Yoga on the Beach
Many yoga devotees occasionally enjoy moving their practice outdoors. There is nothing more relaxing and rejuvenating than taking deep breaths in the fresh air and performing sun salutations under the real sun.
In and around La Jolla, there are many beaches and parks where you can set up your yoga mat and do your yoga poses, whether alone or with a group of friends. There are several yoga meetup groups in San Diego that offer outdoor yoga, including a yoga meetup at the beach and San Diego Outdoor yoga. Most of these classes are free or accept a small donation.
One local yoga teacher, Mandy Burstein, has created Yoga Luna to promote a variety of yoga classes and activities, which she teaches in La Jolla and Pacific Beach. Her Ocean Flow Yoga class is offered on some Saturday and Sunday mornings from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Calumet Park in Bird Rock. All levels are welcome and the cost is $5. Check the Yoga Luna website (www.yogaluna.org) for up-to-date class schedules. Yoga Luna also offers private yoga sessions outdoors.
Two outdoor yoga classes are held regularly at the Law Street Beach in Pacific Beach. On Tuesday evenings, the Bird Rock Yoga studio offers a one-hour class there starting at 6 p.m. All levels are welcome and a $5 donation is requested, which benefits local charities. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., instructor Steve Hubbard of NamaSteve Yoga (www.namasteveyoga.com) also teaches an oceanfront class at the foot of Law Street. Check the website for current schedules and instructions for signing up through his meetup group.
The La Jolla Recreation Center on Prospect offers several yoga classes. Most are held indoors, but in the summer, instructors often move the classes outdoors. The center offers hatha yoga on Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The center also offers Kundalini yoga on Monday morning from 11 a.m. to Noon and on Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the center at (858) 552-1658 or check their website (http://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/pdf/programguide/lajolla.pdf).
If you like to practice yoga under a roof, but still with a spectacular view next to the ocean, try one of the yoga classes offered at the La Jolla Cove Bridge Club in Ellen Browning Scripps Park. On Sunday mornings, teacher Rebecca Williams leads a Vinyasa flow class from 9 to 10:15 a.m. La Jolla instructor Jaruska Solyova also offers several classes there, including hatha and laughter yoga. Call (858) 456-9964 for more information on exact dates and times.