Here is a list of all the free (almost free or moderately affordable) fitness resources in San Diego County of which I am currently aware, including my own classes. For a list of Senior based classes in East County, check the Senior Yoga page . If you know of, or provide a class you would like included in this list, drop me an email at for equal representation.

Check out the chart at the bottom of the page on Senior Yoga for a day-by-day schedule of all classes in East County San Diego. For my schedule, check Calendar for up-to-date class status. 

Activity Day/Time Location Info Contact
Adaptive/Special Needs Yoga Tuesday
10AM, 11AM 12PM
Casa de Oro Library
9805 Campo Road #180, Spring Valley
FREE - For Special Needs, DD/ID Adults and Caregivers/Coaches/Aides Jackie Gadd 619-578-3863
Silver Sneakers Flex Yoga, Balance, Fitness Various Various County Locations Tivity Health "Flex" sponsored classes (not in gyms) free for members, minimal cost or free for others.Schedule and locations
Chair Fitness, Yoga, Balance, Tai Chi Various Various County and City Libraries Tivity Health "Flex" sponsored classes not in commercial gyms free for members (usually free for all or for minimal donation)County
Yoga for Traumatic Brain Injury Various Mosaic Yoga
811 25th Street #102, San Diego, CA 92102 (619) 453-2291
Yoga Bound
2697 State Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-720-9642
6-week series for those with TBI or those working with people with TBI who want to train to be an instructor. Call for most recent schedule. Also online yoga resources.
Chair Yoga and Meditation THU
UCSD Schaetzel Center (2nd floor)

9890 Genesee Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
Free - Taught by Laura McIntire, IAYT
Yoga for MS SUN
UCSD Presbys Cardiovascular Inst. (2nd floor)
9888 Genesee Ave, San Diego, CA
Free - Taught by Laura McIntire, IAYT
Balance and Strength for MS TUE
Ability Rehab Specialists
737 Pearl St #Suite 108, La Jolla, CA
1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays of the month only
San Diego Chair Yoga MON, WED, FRI
Various Times
Various Locations Chair Yoga classes for all levels. Free, with donations accepted.Sarah Mitteere, 858-224-0551
Feeling Fit Clubs San Diego Various Days & Times Various Locations Free San Diego Health and Human Services hosted classes around the county, including balance, meditation, general fitness, tai chi and more. Check the website for details.
8AM, 1PM, 4PM
Cox Ch. 19 & 24
Spectrum Ch. 24 & 85
AT&T UVerse Ch. 99
Watch classes anytime on County News Center TV
Various Various Videos, local resources (exercise classes, PT’s, home modification, medical alerts, etc), Toolkit, and more
Includes schedules for programs and classes
Includes links to Vital Aging info
Healthier Living with Chronic Conditions workshops Various Various Free Two hour, once-a-week, 6-week workshop to develop skills to help manage pain reduce fatigue, calm anxiety, relieve shortness of breath and soothe muscle tension, improve sleep, and communicate better about needs.
Connected Warriors Yoga Various days and timesVarious Connected Warriors provides free yoga for service members, veterans, first responders, and spouses.
Fitness Classes/Personal Training Challenge Center
5540 Lake Park Way, La Mesa, CA 91942
Free memberships for Regional Center clients. The Challenge Center provides skilled physical therapy, specialized fitness, and wellness programs to rehabilitate, increase independence, and improve the quality of life for individuals with severe physical disabilities, their families, and caregivers. They host Aquatics, Balance and Conditioning and Chair Fitness Classes.
Phone: 619-667-8644 Fax: 619-667-8647
Fall Prevention, Back & Neck pain Clinics Osteopathic Center San Diego
3706 Ruffin Road #129, San Diego CA 91942
8-week twice-a-week series to address issues relating to causes of falls (gait/balance/posture) and back/neck pain. Series includes individualized evaluations and optional treatment plans. See website for latest classes.
Phone: 858-587-1822
Senior Chair Yoga THUR
Home Care Assistance
7521 Fay Avenue, La Jolla
Taught by Prana Yoga La Jolla. Relax and gentle strengthen your body, mind and soul with Senior Chair Yoga, Gentle postures at a slow pace while seated in a chair make this class suitable for most seniors.
Silver Age Yoga Various Greater San Diego, East, North and South Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach provides free yoga classes at various senior centers and other locations. Classes are also offered at several centers for the blind.
858-693-3110 or 844-234-3110
Adaptive Yoga Community Class 1st SAT 9591 Waples Street
San Diego, CA 92121
Free - Taught by the Challenged Athlete's Foundation.
Yoga for Healing TUE 12-1PM Ginseng Yoga 30th at Beech, San Diego 92104 With Jean DiCarlo-Wagner (yogabeing). $5 for those in treatment/$10 others
THURS 12-1PM OG Yoga Collective Impact Center / Christ United Ministry Church at 3295 Meade Avenue, Suite 218, San Diego, CA 92116 With Jean DiCarlo-Wagner (yogabeing). $5 for those in treatment/$10 others
Adaptive Yoga MON 4-5PM Sharp Memorial Hospital
Allison deRose Rehabilitation Center East Gym
2999 Health Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92123
$7 drop in
$5.60 for city SD employee
Happy Back Yoga (using Mat and Yoga Wall) Daily Prana Yoga Center, La Jolla Drop-In Pricing. Taught by instructors of Embody Physical Therapy
Varies Ginseng Yoga Drop-In Pricing.
Varies House of Yogi Drop-In
Gentle Yoga (Yoga Therapy) MON 9:30AM Shiley Fitness Center
(Scripps Integrative Medicine Clinic)
$15 Drop In. With Alisha Welch of Mindful Balance.
Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga, Meditation Various A Gentle Way Yoga
8274 Parkway Drive
La Mesa, California 91942)
Offering 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. Pay per class or buy packages
(619) 698-1170
Private Physical Therapy Various Function First
3425 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103

Programs, Training, Books - UPDATED

Here is an (ever growing) list of resources I use to research and train in the eight limbs of yoga, mindfulness, self-care, accessible yoga, yoga for multiple sclerosis, chair yoga, yoga for arthritis, and more, in no particular order of preference but just to help further your quest for knowledge.

OG Yoga -
JoAnn Jaffe's OG Yoga delivers trauma-informed, diversity-sensitive yoga to re-establish mind-body connection and healing. "We are fostering a community of active participants in the health and wellness of our schools and communities." OG has a 200 hour YTT, as well as a 30-hour Overcoming Trauma through Yoga module.

Accessible Yoga –
Jivana Heyman, Rev. Rudra Swartz, Sarani Fedman, Cheri Clampett, Dianne Bondy, Steffany Moonaz, Patrice Wagner. A non-profit international grassroots organization dedicated to sharing yoga with anyone who currently does not have access to these practices, and with communities that have been excluded or underserved. AY believes that all people, regardless of ability or background, deserve equal access to the ancient teachings of Yoga, which offer individual empowerment and spiritual awakening.

Yoga for Arthritis –
Steffany Moonaz, PhD, CMA, MFA, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
Maryland University of Integrative Health, offers the nation’s only MS in yoga therapy. Uses the tools of yoga to improve the health and well-being of people living with arthritis.

Yoga Foundations for Healthcare Professionals –
Amy Wheeler, PhD, C-IAYT; Laura Schmalzl, PhD, ttRYT; Matthew Taylor, PT., PhD, C-IAYT
Online and Weekend Intensives introduction to how yoga can be utilized by healthcare professionals on and off the mat. This program is specifically designed with practitioners and their patients in mind.

Embrace the Middle -
Shayna Kaufman, PhD
Embracing the Middle is an empowering approach to the second half of your life that invokes excitement rather than a mindset of "midlife crisis" or stagnation. It teaches how to examine outdated beliefs and behaviors and gracefully accept what is, even if that means embracing your growing "mid" section.

Optimal State of Living –
In-person and pre-recorded on-demand video workshops for yoga students, yoga teachers, yoga therapists, doctors, psychologists, educators and yoga practitioners interested in the study of yoga.

Chair Yoga –
Lakshmi Voelker YT, E-RYT 500, KYTA, YA, IAYT
By creating chair yoga, Lakshmi was able bring adaptive fitness and exercise programs to those who could not benefit from traditional methods of physical activity due to age or limiting physical condition. She has certified staff at both The Mayo Clinic and The NYC Department of Education.

Yoga Medicine –
Tiffany Cruikshank, BA, MA Acupuncture/OM, E-RYT500
Education in a fusion of anatomy, physiology & biomechanics with the traditional practice of yoga. Teachers extensively trained to work with students and their healthcare providers to find a yoga practice that is a therapeutic adjunct to medical care.

Yoga Heals Us LLC (Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis) –
Karen O’Donnell Clark, C-IAYT, E-RYT
Yoga classes specifically designed for those affected by Multiple Sclerosis and therapeutic yoga training to teach these classes.

Integrative Yoga Therapy -
Joseph and Lilian LePage, Directors
Integrative Yoga Therapy is a pioneer and leader in therapeutic Yoga teacher training programs, dedicated to bringing the ancient insights of Yoga into mainstream wellness programs based on a vision of health as a unity of body, mind and spirit.

Integrative Restoration Institute –
Richard Miller, PhD
iRest combines traditional yogic practice with Western psychology and neuroscience. The iRest Institute is an educational non-profit with the mission of helping people resolve their pain and suffering, and experience deep healing and peace.

Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, PT –
Founder of Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, as well as Yoga Journal Magazine. The guiding force behind the formalization of Restorative Yoga as a practice.

Yoga Anatomy – (
Leslie Kaminoff
Internationally recognized specialist and founder of The Breathing Project, with four decades’ experience in the fields of yoga and breath anatomy.

American Viniyoga Institute –
Gary Kraftsow, BA, MA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Viniyoga refers to an approach to yoga that adapts the various means and methods of practice to the unique condition, needs and interests of each individual. Emphasis on function over form, proper use of breath, movement repetition and posture sequencing to suit the individual practitioner.

Jonathan Foust  -
Meditation podcasts to support a personal practice. Also, meditation retreats and weekly classes in Arlington, VA.

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health –
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to empowering people and communities to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga.

Mount Madonna Center -
Yoga, Conference and Retreat Center at the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains

International Association of Yoga Therapists –
Certification body for Yoga Therapists

Yoga Alliance –
Certification body for Yoga Instructors


Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body (presale)
Jivana Heyman (2019), Shambhala

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD (2014), Penguin Books

The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys (Volume I)
Ray Long (Author), Chris Macivor (Illustrator), (2009) BandhaYoga

The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice
T.K.V. Desikachar (Revised Edition 1999), Inner Traditions

The Science of Yoga:  Understand the Anatomy and Physiology to Perfect Your Practice
Ann Swanson (2019), DK

Yoga Anatomy
Leslie Kaminoff, Amy Matthews (2011), Human Kinetics

Yoga for Fibromyalgia: Move, Breath & Relax to Improve Your Quality of Life
Shoosh Lettick Crotzer (2008), Rodmell Press, Berkeley, CA

Yoga for a Happy Back: A Teacher's Guide to Spinal Health through Yoga
Rachel Krentzman, PT, E-RYT; Aadil Palkhivala (foreword) (2016), Singing Dragon

Yogabody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana
Judith Lasater (2009), Rodmell Press, Berkeley, CA

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