I am a health & fitness professional for over 34 years. As an experienced fitness , Zumba and yoga instructor , I have taught classes for the healthcare industry and the various gyms in San Diego.
My love for yoga , began at age 12, when my father introduced me to the practice of trancendental meditation & healing hatha , passed on to him by the Mahareshi Mahesh Yogi. A knee injury gave me the opportunity to rethink my overall lifestyle & fitness routine & led me to deepen my practice of yoga.
Yoga teacher training positively impacted my yoga teachings and practice. My life experiences and the stars aligned to find my dharma , my life's purpose. Fate led my husband Chris & I to open the very first yoga center in the history of National city , CA. Our hearts , mind & spirit will thrive and sustain through this sanctuary.
We are honored to be able to serve and connect with every yogi. Creating opportunities to know ourselves better. Inviting a state of sustained bliss and joy.
I was born in Asia, at the feet of Tien Shan Mountains but have been studying in Europe, and returning to Asia from time to time as it is my home. I have been a certified Yoga and Reiki teacher while living and teaching in USA for the past twenty years.
I am also a poet and artist, making short films-poetry to aid visually meditation and relaxation.
You can travel in my poetic reality by visiting my sister website -
Chris brings all his diverse backgrounds into his practice. Having joined the army at the young age of 18, he was exposed to many different people and background. Some of those exposures led to his love of philosophy (eastern and western), Indian culture, and working in the medical field.
After the Army, Chris moved back to San Diego, continued working in the operating room. Where he gained a deep understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Being in health care drove Chris to take care of him self so that he could help others.
That is where he found yoga. where it opened the doors to so much more of a heart driven life. Soon Chris was coaching track and field (pole vaulting) and resumed his training in Japanese martial arts.
It was very easy after to ten years of his own yoga practice to step on the other side and become a yoga teacher. His style is a fun, practical, down to earth, approach that will always challenge and inspire growth.
Morissa first began practicing yoga in 2001, but did not become a dedicated, daily yogi until 2011, when she found the Ashtanga Yoga method. "More than other styles of yoga, the Ashtanga system resonates with me because it provides a clear, simple structure and format for a daily practice that I can do anywhere, anytime. Also, it is a challenge that will last a lifetime!"
In 2011 Morissa completed her first 200 hour yoga teacher training program in hot yoga at a studio in Las Vegas. With a full time job and a two hour a day yoga addiction, little time was left for teaching yoga.
So, after 12 years as a high school English teacher, Morissa decided to make the official move from the classroom to the yoga room. In the spring of 2014 she completed a second 200 hour yoga teacher training in the Pure Flow method developed by Elinore Cohen.Students will find Morissa's classes both energizing and grounding, helping the practitioner to tap into inner strength and to progress physically and emotionally. Precise cues for breath and posture alignment, as well as multi-level modifications are offered in each class.
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Amara P. Carrera
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota I began practicing yoga during my freshman year of college at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2006.
After my first class I was addicted! Yoga gives me an opportunity to quiet my busy mind and challenge myself both physically and mentally. I completed my 200 hour teacher training in Costa Rica in 2014 with Marianne Wells. After moving to San Diego with my husband in 2015 I completed a 40 hour level 2 teacher training with Beth O’Reilly of CorePower Yoga.
I am also a Level 1 Reiki healer and am currently enrolled at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine to become certified in Massage Therapy and Asian Bodywork. I am passionate about holistic healing and believe that yoga is a key element in a healthy lifestyle.
It is important to me that my students have fun and leave class feeling confident, challenged and successful. My yoga journey is constantly evolving and I love teaching because I learn something new with every class and from every student.