We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy & Michael Caldwell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy & Michael, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Our mission for the past 20 years has been to help as many people as possible enjoy healthier, happier lives. Yoga One, a family, Black and woman owned business, aims to provide an accessible, comfortable, and safe forum for self-care and wellbeing, which ripples outward to families, workplaces, communities and beyond.
Yoga One regularly donates to local charities and schools, offers free community classes and work-trade or reduced pricing for those in need. During COVID, we continued to help our community by immediately offering all of our classes live online and maintaining all of our employees.
We also offer a fantastic and practical life enhancing teacher training course at the 200 and 300 Hour levels. The Yoga One teacher training experience helps participants to not only deepen their yoga knowledge and practice but their self knowledge, confidence and communication skills as well. Then, graduates can further share the joys and benefits of yoga with others.
We believe every positive action and kindness sparks another! We are One.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
In 1997 we quit our jobs in the Hollywood music business to explore different cultures and philosophies. We backpacked around the world for three and a half years and visited 15 countries.
While picking apples in Australia to earn extra travel money, we discovered the wonder of yoga. We got more serious about our practice – eventually studying in India with some of the country’s top yoga masters, sometimes as much as 4 hours per day. Upon moving to San Diego, Amy led donation-based classes in Balboa Park. When winter came, she moved inside and Yoga One was born.
Since 2002 award-winning Yoga One has helped thousands of San Diego residents, visitors, businesses, and schools enjoy enhanced well-being. In 2007, Yoga One offered its first Teacher Training Course. Amy has twice been featured on the cover of Yoga Journal including their 30th anniversary edition. Michael conceived and compiled the popular Yoga One CD released by Quango Music Group. The CD which can be found on Spotify, Pandora, Amazon music, etc, features artists such as Thievery Corporation, Bliss and Zero 7.
Yoga One has been voted “Best Yoga Studio” more than 10 times in multiple publications. Amy co-created the best-selling iYoga Premium app in conjunction with 3D4 Medical. She co-taught the Yoga for Hope class in the outfield of Petco Park which helped to raise over $80,000 to fight cancer and she led the first ever yoga class aboard the historic USS Midway, eventually to over 1,100 students.
Yoga One has a beautiful new home in Mission Hills, with abundant fresh air, canyon views, birdsong, hardwood floors and free and easy parking. All classes are now offered both in-studio and live online. 19 years strong, we continue to teach with depth of knowledge, integrity and heart.
There have certainly been challenging times, yet much like our yoga practice, we try to rest when we can and begin again when we are able. Yoga teaches us to be mindful, work consciously to be our best selves, to be patient, kind and enjoy the process. Ultimately for us, a large part of yoga is about union and community. We are extremely grateful to have met, and continue to meet, so many incredible and diverse people through yoga. We look forward to meeting you as well!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First, Yoga class, Cardio Latin Dance or Sound Healing at Yoga One (: Then, in no particular order: SUP under the Coronado Bridge, brunch at Great Maple and the Mission, latin dancing with Manny Cepeda playing live at Headquarters or Little Italy, surfing in OB, coffee at Kettle and Stone and Meshuggah Shack, an outdoor yoga private lesson and picnic in Presidio Park and finally, dinner and drinks at Baja Bettys then check out a live show with classic and alternative rock band Sundays at Midnight.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would like to express our infinite gratitude for the amazing teachers and students we have encountered throughout our journey, including but certainly not limited to:
Our parents, the awesome family of teachers and students at Yoga One, the amazing teachers who have inspired us (including but not limited to) Govinda, Swami Sivanand, Tim Miller, Jo Zukovich and Diana Beardsley.
Very special thanks to our amazing OM (office manager) Missy DiDonato, Johnny & Renee Rivera of Wolf in the Woods for their support, and finally, our beautiful children who inspire us to practice yoga every moment of every day – and when we forget, to begin again.
Other: Yoga Alliance: https://www.yogaalliance.org/SchoolPublicProfile?sid=1882&lid=1882
Epic Photojournalism – Petco Park, Yoga for Hope image All other images are property of Yoga One