Desiree is a Lead Vinyasa Instructor and Teacher Training Lead Instructor with her E-RYT500/YACEP teacher currently studying for her C-IAYT 800 yoga therapist certification. Desiree is also trained in Reiki, certified primary group instructor through AFAA, certified JOGA teacher, certified Power Yoga and can be found on www.poweryoga.com. Desiree is also a certified Thai Massage teacher through ITM in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Desiree has traveled to over 40 countries, lived in 5 and has taught yoga for extended periods of time in Jamaica, Holland, The Philippines, and Thailand.
Alena has 7 years of teaching experience and teaches Vinyasa, Sculpt, and Yin. Alena fell in love with yoga and has been practicing for 13 years. She has accomplished 4 teacher trainings, including Anti-Gravity Yoga. Her passion is expressing herself in a physical medium and yoga not only caught her eye because of the physical benefits, but also spiritual, having that sense of mental clarity at the end of class.
Alena is very experienced in teaching Vinyasa Flow, Yoga Sculpt, Hatha, and Yin. Her upbeat attitude and expressive smile will ensure a class filled with love, laughs, and an overall well-balanced mind body and spirit.
Hailey entered her first yoga class during college in hopes of discovering some sort of stress relief from her heavy class load. She was immediately hooked to everything yoga had to offer, and began to take classes regularly from that point on. With a background in Kinesiology, she became a yoga teacher in hopes of building a better knowledge of the anatomy of yoga and what it had to offer physically. After getting deeper into the spiritual and mental aspect, such as breath work and meditation, she knew right away that she wanted to share her experience with others. Hailey immediately developed a strong passion for teaching and watching her students grow, as well sharing her appreciation for yoga with others.
Jenni was first introduced to Yoga in 2011. With a background in competitive dance, Jenni was drawn to yoga for it's healing aspects, physical and mental but soon fell in love with its community as well! Yoga took her by surprise, Jenni began to grow and break down barriers in her life transforming it in ways that she could have never imagined, growing stronger inside and out. It was from this personal place of growth that Jenni decided that she wanted to become a yoga instructor! In 2013 Jenni completed her 200hr Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training followed by a 2014 Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training. To Jenni there is no greater gift then to share the gift of yoga with others. She aspires to guide yogis through their very own beautiful transformation, leading them into a place of strength, self acceptance, and overall happiness
Sarah brings passion to her classes that can be felt immediately. “Flow with Sarah” is her motto and after taking her classes you will see her level of instruction creates a unique opportunity to receive a strong, fitness related workout while becoming connected with the mind through breath. Sarah was hooked on movement from an early age as a dancer and performing artist and got her first taste of yoga in college while studying at Santa Monica College. In 2012 she suffered from severe back pain and rediscovered her yoga practice. Her back pain subsided, and she loved the benefits, both mental and physical, she was receiving from practicing yoga regularly. She moved to San Diego in 2015 and pursued her dream of teaching by becoming a Certified Yoga Instructor. Always a student first, it was yoga that taught Sarah to listen to her heart and to follow what she truly desires. Her enthusiasm and "full of life" demeanor sets her apart as an authentic teacher and yogini who truly loves sharing her passion of yoga with others, so they too can listen to their true selves.
Since the early age of 3, as a natural fitness enthusiast, Sara pursued ballet and dance taking different level classes and joining several dance teams. She began teaching ballet and dance at summer camps growing up and exploring group fitness exercises, which included pilates, cardio- kickboxing, and yoga classes. She first discovered her love for yoga in 2009, after completing a 30-day challenge at a local Bikram studio. From that point, she was immediately hooked and eager to explore the various styles of yoga. Committed to developing her practice, Sara actively pursued other styles that further fueled her passion. It was her desire to share the ability to unite the mind, body, and soul through the practice of yoga that inspired her to become a yoga instructor. Sara’s classes encompass the meditative and detoxifying qualities of Hot Yoga with the fluidity of Vinyasa - aiming to help students connect their mind, body, and soul. Her teaching style is laid back, yet encourages mindfulness through proper alignment and breath. These fun, sweat-inducing classes increase levels of awareness and focus, helping students strengthen and tone their muscles and improve their balance and flexibility all while enjoying some awesome tunes.
Martine’s yoga journey began at the age of 18. Years of competitive sports led her to try something a little bit different. After her first class on the mat, she fell in love with both the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga. Martine moved to San Diego to obtain a degree in International Economics and now works as a full time yoga teacher for both adults and children. Martine has first hand experience in the healing powers of this yoga practice and wants to share her passion with her students. Her classes are grounding, empowering, and above all fun because you can never take yoga too seriously.
Jenn's yoga journey, like most things in life, has ebbed and flowed over the years. She really dove deep into her practice in 2010, going to Bikram and dedicating many hours to her mat. In 2015 Jenn traveled to Bali, and experienced a series of life changing events, one of which was a rekindling of her love of yoga. She always knew that this practice was special and that she was getting more than just a physical workout, but it wan't until this trip that Jenn started putting the pieces together. The commitment to self love, the clarity in her decision making, the softening of not only her body but her heart was undeniable. She began practicing on a more regular basis, committing to the discovery of the moment but still hadn't committed to teaching quite yet. Early in 2016, after another trip to Indonesia she decided it was time to put the energy and time into a teacher training. Jenn eventually signed up for her RYT-200 training here in San Diego. She hopes to one day deepen her education as well as learn to integrate yoga into her daily life. Jenn currently teaches both an athletic Vinyasa as well as a slow flow. Teaching brings so much joy to her life and being of service to others is truly an honor.
Shelley was born and raised in Orange County, CA and moved to San Diego in 2013 where her yoga journey began. Being an active person all her life, she searched for something different to add to her daily exercise routine. She began practicing seated meditation and thought that yoga might be a good physical addition to this practice. After her first class she was hooked. It was an incredible physical challenge for her body and brought a mental calm into her daily life, something she had never experienced before. She began practicing yoga daily, both in the studio and at home and there was no denying the passion that drove her yoga practice. This passion drove her to complete her RYT 200 certification in hopes to spread the benefits of yoga to those around her.
Originally from the East Coast, Steph's yoga journey began six years ago when she made a spontaneous move to San Francisco. She needed a way to calm and ground herself from the craziness of a big, new city. She fell completely in love with the moving meditation of yoga, and its ability to calm her mind and challenge her body. After moving to San Diego, Steph came to Reach the first day it opened. From not being able to touch her toes, to creating a daily practice, Steph is excited to lead invigorating and inspiring classes. She is thrilled to be able to share her passion with others!
Meredith is an east coast native who began her yoga journey almost five years ago. Originally drawn to class for the physical benefits, Meredith found a passion for the challenging postures. She was soon immersed in the many mental and emotional benefits of practice as well. After relocating to San Diego, she has adopted yoga as not only a hobby but a lifestyle as well. Meredith has a Bacholer's degree in Food Science and Nutrition and is 200 RYT certified. She hopes to share her passion and inspiration with all her students.
Kalli was born and raised in the small farming community of El Centro, CA. She moved to San Diego to attend college and fell in love with the beach. She holds a degree in Sustainable Tourism Management with an emphasis in ecology and water, and began searching for a way to dive deeper into her spirituality. She began practicing yoga. She found Sculpt classes to be the perfect balance between meditation and strength, leading her to further her practice as a Yoga Sculpt Teacher. Her classes are centered around core strength and upbeat music, creating a fun and upbeat environment throughout her classes.
Alyssa stepped onto her mat in 2010 as a way to relieve anxiety, and quickly discovered that not only were her stress levels improving, but also her happiness, contentment, body and sense of self-worth. She loves to incorporate dynamic sequencing, a killer playlist, and focus on honoring what the body and soul need on any given day. Alyssa obtained her 200-hour certification in 2014 and is certified in Reiki. Her experience includes teaching corporate, studio and private yoga classes, leading workshops, and leading 200-hour yoga teacher trainings
The yoga community was calling Samira in many different ways. After her own medical challenges and working in pediatric medicine to support children and families through their trauma, she was searching for alternative healing modalities. A Connecticut native, she set out for the west coast searching for more opportunities to indulge in this community and herself. After completing her 200 hour training, she was able to transcend further than she could have imagined. She is dedicated to holding the space necessary for students to gain what they need from their practice. To being mindful of their physical body but also connecting the mind, body and soul. Samira is so grateful to be given the opportunity to share all this with her students.
Melissa has been teaching yoga and other fitness modalities for the past 8 years. She finds one of the purest forms of joy is through body with the mind and breath connection. Growing up as an athlete she took a class in college to try something new and was hooked from there. She remained intrigued with yoga by practicing on her own until she moved to San Diego and hopped on board with the first Teacher Training program recommended to her. Melissa is extremely grateful for yoga as she knows it changed her life for the better. She has found that thru teaching, inspiring and sharing yoga with others it brings her joy and creates valuable purpose in her life. Since her training she has taught many formats and classes at studios, private clients, workshops, fun collaborations, and even corporate wellness helping others achieve a work life balance. She is a certified Personal Nutritionist, and her trainings in yoga range from Vinyasa, Sculpt, Hatha, and Gentle. She also teaches other group fitness classes such as Pilates and Boot Camp. Melissa believes yoga and fitness as a whole gives you an opportunity to push yourself beyond what you believe you can achieve. By doing so, we can create change on and off the mat to enhance growth, feel empowerment and succumb to our intuition.