Surfrider San Diego Yoga Donation Classes at Trilogy Sanctuary

Trilogy Sanctuary is excited to partner with The Surfrider San Diego Chapter to aid in their mission for clean water and beaches! 

WHAT: Donation YOGA classes for Surfrider San Diego
WHEN: Saturdays at 10:30 am on outdoor Sky Deck  
WHERE: 7650 Girard Ave, Suite 401, La Jolla, CA 92037
HOSTTrilogy Sanctuary - organic + vegan cafe, yoga studio & event space

Only cash donations please, arrive early due to limited mat space and enjoy an organic meal or drink post class! 



Our ocean, waves and beaches are vital economic and ecological treasures, which we depend on for our livelihoods, recreation and future. But there are numerous threats to clean water and healthy beaches, including polluted runoff, offshore drilling, habitat loss, development, climate change, plastic in the ocean and trash on the shore. Now, more than ever, it is important for each of us to get involved and create scalable change from the ground up to protect our ocean, coasts and planet for this and future generations. 

The Surfrider Foundation and our network of coastal defenders have been working to protect the ocean and coasts for 33 years. In the past decade, the Surfrider network has achieved more than 400 victories, representing coastal wins for beach access, coastal preservation, healthy beaches, ocean protection and clean water. 

These significant coastal victories would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our incredible network of supporters, members, partners and volunteers, who stand up day in and day out to help protect our ocean and coasts. With decreased federal support to environmental agencies, renewed threats from offshore drilling and the ongoing battle to protect clean water and healthy beaches, Surfrider’s grassroots network is more critical than ever. Our local activism and stewardship allow us to continue to advance proactive policies at the state and local levels, while our network’s vast coverage across the U.S. provides an integral front line of defense from threats. 

What are you fighting for? Become a member today to be a part of the solution and watch the video, What Are You Fighting For?

Long Live Clean Water and Healthy Beaches!

23 in 33 Yoga Challenge!


23 Yoga Classes in 33 Days starting October 1st! 

BACK TO YOGA! Commit to making time for the mat and/or silks to recharge your body and spirit. This October is a perfect time to reserve a Monthly Unlimited Membership! 

MAT only IS $89 - that is $3 a daY Or $4 with Aerial!

  • Any mat or aerial class is eligible.  

  • Only one class per day counts towards total. 

  • Challenge starts Sunday, October 1st & ends on Friday, November 3rd. 

  • Participants completing 23 or more classes are eligible for prizes and will be randomly selected. 

Our social media channels Instagram and/or Facebook will post prize photos full list below:

  • Manduka Yoga Mat   

  • Yogitoes Towel 

  • IMBŌDHI Bodysuit

  • TOTEM Gift Card 

  • Cafe Gift Card 

See you in the studio or rooftop! 


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I became completely addicted to hot power yoga when I was living in London. Yes, it was the endorphins, but in a city where it was cold and wet about 10 months out of the year, it was the only way I could get my sweat on. And you know what sealed the deal? When I started getting compliments on my skin from my husband’s grandmother (thanks, Nan!).

After moving to San Diego, it took about six months, and lots of try-before-you-buy packages, before I finally found my new yoga home, Trilogy Sanctuary in La Jolla. Why am I telling you about my yoga studio? Well, one morning I was wandering bleary-eyed into my 7am class when I happened upon a piece of paper explaining the benefits of infrared heat.

Before that point, I had never really thought about it. The room seemed a little warmer than usual, but not nearly as hot as what I was used to. Here is what it said:

As a beauty treatment, the penetrating heat of infrared heat therapy works wonders by reducing the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to helping heal scars, wounds, and cuts, it also smooths skin’s texture, lessens coarseness and reduces pore size. Infrared heat therapy is also a natural way to aid aches and pains from arthritis, fibromyalgia and other health-related disorders.

Instantly, it all made sense — the aches and pains I had been suffering with for years were disappearing (I am not even exaggerating). I’m more flexible now than I have been in for as long as I can remember. And the added bonus is that each yoga class comes with a side of anti-aging?!

So, what exactly is infrared light? After a bit of research, I discovered that it is radiant heat and the natural part of sunlight that feels warm to the skin. It is free of the nasty UV rays making it completely safe (FYI: they also use it in hospitals to warm newborn babies). It feels less stifling than the heat traditionally used in saunas or hot yoga studios because the heat works directly on your skin while only 20% of the infrared light heats the room.

In the words of Trilogy owner Leila Dora, “Infrared heat is a type of light. It is very similar to the light emitted by sunlight except that it is invisible to the naked eye. What that means is that is instead of heating the room with a heavy, overpowering heat, it gently heats the body from the inside out.”

Benefits of infrared heat:
*Assists the body with detoxification
*Gives skin a healthy glow
*Boosts metabolism
*Increases blood flow and circulation
*Stimulates immune system
*Reduces appearance of wrinkles
*Helps to diminish scar tissue
*Aids in the recovery of injuries

Know what else I found? Infrared heat also helps to breakdown fat and cellulite. Nuff said?

Have you tried a yoga class with infrared heat? Or maybe you are a Trilogy tribe member? Tell us about it in the comments below!

View original Spa Whisper article by Casey G.  


Guest blog post written by Ashok Deniz with contributions from Amanda Alls, Chris McKenna, Kimberley Schulz, Christine Hennes and Samantha Young - all trainees from Rachel’s 200-hour Spring Yoga Teacher Training at Trilogy Sanctuary.  

Guest blog post written by Ashok Deniz with contributions from Amanda Alls, Chris McKenna, Kimberley Schulz, Christine Hennes and Samantha Young - all trainees from Rachel’s 200-hour Spring Yoga Teacher Training at Trilogy Sanctuary.  

Earlier this spring, our spring yoga teacher training gathered at their local beach to participate in “Seva,” the Sanskrit word for “selfless service.” Equipped with gloves, bags (thank you Surfrider Foundation for inspiration and materials!) and lots of love, they began to collect discarded trash to help create a better environment for the community. The process inspired many interesting conversations (including some with curious onlookers) and meditations, some of which are shared below.


Seva is work performed without any thought of reward, and giving with no need to receive, solely for the sake of everyone involved. Blessed action, some might call it. As Rachel taught, the concept of Seva is deeply interwoven in the tapestry of yogic philosophy. A recurring theme of the yoga sutras is that of universal interconnectedness, which naturally leads to the idea of selfless service. The concept is also one of the central tenets of the classic text, the Bhagavad Gita. In a scene that plays out on what might be considered the battlefield of personal growth, Krishna counsels Arjuna that action be performed entirely without regard to the fruits of the action. The Gita also links this idea with the Yoga of Love (Bhakti yoga) and Karma Yoga, where life is lived to its fullest with a deep sense of love and surrender. Devotion and selfless service are also central messages of other philosophies. Martin Luther King himself stated that “service is the greatest form of spiritual practice.”

The gorgeous La Jolla oceanic context of the Seva was close to heart for many in the Vasantha YTT cohort. One noted that “I know for me, nature has always served as external connective tissue between head and heart, a fulcrum of balance in my life. It is my church, my place of surrender. I have always been drawn to it, learning early on growing up in Hawaii that the ocean is a life source and as such how important it is to care for it. The ocean provides us so many things. Along with sustaining our global ecosystems, she teaches how to dissolve into something complete and greater than anything we as humans can comprehend.”

The beach clean-up was therefore an ideal Seva opportunity for the tribe. Comments from tribe members included, “I am consistently striving to be environmentally aware, particularly regarding my consumption and generation of waste. I do this not for me but with the knowledge of the ocean as the sustainer of all things and with hope that some effort will benefit our mother, the Earth. Seeing trash at the beach and in the ocean to the degree that it exists is incredibly overwhelming and devastating.” and “Participating in seva, for the earth very generally and for the ocean more specifically, is in my opinion the least we can do. We owe it to her.”


As they picked up trash, the tribe became more aware of the broad extent of the problem. While it is usually obvious that there are sometimes large pieces of trash on the beach, it was the huge number of tiny pieces of plastic (microplastic) that was particularly eye opening and time-consuming to clean up. The connections of people’s daily lives to these intrusions and enormous negative impact for the ocean and the entire global ecosystem became much more apparent. As the tribe worked, some onlookers asked about what they were doing and thanked them for their efforts. Clearly, the Seva activity had increased awareness of the trash issue and need for action beyond tribe members alone.


At the end of the Seva, Rachel and the tribe formed an unbroken circle, sharing their thoughts and inspirations from the afternoon. As always inspirational, Rachel shared a very apt quote by Robert Swan "The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it", a vital call to continuing action. While tribe members felt proud that they had played a small part in helping with the beach trash problem, there was the general feeling that the impact of the activity had been far greater. The actions of the tribe and beachgoers, intentional and unintentional, have the potential to trickle down into day-to-day lives, adding to a community of people that are conscious of how they can help protect our planet. In a broader yogic context, sentiments included, “This opportunity not only improved the physical environment of the beach, it created a unique lesson on what yoga really is. It's not merely asana and OM mats, it's the ability to embody service in our actions and through our practice.” and “The experience made me realize that seva needs to be a part of my life--not just once in a while, but routinely, consistently. It's as much a part of living a good life as any other.” And last but certainly not least, “Thank you so much amazing Rachel for organizing and inspiring us with this humbling and remarkable experience!”

Thank you to the San Diego chapter of Surfrider Foundation for providing tools for our beach clean-up. Your dedication to spreading awareness and facilitating events within the community is a valuable and necessary resource that benefits our local beach communities and global preservation of our planet's oceans - learn more about the Surfrider Foundation.

If you’re interested in expanding your knowledge of Yoga beyond asana to cultivate a more yogic approach towards life, then learn more about Rachel and her upcoming 200-hour yoga teacher training this fall.

June Recipe of the Month: Tropical Pitaya Smoothie

For a refreshing and nourishing snack that is the perfect smoothie to have before or after yoga!


Tropical Pitaya Smoothie
Blend the Following Indgriedients: 

  • 8oz coconut water
  • 1 pack of organic pitaya 
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic pineapple
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic mango 
  • 1 TB coconut butter
  • Sprinkle of dried coconut flakes to top!

Pineapple, mango and pitaya offer natural fruit sugars for a great boost of energy, the coconut butter contains MCT's which actually aid in fat burn and provide a sustained release of energy during your workout. Coconut water contains trace minerals and electrolytes which are essential for the body pre and post your yoga class or work out! Visit our organic + vegan cafe in the heart of San Diego to sample all our smoothies! 

Pauline Villanueva - Trilogy Sanctuary Yoga Teacher Highlight

Pauline is one of our yoga teachers here at Trilogy. She teaches the 7am Power Hour bright and early on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Let's get to know her a bit better...  


How and where did your yoga journey begin?

I first stumbled onto yoga at a charity yoga event in 2013 to benefit the New Children's Museum. I wasn't there for the yoga--I was actually there to hopefully network with other attorneys! Little did I know that that one event would change so much. I've been hooked ever since. 

When not teaching yoga, how do you spend your time?

Working at my grown-up job as an attorney, reading, drinking craft beer, and playing with cats. Also probably napping.

What quote inspires your life and practice?

"Ego says, 'Once everything falls into place, I'll feel peace.' Spirit says, 'Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.'"


What words do you have to offer for new yogis?

Remember that yoga isn't about the crazy ridiculous Instagram poses--it's about finding your practice and your peace. It's a constant journey and everyone has their own path. That being said, don't be afraid to try things! Our bodies are so much stronger and smarter than we realize most of the time and they'll tell us what we need to know. Trust yourself and your body. 

What is one of the things you are most grateful for?

One of the things I'm endlessly grateful for is that my life didn't go the way I thought it would. I'm grateful for all the twists and turns of the past several years that allowed me to realize that the only thing I can control is myself and how I respond to things. But I am also the one who controls my own happiness. It has been a very liberating lesson and one I keep learning.


Pauline's yoga teacher bio:

Pauline first stumbled upon yoga in 2013, during a fundraising event for the New Children's Museum downtown, and immediately got hooked. Since then, yoga has been a passion which has changed her life. She completed her 200-hour teacher training in April of 2016. Her focus is on the accessibility and sustainability of a yoga practice, as well as exploring new things and having fun! She hopes to share her experience with others, in the hopes that they will find their own path and discover the same benefits from yoga. Off the mat, Pauline is an attorney who enjoys reading, drinking craft beer, and hanging with her cats. 


Our power hour classes are held in our infrared heated Moon Room, learn more about infrared yoga HERE.

We offer infrared and aerial yoga classes throughout the day, everyday! Take a look at our schedule to see all of our classes. 



Yoga to Benefit the Body

There is no doubt that practicing yoga improves your strength and flexibility (which has a plethora of benefits in itself), but it has even MORE amazing effects on the physical body! Here are 5 benefits for your physical body that result from practicing yoga... 

Perfects your Posture

Yoga teaches you to be mindful of your body and how you hold yourself. Small correction in how you hold you head, shoulders and hips can create huge improvements on posture. Also building strength in the spine and back allows you to sit up straight, with more ease, rather than slumping or hunching forward. Good posture over time prevents may injuries and degenerative diseases.

Protects your Spine

Spinal disks—the shock absorbers between the vertebrae that can herniate and compress nerves—crave movement. That’s the only way they get their nutrients. If you’ve got a well-balanced asana practice with plenty of backbends, forward bends, and inversions in the aerial hammock you’ll help keep your disks supple. Inversions in the hammock with minimal pressure on the joints help to decompress the spine and neck relieving back pain and helping to heal injuries.

Betters your Bone Heath

It’s well documented that weight-bearing exercise strengthens bones and helps ward off osteoporosis. Many postures in aerial yoga require that you lift your own weight. And some, like inverted pencil pose, help strengthen the arm bones, which are particularly vulnerable to osteoporotic fractures. In an unpublished study conducted at California State University, Los Angeles, yoga practice increased bone density in the vertebrae. Yoga’s ability to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol may help keep calcium in the bones.

Prevents Cartilage and Joint Breakdown

Each time you practice yoga, you take your joints through their full range of motion. This can help prevent degenerative arthritis or mitigate disability by “squeezing and soaking” areas of cartilage that normally aren’t used. Joint cartilage is like a sponge; it receives fresh nutrients only when its fluid is squeezed out and a new supply can be soaked up. Without proper sustenance, neglected areas of cartilage can eventually wear out, exposing the underlying bone like worn-out brake pads. Aerial Yoga is especially good for the joints as with the aid of gravity, much less pressure is applied on joints like the knees over time.


Releases Tension in Your Limbs

Do you ever notice yourself holding the telephone or a steering wheel with a death grip or scrunching your face when staring at a computer screen? These unconscious habits can lead to chronic tension, muscle fatigue, and soreness in the wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, and face, which can increase stress and worsen your mood. As you practice yoga, you begin to notice where you hold tension: It might be in your tongue, your eyes, or the muscles of your face and neck. If you simply tune in, you may be able to release some tension in the tongue and eyes. With bigger muscles like the quadriceps, trapezius, and buttocks, it may take years of practice to learn how to relax them.

At Trilogy we practice yoga on the mat and in the sky! We have yoga and aerial classes everyday of the week! Take a look at our SCHEDULE to sign up... First time practicing with us? We offer a $39 for two weeks of unlimited yoga