Yogi Mat Spray

As hot yoga practitioners, we put our mats through so much! It’s time to give a little back. Yogi Mat Spray is the perfect refresher for your mat. Give it a spritz before and after each class to keep your mat feeling and smelling fresh and clean! This spray, provided by Cream of the Crop in Oceanside, is 100% all natural and non-toxic that brings freshness and balance to your mat. Yogi Mat Spray is dedicated to making a positive impact on the environment with recyclable glass bottles.

Filtered Water
Essential Oils (Peppermint, Lavender, Lemon & Tea Tree)
Grapefruit Seed Extract

Did you know:
Some yoga mats require submersion to be fully cleansed (ie. open cell mats which are porous and absorb moisture), while other mats you simply can spray and wipe (ie. closed cell mats which are impermeable and water resistant). Be sure to do some research before your next purchase! Our Manduka mats are closed cell which make for easy cleaning!

Purchase Yogi Mat Spray in the Studio this month and receive 20% off!

“Jump Into the New Year with Kid’s Yoga at PLAY!”

Next Generation Kids Yoga returns to PLAY! NGY Kids classes have really taken off at the studio. We want to continue to share this special program with North
County kids and their families. Yoga can offer balance, calmness and a grounding connection for the entire family. NGY Kids yoga at PLAY offers a fun outlet providing a chance to explore movement and breath, at the same time learning mindfulness that kids can take off the mat with them. There is no surprise that kids yoga is becoming more and more popular as parents are able to connect in different ways with their children. People have taken note, schools are offering yoga in the classroom, as educators have noticed the many positive benefits yoga can add to the learning process.

PLAY is excited to offer “Jump Into the New Year” the next NGY kids series starting Tuesday, January 14th running for 6 consecutive weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 ages 3-7 and Family yoga on Sundays at 10:00am. It’s been so great to see this program grow and flourish. This series is set to become a regular staple on our schedule. As always, drop-in’s for both parent(s) and child(ren) are always available.

Want to learn more about becoming a NGY Kids Yoga Teacher in 2017? Maybe you are considering taking that leap to inspire and share yoga with a younger generation? Learn a skill that you can take anywhere with you, the opportunities are truly endless. PLAY is hosting the next NGY Kids Teacher Training, an approved 95-hour Registered Children’s Yoga School. Open to Parents, Educators, Yoga enthusiasts and child care professionals, all are welcome to participate in this top rated training. No prior teaching experience required, just a love for kids & an existing Yoga practice (the best teachers are students too!)

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Play Turned 6 and We Celebrated

We want to send a special thank you out to our beautiful community of yogis who celebrated with us. You all have helped to make Play the inspiring place to practice that it is for the last 6 years. We so appreciate everyone who took the time to come by share the love, meet with our local vendors, see some fantastic art and gather as a community. The night was so great, you could just feel the love throughout the entire studio. We had plans on doing a special face-time with Jessica so she could join in on the fun to. But her family was also celebrating, as Jess went in to labor this very evening giving birth of their daughter Ella (pictured below). She chose to make her appearance on this special day, making this celebration even more exciting than anyone could of expected. Again thank you all for the continued love and support that is shared, cheers to another amazing 6 years…

















Special thank you to all of our local vendors for spending the evening celebrating Play turning 6 and helping make it so special:

Cream of the Crop

Living Tea

Peace Love & OM

Paulette Fashion

Dhanika Yoga

Hana’s Heart Art

Francesca Heyer

Lauren Tanehill Art




Teacher Spotlight- Shane Robson

We are very excited to introduce you to our newest team member, Shane Robson. Shane is a lighthearted gentle grounded avid yoga practitioner, with strong fundamentals in alignment.

We sat down with Shane and asked him to tell us a little bit more about himself…

How did you find yoga?
When I was 17 my friend Tom hired me to make juice for him every morning as part of his cancer treatment. Then I would sit and read books to him for a few hours while he would drink.  We completed a mystic school called Astara; a broad overview of world mythology and rituals, including some breathing techniques and guided visualization.  Soon we found the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, a guru from India who came to America and founded the Self Realization Fellowship.  Yogananda’s guidance helped me to express spiritual love in prayer and song. To help me stay grounded, Tom brought me to my first yoga class at Synergy Yoga Center. My first teachers were Elia Nikoliaev and Roxanne Depalma, they have become my best friends and mentors.

Favorite quote and why?
“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”- Kahil Gebran

The person who influenced you?
The person who had the largest impact on my yoga has been Paramahansa Yogananda.  From him, I learned to chant and pray. He taught me to open my heart and experience connection with the mystery of life.

Why yoga?
My style of yoga has shifted many times over the years. At first I was so excited to share, I led vigorous sequences and spoke with a poetic emphasis. As my focus shifted toward alignment, I began to slow  down and take a closer look at the fundamentals. My practice became more subtle and sophisticated until poses that would have seemed too easy in the past revealed new opportunities for growth. I have become engrossed in exquisite alignment. I am awestruck by the brilliant synergy of complementary actions moving through the core of my body.

What is your favorite pose?
Favorite pose is handstand. It’s fun to challenge my balance, and it’s refreshing to get upside down.

How did you find us, PLAY?
I enjoy exploring a lot of studios throughout San Diego and all over, so I just walked in one day.

Why do you love PLAY?                                                                                                                                     My favorite thing about Play is the lighthearted and delightful sweetness of the community.  Everyone has been very welcoming and supportive.

Shane teaches: Monday’s at 8:30am and Tuesday’s at 7:30pm

Thank You!

Thank you yogis for attending our Fall PLAY Party!  We had so much fun, and the studio looks beautiful with all the new art displayed! Here’s some fun photos from the event 🙂IMG_0042


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We’re Growing…by Jess McGimsey

McGimsey Baby #2Hi Yogis! I know many of you have heard rumors about things happening in the studio, or sense the change in the air.  I have been putting off addressing the community, because it’s hard for one, but also I think I’ve been holding off because then it makes it real. So, here it goes…

When Ian and I started the studio, I was 23 and we were young and I was able to completely devote myself to the studio which was my first baby.  It was a lot of work and I loved it.  The community, you, completely embraced us and helped us grow very quickly.  After a year our staff and schedule had grown and has continued to grow ever since.  In addition to the studio growth, our family grew as we welcomed our son Wyatt in 2011.  We have been blessed with steady growth, new members to the family and wonderful clients.

With all the growth, I started to really feel out of control last year with the expansion of our space and the addition of our Teacher Training, and it’s taken me a year since then to come to terms with the fact that my responsibilities are too much for any 1 person.  I cannot do everything and, it is ok to ask for help.

Personally, Ian and I had always talked about moving back to Texas at some point.  But, when we found out we were expecting again, yup, I’m pregnant again :), we knew now was the time to go.  We want our children to grow up seeing family on a regular basis.  We wanted Wyatt to be able to play with cousins, and with baby #2 I’d really love the help of my mother and mother-in-law. So, we moved.

I know many of you are thinking, what about the studio? Well, it’s been quite the journey to find a solution to keeping the studio as it is and for me and my family to comfortably relocate.  At first we were just going to go, and Monique would manage… but that would have been unfair to her.  Then a couple of angels fell into my lap.  Ian and I met Dan and Cari in 2012 at a going away dinner for one of our teachers Ashley Sauls (many of you probably remember her always saying, “Namaste ya’ll”).  We clicked instantly and became fast friends.  Then about a year later, we realized we had met them before.  In 2011, the day after our 1 year anniversary party at the studio, Ian had a grand mal seizure while we were shopping at Bed Bath and Beyond. I froze, panicked and couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  I guess I managed to yell something, because Dan and Cari came running to help.  Dan and another man helped stabilize Ian while Cari called 911 and went outside to meet the ambulance. When the ambulance arrived, I jumped in and never got the opportunity to thank the wonderful people that helped us. It wasn’t until 2 years after the fact that we realized it was them and I was able to finally thank them.

When we were trying to decide how and what to do with the studio Dan and Cari stepped in and offered to partner with us.  I couldn’t have dreamed up a better partnership.  The two of them have so much experience in areas of the business that I have just been figuring out as we go, and I have the vision and the experience in the yoga world to keep us moving.  Monique had stepped in as Studio Manager, and I am eternally grateful to her for always being by my side.  And now that we are all working together, I am realizing how silly I was to think I had to do it all by myself.

I still love the studio and all of you so very much and I will continue to guide and lead the staff on our journey.  I plan on being in town 1 week a month until I’m too pregnant to travel (I’m due in March), then as often as possible after that.  When I’m in town, I hope to find some slots to jump onto the schedule, and will keep you all posted about that.  To celebrate the growth of our community and our family and give you all the opportunity to meet Dan and Cari, we are inviting you to a PLAY Fall party!  Join us on September 27th from 5:30 PM- 8:30 PM for an evening of mingling and fun!  We’ll have new art from our local artist on display, a couple of trunk shows from some of our favorite lines, food, drinks, and a raffle.

Thank you all for being such a wonderful community and for continuing to support us, and our growth.  When I started the studio years ago I had hopes of building a community, but you all are so much more than I ever could have imagined.  We are truly blessed.