Small-Group Therapeutic Yoga – In Person

The in-person program is a great option if you:

  • Live in San Diego.
  • Are comfortable practicing in a small group indoors (following COVID-19 safety protocols at the time of the program).
  • Prefer in-person instruction and community practice.
  • And/or don’t have an appropriate space or the technology needed to practice at home.

Interested in online options instead? Click here.

I have often bemoaned the fact that we STILL don’t have a machine that can scan you and tell you what’s “wrong.” Yoga therapy with Rachel is as close as I’ve gotten to that sci-fi scanning machine I imagine. It’s not instant results, but I did start to see changes, feel more at ease, and develop strategies within a few weeks, AND it’s also been just as holistic as that future machine I envision. Rachel really looks at the whole person, not just a body moving through space. She is considerate, patient, thoughtful, and willing to explore.

— Katie

Now booking:

Therapeutic Yoga for Shoulders and Hips

Mondays 6:30- 7:30 pm; 5 weeks June 6th- 27th and July 11th, 2022 (no class 7/4)

Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga East Room (3301 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116)

Join Rachel Ishiguro, yoga therapist and teacher, for a small-group program designed for people with pain, tension, or limited mobility in their shoulders or hips. Feeling better in a sustainable way requires more than just stretching or ergonomics. That’s why Therapeutic Yoga for Shoulders and Hips uses a whole-person approach to understanding physical symptoms.

You’ll learn how to recruit the amazing adaptability of your human brain and body in order to feel better. We’ll use supported rest, breath work, yoga poses, and movement to support health and wellbeing. Grow your awareness of what’s happening in your body, and improve your understanding of what your symptoms are trying to tell you. This key ingredient of therapeutic yoga puts you in the driver’s seat of your own healing as you learn to move better and feel better.

I really enjoyed the session last night. I felt “unlocked” and I slept better than I have in some time with less pain in my legs, hips and back.


If you struggle with pain or tension in your shoulders and hips, this program is an opportunity to:

  • Grow your awareness of what your body is trying to tell you, and learn to use this awareness in conjunction with principles of healthy movement to reduce your symptoms.
  • Understand how your symptoms are connected.
  • Explore breathing and relaxation techniques to support your health.
  • Learn about healthy movement, using restorative and active yoga poses to explore.
  • Receive personalized guidance and a brief (5-15 minutes) customized home practice program to support your learning each week.

Therapeutic yoga with Rachel helped me greatly increase the mobility in my shoulders, and it made me more aware of how I position my body in bed so that I can decrease my back pain. Just having the tools to address how I move and breathe has increased my awareness throughout the day.

— Stacy


The fee for the in-person series is $125 ($25/class). You must sign up for the entire series of 5 classes. This includes:

  • 5 live in-person classes with Rachel.
  • Personalized guidance and feedback about your movement in every class.
  • A spinal strip yoga prop.
  • A brief customized program (including written instructions) for you to work on between classes if you like. This should take 5-15 minutes a day.
  • E-mail support from Rachel for the duration of the program.
  • After 5 weeks, you’ll have collected a set of tools that you can use to support your well-being whenever you need them.

Now booking: June 6th-27th and July 11th, 2022 at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga.

Live classes are Mondays from 6:30- 7:30pm. Space is limited so that you can get as much personalized feedback as possible. Click below to reserve your spot.

If these times don’t work for you and you want to book a small-group therapeutic yoga program on your schedule, all you need is a group of 3-5 interested people. To get started, click below and send me a message to book your own private series.

Frequently Asked Questions (In-Person Program):

What equipment do I need for this class?

  • You need a yoga mat.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move. You will also need a mask.
  • You will receive a complimentary spinal strip prop. Other props will be available for use or you can bring your own if you like.

Do I need to attend the classes live?

Yes. Class recordings will not be provided, and any missed classes cannot be made up. If you need to miss a week, that’s fine; however, I cannot refund the fees for missed classes.

I’ve never done yoga before. Is this class appropriate for me?

Yes. All levels of experience are welcome and supported in this class.

What paperwork is needed?

After you pay to reserve your spot, you’ll receive some paperwork to the e-mail address you used to sign up. (Want to use a different e-mail? Message me at and let me know.) You’ll need to provide a brief health history, including any areas of pain or difficulty, so that I can provide a program that meets your needs.

I have pain in other areas. Is this class suitable for me?

When movement patterns in a joint are not serving us, we compensate for the missing movement with other parts of the body. This means that how you move at the hips affects not only the hips, but also the low back, knees, ankles, feet, and even the shoulders or neck. And the shoulders – you guessed it – affect your hands, wrists, elbows, necks, upper backs, and everything else in the body. For this reason, many people find that the work we do in any class series can help with discomfort in other areas. Some of the practices we use will be the same across all class series, regardless of the primary body part focus. The practices used are customized for the people who attend and targeted to the class topic, but may help with other issues as well.

What about COVID-19?

My current COVID safety protocols for in-person programs will be kept updated HERE. In the event that local or state regulations close in-person programming, the program will be offered online or a refund will be given.

What’s the cancellation policy?

You must pay in full to reserve your spot. Any cancellations received 24 hours or more before the first class will be refunded minus a $25 cancellation fee. No refund will be issued for cancellations received less than 24 hours before the program begins, or for classes you do not attend.