Staff


Atulya Berube

DSC_0056What 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.

 


Astika Mason

AstikaAstika is a 40 year disciple of spiritual master Sri Chinmoy. A universalist who has practied several spiritual traditions in both monastic and non-monastic communities, he believes the essence of personal practice is the same across all faiths. A poet, essayist and short story author, Astika is a lay contributor to the Buddhist Text Translation Society when not working on his first novel, The City of The Goddess.

 


Blair Hartwell

Blair What brought you to yoga? Blair came to yoga first as a college student, looking for something to balance lots of ultimate frisbee playing.  Enjoying the slower pace, she began practicing at the local yoga studio closest to her home in 2007: Pilgrimage of the Heart!  After quitting her day job, she studied yoga in San Francisco, and came back to San Diego open to opportunities.  Studio Founder Sujantra McKeever was looking for a manager for the little studio, and Blair jumped at the chance to both teach and work behind the scenes at Pilgrimage.

How do you spend your free time? Blair spends her free time with her family – be it playing volleyball at the beach, going out to brunch, or watching her two sons wrestle on the floor..

 


Brittany Matthews

As a child, Brittany was first taught Yoga by her Grandmother. She returned to her practice as an adult and began a journey of self-love, peace and good health. Brittany loves being outside in the sunshine with her two pups. She is a self-acclaimed “foodie” and enjoys spending time with loved ones at yummy eateries and enjoying tasty beverages from local breweries. She is also a travel bug when time allows.

 


Desiree Iacono

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.

 


Jakob McWhinney

JakobWhat 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.

 


Joe Schwab

DSC_0003 Years ago Joe took his 3 year old son to a Martial Arts class and his son was a little shy, so Joe agreed to do it with him. He was totally out of shape and when the instructor told them to run back and forth he pulled a leg muscle. The instructor basically said, “You’re not ready for this, you need to do yoga!” Joe thought he was being demoted, but he took his first yoga class, found it extremely beneficial, and haven’t looked back since.

How do you spend your free time? Joe listens to, play and write music, hike, bike ride, play tennis, spend time with his kids and of course yoga!

 


Kat Gulino

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 Martone

What brought you to yoga? 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 came to San Diego via New York in 2008 with her partner John, and their loyal pooches Trinity and Sage.

How do you spend your free time? Linda can be found cooking up healthy recipes in her home, enjoying movies on the sofa with John, Trinity and Sage, and practicing Tai Chi. You are bound to spot Linda at the farmers market or in the local pour-over coffee joint!

 


Tom Warner

LightenedDSC_0584Tom found yoga very casually around 1990. But what really ‘brought’ him to yoga was a very challenging period in his life where he needed to de-stress and “get a hold of” himself.

How do you spend your free time? Tom spends his free time making music, his favorite pastime… and he surfs, paints and hangs out, whenever possible, with his kids.