Cool yoga on a hot tin roof

For most of us, yogi or not, the phrase hot tin roof conjures images of a sultry, Southern-style hot day that’s not exactly where we’re going to find our Zen, much less do some yoga.

And if that’s not hot enough to keep you off your mat, imagine that hot tin roof in the summer - and in the city.

Yet with its Nashville roots and eclectic San Diego vibe, the Tin Roof San Diego (aka the Roof) has managed to put together a signature yoga event that offers a little Zen for everyone - from yogis and fitness junkies to music lovers and foodies.

Twice monthly, on the first and last Sunday of each month, it’s Sunday Funday at Fourth and G streets in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, where the Roof serves up yoga and mimosas.

“When the original Tin Roof opened up on Nashville’s Music Row, it was all about creating a place for musicians and nonmusicians, famous and nonfamous, to play and hang out,” Event Manager Kaylyn Rogers said. “Here in San Diego, we wanted to add that SD vibe and combine live music, fitness and cocktails.”

And their secret ingredient would turn out to be partnering with The Little Yoga Studio (TLYS), where instructors deliver a signature blend of vinyasa flow infused with the intention of creating a fun, inclusive space for anyone and everyone to find a little Zen in the city.

“When we first opened TLYS in downtown, it was with the mission of extending our service to a wider community from our beach location. What we’re after is a welcoming environment that’s accessible whether you’re at the beach or in the city with one membership to both places,” owner and director Heather Grisco said. “Our mission is to create a secret hideaway in the city that’s easy to get to, affordable, and offer practice for all levels.”

For Yoga and Mimosa Sundays, the Roof and TLYS have partnered with Clearly Kombucha. The cost is $20 for a live music vinyasa flow followed by Clearly Kombucha-inspired mimosas.

“It’s a great way to escape the city and the summer heat and socialize after yoga class,” Grisco said. “A lot of times in a studio, it’s hard to get to know the people that you’re practicing with. Adding that mimosa element gives people a chance to hang out, relax and make new friends.”

The yoga spot is a second floor loft that leaves you feeling like you’re floating in a magic space - even before the mimosas. Music by Mango Jennings blends acoustic fusion like breath into the movements of your flow.

And just to make that hot tin roof a little more appealing, Sundays at the Roof are also All That Jazz Brunch day. So you can get your workout in and share a mimosa with your yogi BFFs - then just like with your vinyasa, keep the options flowing if you stay for the live jazz and bottomless mimosas served with the Roof’s specialty brunch menu items.

New to yoga or not into Champagne? The best thing about the Roof and TLYS - everyone is someone, and everyone is welcome. Somewhere in this fusion cocktail of live music, yoga, kombucha, and mimosas you’ll get a few sips of Zen in the middle of the city.

Sunday Funday

Where: The Tin Roof San Diego, 401 G St., San Diego

Yoga: The Little Yoga Studio

Music: Mango Jennings

When: 10:30 a.m., first and last Sundays of the month

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Anna Mueco began studying kriya and hatha yoga in 2003, and has been a yoga and fitness instructor since 2006. Send your thoughts about the yoga world to her at

Source: DiscoverSD