A Gentle Way Yoga & Joyful Movement Center has served the yoga community in San Diego County, in a very unique way, for over 20 years.
As a health and healing center, our special yoga studio is all about living joyfully, moving joyfully, and aging joyfully with grace and ease. A Gentle Way Yoga is dedicated to helping break down the prejudices we hold about ourselves first, so that we can then let go of the prejudices we hold against others; whether it be based on body size, gender, skin color, age, or religion. Through the many practices of yoga, we find that when we break free of these false restraints - we experience freer and more fulfilling lives!
Most Yoga Studios offer classes primarily for the fit-keeping-fit, and while we do serve many dedicated students who fall into this category, we originally opened our doors to serve the needs of:
Our founder, Lanita Varshell, was one of the first plus-size yoga teachers in the United States. In 1996 she began teaching yoga in gyms, karate studios and diet centers. At the time, she thought she would only attract other people with larger or health challenged bodies (like herself) to her classes. However, her trademarked MIMSY Meditation in Movement Style Yoga® proved to be a missing link in the yoga world. As the word about the relaxing and transformative effects of MIMSY spread, Lanita amassed a following of over 100 dedicated students who continued to bring their sisters, brothers, husbands and friends to her classes.
Due to this growth and popularity, A Gentle Way Yoga Center became an official Yoga Studio in 2001. Lanita invited a small, dedicated group of experienced instructors to join her in teaching to the East County yoga community. Currently, our teachers have a collective experience of well over 125 years, in many different styles of yoga. A Gentle Way Yoga Center is a Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance.
We are a comfortable, friendly, neighborhood Yoga Studio that specializes in Aalamba (Yoga with Support), and MIMSY Meditation in Movement Style Yoga®. We offer classes in Classical Hatha Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Slow Flow Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, Seniors Yoga, Yoga for Curvy and Plus Size Bodies, and Breath Meditation Classes. Basically - yoga for just about every need!
A Gentle Way Yoga offers 40 weekly Group Yoga Classes, Monthly Workshops, Private Yoga Sessions, Community Building Social Gatherings, Yoga Parties, Yoga Retreats, Continuing Education Sessions for yoga teachers, and Yoga Teacher Trainings.
We are located in La Mesa, an East County suburb of San Diego, 3.5 miles from San Diego State University and 8 miles from the Mission Valley - Hotel Circle area of Central San Diego.