Owner/Yoga Teacher/Massage Therapist/HHP
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 sessions.
Irja “Jade” Zarembok
Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Yoga has been a part of Jade’s life for over a decade and Kundalini yoga for many years. She has attended Kundalini Yoga festivals in the U.S. and India, White Tantric Yoga events, Summer Solstice, and other various workshops and classes. The practice of Kundalini yoga has been such a transformative process to her. She greatly appreciates the ability one has to manifest their own life through deep meditation.
Jade received her Kundalini Yoga Teacher Level I certificate from 3HO San Diego and will be pursuing Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level II starting in the Fall of 2012.
Brianna turned to yoga as a way to manage anxiety and stress, but had no idea how much it would transform her both inside and out. She completed her first Vinyasa teacher training in Boulder through Corepower Yoga in 2009, and soon after completed a second and third teacher training with Corepower Yoga in 2010 and 2012. After briefly working in the corporate world, Brianna realized that her true passion was with her practice in yoga and the ability to share this with others. In 2012 she packed up for the adventure of a lifetime and traveled to Goa, India for two months where she completed an intensive teacher training program at Ashiyana Tropical Yoga Center. She is now internationally certified by Yoga Alliance in Vinyasa, and Hatha yoga. Additionally, her certification includes prenatal yoga, partner yoga, and yoga sculpt.
“Yoga has made my mind wise while keeping my body young. It has made me a better person. Period.”
Movement and mind-body connection found me early in life, as I embraced competitive gymnastics, ultimately at the collegiate level. It was through gymnastics that I realized my calling of teaching, initially as a gymnastics coach. My path lead me to a B.S. in Fitness and Sports Medicine, followed by running corporate fitness & wellness centers in both Texas and New York.
Then, in 2004, life threw me a curve when my father committed suicide. Life became bleak, and I struggled with depression and bulimia. I needed a break, and so, I again became a student.
For the next nearly two years, Swami Rama’s Himalayan Institute ashram in Honesdale, Pennsylvania became my home. It was at “The Institute” where I embraced deep study of yoga, meditation, and, most importantly, of me.
And when I was ready, my dream job surfaced — teaching yoga and fitness at the “world’s best destination spa”, Rancho La Puerta. Since 2006, I’ve been the head of the Ranch’s yoga department where I spend half of the week helping “healthy people get healthier”. The rest of the week, I teach group and private sessions in San Diego
Colleen, was introduced to yoga while training for the Philadelphia Marathon. Her muscles were becoming exceedingly tight and her range of motion was steadily decreasing. The healing power of yoga was apparent after her first class. Physically, she noticed a longer stride, and greater control of her breath. Mentally, she felt more at ease and calm, in addition she felt more connected both spiritually and emotionally.
Inspired by Yoga’s mind body connection, Colleen continued her yoga practice while completing her degree in Kinesiology, movement science, at Penn State University. Following graduation, her practice led her to American Yoga in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Intrigued by Yoga’s rich history, she studied Vinyasa yoga, under Monica Schmidt, while enrolled in the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program.
Colleen encourages students to take their practice off the mat and incorporate the eight limb path of yoga in their daily lives. Her classes emphasize preventative and proactive health care,and are tailored to meet the needs of all levels of students.
Ravenna was first introduced to Yoga (and unitards) in her parent’s living room when she was 3. From there, she dabbled in Yoga, but it wasn’t until she had a (not so) little quarter life crisis, that she started practicing every day. Since, she has studied with some amazing and note-worthy teachers from all over the world and received her 200 hour RYT certification from the Yandara Yoga Institute. Ravenna draws from her 7 years of experience as a fitness coach, a degree in theater, and her passion for the practice to create classes that are playful, challenging, sweaty, and a darn good time.
“For me, Yoga has very little to do with the way your body looks in the poses and everything to do with who you are being in the pose—how you’re using your breath, your intention and your energy to transform, explore and express.”
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.
Ram Ravi Singh
Originally from The Netherlands, Ram Ravi has been a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher since 2010. His desire to embark on a journey toward spirituality has guided him to a higher source. Having peace and happiness is integral in his life and his playful energy is contagious. Ram Ravi brings a fresh new flavor of expertise to the local yoga community. He is a warm, informative and gifted teacher who will inspire and motivate you to deepen your connection to your true Self.
“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 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.