1330 Orange Ave, #210
Island Yoga Coronado Instructors
Stephanie was born and raised right here, in Coronado. She has two sons at the high school and is thrilled to be settled back in her hometown! Stephanie discovered Bikram Yoga 17 years ago and hasn’t stopped since. She has been teaching for seven years and loves sharing the benefits of this amazing practice! She was recently certified to teach Yin Yoga and is so grateful and happy to be part of the community at Hot + Soul Yoga Center.
Lauren C. Mills, RYT-500, PYT
Lauren began a casual yoga practice in 2005, in order to find stillness while she was living in New York. After later moving to Washington D.C., she discovered hot yoga and completely fell in love with it.
Born on the east coast, she has always been drawn to California. Lauren fell in love with San Diego in 2010 after spending 9 weeks here for Bikram Yoga Teacher Training.
Leaving that training feeling renewed, grateful, and inspired, she returned to Southern California in 2013 to pursue her 500-hour training through YogaWorks. It was then, Lauren was lucky enough to meet Karlie Knight and to be welcomed into the Coronado Hot Yoga community, which instantly felt like home.
She returned to D.C. for a spell and completed an 85-hour prenatal teacher training, only to be pulled back to the golden coast yet again.
Lauren is delighted to be back on the island! She is thrilled to share her passion with the yogis she holds so dearly to her heart.
When off her mat, Lauren enjoys discovering Coronado with her pug, Tippy. Please visit www.laurencmills.com
Carrie developed a love for artful movement participating in classes filled with acceptance, captivating music and fun choreography. She sought several styles and methods out of continued interest along the way. Carrie found Pilates and yoga essential to maintain a level of wellness and active recovery for long distance running. She enjoys teaching fitness, strength, Pilates and yoga to share her enthusiasm for fitness sprinkled with artisan healing for balance, variety, and self-care.
Victoria Ngo Border
Victoria dabbled in yoga throughout college, but it wasn’t until she sustained a serious knee injury when she discovered the healing power of the practice. Despite struggling to walk even on crutches, Victoria completed a 30-Day Bikram challenge in order to keep her body moving and took modifications for every pose. After moving to San Diego, Victoria discovered the joys of hot vinyasa yoga and a consistent practice in early 2012. She loves the challenges that yoga presents and strongly believes in being a student of the practice, constantly working to fine-tune her alignment and find balance within her body, and encourages her students to do the same. It’s not about how deep you go in a pose…it’s about connecting to your breath, moving in a way that’s safe for your body, and having fun. Victoria has completed both vinyasa and yin teacher trainings and enjoys introducing the concept of yin in order to balance out the yang of our everyday lives.
Hayden, a certified 200 RYT, is our in-house nomadic yogi. Originally from New York, Hayden has bounced around the country and globe living in New Orleans, Rome, Maui, Florida, & Boston… finally finding her home-base here in sunny San Diego. Hayden began her love affair with yoga as a devout Bikram yoga purist in 2010. Hayden’s passion for yoga & travel gave birth to her most recent venture- starting her own corporate wellness business, Namaste Anywhere(R), which brings yoga/meditation classes on-site to businesses around San Diego. When Hayden is outside the hot room, she likes to meditate or lay close to the ocean. Or she’s drooling over her young nephew and niece who live in San Diego as well.
Heidi was originally drawn to yoga as a physical practice, especially as it creates balance in the body. Eventually she came to learn that increasing flexibility in our bodies can be a gateway to gaining flexibility in our minds. For her, yoga is an exercise in transcending the belief that our thoughts and emotions are who we are. She takes inspiration from the idea of “wabi sabi,” the Japanese art of seeing beauty in imperfection, acceptance of transience, and finding profundity in nature. Although we are far from perfect, yoga reminds us that we are all whole. Heidi’s classes are heavily influenced by the Iyengar, Vinyasa, and Yin traditions. Her style is adaptive, balanced, creative – and sometimes a bit irreverent. When Heidi’s not practicing yoga, you can find her cooking, studying foreign languages, or planning her next trip abroad.
Krissy is a native Californian who moved to San Diego in late 2015. She took her first Bikram yoga class during her freshman year at UCSB and was completely hooked. In 2005 she attended the spring teacher training in Los Angeles, after which she moved to New York City where she taught for 6+ years. She then taught in Italy for over a year until realizing it was time to come home to sunny California. She was certified as a Qoya teacher and started her embodiment coaching practice in 2013. She loves teaching yoga and Qoya, which is a fusion of yoga, dance and sensual movement for women and leads retreats in Italy and Mexico.
Mira has been teaching the Bikram Method Yoga for 18 years. She has taught in several Hawaiian Islands, Colorado, Wisconsin, and up and down the CA coast. She has also taught internationally, in Turkey and London. In addition to exploring the world, Mira enjoys exploring several forms of yoga. She recently completed her yin yoga training here in San Diego. San Diego is her home where she lives with her life partner, West and their ginger tiger kitty, Zoe.
Nellie has been practicing yoga for 12 years and has been a certified yoga teacher for 6 years. When she started practicing yoga it changed her life. She wanted to become a teacher so that she could share this wonderful practice with the world. Nellie believes that yoga is for everyone. She lives in Coronado and loves teaching at the Hot + Soul Yoga studio because it is a delightful yoga community. Nellie looks forward to seeing you in her class.
Sharon moved to San Diego from her hometown of Washington, DC in August 2016. She is AFAA, BASI Pilates, and Xtend Barre certified. Sharon has been involved in the fitness industry since 2003, when she started taking group exercise classes at Northeastern University in Boston. The camaraderie and variety of classes were such a blast, she became a group fitness instructor in spring 2009, while also working full-time in HR and Legal Recruiting for an Intellectual Property law firm. Sharon has taught everything from Pilates and Barre to Bootcamp and Kickboxing to Step and Cycling. She enthusiastically delivers a fun yet challenging experience and encourages her clients to push their limits while offering modifications along the way.
Madie has only recently started her yoga journey but quickly fell in love with the amazing benefits she received. She completed her RYT 200 hour and found her calling teaching and helping people through yoga. Her dedication and passion to the art and practice of yoga has quickly developed to other health and fitness related work including Pilates. She has lived in San Diego almost her entire life but has had the opportunities to travel and experience other cultures. Her long time goal will to someday be able to travel and share her passion for yoga and pilates around the world.
Rex Dean Villena
Rex is a San Diego native. He continues to train in a variety of styles and modes. The most recent being Yin Yoga with Joe Barnett, and Yoga of Recovery with Leela Durga. He was trained in Vinyasa under Helen Cloots. “I remember driving by these boxes that say ‘something… yoga’ on them with no interest. I had no idea, oblivious, only slightly curious, as to the kind of work ‘they’ do in there.’They’ became ‘us’ and ‘us’ quickly became all. All beings. Suddenly I felt connected to people, empathetic, alive. A light was shed on my addictions and separateness thought patterns became illusory. Yoga practice, yoga teaching, and yoga healing for all beings.”
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Stefan was born and raised in former Czechoslovakia. He came to the US as a chef and wanted to open his own restaurant. He was also doing some modeling which required lots of time in the gym, and one trainer told him about Bikram Yoga— he was hooked after his first class. After attending teacher training in 2009, he soon quit his cooking job and became a traveling yoga teacher. He arrived to San Diego and planned to stay for two weeks but never left. Make sure to check out Stefans’ artwork at the studio above the yoga room doors!