticity, or pattern change. We’ll examine key therapeutic tools that influence the infrastructure of a yoga practice and offer powerful solutions to real-life challenges off the mat. Starting with a “therapeutic blueprint” for vinyasa practice, we’ll create several mini-practices that influence not only our physical body but also the immune system, digestive system, and emotional regions of the brain. We’ll harness the therapeutic power of our mind-body network to create lasting mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

About Bo

Bo Forbes

Bo Forbes is a yoga teacher, integrative yoga therapist, and clinical psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience in mind-body healing. She is the founder of Elemental Yoga, director of the Elemental Yoga Mind-Body Teacher Training Program, and founder and director of the Center for Integrative Yoga Therapeuticsâ„¢, established in 2006, which offers innovative mind-body yoga therapeutics to clients in the Boston area.

Bo has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She has trained in Biopsychology, Sleep Disorders, Eating Disorders, Behavioral Medicine, and Stress Management, which informs her teaching, private work, and clinical supervision. Bo has conducted training seminars for health care organizations and professionals, and has consulted to corporations, schools, and health care agencies throughout the United States. Bo’s yoga background includes training in ashtanga vinyasa with Tias Little and in Iyengar Yoga with Patricia Walden.
In 2002, Bo developed Integrative Yoga Therapeuticsâ„¢, an innovative approach to issues such as anxiety, insomnia, depression, chronic pain disorders, fertility, performance enhancement, injury prevention and rehabilitation, and more. Integrative Yoga Therapeutics combines the classical elements of yoga with the latest advances in mind-body medicine. In 2007, this approach earned Elemental Yoga its designation as an approved sponsor for continuing education for social workers through the National Association of Social Workers. Elemental Yoga is also approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.

La Jolla Yoga Center Events + Workshops

Special Note: La Jolla Yoga closed in August 2014. So be sure to check out this link to see where else you can find the best yoga classes in La Jolla.
The La Jolla Yoga Center offers more than just yoga classes, they offer special programs and events as well as teacher’s training. Their events and programs cover various fields of meditation and self improvement. Check out their program schedule for July and August below.

Living a Spiritual Life in the World with Swami Nitya
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Cost: $45 for Sat; $60 for Sun; $90 for both days

Date: Saturday, July 21st
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Cost: $45
Living a Spiritual Life in the World
In order to live a spiritually integrated life in the complex, troubled world in which we live, we need to understand and know how to act from the center of insight, love and peace. For that we must learn to listen to our own inner, unpolluted wisdom. This means it is essential to turn from our usual outward focus and face inwardly. Our own inner wisdom, does not depend on schools and systems of thought, but holds at its core a balanced state of peace and harmony with all; from there we can breathe freely, live peacefully and act effectively.

Date: Sunday, July 22nd
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm
Cost: $60
Yoga Philosophy: Consciousness and Matter
Purusha, consciousness expressing as illuminating power, ( i.e. light and/or intelligence) Prakriti, the manifesting power or energy. These could be referred to as spirit and matter, however by looking at the two forces we find that we are ultimately talking about Light as the origin of the universe… knowledge that is part of global wisdom. From light (even when we consider modern biology) life emerged; just as from the formless, form emerged. Neither exists without the other…Let’s explore the many levels of this issue.

ABOUT: Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati (Dr. Christa-Maria Herrmann) is a World-peace prize recipient and a doctor of ecophilosophy on the subjects of the Mahabhutas (Five Great Elements). She teaches Yoga philosophy and “The Five Elements” in Yoga teacher training programs worldwide, as well as within the Himalayan Tradition. A student of theology, education, psychology, philosophy, and art and design, Swami Niyta has worked with several great spiritual Masters, including M.M. (Mahamadeleschwara) Swami Veda Bharati.

Digital Media Now for Yogis
Date: July 28th, 2012
Time: First Session 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Second Session 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Cost: $39 One Session / $59 Both Sessions
Attendees have the option of attending one or both of the sessions. Attending both sessions is encouraged but not necessary since each seminar will cover topics that are independent of each other.

First Session’s Topic: Personal Branding on Social Media 1:00pm – 2:30pm
The success of your yoga business depends on your ability to effectively brand yourself as a resource in the industry. Learn how to ensure your personal online brand is cohesive with your professional online brand as a yogi on social media.

Second Session’s Topic: Integrating Social Media into your Marketing Plan 3:00pm – 4:30pm
The growth of your yoga business will accelerate if you can strategically incorporate social media. Learn how to integrate social media into your existing marketing strategy and ensure you’re cohesively branding your business throughout all of your marketing channels.

About the Seminars
As a yoga and wellness professional you’re an integral part of so many people’s lives as you enhance their health and well-being. In such a competitive industry, it’s important to strategically market yourself to keep your clients and students up to date, encourage them to attend your classes and be a trusted resource. With an abundance of digital technologies available to us, it’s easy to become overwhelmed when creating your own marketing strategy. At the Digital Media Now for Yogis Seminars, you’ll learn how to navigate digital marketing and social media tools such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to attract more clients, grow your business and be a valuable resource in your industry.

– Actionable content and tips you can implement immediately to start marketing yourself as a Yoga professional
– Knowledge on how to serve as a trusted subject matter expert and resource in yoga
– Understanding on how to use Social Media tools to create a compelling brand

About Melodie
Melodie Tao is a Marketing Consultant, a Marketing Professor at National University and an International Professional Speaker specializing in Digital Marketing and Social Media. She is also a Certified Yoga Instructor. Combing her two passions for Marketing and Yoga, her mission is to empower you with knowledge on how to live your passion as a Yoga and Wellness professional. Her expertise will help you make money from your business through optimizing your brand and online presence while maintaining your true integrity as a Yogi.

The Art of Acceptance with Michael DeFrancisco and Carolina Vivas
Date: August 18th and 19th
Time: 1:30-3:30pm (both days)
Cost: $35 per session or $70 for both days

The Art of Acceptance… The science of making change[s] gracefully. There are five elements in this new and unique workshop which is designed to establish a strong and abiding value of acceptance.

-Asanas (simple yoga postures) 5 minutes
-Pranyama (breathing exercises) 5 minutes
-Chanting (chakra clearing) 7 minutes
-Meditation (effortless and very relaxing) 15 minutes
-Blessings (effervescent and charming) 15 minutes * repeated twice

One will leave these sessions naturally instilled with a greater value of acceptance… and will spontaneously be more relaxed, more productive, and more loving!

About Michael DeFrancisco
Michael DeFrancisco began his study of meditation 35 years ago. Since then, he has studied and taught meditation throughout North America, Europe, and India. As a certified Transcendental Meditation teacher, he has instructed hundreds of students as a private instructor and guest lecturer. He has also chaired the Philadelphia chapter of the International Meditation Society. His lectures include topics on Higher States of Consciousness and Meditation, the Science of Creative Intelligence, Vedic Science, and Vedic Traditions. His warmth and compassion foster calm and easy meditation for all his students.

Donation Based Vinyasa Class with Bonnie Jones to Benefit Yoga for Hope
Date: July 25th
Time: 5:30-7pm
Cost: Donation Based

Bonnie will be leading a high energy, fun class here at La Jolla Yoga Center to benefit Yoga For Hope. Please come and make the class extra special and fun!