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Pura Vida Yoga Center: The Calm in San Diego

By Elisha Neubauer

Pura Vida Yoga Center, located in San Diego, California, is more than just a yoga center. Launched by instructor Xenia Guido, it was designed to be a place of community; a place where yoga enthusiasts could blend with beginners in a warm, comfortable atmosphere.

The studio opened its doors in the summer of 2012 when Guido moved from Sacramento to the San Diego area. Wanting to recreate the feeling of community she had felt at the previous studio she taught from, she launched Pura Vida Yoga Center for those looking to connect with themselves and others through the practice of yoga.

"I knew I didn't want to just open a fitness center, but a place where people can turn to one another and connect," Guido said. "A place where they feel safe to share their knowledge, strengths and vulnerabilities. An environment where they can play, explore, and grow."

Yoga, as a practice, makes the practitioner feel strong, graceful, open, proud, but also vulnerable, scattered, and humble. It creates a sense of self-balance, as well as a feeling of patience, open-heartedness, gratitude, and peace in the individual's everyday life. All these reasons, and more, are what drew Guido to the practice and ultimately to teaching.

Pura Vida Yoga Center strives to be the oasis in the storm of busyness that is San Diego. The quiet in the noise, the studio opens its doors to anyone and everyone, regardless of fitness or experience level.

"We welcome students of any level of experience, completely new, intermediate, or already seasoned," Guido said. "Our teachers are very skillful at making everyone feel welcome, safe and challenged."

As a studio, each teacher recognizes that everyone's practices will look different than others. They strive to encourage an atmosphere of acceptance, with no judgements or expectations. Guido and her team are fully committed to sharing yoga and yoga-related practices, through the use of classes, workshops, meditations, pranayama, living yoga programs, retreats and even teacher training. They even host a book club and a Facebook community page.

"Students post about upcoming events and ways to keep each other healthy, inspired and laughing," Guido said.

The studio is conveniently located between the historic Gaslamp Quarter and the Marina District in downtown San Diego. It is surrounded by Seaport Village, the Convention Center, the Horton Plaza Mall and a myriad of fabulous restaurants, shops, bars and hotels, making it wildly convenient for those looking to fit yoga into their everyday lives.

"While our location is close to the exciting activities and attractions that San Diego is famous for, we strive to remain a peaceful respite, literally an oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of city life," Guido said.

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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