Yoga studio leads pack of new Village businesses

New businesses include upscale shoe and women’s clothing boutiques, ‘Mathnasium’

Despite the competitive climate for brick-and-mortar retailers, the Village business district continues to rebound with several shops opening or poised to open in the coming weeks.

La Jolla broker and yoga instructor Ellyn Quiggle plans to open La Jolla Yoga at 7743 Fay Ave. by July 1.

The spacious studio can hold up to 40 people on mats and includes a yoga wall and both men’s and women’s showers. La Jolla Yoga will offer eight classes a day, including traditional Vinyasa and other forms of yoga, including a “mommy and me” class and classes for the disabled and elderly.

Quiggle said she gravitated to yoga as a means of dealing with the debilitating symptoms of Crohn’s disease, which affects the gastrointestinal tract and includes symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, bleeding, fever and weight loss.

Like many people with Crohn’s, Quiggle had a genetic predisposition to the disease, which is often triggered by environmental factors like stress. Quiggle said she almost died from the disease at age 14. After four months in the hospital, during which her weight dropped to 48 pounds, she experienced a dramatic recovery and went into remission.

“For 30 years everything seemed to be hunky dory — I didn’t have any symptoms,” she said. “Occasionally, if I ate something wrong, I’d have a problem, but nothing debilitating.”

Around 2005, Quiggle said she experienced some legal and personal problems that caused her symptoms to return.

“My brain goes 100 miles an hour; I’m constantly worried,” she said. “I’ve been in very competitive businesses — hedge fund management, real estate — things where sometimes the people are not very nice,” said Quiggle, who is also a breast cancer survivor. “The stress got to me. I was bedridden. I went down to 85 pounds. Doctors told me they were going to take my colon out.”

Quiggle started searching for alternative solutions to avoid surgery, which led to treatment by an integrative medical specialist with UCSD Health Systems, adopting a largely plant-based diet and regular yoga sessions.

“It seems so ridiculously simple,” said Quiggle, who went on to graduate from yoga teacher training in June 2013, under the tutelage of Gerhard Gessner at Prana Yoga Center. “Yoga is coordinating your body with your breath. … When you’re concentrating on those postures, and as you breathe out you release down and as you breathe in and you look up — that’s all you’re thinking about. You’re not thinking, ‘Oh my God. I have to do this and that.’ ”

She attributes diet and regular yoga sessions to being back in remission.

“I’ve got a little scar tissue, but I’m walking, talking and not in bed,” Quiggle said, noting that she is not making any “outrageous medical claims,” only seeking to share what has seemed to work for her. or

Blue Jeans & Bikinis is open at 1241 Prospect St. The owner is Rachel Wolfe. The women’s clothing boutique, which also has locations in Coronado, San Diego’s Gaslamp District and El Cajon, features swimwear, designer jeans, blouses and everyday attire from Miss Me, Hudson Jeans, Johnny Was, Old Gringos and others. “There’s a little bit of everything for everyone in here … from 15-year-olds to 70-year-olds,” sales associate Taylor Rindfleish said.

Farm to Fork organic juice bar has opened at 1123 Wall St., selling raw, organic cold-pressed juices, organic vegan treats, superfood snack packs and their popular Rick-a-roons.

La Scarpa (Italian for “The Shoe”) luxe women’s boutique is open on the third floor of the new La Plaza La Jolla shopping complex at Wall Street and Girard Avenue. The business offers custom and designer shoes and handbags.

La Plaza also announced it is partnering with Fashion Week San Diego, Sept. 28-Oct. 4 in downtown La Jolla. As part of its sponsorship, La Plaza will offer participating designers a chance to display their fashions in one of the center’s retail spaces along Girard Avenue during the event.

Mathnasium of La Jolla is up and running, offering summer and afterschool math programs for children in grades 1-12. The staff aims to help students meet their math goals — whether to catch up, keep up or get ahead in the subject. The center is at 915 Pearl St., in the former Radio Shack space.

The Mathnasium Method is a program that provides each child with a customized learning plan and personalized instruction in a way that helps makes sense to them.

Mary’s English Kitchen and British tearoom at 7918 Ivanhoe Ave. is closed temporarily for a remodel, and will reopen sometime in August as the combined home of Soul Wise Coaching (see story, here), said Cecile Ward, who is co-owner of both ventures. Soul Wise will offer assistance and workshops for women working through life and career transitions and challenges.