Since moving back to the Bay Area almost a year ago, I’ve been on the hunt for a yoga studio to call home. I’m still searching but I wanted to share my journey so far. It’s a bit long-winded (7 studios in 4 cities!) so I’ll be breaking it into parts over the next few weeks.
… continued from Part I
San Francisco yoga is too expensive for me…with the exception of Yoga to the People which is donation based. I used to go to the one in St. Mark’s NY at least once a week when I was on a good roll. The San Francisco studio is in the Mission in a decrepit fifth floor walk-up building. I was skeptical at first, but was completely blown away by the beautiful studio and stunning views once I reached the top floor. I found a sunny spot on the expansive wood floors and totally blissed out to the familiar flow of the class. Alas, the studio is totally out of the way of my daily commute and I hate having to lug my mat around the city. So while I might visit this studio on occasion, it can never be my home base.
I started searching Yelp for places in Oakland and found that Left Coast Power Yoga had really good reviews. I signed up for a 2-week deal and fell pretty hard for this practice. Basic studio with a no frills changing room and bathroom. Once class starts the front door locks. 60-minute, 90-degree power yoga classes work up a serious sweat. I left each time feeling accomplished and energized. I liked that the classes were small, sometimes only 6-10 people in two rows facing a mirror. I was pretty committed to buying a monthly membership for $99 but realized I could keep shopping for introductory deals while my verdict was still out. This place was my favorite so far.
To be continued…