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Thomas Harris

Thomas Harris

homas Harris is a San Diego based yoga instructor with specialized training from Rishikesh, India – the birthplace of yoga. Bringing yoga from the far East to western culture, Thoma is able to infuse eastern tradition and spirituality into his classes while connecting with his students.

Certified in Ashtanga vinyasa and vinyasa flow yoga, Thomwe customizes his sequences with intensity and ends sessions in a restorative style. Thomas also enjoys teaching yin and meditation. Whether you’re a beginner, an advanced practitioners, dealing with injuries or physical discomfort, or looking to gain strength and flexibility, Thomas can connect you to a practice that will lead you to a life of abundance, happiness, and deeper self connection.

Angelle Villafana

Angelle’s yoga journey began overseas when she moved to Europe in her late teens. Seeking ways to increase strength, flexibility and body awareness, she joined a yoga studio in The Netherlands where she was introduced to yoga asana and kundalini yoga for the first time. When her membership expired, she began practicing in her apartment with youtube tutorials and began a personal practice… but without much guidance. It wasn’t until her early 20’s after experiencing some life changing trauma and moving back to San Diego did she seek out formal guidance with a teacher. Angelle began studying under Gerhard Gessner in a 200 hour vinyasa teacher training, and then decided there was so much more to learn and jumped immediately into Gerhard’s 500 hour teacher training under the mentorship of Sara Deakin. Angelle practices and teaches mostly a vinyasa-flow style class, but loves to incorporate breath work, and restorative influences. Angelle’s goal with sharing yoga is that everyone who comes to her class finds a safe space there, and leaves feeling better than when they entered the room both mentally and physically and hopefully spiritually.

Angelle Villafana
Zaquia Mahler Salinas

Zaquia Mahler Salinas

Zaquia Mahler Salinas (RYT500/MFA Dance: Creative Practice) began a yoga practice in 2007 and her love of movement led her to develop a passion for flow. She completed her 200-hour teacher training through CorePower Yoga in 2012, and her 300-hour advanced training with Yoga One San Diego in 2019. Zaquia has also completed trainings for yoga at the wall, yin, and restorative yoga to compliment and balance her vinyasa-based foundation. Zaquia enjoys learning alongside her students while they share the experience of practice together. Her mission is to engage others in a relationship with movement and inspire a deeper sense of confidence in their physical experience as human beings.

Kate Beckel

Kate Beckel, E-RYT200, RCYT, M.Ed has been teaching yoga since 2008. She has trained in a wide variety of yoga practices including Anusara, Yin, Restorative, and Trauma Informed. She is the Chapter Director for Prison Yoga Project. She is also a trainer for Yoga Ed., specializing in working with children and youth. Kate has completed the Advanced level of Somatic Experiencing (SE) Studies. SE is a mind-body therapy that works with the nervous system to relieve and or resolve trauma. Since 2015 she has taught trauma-informed yoga at Vista Detention Facility, Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility, Second Chance, Kitchens for Good, Toussaint Academy, and other Title 1 schools.

Angelle Villafana
Alec Hurley

Alec Hurley

Alec Hurley is a yoga health coach, yoga and meditation teacher, professionally trained chef and life-long surfer. He founded Higher Self Wellness as a way to teach group classes and programs incorporating all of these valuable tools, teaching students how to live a life in tune with nature and connected to spirit. Alec teaches with a holistic understanding of Ayurveda, yoga, nutrition, and self-care strategies to help students connect to their truth. His yoga classes focus on awareness, bodily sensation, and self expression through movement and breath. Out side of the yoga studio Alec enjoys coffee, long walks on the beach, and the simple pleasure of being human.

Lauren Mahlberg

Lauren has studied both yoga and nutrition extensively through the therapeutic lense, and firmly believes in an holistic approach to achieve well-being. She sees both as being powerful healing modalities for all things pertaining to the human condition – body, mind, and spirit. Lauren’s yoga classes are creative and breath-centered, with a strong emphasis on building the intuitive sense of your own body. You can find Lauren bringing positive energy, enthusiasm, and a few jokes wherever she goes. Her hope is for everyone to experience empowerment in their bodies, clarity in their minds, and freedom in their spirit.

Lauren Mahlberg
Justice Klein

Justice Klein

Hi I’m Justice Klein! I am an artist, yoga teacher, yoga student, cacao priestess, reiki practitioner, sound healer, and ceremonialist, who can never stop smiling :). I am a passionate painter who strives for a deep connection to community. I have a burning passion for co-creating magic through the healing arts. My relationship with yoga, meditation, plant medicine, and healing work, has led me to come into my fullest expression of myself. Art is one of many ways I allow myself to fall into meditation and has come naturally since the day I was able to pick up a crayon and express myself on paper. It was my outlet, my portal to escape to. My personal work showcases my connection to the divine feminine, expression of self-love and the art of flow. Discovering more about myself through each of these gifts, I am so grateful to have such a beautiful outlet to be so connected to and I only hope that the love and dedication put into my work will resonate. I believe expression through any kind of art is a powerful tool to connect to oneself, along with the sacred connection to it all.

I offer a safe and sacred space that allows people to explore themselves and each other. I am a kind-hearted spirit whose light shines through my art. I only hope that my positive energy brings inspiration to everyone around me and people do the same for me. With a combination of breath work, movement, meditation, and creation, my intention is to share a powerful ceremony to bring out the artist within. To be in the moment and give people the opportunity to come into full awareness of themselves and the sacred art of ones own life. We are the art.
I am here to be healed and to heal. I am honored to be here now to spread the love!

This is exactly why I am here to share and give people the chance to create and dive into the portal of creative expression, through divine movement. Awakening the artistic God/Goddess within. I am currently earning my B.A. from San Diego State University in Art Education, and have also received my 200hr ytt certification, a certification as a reiki practitioner, and trained in Ceremony and Cacao with Carla Jannette of Heart Yoga and Reiki and the San Diego Goddess Temple.

Kali Aevermann

Kali was first hooked to yoga in 2014 for the physical and mental benefits but it wasn’t until a couple of years later that she started to see by showing up to her mat daily it cultivated more strength, grace and peace off the mat during a darker time in her life. Kali strives to create intentional and organic classes to help guide students inward, finding connection between mind, body and spirit that helps to uncover the light inside us all. Focusing on mindful movements and conscious breathe, she encourages her students to breathe through the sticky parts to discover the radiant light inside of them and share it with the world. Self love, gratitude and abundance are consistency weaved into her classes, for she believes practicing these themes daily will lead to a more open heart and balanced life. Kali whole heartedly believes that yoga is for every body and builds her classes so that it is accessible for all, whether you’ve never stepped on a yoga mat before or you’ve been practicing for years.

Kali Aevermann
 Angelina Holt

Angelina Holt

From seeking out the latest research on meditation and asana to learning about the ancient texts that underpin yogic philosophy, Angelina Holt is always growing her knowledge and understanding of yoga.

After struggling with an eating disorder and taking the initial steps toward recovery, yoga helped her regain her strength and quiet her mind. It was with gratitude for all she had learned and curiosity about the unknown that she enrolled in teacher training in 2016. Her training helped her recognize that she could use what she learned to help others find balance, health, and inner strength.

Angelina values all eight limbs of yoga and works to incorporate these concepts and practices into her everyday life and her classes. In her classes, you will find space to move freely and reflect. Her greatest intention as an instructor is to empower practitioners wherever they are on their journey.

Kimber Alisse

Kimber initially found yoga in her early 20s for its physical benefits, which evolved into a deeper practice that brought her relief from stress and anxiety. Over the years she was fortunate to study with seasoned Iyengar, Hatha, and insight meditation teachers, eventually cultivating a solid personal practice that included both yoga and mindfulness meditation. She completed her 200-hour Hatha teacher training with Happy-U in Ocean Beach in 2018 and has since received formal training in Yin, trauma-informed approaches, and insight meditation. Kimber enjoys helping students move mindfully through their yoga practice and strives to provide a safe space for them to explore and grow on the mat.

Kimber Alisse
Kristiana Dalfio

Kristiana Dalfio

Kristiana found yoga at a crucial time in her life when she needed yoga to heal her mind, body, and soul amidst the tragedy of loosing her mother. Through dedicating her time to developing a physical yoga practice, and learning to be content with stillness in her mind, this helped her work through these life challenges. Aside from all the mental benefits yoga has to offer, Kristiana uses her Bachelors degree in Kinesiology alongside her RYT-200, to implement functional anatomy and movement into her classes. She resonates with a VInyasa style teaching, as well as getting into more gentle, longer holds on the other spectrum of her teaching style. She finds it important to offer modifications to suit all levels in a safe way, attempting to meet the desires of everyone in the room and strives to provide the opportunity to challenge the mind and body. She looks forward to you joining her classes, for a healing, strengthening practice filled with breath, music and inspiration.

Drew Valentine

Drew began his yoga practice while playing high school football for injury prevention and recovery. He quickly came to appreciate the way yoga could become a way to lead a healthy and spiritual fulfilling lifestyle. Wanting to share the benefits of yoga, he started instructing at Chico State while studying exercise physiology and psychology. He later completed his Teacher Training at White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara as a student under Ganga White. His classes are centered towards cultivating body and mental awareness within poses and sequences.

Drew Valentine
Sabrina Garland

Sabrina Garland

My yoga journey started during High School in 2001 at the Ann Arbor School of Yoga. I was told yoga would help me with depression and ADD. After my first few classes, I realized that I needed the calm and focus to stay balanced. I literally felt the small matters in life fall away, I was finally able to focus on the bigger picture. I believe that any level of student should feel uplifted and empowered by practicing yoga. I work towards making yoga a benefit for everybody!

My favorite styles of yoga to teach are Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. After 18 years of practice and 10 years of teaching I am still amazed at what the physical practice can do for people. Yoga will help you quiet the mind, while physically practicing yoga regularly with me will generate a much more profound and vibrant quality of life.

Mandy Pfaff

I started my yoga practice in the late 90s, when the focus of yoga was primarily a ‘workout.’ After years of practice, study and exploration, I fell in love with the spiritual practice of yoga as well as the physical healing it offers. As a psychotherapist, I’m always exploring the mind-body connection as a way to heal and pursue a more joyful, balanced, fulfilling life. Although I appreciate all schools of yoga, the practice that most effectively targets psychological awareness, healing and physical relief for me, has been kundalini. It profoundly effects on the nervous system; soothing and strengthening. This power has led to a devoted practice and study to deliver the teachings to my students, and use them for my own healing.

Mandy Pfaff
Yogi Ma

Yogi Ma

Yogi Ma is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Instructor with over 500 hours of yoga education and over twenty-five years of yoga practice. She teaches with reverence for — and deep knowledge of — yoga’s Indus Valley roots. She traveled to the Himalayas in 2017 to experience the beautiful teachings of Himalayan sages.  Yogi Ma studies and trains with master teachers, such as Krishna Kaur, Guru Singh, GuruMeher Singh, Meherbani Kaur, and GuruMantra Singh.

In her classes, you can expect to 1. quiet your mind with pranayama (conscious breathing) practices, 2.  strengthen your physical well-being with a kriya (conscious action), 3.  relax deeply to surrender all that you are at the altar of love, and 4.  expand your inner horizons with meditation, often using mantra (sacred chants).

As a sound creator, Yogi Ma uses mantra, Hang Drum, Gong, and Rain Stick to deliver a relaxing journey.  As a writer, she writes fiction, poetry, essays, blogs, and journalism.  She has written articles about yoga and meditation for 3HO Yogic Living, Spirit Voyage, and Sat Nam Fest blogs.

Currently she serves as an Editor at Embodied Philosophy, an online educator of contemplative wisdom studies.  Yogi Ma’s favorite yoga practice is Morning Aquarian Sadhana as taught by Yogi Bhajan.  Her favorite book about yoga is called Yoga Spandakarika: The Sacred Texts of the Origins of Tantra by Daniel Odier.  She is a voracious reader on the topic of yoga, meditation, and consciousness and dreams of creating a Yogi Book Club here in San Diego.  You can visit her blog at http://surjotkaur.com.

Yogi Ma lives with a loving husband, two daughters, and a cockapoo named Homer.

Josie Duraso

Josie’s curiosity of nature and philosophy guided her to the harmonious system of yoga in 2008. She deepened her practice with San Diego based Happy-U Yoga Center’s teacher training in 2015 and has been passionate about sharing the wisdom of yoga since. Her teachings center around the breath and self-love to guide students through a safe and balanced practice, with the ultimate goal of aligning oneself with their very aliveness and wholeness. She believes people are the experts of their bodies and aims to hold space for students to explore their yoga practice with curiosity and compassion. She teaches yoga in a variety of settings including schools, community centers, and yoga studios. She teaches at the E-RYT 200 level and is YACEP certified.

Josie Duraso
Jenn Richardson

Jenn Richardson

Jenn has been teaching in San Diego for over 10 years. She is a source of support as well as networking and connection for many. Jenn deeply cares for her community and is always finding new and inspiring ways to be involved. Jenn received her 500 hour certification after working with renowned teacher and author, Rolf Gates, for 2 years. She’s volunteered with Hospice to better understand dying as a conscious endeavor, the afflictions that cause suffering and the enlightenment that comes when helping someone die well. Currently she is working with the not for profit, Urban Street Angles, where Transitional Age Youth receive wholistic services to end the vicious cycle of homelessness, drug abuse, etc. Teaching throughout San Diego, Jenn offers a unique approach that has been shaped by experiences on and off the mat, years of leading YTT, her studies at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, functional movement patterns, to name a few. Her class is unique, original, intelligent, safe, inclusive, spiritual and integral. There is no other class like hers in San Diego. You can also book an appointment with Jenn for Chinese bodywork (Massage) and mentorship.

Tiffiney Childress

Practicing since 2009 Tiffiney acquired her 200hr training from Elka Yoga and 500hr from Soul of Yoga. As a teacher Tiffiney believes yoga is more then just a physical practice, yoga is a way of life reflected on and off the mat. Her classes offer an intentional theme as well as a creatively structured asana practice. As you move through a class with Tiffiney, her hope is that you will find that space within yourself to go deeper. Her classes offer an entire mind/body/spirit experience that will leave you floating as you walk out the door.

Josie Duraso

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