Is it time to get your Om on? There are many places to hit the mat for travelers that want to keep up their yoga practice while visiting Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara yoga community warmly welcomes newcomers into their fold, whether you’re an experienced yogi or attempting your first ever downward dog. These are the top 10 Santa Barbara yoga experiences recommended by locals.
Santa Barbara Beach Yoga cultivates conscious, mindful movement through a blend of gentle yoga and un-choreographed dance. Their popular “Silent Disco Flow” formula gets attendees tuned into themselves and the asanas while wearing headphones. And it’s all about taking advantage of Santa Barbara’s beautiful locations, be it the beach or inside the famed carousel house. Classes can also be arranged and customized for private groups.
Now trending is Santa Barbara Beach Yoga’s Soundwave Sessions, a beachside silent disco yoga affair. While breezily stretching your body into classic yoga poses, this energizing experience will all be set to music, controlled by your YDM headphones. Learn More
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CorePower Yoga devotees are spoilt for choice with three studio locations to choose from Downtown Santa Barbara, Upper State Street in La Cumbre Plaza, and Goleta. While each studio has its own vibe and energetic instructors, they all stay true to the CorePower formula. Expect the popular heated vinyasa flow classes for all levels and the yoga sculpt classes that integrate strength training. Learn More
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Sol Seek Yoga is a bright, airy studio in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara on De La Guerra Street offering a welcoming experience for yogis of all levels. The class line-up includes a diversity of styles from vinyasa, hatha, and acro yoga to restorative, kundalini, and meditation.
In addition to in-studio classes, treat your body to a little TLC in the form of open-air movement and meditation. With daily classes available, in studio and outdoors at La Mesa Park, Leadbetter Beach, and Casa de la Guerra, there’s no reason not to get up and active. Learn More
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Join the Yoga Soup tribe for a transcendent Yin, restorative, or flow class in one of their two soothing studio spaces appointed with hardwood floors, high ceilings, and natural light. Browse the eclectic book selection in the well-curated retail shop, which also carries yoga clothing, accessories, healthy snacks, and supplements. Post-class, grab a cold-pressed juice from Juice Ranch across the street or refuel with an açai bowl or porridge at Backyard Bowls located just around the corner.
You can opt for classes in-studio, at-home with online instruction, or in the park with the Yoga Soup community. You’ll enjoy practicing with live instruction while soaking in the fresh air and ocean views. Learn More
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Power of Your Om Yoga Santa Barbara offers Vinyasa Yoga as well as a selection of other classes to get you feeling Zen. Vinyasa (flow) classes are taught in an infrared heated studio (heated 90-100 degrees) with passionate teachers who love guiding each student through their own journey of power and discovery.
Other classes offered are either not heated or led in a warm (not hot) environment. Drop into the Victoria Court studio for a power yoga class, meditative yogic sleep session (aka yoga nidra) or specialized workshop. Power of Your OM also leads classes for good causes in scenic outdoor locations like Stearns Wharf and the rooftop of MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation. Learn More
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A longtime pillar of the Santa Barbara yoga community dating back to 1992, Santa Barbara Yoga Center caters to all ages, abilities, and styles of yoga. They offer daily classes and monthly workshops and regularly host guest instructors. The Center is especially renowned for its teacher training program. The inviting, historic building fosters an atmosphere of expansion with high ceilings, white walls, abundant skylights, and large windows. Learn More
Salt Santa Barbara hosts yoga and wellness classes in their healing Himalayan salt cave. Participating yogis reap extra benefits from breathing in the microparticles of salt and minerals while going through the poses. Class variations include sound baths, yin, flow, reiki, and yoga nidra. Trust us, the experience is utterly unique and invigorating! And you’ll want to bring some Himalayan salt products from their shop home with you to continue the self-care. Learn More
Established in 1967, White Lotus Foundation is a retreat center perched in the mountains above Santa Barbara. It was the first place in the country to offer yoga teacher training certifications and carries on that esteemed yoga educational tradition today. In addition to training, inclusive yoga retreat programs are open to the public throughout the year and include lodging, guided hikes, meals, bodywork, and more bliss-inducing activities. Learn More
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