Teaching Staff

Anthony Burkart

Co-owner

Beginners Hot Yoga

Advanced Yoga 

After more than two decades of yoga practice I now more than ever appreciate and understand the benefits and results it produces. I am still enthralled with the feel of my own breath, body, stillness of mind, mental clarity, profound thought, and well being all of which yoga practice awakens. At this point it's not possible for me to live my life without the practice of yoga. I have truly found my path and as a yoga instructor I will do my best to help you find yours. Namaste.

Charlene Ohri

Co-owner

Beginners Hot Yoga

Kids Yoga

I took my first yoga class in 2005 and after taking class I was in love with the way I felt inside and out and how it challenged my entire being. My yoga practice was changing my life and I felt called to share yoga with others. I was certified to teach in 2011 and became co-owner of the studio in 2016. I love sharing my love of yoga, the discipline it takes and helping students forget the outside stresses of life. Outside of the studio, I'm raising a family with my husband Shawn- showing our kids Anisah and Kash all the wonderful things San Diego has to offer. I look forward to meeting you and helping you on your yoga journey. Take a leap of faith and see where it brings you.

Lesli Lounsbury

Beginners Hot Yoga

I started practicing yoga in 2000 and immediately fell in love with it. I decided to become a certified instructor in the spring of 2001 to share the amazing benefits. In 2003 I won the title of the 1st International Yoga Champion. This allowed me to travel the world teaching, coaching, judging and demonstrating. When I’m not in the yoga room, I’m a hairstylist and herbalist. I really enjoy helping people look and feel beautiful from the inside out. In my free time, my husband Ken and I love outdoor adventures.

Tracy Henige

Beginners Hot Yoga

I first heard about hot yoga from a friend and thought, "Really? It's a stretching class-will my heart pound? Will it challenge me?" I took my first class in September 2007. I remember lying on my mat after that first class (a bit nauseous and wiped out) and thinking "YES" to my earlier reservations about yoga- it was both challenging and a workout. I woke up the next morning and felt EVERY muscle.

I made myself go back and take a class a week later and managed one class a week for almost two years; it was a love/hate relationship. Over the next three years, I finally made my goal to do five classes a week. I am addicted! I love yoga and the many benefits that come with it both physically and mentally. 

I have always had the passion to become a teacher but found it difficult with a family at home and a time-consuming job. When my son and daughter left for college the timing was right to take the next step and begin training. 

Amy Scher

Beginners Hot Yoga

I began my practice in 2008 in Ashland, Oregon. I soon realized that Bikram Yoga was special and transformative. In 2011, I made the decision to go to Bikram's teacher training. I have had the opportunity to teach in Chicago, Kauai, and now here in beautiful San Diego. It is with gratitude that I get to teach and share yoga with all of you.

Delaney Farrell

Vinyasa Flow 

I started my yoga journey in 2012 with a free week at a yoga studio. I was young, I had little to no flexibility and absolutely no body awareness. I struggled and sweat a TON, but after the first class I took, I was hooked. I signed up for a 200-hour power yoga teacher training in 2013, which gave me more knowledge about yoga, but I didn't feel ready to teach. I kept a daily practice after that and looked for more ways to engage my yoga practice. In 2015 I completed a 100-hour power yoga with weights teacher training, which strengthened my body and mind. Finally, in 2016 I made the decision to go to yoga's birthplace, India, where I completed my 200 hour Hatha yoga training. Yoga is such an integral part of my life, it inspires confidence and love for myself and gives me mental clarity. To this day I still maintain a daily practice and it's something I want to continue with for the rest of my life. Whatever problems life throws at you - your mat will always be there for you. Namaste!

Candace Callihugh

Vinyasa Burn

I found yoga in 2009 when looking for another way to burn off steam after running avidly for over 20 years. I’ve been practicing regularly ever since. Yoga has become more than just a form of exercise – it’s a lifestyle that has changed my overall perspective. 

My aim as a teacher is to create a safe and grounding space for my students, where they can cultivate deep body awareness. My classes are ignited by carefully chosen music and a focused theme.  

I’m a Texas native, Navy veteran, and now work as a civil servant. I have over 28 years of combined service to the Department of the Navy.  I moved to San Diego in 1993 and have lived here ever since.  I love spending time outdoors with my husband, Tim, and our rescue dog, Utah. 

Renda  Nazzal

Vinyasa Flow

Born and raised in San Diego, I love being outdoors and played sports from a young age. After sustaining an ankle injury during college soccer, and deciding to try a new form of movement, I joined my first yoga class and was quickly drawn in. I maintained a home practice for many years while traveling and living abroad, and upon returning to San Diego in 2015, discovered the meditative and healing practices of Hatha and hot yoga. It was then that my connection to yoga began to blossom. I received my 200-hour yoga teaching certification in early 2018 and have been blessed to share my own journey and teach the beautiful practice of yoga ever since! Outside of the studio, I spend my days brewing tea at The AubreyRose Tea Room and tending to my home garden.

Beginners Hot Yoga

Hiroko Yamada

I originally come from Japan and have been teaching yoga since 2012. I've been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to teach in many places across the world, but my favorite is here in San Diego! I love yoga and my 4 beautiful daughters. I'd love to see your happy smiling face in the hot room!

Mercedes Martinez

Beginners Hot Yoga

I was born in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic and am one of a dozen kids. I moved to NYC at the age of 12 and enrolled in the United States Marine Corps soon after graduating from High School. The Marine Corps is how I made my way to sunny San Diego where my passion for yoga began. I've practiced many types of yoga but Bikram Hatha yoga is where my heart is at and what I've been doing for many years. 

Aside from yoga my hobbies include hiking, cooking, biking, sewing, listening to live music, watching theater productions and a nice walk on the beach to name a few.

My favorite quote is........Life is a journey enjoy the ride. 

Phil Jones

Beginners Hot Yoga

After 30 years of rugby and numerous other physical activities my body was quitting on me. 

In November of 2016  I was introduced to hot yoga and after my first class I was hooked. 

I practice daily and have been teaching since 2019. 

Hot yoga has improved my diet, my physical and mental condition. I invite you to take class and see what it can do for you.

Max Love

Yin Yoga

Rest & Restore Yoga

I'm an Intuitive Healer, Reiki Level 2 practitioner, and an avid dog lover. Through asana, meditation, and pranayama- I believe that yoga can be a healing and life-changing practice that inspires all of us. Focusing on slowing down and becoming more mindful in our daily practices, I believe in the power of letting go and focusing on mindfulness, self-acceptance and being in the now with this breath, this pose, and this moment. I'm currently registered with the Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 credential and hold certificates in Yin Yoga, Pranayama and CPR for adults and children. When not cooking or practicing yoga, I can be found on a trail with my dog Blue or working on my garden.

Shane Cochran

Beginners Hot Yoga

There is nothing that pushes me to be a better person than hot yoga. I began practicing in October of 2011, excited but very shy and extremely scared of the unknowns of hot yoga. I had only taken one yoga class before, at Grossmont College, but it didn't motivate me. Throughout my first hot yoga class, I couldn't stop grinning. Ever since then, I have improved emotionally, physically, mentally. I am a stronger person all around because of this yoga and I look forward to helping people discover what they're capable of.

Artie Capozzi

Beginners Hot Yoga

I started practicing yoga when I first moved to southern California in 2001. Immediately noticing the powerful healing benefits of yoga, I quickly devoted myself to a steady practice. Over the years yoga has helped me heal injuries, prevent illness and develop physical, mental and emotional strengths in ways I could have never imagined. Experiencing even deeper levels of the psychological healing benefits of yoga as I slowly overcame losing my father in 2015 to cancer, I decided to take on a teacher training to help share what I've learned through the years of a strong and steady practice. This yoga has become such a foundational necessity to my life seeing me through difficult and challenging times as well as helping me live at my highest level of being that I am forever grateful and devoted to practicing and teaching this yoga to my best abilities.

Violet Diaz

Beginners Hot Yoga

I started my yoga practice in 2008 and immediately became addicted. I've always suffered from anxiety. Bikram yoga helped me with it and continues to help me. I've learned so much about myself through my yoga practice and best of all to understand that life is ok, even when it’s not ok. The energy I get from my yoga practice explains why I still practice it today. I always invite my family and friends to join me so they too can see the good yoga has to offer. If I find the treasure I want others to benefit from it too. In 2019 I got the privilege to learn from the best teacher one could ever have (Anthony Burkart). Now I have the ability to help others through yoga and that warms my heart. When I'm not practicing yoga I'm busy being a mother, wife, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend. Creating memories is what I live for. I hope to see you in class.

Eric Applegarth

Vinyasa Flow

Life took a turn for the best when I found yoga over eight years ago in San Francisco. I believe that the practice of yoga can help everyone reach an authentic connection with oneself. In 2017, I made the decision to become a 300 hour certified yoga instructor, specializing in hatha and prenatal yoga. My intention is to hold space for an alignment focused class providing guidance, stability, and strength. Come share your practice and connect with your best self.

Desiree Smith

Beginners Hot Yoga

I fell in love with hot yoga in 2010. I was suffering from TMJ, back pain and depression. I continued my practice by taking class 3 times a week. After a few months, my TMJ and back pain went away! Also, my depression significantly decreased! I am a testament of how yoga can help us physically and mentally.

I was lucky to train here at my home studio SDYC and after my first year of teaching, I fell in love with hot yoga all over again. When I’m not in the studio I enjoy spending time with my three children, spending time outdoors and enjoying the San Diego sun.

Jake Symons

Beginners Hot Yoga

I was first introduced to Bikram Yoga in 2002. I was an injured athlete with a torn hamstring and Bikram yoga allowed me to heal my body and to become one of the top hurdlers for California. I continued practicing and even competed in the Southern California yoga regionals in 2008. I graduated from Teacher Training Fall 2010 in my hometown, San Diego. I love the challenge of coming into class every day and overcoming obstacles, gaining balance, and learning to let go.

Teaching has greatly deepened my love and understanding of the practice. Even after all these years, I am always learning something new in the yoga room and enjoy seeing the effects of yoga on all the students.

Brie Kuber

Vinyasa Flow 

Yoga has made me more kind, compassionate, and present. I finished my 200-hour teacher training in August 2019 with a focus on trauma-informed and mindfulness-based yoga and am Reiki 2 certified. I believe we all hold our pasts, daily stresses, and personal or generational traumas in our bodies. This causes us to no longer trust our bodies and creates a barrier between our mind-body connection. We as teachers must provide our students with options and empower them to make the choices that will feel best for their body, whether that is to flow through a Sun Salutation or to rest in Savasana for the entire class. In my classes, I emphasize staying in the moment by syncing breath to movement and checking in with sensations and thoughts that come up throughout practice. I strive to make all of the classes I teach feel safe and accessible to all abilities, bodies, and expressions.

Bethany  Anderson

Vinyasa Flow

Yin Yoga

I'm Bethany and thanks for stopping by! I started practicing yoga about ten years ago but recently started teaching. For the past few years, I've been working with a women's program teaching classes for at-risk communities. I like to challenge myself taking a variety of classes and I enjoy bringing awareness to the body through breathwork. I really enjoy teaching Yin yoga because I believe a solid restorative practice is so important to balance our hectic day to day lives. 

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