Mind over matters. It may be the best remedy during these anxious, stressful, and uncertain times.
“Deep breath. Calm your consciousness. Strengthen your body,” explained Toni Crawley, manager at the new Tyto Yoga and Wellness Center in North Pacific Beach. “More people right now are adopting the physical, mental and spiritual practices of yoga.
“We have a global pandemic, social unrest, and political division. There’s a lot of tension. Yoga is a moving meditation, a way of aligning your energy and getting a smoother ride during this bumpy anxiety roller coaster.”
In May of 2020, as COVID cases were escalating, Crawley took over the 961 Turquoise St. property, in the heart of the North PB Turquoise business district. She had no way of knowing the hurdles she would face.
“I worked with the owner and remodeled the inside of the building and the outdoor courtyard. We started new yoga classes in August. Ever since, it’s been a challenge to satisfy County and State COVID health restrictions. But we’re open and attracting more students every month.”
Crawley has hired a dozen yoga instructors. They teach different types of yoga and there are different class levels, from beginners to experienced. For women and men. Ages range from the 20s to 70s.
Crawley added: “Right now, we hold classes outdoors in the courtyard area, with colorful sails overhead to protect from the sun. Everyone is socially distancing. There are morning and evening classes during the week and on weekends. Currently, we have a new student special, 30 days of unlimited classes for $30.”
What’s behind the Tyto (tie’-toe) name? The manager explained: “The letters stand for, Taking You To Om. Om is the vibration and sound of the universe. Om is the main mantra of yoga.”
Crawley added that Tyto is also a genus of birds, including owls. “Owls are my spirit animal, there are owl statues all around, wisely watching over the property.”
Besides yoga, Crawley has also hired a massage therapist, an acupuncturist, also a Pilates and meditation instructor. Colon hydrotherapy is also offered. “My goal is to create a holistic wellness center for the mind, body, and soul. I want students to learn and listen to their bodies, find what works for them, and, above all, to feel good right now.”
Lifestyle trends come and go, but yoga has survived for thousands of years. And in 2020, Crawley said her reward is seeing how yoga is lifting stress away during this unpredictable pandemic. One student told her, “Going to yoga every day has got me through it.”
“If you’ve ever considered yoga,” Crawley smiled and said, “Now may be the time to make your move.”