Meet Our Teachers

Our teachers resonate with a philosophy of growth and well-being through movement and mindfulness and are here with a smile and kindness to you help support you on your journey….and they love they LOVE teaching outdoors!

Jamuna

Strength Balancer

Jamuna’s personal journey of self-discovery started in 1996 while living in a small beach town in Southern California, living a simple, healthy lifestyle next to the ocean. He discovered mantra meditation and began to study Vedic philosophy and Sanskrit. Jamuna became immersed in the practice, moved into a Vaishnava ashram, and dove into a lifestyle of Bhakti Yoga. As a monk, he studied in Mayapur, Vrindavan and Varanasi India.

Jamuna’s main objective is to bring students to themselves. His teaching style focuses on creating physical strength and mental balance with an emphasis on the breath. He has been practicing Qigong for over 7 years and he is a student of Sifu (Master) Ko Wong in San Francisco. 

Grace

Medicine Womxn

Grace is a Reiki practitioner, earth mama rooted in the indigenous wisdom passed down by her ancestors deep from the jungles of the Philippines. Her ancestral knowledge and earth connection was cultivated by the teachings of her grandmothers. Her yoga training includes breathwork, meditation, yin, vinyasa, and kundalini technologies.
 
In her class, she blends yoga philosophy, intuitive movement, earth medicine, breath, and evolutionary astrology. 

isaac

calm yogi

Isaac (aka Iso) found yoga eight years ago as part of the popular P90X exercise video series. Since then he has continued to advance his practice, using yoga as a tool to cultivate discipline, body awareness, inner peace, and clarity in his life’s direction.

As a teacher, Isaac seeks to relieve tension on the nervous system through proper alignment, so that energy may flow freely through the body as nature intended. He remains an avid student of yoga through his committed practice, and through his reading on subjects such as consciousness, body mechanics, breath work, and biohacking.

Korrie jean

loud yogi

Korrie is a RYT 500h and she is currently pursuing her Yoga Therapy Certification.

Originally from a small town in Colorado, Korrie first began practicing yoga when she was twelve through the Nintendo Wii. She later discovered the more spiritual aspects of the practice when she joined her first yoga studio at 18. She believes that prevention is the best medicine and uses yoga as a lens to facilitate wellness. 

In Korrie’s class, expect a powerful hour to listen to your body, challenge your breath, and learn something new about yourself. When she is not teaching yoga, Korrie is a big fan of naps and can be found snuggling with her two cats, cooking, reading, and strolling around her neighborhood. 

Milica

ALIGNMENT ENTHUSIAST

Milica teaches a powerful Vinyasa Yoga class. She teaches Yoga because she enjoys seeing progress in students, seeing big smiles and witnessing students falling in love with Yoga as she once did.

Milica loves all the outdoor activities , traveling far and near, music and absolutely loves to dance!

Karissa

Vortex creator

Karissa’s yoga teachings and studying began in Northern California in 2012. Her teachings are a collaboration of her practice with great tribute to her many teachers. She has well over 500 hours of trainings including styles of kundalini, hatha, vinyasa, yin, meditation, pranayam and more. It was through her meditations that she gained insight to move to Maui. She has over 1000 teaching hours that stretch from auburn, Roseville, Sacramento, Ocean Beach, and South Park California as well as Wailuku, Lahaina, Makawao, and Haiku Maui, Hawaii.

Karissa’s teaching style is creative, challenging and empowering. You will leave her class feeling grounded and centered. She keeps the tradition of yoga alive by effortlessly weaving in hidden nuggets of philosophy, great emphasis on many different breathing techniques, and potent intentional movement.

“Yoga is much more than movement: it’s a practice of presence. It is through this work on the mat that we obtain the awareness to apply the work off of the mat into our daily lives.”

nam

yoga doctor

Nam is an E-CYT500 teacher who has trained under Jason Crandell and been featured on Yoga International. As a student of yoga and functional movement modalities, his yoga classes are grounded in strength, anatomical detail and mindfulness. Nam focuses detailed verbal cues and expert hands on adjustments/assists to help his students find a fuller experience in their yoga practice; emphasizing specific learning objectives in each of his classes. Nam’s belief is that teaching yoga is just like teaching any other subject, in that the teacher has a responsibility to not just provide a unique experience, but to educate their students on the subject itself. 

Kai

Yoga Deck

San Diego Born, Kai specializes in Mysore Practicum as taught in KPJAYI in Mysore, India in traditional format and kids yoga. Kai is passionate about Pilates. Kai is an avid lover of travel, photography, music, dance, entrepreneurship & writing. Her style in the yoga room, is strong and supportive, tailoring the practice to the individual is what she loves. Her teachings are rooted in ashtanga yoga origin. Teaching Ashtanga Yoga & Mat Pilates full-time and providing a safe space for others is her ultimate work.

ray

SYSTEM RESETTER

Since discovering the medicine of Yoga in a college course, Ray has been continuing to study and utilize practices of asana, meditation and breath-work to cultivate oneness within the physical vessel, as well as the external world. 

As a Reiki Master Ray often integrates tools of channeling one’s own healing abilities into teachings, while honoring the roots of these different medicines and the lineages from which they come. 

Jamie
NATURE NURTURER

Jamie is an Oregon native and 500 hr Registered Yoga Teacher who began practicing yoga in college and teaching in 2016. She teaches various styles of yoga including restorative, yin, slow flow and vinyasa for strength and mobility.

Yoga philosophy, lunar alchemy and nature are cornerstones of inspiration for her classes; guiding students to explore their internal landscape, attune to the rhythms of the season, and promote balance and harmony within.

Jamie enjoys outdoor adventures, sunrise runs at the beach, traveling, listening to classic rock music, writing poetry and cuddling her cat, Sasha Fierce!

tristan

Anda Yogi

Tristan has practiced Vinyasa Yoga for over 10 years and has guided yogis through their practices for over six years. Tristan believes the Asana practice sets up the energy and mindfulness that brings the same unions of breath to movement outside of the studio, after class. Through challenging but accessible sequencing, mindful and anatomic cueing, and vibrant energy and music, Tristan helps you not  only to become a better yogi, but also to use yoga to become a better whatever it is you are off of your mat. 

Tianna

Tianna is a certified massage therapist specializing in perinatal massage, a birth/postpartum doula as well as an instructor of yoga and bodywork. In her experience of honoring therapeutic touch and practicing the art of mindful movement, she’s continually delighted to unearth new and fruitful ways to help clients and students take root in their bodies. 

Having the honor to create spaces that nurture and inspire is her call to this craft, and the greatest gift is to be able to share it. Tianna’s goal is to promote fierce and authentic self love as well as healing in all of its rawest forms!

Zach

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Originally from New Jersey, Zach is so grateful to call San Diego his home. His yoga journey is marked by a commitment to inclusivity, personal growth, and a deep understanding of the diverse nature of yoga practice.

With over 500 hours of Yoga and movement training, he brings a unique yet familiar approach to the mat. His teaching style is focused on empowering his students to discover their own unique paths within the realm of yoga, and his personal experiences with trauma, training with Budokon, and philosophy studies all contribute to a holistic and mindful approach to practice. While you’ll learn various well-known postures in his classes, he also encourages you to explore your own sensations and thoughts, which may vary from day to day.

Zach encourages a mindful approach to life through breathing and movement, helping students slow down and embrace the present moment.

Markandeya

MuSical Yogi

Born in Argentina, he’s been practicing Yoga since he was very young, thanks to the influence of his grandmother (his first yoga teacher). He trained as a monk in India and other countries for more than 4 years, certifying himself in different styles of yoga, meditation, philosophy and leadership. Now, based in San Diego, CA. Teaching in the most renowned gyms and studios in San Diego and traveling to many cities and countries, giving classes and seminars at universities, TV shows, radio and schools.

Casey

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Casey Beare, 1000hr Yoga Therapist ,trained in Maui, HI and San Diego, CA believes that body literacy and mindfulness practice is key to true health and transformation of the mind, body & spirit. Her classrooms are trauma informed, invitational and educational. Each class will initiate with a dharma talk or anatomical focus set up before moving through pranayama and intelligent sequencing. “I create safety and education through information as I guide you through experiences that are rooted in compassion and inquiry while challenging you to expand your edges.” Nervous system nerd and firm believer that playlists are a love language; Casey is excited to connect with Yoga Deck’s expanding community.

Kayla

Kayla

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Born and raised in a small town in the Midwest, it wasn’t until 2018 that Kayla found her passion for Power Vinyasa Yoga. Kayla completed her 200 hour Teacher Training in Portland, Oregon in 2020 and has since found joy in sharing her practice with people looking to build strength and endurance by marrying breath to movement in an upbeat environment. Kayla’s simple pleasures consist of beach days with her dog, Diego, overpriced oat milk lattes, sunshine and nature and that feeling when yoga feels like a dance.

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Cat

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Cat’s teaching style blends function, discipline and play; an homage to the incredible teachers she has had the fortune of studying under and rooted deeply with her personal practice and training in the memorized system of Ashtanga vinyasa. Most recently, she has been fascinated by the interweaving of Chinese traditional medicine with Indian wisdom, specifically how the meridian system utilized in acupuncture both mirrors and compliments the Indian chakra system and how they connect us to our inner(and outer) universe. Her yogini/performance art background allows her to explore both physical and emotional expression with meditative and constructive focus cultivating effective communication not only with the other but also within ourselves, becoming aware, not self conscience or self editing.

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Surya

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Surya is a lifelong practitioner of yoga, both on and off the mat, and has been teaching yoga for over two decades.

Named and raised by a loving yogi father, she has 500+ certification hours in multiple yoga modalities and is a personal yoga fitness coach.

Surya is a mother to her 5 children and in this spirit, joyfully and playfully guides her students towards peaceful being and balanced physical strength. Students in her classes walk away feeling better, stronger, kinder, and wiser in both body and mind.

When not on her yoga mat Surya is a long board surfer, 5k runner, gym rat and nerdy San Diego architecture docent.

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Hamsa

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Hamsa is Vietnamese-French poet, performance artist, and model who is native to Los Angeles. She has trained over 100 students in yoga, reiki, and plant medicine in the last 5 years. 

Hamsa’s teaching journey has taken her across San Diego, as well as retreat centers in both Hawai’i and Bali. She is passionate about supporting the queer + trans community, addiction recovery, and neuro-diverse individuals.

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