Longtime yoga instructor builds on strengths to open Del Mar studio

A typical yoga class.
A typical yoga class.
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Lora Heiner has taught yoga at several studios across North County, including the space where she is finally opening her own studio in Del Mar. Previously Bindu Yoga Studio, the spot at 1130 Camino del Mar is now home to Inhale Yoga & Fitness.

“I’ve always loved the space and thought it had a lot of potential,” Heiner said. “So I was really excited about bringing fresh ideas and transforming the space into something more exciting.”

Set to open May 2, Inhale Yoga & Fitness is a community-minded studio offering all levels of yoga and fitness classes. After a grand opening celebration May 2, the studio will launch its regular schedule May 3, with classes offered daily.

“It’s going to be very community-minded,” Heiner said. “There’s always going to be something going on at the studio.”

A former corporate scientist, Heiner led teams in drug discovery research in San Diego for more than 15 years. After her introduction to yoga in 2009, she decided to change careers and completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification the next year.

Since then, Heiner has taught yoga at several studios across North County, including the former Bindu Yoga Studio. At one point, she simultaneously taught at seven different studios throughout the region.

“I enjoy connecting with people and making a difference in their lives,” she said. “I get to see shifts, not just physically, but emotionally and mentally in people.”

Most recently, Heiner worked in management at Yoga Six, where she led teacher trainings for more than two years.

Heiner has worked toward opening her own studio since last summer. She collaborated with Walter Thomas, her former student and current business partner, to open Inhale Yoga & Fitness.

“It’s been a really interesting partnership so far,” Heiner said. “I think we really work well together.”

Lora Heiner and Walter Thomas have opened Inhale Yoga & Fitness in Del Mar.
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The studio has nine instructors, including Heiner and Thomas, who will recommend personalized, full-body programs so students can safely build strength, endurance and flexibility. From hot yoga to vinyasa flow, the instructors will lead a variety of classes, working with students to reach their personal goals.

Located in the heart of downtown Del Mar, the roughly 600-square-foot facility offers an ocean view and is equipped with a one-of-a-kind yoga rope wall and yoga swings. The proprietary yoga wall has been specifically designed to enable students to use gravity while safely supported by straps and tethers to release tension and increase muscle tone and flexibility. The wall also functions as a strength-training center using TRX suspension training as well as resistance bands.

Inhale Yoga & Fitness will open its doors 10 a.m. May 2 with a free, all-levels vinyasa yoga class accompanied by live music from local DJ DTO. The event will also feature raffle prizes, food and beverages.

“I’m investing all my energy and emotion into this,” Heiner said. “I believe in it, because I’ve seen the effects that yoga can have on people.”

Inhale Yoga & Fitness is at 1130 Camino del Mar in Del Mar.

For information, call 858-337-6587 or visit www.inhaleyogaandfitness.com.