PB Fitness offers a complete array of yoga classes in a gorgeous North Pacific Beach location just three blocks from the ocean. We offer two options to do yoga with a fresh breeze and sunshine enriching your practice: on perfect days, we slide open the glass wall in our traditional indoor studio and open an entire wall to the outdoors. Or take advantage of our perfect year-round weather and practice on our rooftop yoga deck, which boasts incredible sunset views.
Choose the yoga class that best suits you! No two classes are the same and we offer a complete selection of yoga styles for every personality, schedule and body. Get your sweat on in one of our Vinyasa Yoga and Power Vinyasa Yoga classes, steeped in the challenging and classic tradition of Ashtanga Yoga. Nourish your body and relax your mind in one of our Yin Yoga or Deep Stretch Yoga classes: these help open up tight areas and relax your body as if you just had a massage! Or explore a hybrid of styles in our Hatha Yoga and Slow Flow Yoga classes.
Our PB teachers are expertly trained in safe and challenging yoga traditions. We offer morning and evening classes that are perfect for your body at whatever level you may be.
PB Fitness & Yoga is located on Cass St, between Loring and Wilbur, convenient to La Jolla and Bird Rock.
No, Ashtanga and Vinyasa are not the same, but they are similar in that they include linking the breath to postures and flowing in and out of postures. In Ashtanga, each pose is held for no more than 5 breaths. In Vinyasa Yoga, there is more flexibility on the part of the teacher to hold a pose for a longer or shorter period of time. Ashtanga Yoga is one of the two classic forms of Yoga taught by the Grandfather of Yoga, Krishnamacharya, to his pupil Pattabis Jois. Jois took Krishnamacharya’s teachings and creating the Ashtanga Yoga system. Vinyasa Yoga is based on the Ashtanga Yoga system, but does not have a strict series of postures or a six series system.
In Ashtanga, each student has to follow a strict set of postures. All students, regardless of experience or level of strength or flexibility, must start with the Primary Series. Students must receive a teacher’s approval before moving onto the next series. Ashtanga can demand that the body hold shapes and postures that very few are able to maintain safely for an extended period of time. This is because Ashtanga Yoga was created for young men who meditated for hours a day in cross-legged or Lotus position, and squatted frequently throughout the day.
Ashtanga Yoga was created to allow young men in India an outlet for their energy so that they could meditate for hours. It has since progressed to a mind-body experience that many Western practitioners swear by. Linking breath and movement and flowing steadily for 90 minutes has a powerful effect on the body, similar to a runner’s high.
Absolutely. But if your body isn’t used to exercise, Ashtanga Yoga may not be the best style to start out with. If you’re already strong and athletic, try a Vinyasa Yoga or Power Vinyasa Yoga class. If you haven’t been involved in challenging exercise in awhile, start with Hatha Yoga, Deep Stretch Yoga or Slow Flow Yoga.
Compared to Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga allows for more freedom and creativity on the part of the teacher and for more adjustments and modifications within each posture. For the average Western practitioner who is new to yoga, Vinyasa Yoga is a safer entry point than Ashtanga Yoga. Most of us modern practitioners sit in a chair or a car for hours a day. We simply aren’t as prepared for much of the hip extension and flexibility that Ashtanga demands. Compared to Ashtanga in terms of challenging postures, strength training, arm balances, inversions and backbends – Vinyasa is just as challenging, if not more so than Ashtanga.
Vinyasa Yoga appeals to people who like to move, or flow between postures. Many teachers play music to help feed the energy of the class and create a total immersion experience. Like Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga includes warm-up postures, standing postures, balance or strength postures, and cool down postures.
A Power Vinyasa Yoga class is a Vinyasa Yoga class on extreme. Expect more challenging postures – lots of them. Expect lots of arm balances and planking, maybe some handstands, inversions and backbends. This type of yoga will challenge you to work to your peak level and is a wonderful choice for experienced yogis who want a deeper challenge and more of a sweat.
Slow flow yoga is based on Vinyasa flow, but with slower transitions. Slow flow is great for someone who likes to move between postures, as opposed to hold them for long periods of time, but who also prefers time to flow more gently. Sometimes, a faster flow can aggravate injuries because there isn’t time to adjust the posture to best suit our body.
Hatha Yoga is a general term that describes all movement-based yoga (as opposed to meditative yoga.) In modern terms, Hatha Yoga is used to describe a class that moves from posture to posture without flowing in and out with the breath. There is time to hold the pose, explore it, adjust and modify and take breaks.
Absolutely. Hatha Yoga is any form of movement based yoga. If you’re coming from a sedentary lifestyle, Hatha Yoga is a wonderful style to start your yoga journey!
A deep stretch yoga class allows for movement between postures, similar to Slow Flow Yoga, but longer, sweeter holds that really get into those tight spots and release tension. A typical Deep Stretch class involves a warm up before you get into stretches. The stretches themselves may be held for a minute or two before you move onto a new set of postures, which then prepare you for the next deep stretch.
A Deep Stretch yoga class is a safer entry point for most beginners than a classic Yin Yoga class because Deep Stretch allows for some warm up and doesn’t hold poses so far past our comfort level that we react. A deep stretch yoga class leaves you feeling like you had a gentle movement day plus a really great massage.
Yin refers to the female component in the Yin-Yang symbol, or the representation of balance in the body. Whereas most yoga classes focus on power and strength, or Yang, Yin Yoga focuses on relaxation and flexibility.
Yin Yoga doesn’t include a warm up that heats the body. Yin includes long holds and uses lots of props, such as bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps, to support the body in postures that can be held for three to ten minutes at a time. Yin targets relaxing and stretching not only the muscles, but the connective tissue in our joints and the fascia in our body. Stretching the fascia can lead to incredible gains in flexibility and can also release emotional stores of energy in our body. New practitioners or someone who is dealing with areas of injury and/or areas that are already over-stretched, should check in with a Yin teacher before class starts because holding postures for a long period of time can aggravate tweaky joints or areas of injury.
Try a Deep Stretch or Yin Yoga class, which are absolutely created for stretching and relaxing tight muscles. If you want a hybrid of stretching plus some strength postures, try a Slow Flow Yoga or Hatha Yoga class.
There is no one form of yoga that is perfect for every single body. Due to our unique body shape, history and injuries, a particular style of yoga may affect you much differently than it might affect your yoga buddies.
For example, someone with a sensitive low back, tight shoulders or a stiff neck may want to start out with a Hatha Yoga, Slow Flow Yoga, Deep Stretch Yoga or Yin Yoga class and eventually progress into a faster flow style such as Vinyasa Flow, Power Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga.
Experienced athletes in disciplines that demand flexibility and a wide range of motion, such as ballet, gymnastics, ice skating, aerial and trapeze arts may find that a Vinyasa Flow, Power Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga Yoga are better suited for their body because their body is already used to holding more extreme ranges of motion. The beauty of yoga is that there is a style for every body!
Hatha Yoga, Deep Stretch Yoga, or Slow Flow Yoga are best for beginners.
Absolutely! Yoga is a great workout! For example, Power Vinyasa Yoga burns MORE calories than running a 10 minute mile for an hour.
Yoga benefits the body in multiple ways, far more so than a typical workout. Yoga works our muscles in contraction and extension, creating long, lean muscles. Yoga also expands our flexibility and range of motion. Perhaps the biggest benefit of yoga is the mind-body benefits. The National Institute of Health lists hundreds of studies that link yoga to reduction in stress, increase in immune system response, and overall improved sense of well being.
Yama – Think of Yamas as the Universal Rule or the Golden Rule – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Yamas teach us how to live an ethical life.
Niyamas approach our self discipline and spiritual path. Think of Niyamas as the sometimes small things you do to keep yourself aligned, such as mindful walks, saying grace before a meal, or meditating.
Asana refers to the body and physically moving the body in exercise, so as to create a healthy place for our spirit to inhabit. All movement forms of yoga incorporate asana, or physical postures. Asanas were created as a disciplinary technique to prepare the body for meditation.
Pranayama refers to breath control and encompasses a wide variety of breathing exercises. In yoga, the breath, or Prana, refers to life force, so Pranayama ultimately becomes the control of life force energy.
Pratyahara refers to the withdrawal of our senses from the world around us and the ability to cultivate an awareness of our habits, thoughts and actions.
Dharana is the process that awakens our ability to concentrate our mind on a single object or point of focus. Dharana is a necessary precursor to meditation. Often, Dharana involves concentrating on a mantra, or phrase, or a single object. This helps still our chattering mind.
Dhyana describes the state of meditation or contemplation. All the six preceding limbs of yoga described above are considered necessary for Dhyana to occur. Dhyana is a state of being keenly aware, without focus. The mind is quiet and still.
Samadhi describes the ultimate state of yoga – bliss, or a state of ecstasy. At this point, the meditator achieves one-ness, or connection with the Divine and with all beings. No judgement, no chattering mind, no focus of thought and yet keenly aware of oneself and at peace.