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Alex Arias

I am a native of Ecuador and moved to the U.S. when I was 18 years old. At the age of 16, I was a professional ballerina for the Ecuadorian Ballet Company for several years. After dancing, I became certified in Spin, Zumba, Step Aerobics and as a Personal Trainer.

My yoga journey began 6 years ago. I just had my 4th child, moved from Hong Kong to San Diego and weighed over 200 lbs. Because it was so hard on my body, I found it difficult to go back into high impact classes. Instead, I turned to yoga.

I tried many different studios and various styles, but I found that yoga was not always accessible to me. The classes were busy, there were no hands-on adjustments and there wasn’t any personal attention to my physical needs. But even through all of this, I could see how yoga was able to improve my overall wellbeing. Through yoga, not only was I able to find a healthy balance mentally, physically and spiritually, but I was able to achieve the best shape of my life.

 

After this transformation, friends began to ask me what I had been doing to find this overall balance in my life. From then on, I started teaching yoga in my garage as a way to give back this amazing practice I had found! When the classes in my garage started to fill up, I decided to become certified as a 200hr RYT in order to help others.

Before opening both studios, I spent several years as an experienced 200hr RYT, and became certified in Yin/Restorative, Tone Up (yoga with weights) and Bikram (hot yoga). Recently, I also obtained my 500hr RYT.

I founded Elite Yoga to create a community where yoga is accessible for all types of people. Whether you’ve been practicing yoga for years or are just starting out, Elite Yoga offers you a space to find support, hands-on adjustments, no judgment and caring, compassionate instructors. Elite Yoga seeks to improve your health one class at a time. Elite Yoga’s boutique style studios are committed to offering daily yoga classes to better the physical health, emotional wellbeing, mental clarity and a joy of living in each and every one of our clients!

I have also been married to an amazing business owner for 27 years and have 4 wonderful children. My two oldest are in college at Point Loma Nazarene University, and my two younger children attend The Bishop’s School and The Gillispie School in La Jolla. We have lived in La Jolla for several years and love finding ways to give back to this community!



Alex Arias instructs the following:
  • ONLY @ CARMEL VALLEY STUDIO-Mixed Vinyasa
  • Please be advised this class only happens at the Carmel Valley Studio. NOT La Jolla!

  • CVS Pharmacy FREE CLASS & brief educational Talk
  • Dear La Jolla Community,
     
    Elite Yoga is excited to partner with CVS Pharmacy. CVS Pharmacy always leads with heart and has a mission to help people on their path to better health in all aspects of life. CVS Pharmacy is proud to sponsor the first come first served 9am-10am ALL Levels Mixed Vinyasa class taught by Alex Arias, Elite Yoga’s founder. CVS Pharmacy is introducing a WALK-IN optical center in the CVS Pharmacy on Villa La Jolla Drive. Stop by today to SEE what we’re all about, ask questions, and have a chance to win some great prizes.

  • YIN Yoga*check in 5 minutes before class*
  • Treat yourself to an immersion of wellbeing through restorative Yin Yoga. Yin Yoga involves holding the poses for longer periods of time to target the connective tissues. You will be guided through the deeper exploration of supported Yin Yoga poses allowing you to relax more completely into your body and experience the benefits of the poses on a deeper level. Emerge from the experience feeling receptive, rejuvenated and in a state of contentment and well-being.
    *NOTE: Class takes a bit to set up, we kindly ask that you come in 5 minutes before class start to set up properly. 
    * Yin Yoga starts ON TIME ~ We are so very sorry, no clients are able to come in once class starts. We start right on time to honor everyones time.
    In Light ~
    Alex Arias

  • *New* HOT HOUR YOGA- Heated 90*-92*
  • An all levels class that will surely detoxify your body and lower stress levels through sweat! This Vinyasa style class will help allow your body to soften with the heat and be able to practice deeper asanas (yoga postures).

  • Vinyasa-Yin-light massage *new

  • Gentle Flow
  • Gentle Flow is great for beginners or those who prefer a slower-paced practice. This gentler version of Vinyasa allows more time to settle deeper into postures while you focus on breath, alignment and the fluidity of connecting poses. 

  • Mixed Vinyasa -Non-Heated
  • This non-heated Vinyasa Flow class welcomes yogis of all levels. This class uses a variety of postures to cultivate balance, flexibility, strength and endurance. Vinyasa Flow encourages students to move into and out of postures safely. There is a strong emphasis on correct alignment using the breath and meditation to quiet the mind in order to attain peace and stillness. This class will take you through sun salutations, standing poses, balancing postures, seated and reclining postures, backbends and core strengthening.

  • Mixed Vinyasa - Non-Heated
  • This non-heated Vinyasa Flow class welcomes all levels of yogis. This class uses a variety of postures to cultivate balance, flexibility, strength and endurance. Vinyasa Flow encourages students to move in and out of postures safely. There is a strong emphasis in correct alignment using breath and meditation to quiet the mind in order to attain peace and stillness. This class will take you through sun salutations, standing poses, balancing postures, seated and reclining postures, backbends and core strengthening.