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Meet Elsa Stuart of iHeartYoga in Dana Point

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elsa Stuart.

Elsa Stuart is born and raised in Dana Point and has been growing Orange County’s health and wellness community for over a decade. Originally trained as a fitness coach, Elsa expanded her health practice as a certified Yoga instructor and started a small community yoga class outdoors in Dana Point just a few days a week with friends and family. 10 years later, iHeartYoga is Dana Point’s #1 voted Yoga Studio and Orange County’s largest yoga community offering 60+ classes per week, events, boutique fashion, international yoga retreats, and of course, iHeartYoga in the Park as the flagship-class providing donation-based yoga overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Dana Point Harbor everyday at 10 AM, just like she started over 10 years ago. Elsa and the iHeartYoga instructors reach over 60,000 students per year.

Elsa partners with local businesses to connect the growing health and wellness community of Dana Point with unique, mission-aligned brands and influencers in order to promote the importance of practicing and sharing healthy habits and living a positive and enjoyable life. You’ll see iHeartYoga and West Wind Sail offering SUP Yoga classes, Dana Wharf hosting iHeartYoga’s Yacht Yoga, Marriott Laguna Cliffs partnering with Elsa for visiting guests interested in Dana Point’s fitness scene, and collaborating with VisitDanaPoint and local leaders to make Dana Point the #1 health and wellness destination in the U.S.

Elsa spends a growing portion of her time volunteering the Studio and its members to raise awareness for charitable causes. A portion of profits are donated to local and national charities including Be The Match bone marrow donor program, school clothing and supplies collections, and Rancho Las Hermosa Orphanage in Baja California which fosters dozens of abandoned children throughout Mexico.

Elsa and her husband John are proud members of the Dana Point community and rapidly growing health and wellness movement in Orange County. iHeartYoga and Elsa’s passion are focused on promoting the variety of healthy activities available in Orange County, our beautiful beaches, and surrounding communities.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Yoga can be found everywhere in Orange County so keeping the quality of yoga instruction really high while keeping community tightly knit has been challenging yet rewarding for iHeartYoga. It’s our mission to help make yoga available to everyone so we work extremely hard to offer a variety of classes, types, and costs for everyone from beginners to the most advanced yogi’s that practice at iHeartYoga every day.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about iHeartYoga – what should we know?
iHeartYoga is Dana Point’s #1 voted yoga studio four years in a row and is blessed to provide health and wellness services to 60,000+ total students per year. The growing community of local yogis and visiting wellness tourists enjoy classes, retreats, retail fashion, SUP Yoga, and workshops across Dana Point, Orange County, and Mexico. iHeartYoga provides 60 wellness, meditation, and yoga-related classes to Dana Point in the harbor as well as 100’s of students per week in Lantern Bay Park every day, 365 days per year, even on holidays and in the rain!

We’re most well known for our high-quality teachers and well-connected yoga community, we’re the largest yoga community in Orange County.

iHeartYoga was voted Dana Point ‘Business if the Year’ in 2018 our of 400 local businesses and hyper-competitive boutique fitness market.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
All of the iHeartYoga accolades and growth is due to our amazing hard-working instructors and diversity of students from first-time beginners to advanced yoga practitioners. They make iHeartYoga the community it is today!



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