Denise has been practicing yoga for more than nine years. She has studied a variety of styles ranging from Bikram, Hatha, Power Vinyasa, and Yin. A forever student eager to continuously progress in her personal practice and as a teacher. Over the years her life has taken many twists and turns, however yoga has always been a consistent grounding point. In 2010 she studied with Robert L Hallworth in the areas of sequencing, Pranayama and Yoga Nidra. Last year she returned home from Todos Santos, Mexico where she completed a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Course at Yandara Yoga Institute. Now back in North County San Diego, Denise has wrapped up yet another 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Tropics in Encinitas. Her goal is to share her passion and love of yoga with her students. Denise's dynamic classes are designed with athletes and surfers in mind. She focuses her sequences on strengthening and toning the entire body, while releasing tension in the shoulders, upper back and hips. She hopes to inspire her fellow yogis to dive deeper into their own personal practice, Knowing that yoga can change perspectives and breakdown the limitations we set for ourselves. Having a huge passion for nutrition and clean eating, Denise also likes to share her knowledge of health by providing healthy recipes on her blog www.pravasayoga.com.
Alex is a dedicated yogi, writer, food activist and environmentalist who ultimately wants to help change the world for the better. With a powerful yet soft personality, Alex has the ability to deeply connect with her students. She uses the foundations of yoga to create movement in the body of each of her students. Furthermore, she shares strong messages so her students deepen their awareness. Through the postures and her messages Alex encourages her students to push their limits. She deeply resonates with the yogic prayer, “Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu,” which means “May all beings be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way toward the happiness and freedom for all.” She really believes that if we all work together, we can change the world for the better. Alex's classes are a mixture of alignment based yoga and vinyasa flow. Her classes are meant to push the body past self-imposed limitations while creating a sense of inner peace within the mind.
Michele took her very first yoga class her senior yeah in high school. Shortly after, she took a hot yoga class at Yoga Tropics in Encinitas. The heat was a little too much and didn't try yoga again up until 2013. It challenged not only her body, but mind as well. Loving how grounding and stronger yoga made her feel, she became certified to teach yoga through Yoga Alliance and received her 200 hour certification at Peace Love and Yoga in Carlsbad. Michele absolutely loves how yoga can quiet the mind and challenge the body. Her yoga classes challenge others to use the breath to transition to other poses. She believes yoga can help everyone in a positive way. When Michele is not teaching, she loves taking time to practice yoga, surf, and travel.
Meagan did yoga here and there throughout her life, but it wasn't until her last year of college that she found a dedicated practice. After graduating from film school and taking on a grueling and emotionally draining job in Hollywood, yoga became her release. Meagan found deep effects not only in her body, but mostly her mind, and she wanted to dig deeper into the practice. Eventually, yoga gave Meagan the courage to quit her job with he goal of traveling the world with just a backpack. She went to Nicaragua to complete her 200-hour vinyasa yoga teacher training with Bodhi Yoga Academy. Since then, she hasn't looked backhand has also never been happier! Meagan inspires her students to follow their bliss and always choose love over fear. She is currently continuing her yoga education at Mira Costa College, in their 300-hour program, and believes that she will always be a student of yoga first. Her yoga practice is rooted in the Ashtanga Lineage of yoga, but keeps the energy playful, curious and often upside-down. She never takes herself too seriously and encourages her students to laugh at themselves too. She will push you to your edge, and then bring you back to center gently.
Christy tried yoga 5 years ago with a friend, and it did not become a passion until her first heated class. That's when the seed for all things yoga really bloomed. She noticed the benefits from her weekly practice all throughout her active lifestyle. “From cycling to surfing, you can really tap in to that strength, and ease your practice on the mat,” she knew that she wanted to share this awesomeness with everyone. Christy completed her RYT 200 at Peace Love and Yoga in Carlsbad, along with being a certified NGY Kids Yoga instructor. She feels that practicing movement and connection is where ones self evolves and that ease learned becomes part of your daily life. Through balance we all feel good, inspired to open up and connect to your authentic life.
Ashley began her yoga journey at the age of 19 in Hawaii after suffering from a back injury while competing in Springboard Diving. She initially tried yoga in order to help heal her back; little did she know she would grow such a passion for it. She continued her practice for 3 years, then decided she wanted to share yoga with others and become a teacher. To be able to guide students and help them through injuries and to help aid them in their favorite hobbies is what Ashley's goal is with her students. Ashley is a natural born adventurer and loves to surf, hike, swim, and rock climb. If it weren't for yoga she wouldn't be able to do the things she loves.
Jen is known for her authentic, compassionate teaching style. She applies ancient wisdom in a modern way by sharing her love of yoga as freedom and release from common aches so her students may thrive. When she was first exposed to yoga, Jen felt like many new yoginis do - challenged and unsure because she wasn’t flexible. However, she was seeking to take care of her body, overcome stiffness, and enhance her life. Jen was relieved as she learned that yoga is not about flexibility; instead, Jen found the focus of yoga is strengthening by thoughtful body placement and directed breath. She found an abundance of energy and vitality after each session and she was eventually inspired share her passion with others by teaching. Jen’s training in Vinyasa and exposure to Anahata, paired with her experience as a birth doula and nurse assistant, has heavily influenced her alignment based, playful style. Her classes are for everyday people who want to work out, heal ailments, and cultivate immediacy. Despite its challenges, there is a reverberating relaxation from yoga and a sense of peace from investing in wellness. Jen finds these benefits are always increasing - stress relief, being responsive rather than reactive, and developing the mental ability to persevere through nursing school. She looks forward to meeting you on the mat!
Dri started to practice yoga and meditation when she was 16 years old. It was such a great experience for her that she hasn’t stopped studying and practicing since, completing three teacher trainings. The first was Iyengar Yoga with Kalidas Nuyken in Brazil and Usha Devi in India, who was her inspiration as a Iyengar Yoga teacher. Her second Teacher Training was Yoga therapy with Josef Lepaje in Garopaba, Brazil. After this course, Dri integrated her degree in psychology with Yoga, and for 10 years, offered her services at her own Yoga Studio in Sao Paulo. She dedicated most of her work there to help people with panic attacks, stress, depression and anxiety. After moving to the US, she completed the third Teacher Training in Encinitas with Ana Costa, where she had the opportunity to learn to teach in a second language. Dri loves teaching at VITAL. It is here that she feels she has the opportunity to share everything that she learned.
Lindsay found her passion for yoga through a variety of heated asana practices over the past eight years. As a forever student, she has a strong dedication to her personal practice on and off the mat. Inspired and ready to share her passion with others, she completed her RYS 200 Hr certification in 2016 at Peace Love and Yoga in Carlsbad, CA. Having grown up in the rural Adirondack Mountains of New York State, Lindsay is passionate about an array of outdoor activities and connecting with the serenity of nature. For Lindsay, yoga builds a balance of strength and flexibility to allow her to live her passion and advance through sports, a demanding career or a personal goal. Lindsay spends much of her time off the mat growing and learning about plants. She has a Bachelors of Science in Horticulture. She loves to travel and has worked on Organic fruit and vegetable farms for the past seven years in New York, Connecticut, Colorado, Ecuador, Peru, and Tanzania. She currently works at a plant nursery specializing in culinary, medicinal and native plants. With a focus on body systems and intentional alignment she is dedicated to providing a safe, rewarding and beneficial yoga practice for the body. Woven into her fun Vinyasa-inspired sequences is peaceful relaxation for the mind.
Kevin discovered yoga in 2007 after a cycling injury left his wrist immobile, proprioception and balance hindered, and spirit bruised. There he discovered the therapeutic effects of the practice and its ability to cultivate a healthier lifestyle. Over the years, he has been a dedicated practitioner in the Ashtanga method, and more recently explored the Yin and Restorative practices and how they help in Americans in particular with our busy and stressful lives. His ideal class is a vigorous vinyasa sequence with mindful movements, posture holds, and a focus on proper alignment to prevent injury and cultivate body awareness and balance.
Lexi is an avid beach bum and playful yogi; She finished her 200 hour training through Yoga Alliance at Peace Love and Yoga in Carlsbad, following up with a mentorship under Monique Cornfield. She found yoga at an integral time in her life; She fell in love with the asana practice almost immediately and it became a catalyst for change. It triggered her already inquisitive nature and she found herself on a path to self-love and acceptance, hoping to spread the love straight to her students. Lexi’s style of teaching is playful yet grounding, and is rooted in alignment-based exploration of the traditional physical postures with integration of the breath. She is passionate about finding the connections between each element of the body through yoga and helping those find the physical benefits of the practice. In her classes, she hopes to inspire you to dive deeper into the posture, mentally and physically, becoming more self-aware and surrendering to the flow. When Lexi isn't teaching, you can find her practicing (forever a student, before a teacher), in the water at the beach, hiking in the mountains, or photographing while dancing at a live concert.
Emily is at home on the mat and loves the community created by individuals coming together to practice and share their love for themselves through yoga. She feels as though yoga is a cure-all for whatever life throws at us. There’s something magical about stepping on your mat, letting go and dropping in; getting out of your head and into to your body. She believes that yoga helps us to remove blockages and opens us up to infinite possibilities! She is perpetually in a good mood by choice and feels yoga plays a big role in that. In her classes you will warm up slowly and gradually to build heat and gain momentum for powerful vinyasa flows that will challenge you in more ways that one, while cueing for proper and safe alignment and always giving gentle reminders to let go of expectation, breathe and have fun! Her positive energy is contagious and her playlists will raise your vibration! Emily is Yoga Alliance RYT-200hr certified, has a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis in Physiology and completed the Hot Flow mentorship at Peace, Love and Yoga in Carlsbad.
Lenora had attended a couple yoga classes here and there throughout the years before traveling to South East Asia in 2015. She soon found her passion for yoga while volunteering on a farm in Malaysia. Upon returning from Asia, she immersed herself in the yoga culture, going to classes anytime she could. She fell in love with the practice and the community it brought along with it. Motivated to forever be a student, she is currently deepening her practice under the leadership of Stacy McCarthey at Mira Costa. For Lenora, yoga has been an outlet from the stressful situations life can throw sometimes. She is a strong believer in stepping on the mat and leaving everything behind, just focusing on the current moment. She brings this philosophy with her into every class she teaches, while connecting breath with movement and relieving any tension in the body that may remain.
Chase recently received her Yoga Alliance certification as a yoga instructor in August and has already fallen in love with teaching! She had been practicing on and off since she was 5 years old, and has recently made yoga a more dedicated practice. Being one who likes to stand out and think outside the box, Chase loves bringing in new and unorthodox ideas when it comes to teaching yoga, whether that be through her teaching style, personality, or most likely her music. Chase has a deep connection to music and incorporates different styles and genres to further enhance the mood of her class.
Olajuwon began his immersion maintaining an active lifestyle during his junior year at El Camino High School by joining Cross Country and distance tracks events all the way into his senior year. Local 5k race events and half marathons became a monthly ritual. Upon graduating in 2009 Olajuwon joined the United States Marine Corps where he continued running but slowly gravitated towards obstacle course races and HIIT (high intensity interval training). As the Marine Corps Composition senior lead of his unit, Olajuwon encouraged his overweight Marines to lose weight, to fall within military standards. He did this by making training fun so they lost track of time and didn’t dread the thought of working out. We did challenging programs such as Insanity during lunch breaks, and weekend themed events such as the Tough Mudder and Run for Your Lives. When Olajuwon was honorably discharged in 2014 his passion for fitness was rekindled upon discovering a Bar Brothers Calisthenics video on YouTube. He was mesmerized by the superhuman strength, body control, and gravity defying athletes. Shortly afterwards his friends introduced him to the social media platform known as Instagram. This showed him the various forms of movement skills out there in the world, with no gym required. Olajuwon has connected with like-minded individuals by attending various movement workshops. He organized local community fitness events to cross train, learn and inspire others. His dream is to help others reawaken the childhood vitality we all have and to continue to both have fun and learn new skills in hopes of mastering the body.
John Cone II
John's movement journey started in his high school years as a breakdancer(b-boy) . Upon graduation he started entering competitions and joined the brotherhood The Freak Show. Becoming apart of one of the crews that helped innovate and create a lot of the fancy one arm balances you see today, he would go on and compete/ perform internationally for over ten years. During the end of the time span would be the discovery of his true passion which is arm balancing!! Finding the mechanics and principles of yoga therapeutic and useful to his practice of arm balancing. Eager to understand as much as he could, he enrolled and completed 200hr teacher training at Mira Costa college. John's main focus now is instructing inversions and arm balancing while furthering on his own practice.
Michael has always been pretty active his whole life. His background includes: Traditional gymnastics training, break dance, freerunning, and hand balancing. At a young age Michael was inspired by the circus and their performers. He was impressed by the amount of control they had over their bodies. He wanted to learn how to control his body in the same way. He began studying the different realms of mixed movement. Let Michael show you what he has learned from his years of practice with careful guidance and visual demonstration! Michael is dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle. He believes in taking care of oneself through exercise and proper nutrition. His philosophy is that with hard work and dedication anyone can achieve their desired goals--no matter what shape or size.
Amanda is a certified AcroYoga teacher. She shares the benefits of hundreds of hours of training in both AcroYoga and Ashtanga Yoga with her students. Over several years of practicing and teaching she has cultivated positive and direct communication, enabling her students to learn quickly and feel great about the process. Amanda feels that the greatest aspect of yoga and AcroYoga is that pursuing our own personal practice equips us to support and inspire those around us. With the tools these practices give us, we are empowered to build communities based on trust, communication, and kindness. Her expertise in technique and alignment, tempered with a lighthearted sense of humor will have you working hard in a safe, healthy way and smiling all the while.