We love yoga, and sharing our favorite instructors with you! Living in San Diego, one of our favorite combinations is yoga + the beach, and we wanted to share our beach front yoga experience with you. For all of you who live in San Diego, come practice with us! Read more to learn about free yoga in San Diego, and the amazing instructor Steve who hosts classes 4 times a week! If you don't live in San Diego, or you don't have time to go to a class in person, read to the end of the blog for a FREE month of online yoga with NamaSteve!
Since many of you live in other parts of the world, we created two special videos to share our ocean front experience with you. Join us below for two short videos that we created for you- 14 minute Core Boost Challenge class, and our 10 minute Yoga after a day in the office
San Diego Ocean Front Yoga
Steve hosts donation based, ocean front yoga classes every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 11:30am am, overlooking Law street beach. Breathe in the fresh ocean air as you stretch and move to Steve's yoga classes. This is one of our favorite activities in San Diego, and best of all, it is donation based, so it is affordable and accessible to anyone! Show up, with or without a mat, work as hard, or as little as you like, and come relax and rejuvenate after a busy week, or detox after a busy weekend :)
Can't attend classes in person? NamaSteve is offering all of you one month of free yoga online! Visit his website at http://www.namasteveyoga.com/ and enter our special discount code: LOTUS at checkout to receive one free month of online yoga!
Steve started hosting Ocean Front yoga classes in beautiful Pacific Beach, San Diego, in 2006. Now, after 10 years of teaching his donation based classes, he has over 200 yogis attend his Saturday and Sunday classes.
Steve is originally from Buffalo, NY and began practicing yoga thirteen years ago to improve his volleyball game. After getting into his practice, he realized there was much more to yoga then just a good work out. We sat down with Steve to hear more about his practice, and received some great inspiration.
What is your favorite yoga pose?
The Upavistha Konasana or seated angle pose is my all time favorite. I love how it allows me to just hang out, breathe, open my hips, and loosen my hamstrings.
What inspired you to start donation based, ocean front yoga?
I just saw an opportunity to make the practice accessible to a broader range of people. I can't tell you how much I love hearing stories from people who through a regular practice have had some kind of positive shift in their life. Because of Oceanfront yoga I get to hear these stories on a regular basis. I love it.
What are your biggest challenges in your practice?
I would say my biggest challenge is backing off and allowing myself to take a day off or just do a couple yin postures rather than a full power practice.
Why is yoga so good, and who can benefit?
Everyone can benefit from yoga. Yoga is the oldest known science designed to create and maintain physical health, mental clarity, and emotional equanimity. Anyone who is looking to find some balance in their lives should practice it.
What advice would you give to a new yogi who can't afford a membership at a studio?
Look around for donation based classes like the one I lead, if you're interested in starting out without the cost of a membership.
How do you think the ideals of yoga can influence our lives off the mat?
I believe ideally we use the lessons of patience, humility, compassion, and many others that we learn on our mat in our lives. That's when our yoga practice becomes really powerful and permeates every aspect of our lives.
Any words of inspiration for us?
One of my favorite quotes is "how you do anything is how you do everything". Simply put, the way we show up on our mat is the way we show up in our lives.