Wellness Week in Encinitas Jan. 25-Feb. 1

Yoga woman relaxing by seaHow are your health and fitness New Year’s resolutions holding up? Now is a great time to check in on your progress, goals and an excuse to visit Encinitas. Experience and learn more about ways to improve your mental, physical and spiritual health at Wellness Week presented by Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association. The week-long event will feature programs and special offers on classes, food and more.
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La Jolla Yoga Studios Contribute to the Growing Fitness Trend

This year’s annual Yoga Journal Conference featured over thirty master teachers who hosted more than 100 classes.  The calming waters and the mild climate of San Diego, California offered the ideal backdrop for the conference.  However, the strong yoga community of local beach towns may have been more of a driving factor for the conference’s location.  In comparison to other areas in California, La Jolla yoga studios as well as studios in neighboring areas such as Encinitas have experienced some of the strongest growth in the yoga movement, especially in the past few years.

Studies report that there were 10 million “yogis” in the United States who practiced on a consistent basis in 2007.  In 2011, it was reported that the number had dramatically risen to 14.5 million, a 45% increase.  The strongest practicing region of yoga is the Pacific Mountain, with California experiencing the largest concentration.  For San Diego in particular, many studios and longtime yogis in coastal communities have seen the awareness of the sport shift to a dramatic growth in participation and in the industry itself.

Along with the increase in participation, yoga has become a fashion conscious sport.  While some attribute this to a high celebrity involvement, yoga has ultimately created a new lifestyle with its own fashion market.  There has been extreme and continued growth in sales for companies that specialize in yoga related fashions.  Next time you are shopping in La Jolla, stop at Lululemon Athletica or Lucky Activewear, popular yoga specialty stores offering the latest yoga apparel and trendy accessories.

La Jolla is home to dozens of yoga studios that emphasize the health benefits as well as the calming effects of yoga exercises.  With a variety of types and styles highlighting multiple techniques, there is a yoga class to suit your skill level and individual needs.  Additionally, Yoga studios in La Jolla usually provide a variety of experienced and professional teachers and classes throughout the day to fit your personal schedule.  If you are looking to begin practicing yoga, many studios offer introductory courses for a complimentary or low price to provide comfort and one-on-one assistance.

Find Great La Jolla Yoga Studios

In La Jolla, and around the United States, there are many yoga studios in which people can take lessons and practice yoga. There are several factors that someone should consider when choosing from La Jolla yoga studios. The first thing to remember is that yoga should never be painful. Feeling a stretch or tired muscle pain isn’t a bad thing, but yoga instructors should be respectful of each class member’s limitations and shouldn’t push students to go beyond those limits. Additionally, students must remember to push themselves, but be wary of what is too much. If you choose to do hot (Bikram) yoga, you must stay hydrated. You need to feel safe leaving if necessary. You should also find La Jolla yoga studios where the teachers understand basic anatomy. They shouldn’t be forcing students to do poses that are not structurally safe for their students. The teacher should offer ideas for modifications for students, so that participants at all levels can enjoy the class. If you’re looking for yoga studios in La Jolla you should also find a class in which you learn poses that can be done at home. The teacher should instruct clearly so that students can practice between sessions if they choose.

Yoga is an excellent way to get and stay healthy for many reasons. Health professionals agree that yoga serves as a great form of exercise and has many benefits. The first benefit of yoga is improved flexibility. Many positions require deep stretches that will improve flexibility over time. A second benefit is relaxation. Yoga is well known for its focus on bringing the mind and body together and deep breathing techniques. This helps practitioners relax and feel at peace. Balance and strength are also benefits of yoga. Many poses build strength and require a great sense of balance. Although yoga stresses the importance of listening to your body and not pushing any harder than you are able, strength and balance are still extremely likely to increase over time. Some people who practice yoga also experience better mood, lower blood pressure, increased endurance, more energy, and better concentration. Yoga is also beneficial because it is a low impact form of exercise and there is a low risk of injury. Some individuals who practice yoga also indicate a higher sense of confidence, a more mindful approach to eating, and better relationships. These elements are directly related to yoga’s creation of the awareness of one’s body.

Regardless of where you practice, yoga should be both safe and fun so you can enjoy the benefits!

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
Click here to register!
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!


Quiet on the Set Video Series – Holistic Traditions Acupuncture & Healing Arts

La Jolla Blue Book presents our latest “Quiet on the Set” video featuring Holistic Traditions | Acupuncture & Healing Arts.

Serving the La Jolla community and the greater San Diego area for over a decade, Holistic Traditions is proud to be part of enlightened leadership in holistic healing.

Holistic Traditions combines massage therapy with acupuncture for overall body benefit.
Specializing in Internal medicine and preventative care with treatments such as; Acupuncture, Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture, Esoteric Acupuncture, massage therapy, Symmetry for Health Postural Alignment and yoga as well as lifestyle and nutritional counseling.

Their mission is to provide the best healing approach for all your health needs in a safe caring way. Co-owner and licensed Acupuncturist Sara Sas specializes in Herbal medicine and natural facial rejuvenation & skin care. Diane Bousquin, also a licensed Acupuncturist, specialty is sports medicine and incorporates functional postural exercises as part of her treatment. Co-owner and licensed massage therapist, Aaron Sas, is experienced in all types of massages such as, deep-tissue, ports injury & sports massage.

Holistic Traditions is open seven days a week by appointment and accepts insurance and most major credit cards.

For more information visit Holistic Traditions or contact them at,

7532 La Jolla Bl
La Jolla, CA 92037

To learn more about La Jolla Acupuncture please visit our Acupuncture & Healing Arts guide.

La Jolla Yoga Studios: Finding the Right Yoga Studio

La Jollans love hitting the gym, getting outside to jog and bike, and generally try to live a healthy lifestyle. Just consider all of the healthy eateries in town – as well as the sheer number of fitness clubs and places to exercise. La Jolla also boasts quite a few great yoga studios. Whether you are living in the area and you want to find a permanent studio, or you are just visiting and you need to find a place to keep up with your regiment, we’re pleased to offer some world-class yoga options.

Because there are a number of different studios in the area that offer yoga, it is possible to find most styles of yoga. For example, you can try Bikram, Vinyasa, or one of several other styles. If you’re new to yoga, consider scheduling a class or two at different studios in the area so that you can find the style and instructors suit you best.

One popular studio, La Jolla Yoga Center, offers a number of options for yoga styles, and they have some great instructors. In addition, they have special events and classes throughout the year designed to help educate and train you in other aspects of the discipline.

Another great thing about having so many choices when it comes to La Jolla yoga studios is that you can easily find classes that are great for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. Yoga is great for your health and your flexibility – and you’re sure to meet some great people in class. If you are looking for a fun and interesting way to work out, then yoga might be just what you need!

Take some time to peruse your different choices when it comes to the yoga studios and classes available in La Jolla. Some great options are out there. You are sure to find a great instructor and a great yoga studio in no time!