Our Teachers

 

Kate Danta

“Surrender is the key to a blissful journey and the journey is about living in the “now” and not just while you’re in a yoga pose.”

Kate Danta -Owner/Yoga Teacher/Massage Therapist/HHP

kate@pbyogaandhealingarts.com

Kate Danta first began practicing yoga at the age of 19 and has been a teacher for over 30 years. She received her certification from The Harriman School of Yoga in Santa Monica, CA. She specializes in Indra Devi and Dantayama yoga, and trained for over a decade with Rama Berch, owner/director of Master Yoga Academy of La Jolla, CA. She had the pleasure of teaching classes for Master Yoga Academy for several years.

 

She is currently in training to become a certified Kundalini yoga teacher. In this tradition yogis are given a spiritual name to assist in strengthening their spiritual identity. Kate was given the name Shivraj Kaur, which means the Princess/Lioness of God who is noble and gracious, and filled with truth and purity. Receiving the name Shivraj  means that you feel in harmony when you create around yourself an environment of truth and purity. Using your spiritual name, Shivraj empowers your capacity to govern wisely. Being open to allow your presence to have a healing and uplifting effect on those around you. For the time being, the name Shivraj will be percolating in the inner recesses till the time it feels appropriate to make it her own.

Kate also is certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner, Yoga Therapist and Massage Therapist. She humbly shares the outgrowth of her work through P.B. Yoga & Healing Arts in offering daily classes, workshops and community events. Shivraj is also available for private instruction and deep tissue massage therapy session.

 

Paige Sapp - Yoga Teacher/ Navdeep Kaur- Yoga of Recovery, Kundinyasa and Deep Yoga Certified

Paige thrives on helping people relate to mysterious yogic disciplines. Her goal is more than a simple sharing of knowledge; it is to help others develop wisdom through personal experience and transformation, and to help them remember their own divine nature, radiance, excellence and perfection.  Her training includes Classical Hatha, Ayurveda, Kundalini, Astanga,  Kundinyasa and Yoga of Recovery.   She is grateful to her teachers Bhava Ram, Laura Plumb, Durga Leela, Swami Sitaramananda and Adesh Kaur Khalsa.  Paige’s reverence and understanding of the ancient wisdom and traditions is conveyed joyfully through her light hearted spirit in class. She connects with students on the mat in a straightforward, relaxed way. Yoga continues to transform her life and she is honored to share the magic of practice and transformation.

 

Brent Honnerlaw -  Yoga Teacher

Brent found Yoga while studying at The Ohio State University. After receiving his BA in Psychology and Sociology, he served for 2 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, Central America. Yoga followed Brent in his travels and as his practice grew, it soon became apparent that it was his life calling. His background is rooted in Ashtanga Yoga, but he truly enjoys teaching and practicing a variety of styles so as to encourage versatility and balance in his and his student’s lives. As a teacher, his goal is to guide students into a deeper state of internal awareness and closer to the Divine. Brent is a Spiritual and compassionate yogi who lives his yoga on and off the mat, inspiring others to do the same.

“Yoga – is a how not a what”

 

Andrea Alfonsi - Yoga Teacher

Andrea has been teaching Fitness, Yoga, Pilates and private training to clients of all ages for the last 15 years. Discovering fitness and the martial arts just after college, she quickly fell in love with achieving health and wellness through the integration of the mind, body and spirit. To complement her martial arts training, she began practicing yoga over 18 years ago.
Andrea has studied many yoga styles over the years and completed 200 hour training in Prajna Yoga with Tias & Surya Little in Santa Fe, NM. She is certified as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Her areas of specialty include: Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga, Pilates, and Mind-Body Fitness.

 

HeadshotMegan Doyle Corcoran – Yoga teacher

Yoga works best when it’s treated like a friend– called upon often, comfortable in silence, and nurtured when the going gets rough. Megan’s classes offer something for everyone looking for that friendship, whether they want it to improve strength, find flexibility, or escape the frenzy of an overplanned life. Trained in Hatha, Ashtanga and Integrative yoga and a current student of yoga therapy and Viniyoga, Megan guides her students toward a deeper connection to breath, structure and the stability and space that comes when these two work in tandem. Her greatest hope for every class is that her students will discover one thing– big or small– that might allow their yoga practice to endure for as long as they’d like.

Megan is accredited with a 200-hour training in Integrative Yoga and currently studying with Gary Krafscow at American Viniyoga Institute. In the past, she has studied with Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India and various other teachers in New Zealand and the U.S.. Having worked for over a decade in social justice law with HIV-positive and disabled folks, she has a keen interest in helping others who are helping themselves to health and wellbeing. She is a Certified Massage Therapist trained in deep tissue, Ayurveda, sports, and relaxation massage and a Level 2 Reiki practitioner.

Megan teaches yoga and is available for massage and private yoga training or yoga therapy. To read more about Megan and her work, take a look at letterstoyourbody.com.

 

DSC_0029_edited-1 Shawn Manning – Yoga teacher

Thank you for taking a moment to read my bio. I’ve have had a close relationship with meditation most of my life. I’ve enjoyed learn and practicing different styles. I love meditation and activities that use balance. So naturally yoga and I became BFF’s. I took my first teacher training (200hr Yoga Alliance) in 2009. I learned a lot of the basic fundamentals of teaching yoga. I decided I want deepen my understanding of alignments and adjustments. I then took another teacher training (500hr Yoga Works) and started my deeper path. I’m amazed at how much full yoga practice has to offer. My goal now is to teach in the traditions/ lineage of Krishnamacharya. I am currently studying the Yoga Sutras with a student of his son TKV Desikachar. My classes will be fun and challenging. I like to give lots of hands on adjustments. No matter the name or style of the class I’m ask to teach I will do my best to honor the house I’m in. That being said I will also try to make you the rock star of your own yoga practice. Let’s be real, find clearer minds and more joy! There will be breathing practices and mediations. All I ask is to bring an open attitude and if you don’t have a mat you can use mine. I hope to be but a humble guide or at least in the shallow part of my ego I hope to be humble guide :)

Robyn Smith – Yoga Teacher

Robyn has been practicing yoga for 12 years and has been teaching since completing her first training in August 2009. She teaches Vinyasa and Power yoga and draws inspiration from the teachings and disciplines of Iyengar, Kundalini yoga, Ashtanga yoga, and Anusara yoga to create strong and intentional practices. Robyn is a dynamic teacher who is joyful – her practice manifests an attitude of playful experimentation. She encourages students to explore arm balances and inversions, while practicing mindfulness and maturity as they listen to what the body is communicating. Robyn provides opportunity to modify postures so students can create a practice that is unique to their needs.

 Her goal is to empower people to be their best selves so that they might better serve others and approach life as an extension of their yoga practice. Robyn believes that this is the highest value of practicing yoga.

Practicing yoga has presented me endless possibilities for growth. Through the practice of yoga I am continually reminded that possibilities become realities – Robyn Smith

 

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Allison has always had a passion for supporting others, and has dedicated her life to this cause.  After graduating with a degree in Sociology, she has worked in the mental health field as a counselor in various settings.  Through the years, Allison began to feel that her knowledge and capacity to help others was missing a very significant piece.  Yoga came into her life initially as a physical practice and stress reliever, but she began noticing a positive shift in her mind, habits, perspectives, emotional stability, and spirituality.  She knew that this practice was that missing piece she was looking for.  She found that by addressing and working with the mind, body, and spirit as interconnected aspects of the self, healing can happen on a deeper level. She started teaching yoga to children, then began teaching adults.  Eventually she decided to dive deeper into the practice by taking a 1000 hour Yoga Therapy training.  Because of the profound experiences in this training, Allison’s passion for helping others through yoga has grown exponentially.  Her goal through Yoga Therapy is to help others find the power within themselves to self-heal.

 Michelle Jimmink - Pilates Instructor

“Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor.” – Joseph Pilates
Michelle Jimmink began teaching group fitness at UCSD for Recreation and Fitlife in 1996.  She originally taught in the gymnastics program at UCSD and the JCC, and was the Recreation Program Coordinator for the Gymnastics, Dance and Surfing programs from 2004-2006. In 2006 Michelle made the transition to teaching exclusively Pilates after using Pilates for the rehabilitation of many of her coaching injuries.
Her Pilates teaching specialties include: Pilates for Birth Preparation™, Pilates for Postpartum Rehabilitation™, Healing Exercises for Diastasis Recti and C-sections.

 

Kate Medley – Pilates Instructor
Kate achieved her certification through the Chakra Apprentice Program lead by owner, Mariel Fillipone. Prior to her Pilates Certification she spent  12 years in the luxury retail  market.Kate felt a need to change the direction of her life and explore other avenues. Her introduction to Pilates and her own experience led her to pursue a career as a teacher, sharing her love of Pilates. Additionally, Kate is trained in teaching “Fusion type classes” such as:
Heated Reformer, Cardio Circuit training on Pilates Apparatus, Classic Mat, Springboard, Cardio Pilates and Mat Fusion and is the lead Pre-Post Natal Instructor for “Mommy and Me” classes.