After the IDEA conference ended, I decided to take a solo trip south for a little R&R. Staying in Escondido, I made my way down the Pacific Coast Highway. First stop, Newport Beach.
For sand in my toes and salty air? Nope ... For yoga.
Ekam Yoga, Newport Beach
I was introduced to Ekam by Natalie over at Hello Day. She is an ambassador for the studio and recommended I check it out as I drove down the California coast en route to San Diego.
I chose a Vinyasa class which ended up being absolutely perfect for me. I walked into the place where I was to practice and was blown away by the architecture and gallery-like feel of the room. A few paintings lined the wall — enough to create inquiry, but nothing that would distract your practice.
Parking: Yes! There is a huge back parking lot for yogis to use as they please.
Perks: Upon leaving the class, I was presented with a wire basket of ‘chilled eucalyptus towels’.
|I want these after every workout.|
Yup, you read that right. Cooled towels with a hint of heaven. Pure bliss and just what you want after an hour of deep breathing and even deeper back bending.
SparkCycle, La Jolla
|Lobby of SparkCycle|
When I started teaching at Turnstyle Cycle I was quickly introduced to SparkCycle through one of my colleagues. Having been the master instructor out in Cali, my friend had recommended I check out the boutique studio if I had time.
Time? I've got nothin' but when it comes to indoor cycling :)
So on Monday, I packed up my rent-a-car and drove down to La Jolla for a 9 a.m. class with none other than the owner of this adorable studio.
|Stephanie and I -- Love this girl!|
From riding to the beat of the music to some very challenging arm exercises, this class royally kicked my butt — in a good way!
Post class, we were given chilled towels while we were cooling down. Honestly, I love this idea! Looking to try out a new studio in SoCal? Here are the deets.
Parking: Yes! SparkCycle will validate for the garage located right next to the studio — whoop whoop!
Perks: Bumpin' music, pristine bikes and chilled towels; Need I say more? Also, their lockers rooms are amazing. Seriously, anything you could ever need!
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