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Yoga for San Diego Travelers

Best spots for downward dogs and salutations to the sun

Centers where seekers of health and spiritual enlightenment learn to connect disciplined movement with transcendent thought can be found throughout San Diego County.

By: Ann Wycoff; Food, Spa & Travel Writer

Sweat Inducing and Stress Reducing

Deeply entrenched into the San Diego lifestyle is a love for healthy living, the great outdoors and finding balance between work and play. The city is filled with yoga studios, fitness centers and wellness spots as the locals enjoy taking time to unwind. Whether you are interested in learning how to meditate, want to de-stress or hoping to discover the best spots for downward dogs, San Diego has plenty to offer. And with San Diego’s gorgeous weather you can do your salutation to the sun in the sand or on a grassy lawn in the park year-round.

Here are some examples of places that welcome visitors to work out the kinks of long flights or to slow down and breathe deeply.

The Chopra Center for Well Being

Located at the La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, The Chopra Center for Well Being was founded by the internationally renowned author Deepak Chopra. It has been known as the global source for learning meditation, yoga and Ayurveda for more than 20 years. The center offers free meditation sessions and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga classes (for a fee), based upon Chopra’s book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.

Ashtanga Yoga Centers

Located in Carlsbad, Ashtanga Yoga Center is one of the premiere Ashtanga studios in America, if not the world. Led by renowned teacher Tim Miller, the classes are led by a variety of accomplished and loving teachers. As appropriate for the beginner as for the expert, this yoga center is dedicated to the true art of yoga.

Radiance Yoga & Therapeutic Exercise Center

In the charming community of Mission Hills, Radiance Yoga offers a wide array of yoga types for adults, as well as classes tailored for children. The Center also specializes in professional fitness programs with one-on-one training and wellness seminars presented by recognized authorities. 

San Diego Yoga Studio

Centrally located in the Bay Park/Clairemont area, San Diego Yoga Studio is San Diego’s largest Iyengar Yoga studio. Taught by accomplished professionals, classes are available for both beginners and advanced practitioners.

Yoga Del Mar

Yoga Del Mar offers adult classes in various levels and styles of alignment-based yoga, as well as year-round workshops and retreats. The primary yoga styles practiced are variations of Hatha Yoga: Anusara —an uplifting practice that integrates principles of alignment with yoga philosophy; Flow—a faster moving vinyasa-style class; and Prenatal—stretching and breathing that cultivates strength, flexibility and relaxation, suitable for all trimesters. In addition, they offer MELT, a revolutionary approach to pain-free longevity that helps you stay healthy.

SUP Yoga

In a studio space like no other, SUP Yoga challenges practitioners to find their balance and hold poses while floating on a stand-up paddleboard in Mission Bay. Mission Bay Aquatic Center offers this unique experience on the water.

Laughter Yoga

This playful concept was developed as an exercise routine and stress reliever by Indian physician Madan Kataria. Taking place in beautiful Balboa Park on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with Laughter Yoga backbends and belly laughs go hand-in-hand. 

Yoga on the Beach

On the beach by the Hotel del Coronado during the summer months, you can practice downward dogs on the sand, cooled by the gentle sea breeze.

Zen Yoga

Zen Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga that’s offered at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park next to the tranquil koi pond.

>Explore more off-the-beaten-path yoga classes.


Follow up yoga with a soothing spa treatment or continue your quest for a balanced life with a visit to a local meditation center.

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