Yogainsandiego.com is a collective, of local San Diego yogis: none are studio business owners; many of its members have worked closely with studios in specific areas (either as a costumer or in a business relationship) which enabled the individuals to witness how the studios chosen run business and how the instructors chosen, present the concept of yoga to his/her students. The specific members come from a wide spectrum of ages, yogic experiences, and influences. The group is to work as a representation of a typical person yearning to deepen their yoga practice here in San Diego, California.
The collectives and owners of the website’s intention was to create a webpage: the “go-to” of San Diego yoga. A reliable space that helps other yogis looking to find THE TOP yoga—in its purest and truest form: to help guide people looking to do yoga find a place to practice: as there is so much “yoga” in the county.
The website aims to give credit to those yoga teachers and studios in the great community of San Diego, who have worked hard in following their dharma to provide yogic experiences that honor what yoga is, and not manipulate it for what many Westerners have deemed it to be: a fad and an exercise. This is what is to be deemed “top.”
The studios were ranked based upon a plethora of collected research—both quantative and qualtive that were derived over the year. The members of the collective have used:
*yoga focus groups
*analyisis of events, workshops, retreats, trainings, etc. offered
*amount of SEVA work; events in non-for-profit gatherings completed by the studio/instructor
*basic reputation as depicted to the pubic
*interviews/conversations with local yoga students
*interviews/conversations with local yoga instructors
*class sizes numbers in correlation with number of classes offered
*lifestyle choices as depicted to the public: does the space or person “practice what they preach”? Do they play in the business world fair, in a loving way: not a money-hungry, cut-throat way? Do the instructors live a life that applies a yogic lifestyle cohesive with that of today’s world? Are both an inspiration?
*internet reivews, including yelp, yahoo, and google reviews
*local newspaper, magazine, and media attention given to the studio/instructor
*the instructor’s/studio’s ability to continue education/grow in the field of yoga
*presence/acceptance/reaction of “fans” on social media including Facebook, Instagram, Pintrist, etc.
*LuluLemon and other ambassador programs
*word of mouth
These findings have been calculated in regards to hundreds of yoga studios and thousands of registered yoga instructors in the entire county of San Diego.
The collective and creator of Yogainsandiego.com wish to stay anonymous: the sole purpose of this is for reliability and validity reasons, for if an instructor/studio knows its being watched/observed, it will aim to better than to exist in its natural element.
The standings on this list will stand for the remaining year of 2013, and entire year of 2014, standing as a representation of Yoga’s Best in San Diego for the year 2013. During 2014, research will again be collected to determine 2014’s top studios and instructors.