Our staff here at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga brings his or her own love, style, compassion, and expertise for the practice to the students of yoga. With staff of various backgrounds and techniques, we're able to offer a full range of classes and are excited to have you discover your own individual practice. Learn more about our instructors below.
What brought you to yoga? About 27 years ago I met a guy who just radiated. I asked him what he was doing. Besides eating mostly raw organic fruits and vegetables, he practiced yoga. I was inspired to try both. Haven’t looked back since.
How do you spend your free time? I really enjoy any type of athletic endeavor. Ultimate Frizbee and trail running are currently at the top of the list.
Danielle began practicing Yoga Asana at the age of 15 as a need for centering and grounding became a theme of her teenage years. She completed her 200 hour YTT at age 17 with Kellie Livingstone as her mentor. She then attended the University of California Santa Cruz, graduating, in three years in 2018, with a Bachelor of Arts in Feminist Studies with a concentration in Culture, Power, and Representation.
Upon finishing her degree, she became a Certified Therapeutic Body Worker by completing the National Holistic Institute’s 800 hour Massage therapy Program and is currently embarking in her 300 hour YTT at the Soul of Yoga in Encinitas, CA with the intention to practice Yoga Therapy and Therapeutic Body Worker throughout the rest of her life. She is drawn to these practice by her intuition as well as her love for attempting to understand the human body, mind and spirit. Her most consistent intention in life is to hold space for herself and others in a compassionate and nurturing way to facilitate moving inward to cultivate space for healing and transformation.
Desiree started practicing yoga six years ago when she needed a new way to find movement, harmony, and peace in her life. After she discontinued playing soccer at the age of 18 she sought out to find a new physical practice that would keep her healthy, strong, and balanced. Due to ankle injuries from soccer she decided that yoga would be a great way to establish strength and mobility in her ankles and overall body. After practicing consistently and loving the results she wanted to deepen her practice and understanding of yoga and decided to join a Yoga Teacher Training in 2016 where she earned a 200 Hour Yoga Teaching Certificate. Since then her yoga practice has continued to grow and she now enjoys not only vinyasa style yoga but kundalini yoga, meditation, sound healing, kirtan, and breath work. Yoga has taught her how to become her biggest supporter, has helped her to establish consistency and accountability in her life and how to love herself unconditionally. In her time off she enjoys spending time in nature, traveling, learning, being with friends and family and immersing herself in new yogic experiences.
What brought you to yoga? Jakob’s first introduction to the Yogic lifestyle was meditation. He attended the Tuesday meditations in the East Room of the Normal Heights studio regularly throughout high school and from there transitioned to yoga.
How do you spend your free time? Jakob is an avid music lover and plays in multiple bands. He also loves to write fiction and poetry and is working on a degree in creative writing.
Internationally grown and raised, Jenny has spent her life around the world, living in different countries and states and collecting passport stamps before she could even walk. A global citizen, she’s from nowhere and everywhere.
In 2011, Jenny wandered into a gym offering yoga classes in a tiny room in the basement. She wanted to try something new and signed up thinking it would just be a good activity to do. Little did she know, her personal practice would evolve through the years, a journey that opened her eyes to a health trifecta of physical, mental, and emotional self-care benefits. Practicing yoga brings her peace, focus, positive challenge, self-awareness, and an open mind and heart. She began her RYT-200 training in Spring 2019 and wants to share these benefits through Restorative yoga with all levels of students, and to continue being a lifelong student herself.
Outside of yoga, Jenny’s other interests include self-development podcasts, movies, road trips and national parks, wildlife conservation, and travel and landscape photography.
Joe is a registered 200 hour Yoga teacher and musician. In addition to playing various instruments, Joe teaches mindfulness meditation. He has been playing the crystal bowls for several years in various settings such as yoga classes, private events and large venues. Joe's musical approach to the crystal bowls provides people a deeply relaxing as well as invigorating experience.
How do you spend your free time? Joe listens to, plays and writes music, hikes, bike rides, plays tennis, spends time with his kids and of course yoga!
Kat found Yoga when looking for a complement to long-distance running. She found that practicing Yoga not only enhanced her physically but also helped ease her struggle with stress and anxiety better than anything she had tried before. After a devastating knee injury left her permanently sidelined from running, she dove into Yoga further, enriching her knowledge and practice.
Having taught English and Kindergarten abroad in multiple countries, she wanted to extend her love of teaching to Yoga and got her Yoga Teacher Training in Baja California, Mexico to spread her love of Yoga with others.
Kat believes Yoga is much more than a physical practice and is constantly learning and practicing mindfulness in an effort to improve her life and that of her students, both on and off the mat. In her time off she enjoys hiking, traveling and cooking delicious and nutritious meals.
Linda began working at the front desk and teaching at Pilgrimage of the Heart in 2008 and has since enjoyed learning all aspects of running a yoga studio! She is proud of our heart-centered community that has grown over the years. She gets a sense of satisfaction when she witnesses students come out of yoga classes, calm, serene, and smiling. In her current role as General Manager, Linda takes pride in supporting the team of staff and teachers in doing what they love most: teaching and offering yoga to our community.
Linda discovered yoga while training for her black belt in martial arts. Yoga quickly became something much more than a compliment to her martial arts practice. She went on to become a certified yoga teacher in 2000, from the Kripalu Institute in western Massachusetts. Linda moved to San Diego from New York in 2008 with her partner John and their loyal dogs Trinity and Sage. In her free time, Linda enjoys reading, cooking up healthy recipes in her home, enjoying movies on the sofa with her family, and enjoying nature's beauty while hiking.