Group Classes

We offer about 40 classes per week, including vinyasa, hatha and yin. If you are already familiar with these types of yoga, please feel free to join any class. At Pura Vida, all skill levels of practitioners are always welcome.

If you are not sure where to start, then we recommend that you register for the Intro to Yoga workshop. We also recommend, for anyone who attends vinyasa classes, to take the Alignment workshop, sooner rather than later, so that you can begin reaping the wondrous benefits as soon as possible.

All of our classes are designed to develop flexibility, strength and mindfulness. We truly believe in the benefits of the transformational power of a regular yoga practice. Escape with us to take your mind and your body on a peaceful getaway… right in the heart of San Diego!

Vinyasa

The Sanskrit word vinyasa means "to place in a special way". Our classes are sequenced strategically to help you open up gradually into fuller and deeper expressions of the poses as the class evolves.

We use alignment cues and breath awareness to explore the edge in each pose and transition. We start class with movement (sun salutation variations) to warm up the body, followed by holding standing poses to fine tune, build strength and increase flexibility.

Vinyasa Level 1

We focus on fundamental poses and basic transitions. This is a great place to start if you are new to vinyasa, healthy and don't have any major physical limitations. Vinyasa Level 1 is basic, but please don’t consider it “easy”. If you are looking for a gentler type of yoga class, please see our Gentle Flow or Yin classes. We want you to feel “just right” in our relaxation space, so it’s important to choose the class that’s right for you.

Vinyasa Level 1-2

vinyasa level 1-2, pura vida yogaThis class is the same as Level 1, while also boasting options for more challenging variations and transitions, including inversions and arm balances. Work your body into these invigorating poses, while your mind finds peace.

 

 

Yin

Yin yoga focuses on cultivating flexibility and relaxation, also known for its long passive holds. The idea in yin is to relax the muscles and allow the stretch to travel deeper into the connective tissue. Besides building flexibility, yin is a practice with deep roots in patience, quiet, stillness and meditation. As your body opens to this relaxing practice, allow your mind to follow!

Hatha

This is the original naming convention for the practice of asana, the yoga poses. Before there was a style that linked breath to movement, or placed an emphasis on alignment, or even focused on just stretching, there was Hatha.

Gentle Flow

This class is perfect for people who are brand new to yoga or who have a limited range of motion. This practice is aimed at warming up the major joints in the body; it also focuses on finding stability, calming the mind and opening up the body with a slow, fluid and very accessible sequence of poses. Allow yourself to indulge in these poses, while acquainting yourself with the movements and positions that will transport you to a new freedom in motion.

 

Grounding Hatha

This incorporates all of the goodness of a vinyasa class, without the standing poses, because let’s face it, some days you just don't feel like getting off the ground. In this class, expect active holds, twists, binds, forward folds, back bends, hip openers and arm balances. All levels are welcome and modifications will be offered to fit your body and state of mind.

 

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  • "Yoga is 99 percent practice and one percent theory."

    - Sri Pattabhi Jois

  • "Yoga heals, nourishes, and challenges us. It infiltrates every corner of our lives."

    - Valerie Jeremijenko

  • "The practice of Yoga brings us face to face with the extraordinary complexity of our own being."

    - Sri Aurobindo