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FAQs about the Studio & New to Yoga


Beginners or New to Yoga - No need to Pre-register and we have mats

No need to pre-register for our weekly classes. Drop ins are welcome. If you need a mat, we have some you can borrow from. No experience required for Restorative Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga or Prenatal Yoga.

We have a motto at our studio, which is "You do not need to touch your toes!" Today, yoga in the media is often portrayed with very advanced practioners doing yoga in very exotic locations, and the poses look complicated. This creates an impression that yoga is not easy, requires a lot of flexibility or experience. This is not the case at Yoga Jai Ma. Most of our students are new to yoga, or are enjoying Gentle Yoga practices! And you do not have to be flexible.

What class should I start with?

When looking at our class schedule as a beginner, you want to consider taking classes that have the words "Restorative, Gentle or Hatha" in them.  These classes welcome beginners and those new to yoga. Restorative is our most slow placed class, held entirely on the ground. Gentle yoga is a slow stretching class, also held on the ground. Hatha will go up slightly in movement by having sutdents come up to standing. It is that simple! 

Benefits of Yoga Classes

Yoga is a practice that originated in India. It is one of the few modalities available that promotes benefits to your mind, body and spirit. Yoga consists of many parts know as Limbs.  One of these limbs is Asana (postures) or the physical part of the practice.  Asanas, when practiced on a regular basis, have been shown to bring overall wellness to the physical and mental well being of the student. Some benefits of an Asana yoga practice are listed below. In additional physical benefits, a regular yoga practice helps to bring stillness to the mind and reduced stress.  These aspects of yoga, known as Dharana (concentration) and Dhyana (meditation), are also practiced in many of our classes.

  • Reduction in Stress and Increased Relaxation
  • Increased Strength, including Core Strength
  • Stretch and Strengthen Muscles
  • Encourages Awareness, Mindfulness and Being in the Present Moment.
  • Relief from Back and Joint Pain
  • Healthy Weight Loss
  • Promotes Better Concentration and Supports Mental Clarity 

New to Yoga Classes? What to Expect...


If this is your first time attending a yoga class or your first time at our studio, we wish to welcome you to our studio where we hope you will not only benefit from your yoga practice but that you will also find a sense of community and peace in our space.

Please plan to arrive about 10 minutes before the scheduled class time to register, leave your shoes in our reception area, roll out your mat and gather any props you may need. Give yourself a few minutes to sit on your mat to rest your mind and your body before beginning your practice. We recommend bringing your own mat.  We do, however, have a few mats we can lend out.

Plan to stay through Savasana (the final resting pose). If you must leave class before Savasana is over, please leave as quietly as possible and plan to leave before Savasana has ended.

To enhance your practice and of those around you:

  • Respect the limits of your body, do not push yourself, compare or compete.
  • Yoga is a practice of letting go, being where you are and self-acceptance.
  • Please avoid wearing strong perfumes to class. Many people are sensitive.
  • Let your instructor know about any injury or health concerns that will affect your practice.


Going Green at Yoga Jai Ma!

At our studio, we have made strong efforts to keep our space as healthy and as green as possible! Check out some of our efforts below:

  • Cork Floors -  Cork is harvested from trees and no trees are killed in the process.  The trees simply regrow their bark which remains until the next harvest.  No glue or toxic materials are used in the cork manufacturing process and no glue was used to lay down the floor! For more informaiton, please see: To consider cork flooring for your office or home, we recommend Geneva Flooring!
  • Low VOC paints - All of our paint in the studio is low VOC which means less fumes and less toxicity.
  • Recycle - We dispose of all paper towels in the recycling bins on the property site.
  • BYOC - Bring Your Own Container. We encourage students to bring their own watter bottles and to bring your own hot water container for tea. If you need water, we offer recyclable water cups.
  • Low phthalate mats - The handful of mats we have to lend out when you forget yours are Phthalate and odor free - no toxic smells for you, your kids or your unborn children.

Nita Mehta


Nita is the director of Yoga Jai Ma. Nita moved to San Diego to study and work as an attorney for many years. After practicing prenatal yoga during both of her pregnancies, she became inspired to open Yoga Jai Ma in hopes of creating a studio where women, men, and children could come together and practice yoga and meditation in a loving, non-judgmental space. The studio offers traditional practices in Hatha Yoga, follows the lineage of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and believes that yoga is a moving meditation. "Jai Ma" means to honor women at all stages in their lives from maiden, mother to elder -- and yoga is a wonderful way to celebrate the mind, body and spirit at all stages.

Nita dedicates Jai Ma to the sisterhood of women - her former co-workers and the women in her family, especially her elders: mother, mother in law and her grandmothers.

Nita earned her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification and Restorative Yoga education through Akasha Yoga in La Jolla, California. She also studied principles of the Psoas with Liz Koch, Ayurveda with Mas Vidal and completed her  prenatal yoga education at Soul of Yoga in Encinitas, California.  She is Usui Reiki trained under monk Tenzin Lama Sherpa. She earned her Certification as a Lactation Education (CLEC) from UCSD and has training as a childbirth education from Birthing From Within. She has studied meditation at the Osho Nirvana Ashram in San Diego and enjoys sharing meditation techinques with her students. Nita is a mother to two beautiful children and raises her family in San Diego.

Meaning of Jai Ma

The meaning of Jai Ma has roots on the Sanskrit language. Jai comes from the word “Jaya,” which has the literal translation of victory.  In modern Indian languages, the term “jai” can have different meanings, depending on the context in which it is used.

Ma literally means Mother. In a more spiritual context, Ma means “divine feminine” or “divine mother.”   Combined with Jai, the meaning of Jai Ma becomes “Victory to Mothers” or "Victory to the Divine Feminine."

Today, Yoga Jai Ma offers a variety of general yoga classes including Restorative Yoga (Hatha influenced), Yin Yoga and Vinyasa based instruction.  Yoga Jai Ma is also home to Jai Ma Family  and Birth Warrior Yoga.  These programs focus on providing mentorship and support families during pregnancy, childbirth and child rearing phases.  

Our family invites you to browse through our website and most of all, we look forward to welcoming you at Yoga Jai Ma in San Diego soon! We proudly serve yoga classes to the Carmel Mountain, Carmel Valley, Del Sur, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Scripps Ranch and Escondido areas.


Proudly serving North San Diego communities: 4S Ranch, Carmel Mountain, Carmel Valley, Del Sur, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Sabre Springs, Santaluz, Scripps Ranch & South Escondido.