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.
Note: To ensure your practice is safe and stress-free, many of our local yoga studios are offering online and live streaming classes in response to social distancing measures. Check their online schedules for more information on how to join the flow. If attending an outdoor class, please continue to keep a safe social distance and bring your mask to wear when physical distancing isn’t available.
Divinitree Santa Barbara is a bright, airy studio in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara on De La Guerra Street. The class line-up includes a diversity of styles from vinyasa, hatha, and acro yoga to restorative, kundalini, and meditation. The studio’s best kept “secret?” The Kotuku Elixir Bar & Superfood Smoothie Café in the lobby serving healthy, soul-nourishing smoothies, farm-to-table salads, kombucha, raw chocolates, coffees, and herbal elixirs.
For now, treat your body to a little TLC in the form of open-air movement and meditation. Held at La Mesa Park, feel comforted knowing that Divinitree’s outdoor class sizes remain small and spaced out. With classes available on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, there’s no reason not to get up and active. Learn More
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 now opt for at-home classes with online instruction or worry-free, socially distanced classes 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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Yoga Dance Magic™ cultivates conscious, mindful movement through a blend of gentle yoga and unchoreographed 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 poolside at the Hotel Californian. Classes can also be arranged and customized for private groups.
Now trending is Yoga Dance Magic’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. Classes are available every day of the week but remain extremely limited in size. Pre-registration is required. Learn More
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.
During COVID-19, CorePower Yoga offers over 100 classes per week for yogis to continue practicing their poses through outdoor and online Zoom classes. Learn More
Power of Your OM is a Baptiste™ Affiliate Yoga studio based on the philosophies and methods of celebrity yogi, Baron Baptiste. Drop into the Victoria Court studio for a power yoga class, meditative yogic sleep session (a.k.a. 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.
Power of Your Om is also offering options for virtual and alfresco classes. Located on the outdoor patio at SOhO Santa Barbara, outdoor classes are offered Monday through Thursday, 6 to 7 p.m, Saturdays at 8 a.m., and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. Learn More
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.
For the time being, Santa Barbara Yoga Center is stepping out of the studio and offering classes available online. 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
Santa Barbara’s majestic wilderness areas abound with unexpected finds and hidden gems—including some wonderful waterfalls. So, lace up your sneakers—or hiking boots—and hit one of these invigorating trails.
Mother Nature wasn’t messing around when she made Santa Barbara an outdoor recreationalists’ paradise. Mountains? Check. Pacific coastline? Over 100 miles of it. Islands? Yes, we’ve got those too. The landscape list goes on and on. Even better, these phenomenal playgrounds for adventure are very easy to access and abound with a diversity of ways to push your limits while…