Yoga is a metaphor for life. That said, I think yoga should be fun. I’m not saying it won’t be challenging or encourage you to test and expand your limits, but yoga is about your own personal journey, and I don’t know about you, but I want my journey to be a freaking fun one. I am a 500-hr Registered Yoga Instructor, and a member of the teacher training faculty at Yoga Tree. I’m also a real person, and I recognize that I’m teaching real people.
We all have our own stories. Mine has some twists and turns through a tough childhood and young adult years blurred by frustration, drugs, alcohol, and a near-death brush with cancer, and I credit yoga with helping me to become healthy and opening my eyes to a world of positive opportunities. I’m truly grateful to now be able to share what I’ve learned with others, whether it’s on the mat in my home base of San Francisco, in another location for an immersion or workshop, or through my online yoga platform.
Amy (E-RYT 500) has dedicated herself to the practice, study and teaching of yoga since discovering its joys and benefits in 1997 while backpacking throughout Asia, Australia, and parts of Europe. Her interdisciplinary dynamic and inspiring alignment-based flow combines some of her favorite elements from a Anusara, Iyengar, Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga and Shivanada. She and her loving husband Michael have studied Vipassana meditation and incorporate its teachings of awareness into their award-winning downtown San Diego based studio Yoga One and life with their two children. Amy collaborated with 3D4Medical in creating the best-selling iYoga Premium for iPad and iPhone, leads the annual yoga class aboard the historic USS Midway and is the head teacher for the acclaimed Yoga One Teacher Training.
Laura Rose Anderson
Seed & Song
As co-founder of Seed & Song, I am thrilled to be a part of IDYF with Pilgrimage of the Heart because I believe in the power of community. Last year's festival brought people of all ages together and the magic of that was palpable. Our mission aligns with this celebration and we're honored to have the opportunity to share our gifts of music therapy techniques and yoga to promote mindful parenting, play, and so much more. Website Facebook Instagram Youtube
Jo-San Arnold, MA
E-RYT-200, RCYT(specialized in Asanas for Autism & Special Needs), CEYT, is an Accessible Yoga Ambassador, an Aqua Kyria Yoga instructor and a Yoga Therapist candidate, as well as a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner. As Yoga Director for Great Paces, Jo-San’s clients are with the SD Regional Center, in adult living and day care facilities, where she teaches classes in adaptive and accessible yoga to persons with Spinal Bifida , Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Downs Syndrome, and other chronic and lifelong conditions. Additionally, she teaches adaptive yoga in the San Diego County Library system and has studied extensively with Judith Hanson Lasater, Leslie Howard, Brian Dorfman, Leslie Kazadi, Leslie Kamonoff, and others in the Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar and Yin/Restorative tradition, believing that yoga is an individual, integrative experience and should be safe and available to everyone. Facebook
Derrick is a Chicago area native and I have lived in Kentucky, Florida, and North Carolina, but now reside in San Diego, CA. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with two minors in Athletic Training and Athletic Coaching from Kentucky State University where he played football. He has a Master’s degree in Sports Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. He joined the US Navy in 2009 and is still serving on active duty. He is currently in pursuit of a Master’s degree in Sociology from Sam Houston State University. In June of 2016, he completed a 200 hr. Yoga Teacher Training from Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga Studio in San Diego California and he is a certified Basic Life Support (CPR) instructor. Website Instagram
Antonio De laTorre
Yo soy originario de Tijuana, pero emigré a San Diego en mi juventud. Por mucho tiempo como niño practique artes marciales pero mi corazón se encontraba en la ciencia. Tuve la oportunidad de estudiar neurociencia y fisiología animal en la Universidad de California, San Diego. Donde fui expuesto a varias ideas sobre cómo funciona nuestro cuerpo y mente. La idea de que estructura conlleva a función en la naturaleza siempre me intrigo y se fue convirtiendo en una de las temáticas importante de mi vida. Al finalizar mis estudios trabaje impartiendo estudios de investigación sobre como el VIH afecta la mente y la calidad de vida de la gente con esta enfermedad. Durante mi colaboración en estos estudios me puse a meditar en mi propia salud. Fue entonces donde empecé a buscar un camino que me llevará a mejorar mi propia salud. A causa de esto, yo descubrí el yoga en 2012 buscando una forma de hacerme más activo. Para mi suerte encontré esto y más en mi practica de yoga.
I am originally from Tijuana, but in my youth, I emigrated to San Diego. I spent most of my time practicing martials arts as a child, but my heart has always been in science. I had the opportunity to study neuroscience and animal physiology at UCSD, where I was introduced to many ideas of how our body and mind works. The idea that structure leads to function in nature had always intrigued me and slowly became an important theme in my life. After finishing my studies, I started working in research studying the effects HIV has on the mind and the quality of life of the people affected by this illness. While I helped with these studies, I started to dwell on my own health. It was then, that I started looking for a new path towards better health. This led me to find yoga in 2012, trying to find a way to become more active, and luckily, I was able to find more than I was seeking in my practice.
Heather Fenwick has been practicing for over 15 years, and teaching for more than 10. She weaves real-life-yoga-philosophy nuggets throughout her class, while offering refined attentiveness to alignment details, and just plain fun sequencing. She is a licensed acupuncturist and regularly leads yoga retreats to India and other international destinations. Website Facebook Instagram
Nikole has a 200 hour certification from UCSD training with Arturo Galvez in the Iyengar & Astanga traditions, and recently completed a 100 hour interdisciplinary flow certification from Yoga One with Amy Caldwell & Diana Beardsley. In her classes, she likes to incorporate chanting, pranayama, Sanskrit, philosophy, still and moving meditation through asanas with emphasis on the breath so that students can experience the spectrum of transformational yoga expressions. Foremost, she encourages students to practice loving kindness, truth, and acceptance on the mat and off. Instagram
Jackie Gadd: E-RYT-200, RPYT,
Her Medicare-sponsored chair yoga program has grown to five sessions per week with over 100 students, and earned her a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Assembly. She has been blessed to teach at multiple gyms, studios, preschools, middles schools, private homes and corporations, and most recently for free at local libraries.Jackie continues her studies with programs like Yoga for Trauma with Matthew Sanford, Yoga for Eating Disorders with Chelsea Roff. Facebook
Dr. Arezou Ghane
Dr. Arezou Ghane is a health psychologist, yoga instructor, dancer, and founder of Auteur Health and Wellness. Her passion is to share her love of movement and the science of wellbeing to support others seeking to live healthy and intentional lives. Using embodied experiences, meditations, and narrative exercises as tools to overcome mental, emotional, and social barriers to wellness; Auteur is dedicated to helping people rewrite the story of their lives. Website Facebook Instagram
Surjot Kaur is a yogi, musician, mother, and writer. She has over 300 hours yoga teacher training. Surjot teaches with love, grace, and devotion. She intends to uplift each individual to realize her, or his, greatest potential. In her classes, she wants to see every seeker achieve a level of radiant fulfillment that will make the ancient sages, angels, and deities smile. Blog
Stephanie Lavender is a CIYT (1000) has been practicing yoga for 20 years and has been studying under Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher Carolyn Belko since 2008. Stephanie is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and continues to feel inspired by the dynamic practice.
Stephanie, her husband Suneel, and their daughter traveled to Pune to study at Mr. Iyengar’s home institute in 2010. They continue to practice “family style” yoga at home together.
Since becoming a mother, Stephanie’s home practice deepened, and it continues to inspire her teaching.Stephanie teaches students how to practice yoga and how to receive the many benefits that Iyengar yoga provides. Website
Kimberly Mackesy is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Intermediate Junior II level. A California native, Kim has taught yoga throughout San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and internationally since 1999. She has made the pilgrimage to India to study with the Iyengars four times in the past decade. Kim's teaching blends reverence, yoga philosophy, and technical knowledge with insight and joy. Website
Erinda first discovered Yoga in her late teens during a time of personal struggle and darkness. The sacred approach to Yoga brought her healing, wellbeing and vitality, helping her find her path from darkness to light. After 10 years of practice, she followed her heart to Yoga Teacher Training. Erinda earned her 200-RYT® certification focusing in Positive Psychology. She is dedicated to bringing Yoga to those who need that healing the most and have access to it the least. Erinda is contributing in her way in creating a new paradigm where Yoga and Meditation are essential aspects of everyone's daily life by sharing her light with the world, daily, on and off the Yoga mat. Website Facebook Instagram
Having loved and lived yoga for more than a dozen years, Morissa has studied and practiced many styles, including hot yoga, power yoga, and Iyengar methods. Morissa says she found her yoga fit with Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga in 2009 – “It is the deep connection of breath to movement in these styles that resonates with me. After years of daily practice, every time I step onto my mat, I feel as though I am coming home.” Morissa has been teaching yoga in group settings as well as to individual students since 2012. Her hope is to share her enthusiasm for yoga with any interested student, to guide them to joy and balance in their practice, as well as in their everyday lives. Website
Sara Mitteer, owner of Reiki of San Diego, is a Certified Yoga Instructor and Certified Reiki Master. Sara has led many Reiki workshops around San Diego, including Reiki Yoga, Reiki Sound Baths, Reiki Meditations, and Hypno Reiki. Through her own healing journey, she has personally experienced the profound healing that can transpire when you address the mind; conscious and unconscious, the body; internal and external, and the human biofield. Sara focuses her practice on empirically supported healing modalities, while still holding space for the heart and soul. Her dharma is to share the remarkable benefits of holistic medicine from both a scientific and spiritual perspective to heal all five bodies; physical, mental, emotional, sexual, and spiritual. Website Facebook Instagram
Andrew (200-RYT) is the Co-Founder of Little Creatures Wellness Project, an initiative that provides outdoor yoga and promotes community building in central San Diego. He has been a dedicated yogisince 2006, and has found yoga to be a perfect complement to distance running. He enjoys sharing the benefits of yoga, especially to people who are new to yoga. Andrew teaches meditation and flow classes for beginner and intermediate levels. He will challenge your core; strength and flexibility at the same time encourage and inspire you to listen to the inner spirit to take care of your body and mind. Andrew is a distance runner and surfer. He enjoys camping, cooking, and volunteering for environmental sustainability. Website
Kari Ross-Berry, MA
Kari holds a Master's degree in Yoga Arts from Loyola Marymount University. She is certified YACEP, E-RYT 200, & RYT 500 through the Yoga Alliance. Kari studied with Laura Plumb and Bhava Ram, founders of Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts. Kari offers deep yoga style classes with her own unique spin throughout the week. All classes merge the essence of breathe, movement, and mantra. Here the approach to asana is through compassion and seeks to relax and restore the sense of divine wisdom to our bodies. Website Facebook
Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) is an international spiritual organization founded in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda, widely regarded as the father of Yoga in the West and subject of the recent award-winning documentary film Awake: The Life of Yogananda. His best-selling classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, has introduced millions of seekers to the ancient science of yoga meditation. SRF seeks to foster a spirit of greater understanding and goodwill among the diverse peoples and religions of the world, and to help those of all cultures and nationalities to realize and express more fully in their lives the beauty, nobility, and divinity of the human spirit.
The society continues to disseminate the Kriya Yoga teachings of ParamahansaYogananda, which include the practice of definite, scientific methods of meditation, enabling one to perceive from the very beginning of one’s efforts, glimpses of the ultimate goal – union of soul with Spirit. The Kriya Yoga path embodies a complete philosophy and way of life. For more information, please visit www.yogananda-srf.org. For information about the San Diego Temple of SRF, visit http://sandiegotemple.org/html/, or connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/srfsandiegotemple/.
Kathlyn H. Stewart
Kathlyn H. Stewart, M.S., 200-RYT, 50-Hr Yoga of Recovery Certified, has a sense of profound gratitude for the transformative power of yoga in helping her overcome her own addictions. She is passionate about helping others who are struggling to recover their lives & escape the prison of addiction.
Ms. Tricamo is a registered E-500RYT & R-YACEP Yoga Teacher and Founder of Beyond Belief Educational Series and Therapies-BBEST and BBEST Global Yoga Academy. Her expertise as a Master Yoga Teacher and Master Life Coach has created a strong belief in the
marriage and utilization of these two powerful modalities, coaching and mind/body/meditation techniques, which she believes is a great inspirational approach for others to be their best and reach their own personal/professional global growth goals in body/mind/spirit. Website Facebook
Paul has been a Health Coach, Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist/Bodyworker, and Personal Growth Facilitator for over 20 years. He started Vitality Seminars Healing School to offer a new training program in Yoga Treatments© and the Life-Force Course.© Website