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CHS Grad Gives Flight To Her Passion For Yoga With Island Yoga, Coronado

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Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2019 3:36 pm

Third generation Coronadan and Coronado High School (CHS) graduate Stephanie Anderson has taken her long-time passion for practicing and teaching yoga to a higher level, and has purchased the former Hot + Soul Yoga Center at 1330 Orange Avenue, just down the hall from Yummy Sushi.

Anderson, born in Coronado, has been practicing the art for over 18 years, and teaching it for nine of those years. She has three sons, the youngest of whom is a sophomore at CHS. She has taught at the Bikram Yoga College of San Diego and at Hot + Soul, along with locations in Michigan and the greater San Diego area. She volunteers her skills at the Kearny Mesa Juvenile Hall and teaches yoga to the CHS football team during their off season. Anderson is the president of the Islanders Football Booster Club and also serves on the Islander Sports Foundation Board.

Previous owners of the studio are Karlie Knight, who opened the business in 2016, and Lauren Mills. When presented with the opportunity, Anderson, who loves the City of Coronado at least as much as she loves yoga, knew that the time was right, and made the leap from instructor to owner.

While Anderson is working on crafting the details and redesigning the website, currently, she and her staff of certified instructors are offering classes in both Bikram and Yin Yoga, as well as Mat Pilates classes.

If you aren’t familiar with Bikram (hot) Yoga, it is a series of 26 tightly scripted poses and two breathing exercises, designed by Bikram Choudhury in the 1970’s, and practiced in a room heated to between 100-105 degrees. Bikram has patented the sequenced poses, and instructors must have Bikram certification before being permitted to teach. The benefits of hot yoga are many, as the heat helps increase circulation and relax muscles, while the copious amounts of sweat generated during the 90 minute workouts helps clear the skin and clean the body of toxins. Many of the poses also aid in developing increased balance and strength which Anderson notes is especially important for us as we grow older.

Anderson understands that exercising in a very hot room is not for everyone and offers un-heated Yin Yoga, which is practiced entirely on the floor. Yin Yoga targets connective tissue, ligaments, tendons, and fascia and is meditative and calming, perfect after a long and stressful workday.

Anderson offers both 60 and 90 minute Bikram classes, as well as 60 and 75 minute Yin Yoga and 60 minute Mat Pilates classes. The Mat Pilates classes are also heated, though not at the high temperature of the Bikram Yoga classes. The classes are intense but low- impact, and the workout is designed to build strength and endurance.

The center itself is located in a beautiful prime upper level location in the Coronado Plaza building, and overlooks the Del and the beach.
If you don’t have a yoga mat, there are both rental and purchase options available, as well as towel rental for all classes.

While Anderson is fine tuning the details, she is offering a variety of packages and class cards, and a 20 percent active duty discount for active duty military and spouses, as well as students, senior citizens, and Coronado educators with a valid school or military ID. A “traveler’s special” is also available for visitors to the island, which includes one week of unlimited classes and mat and towel rental for each visit. A one-week unlimited introductory package is also available, for new students only.

Anderson notes that yoga can be for all ages and fitness levels, and fully believes in the words of Bikram, “You are only as young as your spine is flexible.”

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