Our Yoga/Pilates Instructors
Jessica found yoga early on as a physical benefit to her figure skating career, but soon discovered the endless array of benefits beyond the physical aspect. Jess began teaching yoga at 16 years old and has been loving the journey ever since. She now obtains her 500-RYT as well as many other fitness certifications. Because of her fitness background, she provides precise cuing and alignment focus to help you feel confident and comfortable as you flow through class. Her classes have a huge focus on stepping out of your comfort zone and staying present, on and off of your mat.
Natalie began her yoga journey after years of competitive figure skating, cheerleading, figure shows and triathlon. Once realizing the amazing physical, mental, & spiritual benefits from practicing she obtained her certification to be able to bring these gifts to others. Natalie is also one of our lead trainers and loves to implement yoga into her clients' fitness routines.
Sophia's introduction to yoga began over a decade ago. The combination of balance, strength, flexibility, mindfulness and patience that she experienced in the practice lead to the path of completing the 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Jano Galindo at the Chula Vista Yoga Center. Sophia's classes offer a challenging but accessible alignment based flow that promotes harmony between the breath, the body and the mind.
Yoga is one of the many modalities Couron uses to enhance his clients' health and wellness. He is a 200-RYT through Forrest Yoga. Couron's teaching style is an intensely physical and internally focused practice that emphasizes how to carry a transformative experience off the mat and into daily life. The practice challenges students to access their whole being and to use yoga as a path to finding and then cleansing the emotional and mental blocks that dictate and limit their lives.
Rachel grew up in Springfield, VA and became a NASM certified personal trainer in 2011. Shortly after, she began teaching small group classes for women on weights and hula hoop fitness and began practicing CrossFit, Pilates, and yoga. Her motivation for beginning this journey came from seeing parents who can’t run around with their kids or people who can’t do simple activities due to pain caused by a sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits. She became a trainer because she loves helping people and is very passionate about adding positivity and physical activity into everyday life. About five years ago, Rachel began doing aerial arts and fell in love. She relocated to San Diego to be a Circus Artist as part of the San Diego Circus Center with her specialty being Hand balancing and aerial rope.
Kris fell into deep love with the healing power of yoga when she was 15. A few years later, Kris began exploring ashtanga yoga and strengthened her asana practice. At 21, Kris decided to embark on a teacher training in New York City, where she leaned heavily on yoga to help her handle the stresses and fast pace of big city life. She completed a pranic flow vinyasa training under the guidance of Lauren Hanna, a student of Shiva Rea. Several years later, Kris has begun to deepen her yoga journey by enrolling in a 300 hour teacher training and taking as many workshops as she possibly can. Kris is trained in vinyasa, yin yoga, reiki and yoga of recovery. Her grandest wish is to help facilitate deep healing and self-love within her students. Things that she is continuously working towards and learning herself. In class with Kris, you’ll find meditative movements, sassy beats, funky flows and some smiles along the way.
Emma Hattesohl received her 325 hour YTT in April of 2018. Shortly after completing her teacher training, she injured herself rock climbing and became severely debilitated. By spending months persevering through limitations of her own, Emma developed an acute empathy for those with injuries and/or limitations. Emma continues to innovate her practice by listening to her body while utilizing her knowledge of pranayama, physical therapy, and modifications of yoga postures to create a sequence that best serves her and others. She has since then taught many styles of yoga including but not limited to vinyasa, yin, and restorative classes. She is currently a pre-physical therapy student and is a dedicated life-long learner. Emma has plans to go into research after college to discover revolutionizing information between the mind and body via the nervous and endocrine systems. Teaching yoga has been an incredibly fulfilling creative outlet for Emma. She is dedicated to bettering herself as a yoga instructor every single day with every new piece of information she attains and will continue to do so throughout the duration of her studies and career.
Frances holds certifications in Mat Pilates, Spin, Barre, Cardio Kickboxing and is a 500 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher and a personal trainer certified with NCSF as well. She is also a life coach with Somni Training.
Frances teaches a variety of classes, from a very meditative beginning flow, to an advanced power yoga sculpt. she likes to offer options in each class so that the student can choose, depending on his or her level of fitness or physical or mental state that day. Yoga is such a personal, non-competitive discipline that she likes to encourage and empower each student to take care of themselves and slowly see why and how each pose is effective in balancing the body. This can mean going to their personal edge and challenging themselves, or taking a more restorative, gentle practice. The philosophy Frances weaves through all my classes is one that is compassionate, empowering and full of gratitude. She encourages each student to be content with where they are that day and in life and at the same time believe in the dreams and "desires of the heart" present within all of us.