1330 Orange Ave, #210
Island Yoga Coronado Instructors
Stephanie was born and raised right here, in Coronado, and is an SDSU alum. She has two sons at the high school and is thrilled to be settled back in her hometown! Stephanie discovered Bikram Yoga in 2000 and hasn’t stopped since. She has been teaching Bikram Yoga since 2011 and loves sharing the benefits of this amazing practice! She is also certified to teach Yin Yoga and Inferno Hot Pilates and is so grateful and happy to be part of the community at Island Yoga Coronado.
Jennifer started her yoga practice slowly and as a complement to her
other physical activities. After a move to San Diego in she began to
explore her practice in more depth and knew that she had found something
meaningful to challenge her physically and calm her mind. Yoga became
her primary physical outlet.
After graduating from a 200 hour alignment-based teacher training she
immediately began teaching and soon expanded her training to include Yin
Yoga. Jennifer is excited to share, help, and guide others as they
discover what yoga can do for them personally.
Gail is an alum of SDSU and is a former elementary school teacher. She has taught water aerobics, all levels of swimming instruction, and has coached swimming. Gail found Hot Yoga in 2012 and immediately fell in love with the practice. She now enjoys sharing the practice as a teacher and helping people to recognize the scope of benefits that continue to grow and enhance one’s health at all fitness levels.
Mochi was introduced to Bikram yoga in 2000. Not too long after
becoming certified in the Fall of 2001 she went on to tour with The Lion
King musical (National tour, Broadway & Las Vegas). As a professional
performing artist, yoga enabled her to maintain the health of her mind,
body & spirit during a highly demanding time. Her joy is to pass along
this practice to others to maintain a balanced and inspired life. She’s
been kickin’ butts into shape with Inferno Hot Pilates since 2016 and
very much looks forward to seeing YOU in the hot room.
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. Lauren is delighted to be back on the island! She is thrilled to share her passion for Bikram Yoga and Hot Pilates with the students that she holds so dearly to her heart.
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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. Since moving to San Diego, Victoria has loved 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 yin and vinyasa teacher trainings and enjoys introducing the concept of yin in order to balance out the yang of our everyday lives.
Over 25 years ago Jake climbed the stairs that led to the Green Lake Bikram Yoga studio in Seattle, knees probably shaking, in search of his first-ever yoga class. Since then he has practiced in over 150 different studios, all over the world. He graduated from Teacher Training in Palm Desert in 2009 and has taught in over 30 different studios so far. “Do the yoga; it is the foundation for anything else you do,” says Jake. “Come sweat with us.”
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 loves teaching yoga and Qoya, which is a fusion of yoga, dance and sensual movement for women and leads retreats in Italy and Mexico.
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 Island Yoga Coronado 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.
Koko Adams is a native of Japan and now lives in beautiful San Diego!
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.
Desiree fell in love with hot yoga ten years ago, while living in Sacramento. Her best friend came to visit, paid for her first class and she was hooked!! At the time, she was suffering from back pain and TMJ but found that the more hot yoga she did the less pain she had. In a few months, she was pain free. She still loves reading, researching sharing the long term benefits of hot yoga. Desiree moved to San Diego 6 years ago and got her teachers’ certification at the San Diego Yoga Center’s.
Marley recently moved to the San Diego area from Annapolis, Maryland. Marley has been practicing the 26&2 series since 2011 and became certified to teach in summer, 2018 through the Yoga Factory. This practice has changed her life in so many ways and she is passionate about sharing the amazing benefits of hot yoga with everyone! Outside of the hot room she is a proud dog mom, avid foodie, and lover of all things outdoors.
Rusty took his first yoga class in 2014, completed his Hot 26 & 2 Teacher Training in 2017, and completed Maha Hatha Teacher Training in January 2020.
He initially came to Hot Yoga in search of a daily practice to nurture and strengthen his body and mind. “I spend each day in awe of each experience – the marvel of the sun’s path across the sky, the taste and texture of the food and water that I consume, and savoring the interactions that I have with the beings that I encounter. The world constantly reminds me that I’m a part of it and I aim to find alignment, strength, and flexibility within it. I hope that each student can progress a little within themselves each time they take my class.”