San Diego Fitness, Part 5: Spirit Yoga
Since running is no longer in my wheelhouse, I am on the hunt for other forms of fitness that give me the same (or even a fraction...) kind of happiness that running gave me. So, stay tuned while I try cycling, various forms of yoga, SUP'ing...and just about every fitness studio that San Diego has to offer.
When I moved to San Diego a few years ago, I was so excited to see the prevalence of yoga studios (a pretty drastic comparison to Nashville)! I pretty immediately hopped on to ClassPass so I could start sampling yoga studios before committing to a membership at one place. After a few months, I settled on a membership at Spirit Yoga in Pacific Beach. Almost a year and a half later, I still hold a membership at the Pacific Beach studio...and now work at the front desk too on Sundays.
The studio is located on the corner of Garnet & Ingraham, in the heart of PB. The studio space is warm and inviting - wood accents, a large turquoise mural, plants lining the walls. It's like a little oasis hidden amidst your typical PB bars.
The studio offers a variety of classes - Vinyasa-style classes (levels 1-2...I personally love a 1.5 class so I can modify or go further depending on how I'm feeling on any given day!), Yin classes, meditation classes, high-energy hip-hop classes and candlelight restorative classes. My favorite classes? Nazli's Spirit 1.5's on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Lindsey's Spirit 1.5 on Sunday afternoons, Lauren's Yin on Wednesday and Sunday evenings, Brad's Spirit 2 on Wednesday evenings, Lauren's Spirit 2 on Wednesday evenings and Kristin's Spirit 2 on Tuesday evenings. If I'm in the mood for a challenge, I love Marissa's Spirit 2 on Monday nights too! It's truly hard to narrow it down to any favorites, though! But, whatever you choose - prepare to sweat. All classes are heated (but, not to the level of Bikram or anything of that nature).
Over the course of the last 1.5 years, I've met so many amazing people at the studio - just turning to say hi when we're on our mats or stopping to tell a teacher how much I loved their class. The studio attracts good vibes - and people who really want to delve into their practice. This is one of the major reasons I love working at the front desk on Sundays - you develop friendships with "regulars."
Lastly, Spirit makes yoga affordable. The studio offers $20 for 20 days unlimited for new students and a $99/month unlimited membership. This may seem steep, but in comparison to neighboring studios, it's incredibly affordable and honestly shows a dedication to reach more people and bring yoga into their lives.
So, Spirit in a nutshell: a place that offers whatever style of yoga your body is craving (whether that's slow or challenging or anything in between), tons of workshops, a warm and welcoming space and the place where I've truly fallen into and found my practice!