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 sessions.

Brianna Parisi - Yoga Teacher

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.”

 

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.

Colleen Loiseau - Yoga Teacher

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.

Laura PhotoLaura Welty – Yoga Teacher

Laura found yoga originally as a way to compliment her vigorous lifestyle and passion for running. Over time her, however, yoga practice became the center point of her wellness quest.  She completed a Vinyasa Flow Training program and is certified with Yoga Alliance. For Laura, yoga is about improving strength, balance, flexibility, and focus but mostly it’s about having fun. She believes the best type of “exercise” you can do is the one that you WILL do. Laura hopes her class inspires others to use yoga as a tool for life both on and off the mat.

“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.

Ram Ravi Singh - Yoga Teacher

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.

Leila Whitehead - Yoga Teacher

“My interest in Yoga sparked at a very young age with early memories of my mum standing on her head. Completely intriguing me. Our house was filled with images of Hindu Gods and goddesses, kindling my curiosity and drawing me to all aspects of Yoga, physical and spiritual. I started practicing with my mum in my early teens further fueling my passion for this practice.
My curiosity for the spiritual aspect of Yoga drew me to a three month trip around India in 2010 where I studied and trained to be a Yoga instructor. The training brought me back to the roots of Yoga and showed me how Yoga is actually a way of life, not just movements on a mat. I feel that in the West we have come far away from the true meaning of Yoga. It has become just another way of getting fit and getting the body into shape. While finding harmony in the physical body is important in Yoga, creating it in the mind and spirit holds perhaps the greatest benefit.
Irrespective of our motives for practice, we find ourselves growing emotionally, spiritually and physically. Yoga gives us the opportunity to get to know and understand ourselves. It gives us the tools to enable us to live a happier, more meaningful and connected life. I am so grateful to have the opportunity of sharing the experience of Yoga with others.

A little Quote from Leila…

“No matter what path you take enjoy the journey, laugh often, challenge your fears, grow, expand and embrace the beauty in everything. Most of all embrace all that life throws at you no matter what it may be. Trust. Surrender. LOVE.”

BethHogan1Beth Hogan – Yoga Teacher

Beth Hogan began her yoga practice at a pre-natal class in 1996. After years of experiencing the life-changing benefits of yoga, she left her job in corporate training to pursue a career in yoga and fitness. Beth connects with the philosophy that yoga is therapeutic for the body, mind and soul, and she strives to create that beautiful connection for students in her classes. She believes that yoga is for everyone and especially loves working with beginning students.

Beth began her teacher training with Shashi Pottahil at the Yoga and Meditation Center in San Diego. She received her 200 hour Hatha Yoga Therapy certification under the guidance of Newsha Sarafha at Shafa Yoga in Poway, California and is registered with Yoga Alliance. Beth is certified as a Group Fitness Instructor through the American Council on Exercise and a Silver Age Yoga Teacher through SAYCO. She is a member of the Yoga Education Society and is currently pursuing certification as a Postural Alignment Specialist.
Beth loves teaching both group and private classes throughout San Diego.

Allison Szakovits - 

 

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.

 

Darren Issazadeh – Yoga Teacher/Martial Artist

Darren Issazadeh left the fiscal world to pursue the study of Ashtanga Yoga and Martial Arts.

Originally from London, England, he moved to San Diego in 2001. He has been studying martial arts for over 20 years and yoga since 2001. His main influences are Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar Yoga and Ving Tsun Kung Fu.

For more than decade, Darren has been an innovator in the transmission of yoga and martial arts for health, healing and personal transformation. He believes both martial arts and yoga, when practiced correctly, become a moving meditation and would love to see everybody incorporating both in their daily lives.

He loves helping people to lose weight, gain confidence and break through self-imposed ceilings. His goal is to always empower his students and to help them become better versions of themselves. On any given day, you may find Darren in Balboa Park, giving a private lesson on Ving Tsun, or going on a run with his two dogs, Blue and Leila.

 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.