San Diego Fitness, Part 4: Mosaic 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 both happy to see the prevalence of yoga studios (a quite drastic comparison to Nashville), but I was also overwhelmed by all of the options of where I could practice. Over the last few years, I have tried new studios here and there, but I have definitely settled into my memberships at my favorite places to practice (Spirit Yoga & Indie Yoga to name two).
But, a few months ago, my dear friend Jamie invited me to tag along to a Yin yoga class at Mosaic Yoga, a studio I had yet to have the opportunity to try out. Always up for trying out a new yoga studio, I visited a Thursday Yin class led by Sophie with Jamie. The class was filled with warm, restorative energy, smudging and reiki, and I left feeling like I was floating on clouds.
This one class pretty instantly turned into a big class package...and a very serious consideration of pursuing YTT at the studio in the spring.
Mosaic Yoga is tucked away in Golden Hill, just behind Dark Horse Coffee Roasters on 25th. The studio is impeccably clean - with a minimalist vibe & the inviting scent of calming essential oils. White walls line the interior of the actual studio, as opposed to traditional mirrors. One single wall is printed with the bold words "Awaken & Uplift," which has been a personal intention for a few of my classes there. During evening classes, warm candlelight fills the white-walled studio.
The studio offers a variety of classes - and class-times. It's just one of a few studios in the whole city that offers a class before 7 AM (and the studio offers showers so you can head straight to work after your 6 AM flow!). My favorite class that I've tried so far, though? Ryan's Yoga for Strength & Flexibility (Level 2-3) class. The class is challenging (read: definitely not for beginners) and works you both physically and spiritually, but leaves you feeling balanced, strong and whole. Plus, Ryan's cues and adjustments were on point. I was able to finally edge past some modifications I had set for myself on various poses.
Lastly, the people. I've never met nicer and more welcoming students at a yoga studio. Students (and teachers) come without an agenda or bias, but instead an understanding to help other students with their energy and practice.
So, Mosaic in a nutshell: clean, welcoming and a little piece of magic in San Diego.
Who wants to come practice with me? Coffee after at Dark Horse, of course.