5th Annual Yoga on the Midway Coming May 5

Scripps Healthy Living event is one of many free yoga classes offered in San Diego year-round

Yoga enthusiasts at Yoga on Midway presented by Scripps Health

Scripps Healthy Living event is one of many free yoga classes offered in San Diego year-round

Yoga lovers of all skill levels are invited to participate in the 5th Annual Yoga on the Midway presented by Scripps Health and the Downtown San Diego Partnership.

The free event will be held on May 5, 2018, on the flight deck of the USS Midway, 910 N. Harbor Drive, in San Diego’s Embarcadero.

Participants can register in advance or at the event, beginning at 7 am.

The hour-long class starts at 8 am and is limited to a first-come, first-served basis for the first 1,000 attendees.

Instructors from Yoga One of San Diego will be leading the class. Sonia Ali, MD, a hematologist and oncologist at Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, will discuss the benefits of yoga for cancer patients and cancer survivors. The event will also feature live music.

Free or donation-based San Diego classes

Check out this list of free or donation-based yoga classes that Scripps Health and its partner Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups have put together for you to try.

Yoga in the City

When: Every Saturday, 9 am to 10 am

Where: Check Downtown San Diego Partnership website for locations.

What: These free weekly yoga classes are part of the Downtown San Diego Partnership's Healthy Living in the City presented by Scripps Health and are taught by Yoga One. All levels and ages are welcome.

Beach Yoga

Where & When: Mission Beach at Ormond Court, daily at 11 am; Imperial Beach at 10 Evergreen Street every Friday at 2:30 pm; Sunset Cliffs at Hill Street and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard starting in May.

What: Join these beach yoga classes. Participants pay whatever they can afford for these beginner-friendly yoga classes.

Yoga in the Park

When: Every Sunday, 11 am to noon

Where: Balboa Park at 6th Avenue and Laurel Street, meet at a huge tree

What: This outdoor session allows for one-on-one attention from the instructor. People of all skill levels are welcome. The event is free, but suggests a $10 donation or whatever you can afford.

Balboa Park's Restorative Yoga Class and Wellness Program

When: Every Thursday, 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm

Where: Balboa Park Activity Center

What: These free beginner-friendly classes (for adults 18+) help people relieve effects from chronic stress, give movement to the spine and soothe the organs. Sign up at the Balboa Park Activity Center front counter; each class allows eight students maximum.

Laughter Yoga

When: Every Wednesday, 11 am to noon

Where: War Memorial Building at 3325 Zoo Boulevard, Room 2

What: All ages and abilities are welcome to experience this weekly free laughter yoga class, which is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

Benefits of yoga

Yoga can improve your overall fitness level and improve your posture and flexibility. It may also:

  • Lower your blood pressure and heart rate
  • Help you relax
  • Improve your self-confidence
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve your coordination
  • Improve your concentration
  • Help you sleep better
  • Aid with digestion

In addition, practicing yoga may also help with the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Back pain
  • Depression

Who should use caution?

Yoga is generally safe for most people. But you may need to avoid some yoga poses or modify poses if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have glaucoma
  • Have sciatica

Make sure to tell your yoga instructor if you have any of these conditions or any other health problem or injury. A qualified yoga teacher should be able to help you find poses that are safe for you.