Radiance Yoga and Therapeutic Exercise Center is one of the leading Yoga studios in San Diego County. Located in the charming and historic community of Mission Hills, Radiance Yoga was established in 1975 and continues to be family owned and operated. We have an experienced and dedicated staff, many of whom have an extensive background in biomechanics, orthopedics, and Yoga therapy.

Leo Finegold, Founder of Radiance Yoga

Leo is the Founder of Radiance Yoga and Hatha Yoga instructor since 1973. Leo’s first experience with Hatha Yoga was an epiphany for him.  From that first experience, Hatha Yoga has been his faithful companion, a source of delight throughout these many decades.  “It has nourished my mind and body, and continues to play a significant role in my everyday existence.”
Additionally, Leo was a Professor of Life Sciences and the Russian language with the Community Colleges for over 30 years, a professional translator, author, and employed as a Russian language specialist with the State Department in the Soviet Union.  Leo is a WW2 Veteran, earned a Purple Heart, and was a POW at Stalag 3A, in Germany.  During the last 10 years, Leo shared his extensive interests and experiences with his many costumers as owner of the Mission Hills Art and Book Gallery (2002 – 2012).


Aura Finegold-Fechter, Owner & Director of Radiance Yoga

Aura Fechter is the owner and director of Radiance Yoga and Therapeutic Exercise Center and originator of Symmetry Yoga.

Aura co-founded Radiance with her father, Leo, in 1975. She then continued to deepen her knowledge of the body with an advanced education at San Diego State University. Aura is a Certified Athletic Trainer, a graduate of SDSU in Sports Medicine, a Senior Certified Symmetry Yoga Instructor, and has taught Yoga since 1974.

Aura specializes in Chronic Pain Management. Included in the initial assessment is a thorough review of one’s medical history, posture and gait analysis, daily living activities, and current exercise regime. Follow-up sessions are individually tailored and will include Yoga as a base for rehabilitation.

“I have loved Yoga since I was introduced at the age of 15. I have continued my Yoga practice throughout high school, college, the birth of my 3 children, and all the life events that have come my way. It has been an emotional, spiritual, and physical foundation to my way of life and I am eternally grateful for its presence.”

Yoga uses strength and stability for a variety of somatic and fitness techniques, including active isolated stretching, Pilates, ballet, floor barre, and yoga to use your muscles more effectively and efficiently.

Daily Private & Group Yoga Classes

Hatha Yoga: This is a traditional method of instruction which develops energy, strength, and flexibility through the introduction of classical yoga poses and breathing techniques. Hatha yoga has been in existence for over 5,000 years. Enjoy the individual approach of each of your instructors.

Iyengar Yoga: This is a dynamic system of Hatha Yoga based on the teachings of Sr. B.K.S. Iyengar. This method promotes upper body alignment through detailed instruction and is both invigorating and challenging. Iyengar yoga benefits the body, mind, and spirit and is appropriate for all levels.

Symmetry Yoga: Symmetry is an Iyengar-inspired method of instruction. It teaches specific sequencing of asanas (poses) and pranayama (breathing) designed to symmetrically develop the flexibility, strength, and agility of the entire body. This method of instruction – based on sound biomechanical principles – allows you to effectively adapt the asanas to your individual needs and levels. Symmetry is an Iyengar-inspired method of instruction.

Vinyasa: This means “breath-synchronized movement”. You will move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. It is continuous (flow-like), and the routines vary from gentle to dynamic according to the level of the class.

Stretch & Relax, Restorative: This is a beginning class appropriate for all ages and levels. You will perform gentle stretches that emphasize alignment, proper posture, mobility, strength, breathing, and deep relaxation.

Pre-Natal: Encouragement to focus on breathing in and out slowly and deeply. Prenatal yoga breathing techniques might help you reduce or manage shortness of breath during pregnancy and work through contractions during labor. You’ll be encouraged to gently move different areas of your body through their full range of motion.

Kids Yoga: Teaches children to relax, concentrate, be gentle with others, and be still and quiet. It promotes strength, flexibility, and good coordination. Kids yoga is a non-competitive form of exercise. And above all – it’s fun!

Special Services

Therapeutic Yoga & Rehabilitation Programs

Therapeutic Massage

Personal Training

Seminars and Workshops


If you have any questions, feel free to reach out at info@radyoga.com