Our Teachers

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Our Teachers 2020-09-12T20:49:25+00:00
Laxmi has been practicing Hatha, and Ashtanga Vinyasa since the early 90’s. She is a Yoga Alliance RYT 500 and certified Yoga teacher. Laxmi studied with Swami Sitaramananda in the Sivananda Vedanta tradition and was certified in 2000. Laxmi studied with Tim Miller of the Ashtanga Yoga Center of Encinitas, CA and was certified to teach Ashtanga Primary series in 2003. Laxmi has been studying the healing arts since 1994 at both IPSB, and School of Healing Arts in San Diego. Laxmi has been a Holistic Health Practitioner since 2004. Laxmi has a thriving massage practice. She also teaches private Yoga to several clients to help them reach their personal goals in all aspects of the practice. Her knowledge of anatomy and physiology benefit her ability to teach students of all levels of ability. One of the greatest joys in Laxmi’s life is to be able to be of service to her students, family, and friends. She provides a safe, loving, and joyful environment and always has fun teaching. Her hope is to facilitate a space for her students to cultivate more radiant health and, a deeper sense of peace, happiness, and well being.

Laxmi De Leo

Ginseng Yoga Teacher
Jason Cull, B.A., E-R.Y.T., C.P.T., has been practicing and teaching Yoga since 2000. He has been specifically trained and certified to teach with the Yoga Wall with Bryan Legere, a certified Iyengar Instructor and founder of the Great Yoga Wall. He has also done extensive training and mentoring with Rachel Krentzman RPT, E-RYT. He offers private instruction as well as specialized Yoga Wall classes, workshops and teacher trainings. His emphasis is on spinal health and Yoga Therapy and has healed his own injuries through the use of the Yoga Wall. He offers detailed instruction mixed with extensive personal experience. Please contact him if you are interested in private instruction, workshops and teacher trainings.

Jason Cull

Ginseng Yoga Teacher

Rachel Dragonfly believes that Yoga can be a healing and transformational practice. She began her own journey into Yoga after many years of trauma, illness and chronic pain. She found that practicing yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation allowed her the opportunity to slow down, draw her attention inward, and find healing in her physical, emotional, and mental body.

Rachel teaches in the Deep Yoga style incorporating mantra, pranayama and meditation practices. She offers a safe space for students to move inward and find healing through moving meditation. Rachel also runs Liberty Advance Yoga Retreat and Healing Center in East San Diego County.

Alongside her Yoga trainings, Rachel received a degree as a Holistic Health Practitioner and CMT from the International Professional School of Bodywork in San Diego, California. She specializes in Jin Shin Acutouch and Reiki. Rachel is also a certified Moon Mother, offering a safe space for women to find healing for trauma as a result of childbirth, illness, or abuse. She offers Womb Healings and Womb Blessings as a way for women to reconnect with the Divine Feminine and with their own sexual center (physically, emotionally, and spiritually).

Rachel Dragonfly

Ginseng Yoga Teacher
Heather Stants is a lifelong dancer and mover. Since 1999 she has taught dance in San Diego and has toured the world extensively performing and teaching intensives, workshops, and retreats. Dealing with injury and the wear and tear on her dancer’s body lead her to pilates and yoga as means of cross training and healing. Beyond the physical benefits, yoga has brought Heather a sense of calm and a greater connection between body and mind. In 2009 she completed yoga teacher training with Dana Rae Paré and is an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance. Heather’s teaching style draws upon her dance performance, choreography, and teaching experience. She creates fluid energizing sequences with a strong focus on breath, core, and alignment that offer the right balance between challenge and rejuvenation. She is the creator of Dance Flow Yoga, a seamless blend of vinyasa flow yoga and dance. Currently Heather continues to work as a choreographer, tour the world, teach weekly Vinyasa classes, and work with private clients. Her favorite style of class to teach is a good sweaty, flowy vinyasa class, but, she also enjoys a nice restorative practice, especially in airports.

Heather Stants

Ginseng Yoga Teacher
A student of yoga since 2001, Jano’s study of hatha yoga, meditation, yoga philosophy and pranayama led him to become a Bikram certified teacher since 2003. Jano has been based and teaches extensively throughout the San Diego area. He has also traveled, studied and taught in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County and New York. Jano comes from a strong spiritual upbringing and it is translated in his teaching. He owes oceans of gratitude to his best friend and first yoga teacher Kristyan Stjerne, Master teachers Bikram and Rajashree Choudhury, Sri Dharma Mittra and Vinnie Marino for his vinyasa flow and musical style. Most of all Jano would not be where he is without the love and support of his beautiful wife Lorraine and his son Azlan.

Jano Galindo

Ginseng Yoga Teacher

I grew up in the construction industry, where back and hip pain seemed an inevitable part of life. I suffered my first incapacitating back spasms at age 13 and it became a fairly regular thing.

A series of fortunate events led me to find salvation through yoga. Grateful for the relief, I began to teach fellow workers on the job site each morning.

I moved to San Diego in 2000 to learn and teach. First with Beth Shaw of Yoga fit. A vigorous and athletic style. Being an athletic and vigorous person, it wasn’t too many years before new chronic injuries appeared. This led me to an interest in therapeutic applications of yoga.

I teach classic Hatha yoga as I continue my studies in the Iyengar method. I also owe a great deal of gratitude to Rachel Krentzman of Healthy Backs Yoga, who’s training greatly influences my practice and teaching. Classes often include foam rollers and tennis balls to aid in releasing stored tension in the body, as well as breathing techniques to release stored tension in the mind. Ginseng has the wonderful benefit of yoga rope walls, giving access to a whole series of techniques used to rejuvenate the spine. Exercises to strengthen and stabilize overly loose joints are learned.

I’m grateful to Ginseng Yoga for the opportunity to give back. Yoga has done so much for me, it’s a privilege to be a part of their mission.

Robert Hammill

Ginseng Yoga Teacher

BS Exercise Physiology
BA Physical Education
MS Health EducationCurrent Faculty member in Exercise Science and Wellness, Grossmont College and Southwestern CollegeDeveloped “YOGA” curriculum in both departments, and it is doing GREAT at both campuses!I have been part of the fitness and yoga staffs at the Golden Door and Rancho la Puerta since 1991.My teacher training originally was done through Yoga Works in Santa Monica, and has continued through the weekly visiting instructors at the “Door” and the “Ranch” through the present time.

I have been particularly influenced by Swami Veda Bharati and the faculty of the Himalayan Institute from Rishikesh, India. I have also been influenced in my teaching by Dinah Cascolan, who is a GREAT Iyengar yoga instructor in San Diego, and Matias Flury, who is an Ashtanga teacher who taught in San Diego several years ago. Phyllis Pilgrim at Rancho la Puerta has shown me how to live my yoga “off the mat”. I love to combine concepts from both Iyengar Yoga and Astanga Yoga, and I have LOVED every John Friend Anusara workshop that I have attended. I am inspired to teach yoga because it provides a timeless tool, a practice, that gives each person a daily reminder of who they want to be, and HOW they want to be, both “on” and “off” the mat.

Jennifer DeMarco

Ginseng Yoga Teacher

I enjoy teaching, and I have shared a passion for literature and writing with high school students for many years, thus, Deep Yoga + a Poem was born. Poetry helps us deal with the ambiguities of being human by creating a communal experience that complements gentle, radiant yoga to grow balance, healing, and peace.

My own yoga practice led me to the Deep Yoga Mastery of Life Teacher Training to learn more. In addition to a 200-hour credential, I have also participated in a 30-hour Warriors for Healing certification, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training.

I am honored to share the steadiness and comfort of yoga with others at Ginseng and also with children and parents at the Ronald McDonald House whose sibling or child is an in-patient at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Melissa McKinstry

Ginseng Yoga Teacher
Dhyanjot aka ‘D.J.’ teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa flow, Kundalini,  and a gentle Hatha Yoga with a special emphasis on sound healing. He is Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 certified yoga teacher with over 5500 hours teaching, 21 years of yoga experience, mem­ber of the Inter­na­tional Kun­dalini Teacher Asso­ci­a­tion and is lead trainer at the Integrated School of Yoga and Sound Healing.  His motto is to ‘meet students where they are physically, emotionally and spiritually in their practice by encouraging his students to find success in class by adjusting postures to support their body type and meet their own level of experience.’
Dhyanjot has a B.B.A from TCU in business and nutrition, a Certified Holistic Health Coach from the School of Healing Arts(specializing in Ayurveda) and has graduated from five different yoga teacher training programs. Dhyanjot studies/philosophy come from teachings of Pantanjali, Parmahansa Yogananda,  Pattabhi Jois (Lineage of Krishnamacharya), Swami Satyananda Saraswati (from Sivananda lineage), Yogi Bhajan, and Osho.  His philosophy is “you don’t know what you don’t know” so to always keep a beginners open mind, be humble, and continue to be a student of the yoga sutras of Pantanjali.   
In Addition, Dhyanjot is a Gong Master, a trained Reiki prac­ti­tioner (Mikao Usui method) and is initiated as a sacred sound healer. He offers yoga classes, teacher trainings, sound healings, cosmic light travels, private yoga alignment sessions, “Mastering Self” life and career coaching, Evolution Cleanse program, gong certifications, and Gong Immersions with the Light Vibrations Gong Ensemble. For more info go to www.integratedwellness-sd.com


Ginseng Yoga Teacher
Jennifer received her 200 hour training certification from OM Yoga Center in New York City. She has studied with Cyndi Lee, Sharon Gannon and Tim Miller. Her inspiration, discipline, and commitment to the yogic path come from her daily Mysore practice with Tim. Her classes challenge and nurture the body and spirit and promote soulful reflection and healing. In addition to teaching yoga, Jennifer is also a Reiki Master and massage therapist.

Jennifer You

Ginseng Yoga Teacher

Julie Quinn is so honored to be a part of the Ginseng Yoga Family and to be able to share her gifts and passions with others. Julie has a strong background in Modern Dance and Ballet having obtained her B.A. in Liberal Arts and Dance from Columbia College Chicago in 2002. She has been practicing yoga since 1999 when an inspiring Dance Professor introduced her to Sun Salutations as a warm-up in Modern Dance class. Having been curious and fascinated with movement, art, breath and spirituality her whole life, yoga and alternative healing naturally became Julie’s main interest after she was injured in dance class. She has come to realize that the injury was the catalyst to her learning about healing, herbs, meditation, essential oils, spiritual nutrition, crystals, energy healing, and essential oils. Julie completed her 200 hour teacher training through YogaWorks in 2010, went on to complete level 2 teacher training and Yin Yoga level 1 and 2 through CorePower Yoga, and she is also certified to teach Children’s Yoga through If I Was a Bird in Point Loma. Julie currently teaches Yoga and Meditation at CorePower Yoga, Urban Yogi, Ginseng Yoga and Fit Athletic in San Diego, CA.

Julie Quinn is also the owner of Quinntessentials, Organic Essential Oil Products and is a certified Herbalist, Aromatherapist, and Reiki Energy Healer. www.QuinntessentialsProducts.com

Julie Quinn

Ginseng Yoga Teacher
Laura Dasi began practicing yoga in 1999 after having spent more than 20 years as a classical ballet and modern dancer. She was drawn to the flowing style of Vinyasa yoga not only for it’s physical benefits but also for the mental, emotional and spiritual freedom she felt after each class. With her vast knowledge of body mechanics and alignment principals from her years of dance training, Laura felt inspired to become a yoga instructor. In 2002 she completed a 200-hour teacher training course and began incorporating her love of both dance and yoga into her teaching style. Laura strives to make each of her classes a rhythmic, moving meditation allowing her students to develop flexibility, strength and grace as well as allowing them to find greater self-awareness and acceptance. Laura believes that yoga affects all aspects of one’s life and that with continued practice you will be able to relieve physical tension, mental anxiety and emotional stress, leading to true happiness within yourself. Laura is also a professional aerialist who thrills audiences across the world with her daring feats of acrobatic artistry high in the air. She appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2014 and won praise from the celebrity judges and audience alike not only for her aerial skills but for showing strength and dignity in overcoming the challenge of living with Alopecia (autoimmune hair loss) since 2008. Laura currently teaches Vinyasa Flow at 9am on Mondays at Ginseng Yoga.

Laura Dasi

Ginseng Yoga Teacher
It is Nicole’s passion to ignite the spark of life in each individual she meets. Her desire to teach and inspire others was cultivated in her initial yoga and nutritional studies almost 20 years ago. Nicole’s teachings draw from her background in Vinyasa, Hatha, Kundalini, Gentle Yoga, Thai Yoga Therapy, Therapeutic Touch, Meditation, Breathwork, Mantra, Reiki and Sound Healing. Nicole combines her wisdom of mindful body awareness and heart centered nurturing to guide others in this incredible journey of life. She expands her offerings further in her business, Blissfully Conscious, where she offers nutritional and herbal remedies, personalized cleanses, menu planning and cooking classes, based on individual needs; empowering others to live to life to the fullest. Each day, Nicole is grateful for the opportunity she has to inspire others to dive deep within; to honor and love the Self.

Nicole Treadaway

Ginseng Yoga Teacher

“Zen in its essence is the art of seeing into the nature of one’s being, and it points the way from bondage to freedom.”

— D.T. Suzuki

Nothing helps to uncover, welcome, and embrace one’s inherently divine nature better than practicing yoga and meditation on a regular basis. Yoga, a meditation in motion, not only opens the body, but also the mind, eyes, and heart. Nancine was born in New York and raised in Atlanta. She began her exploration of yoga and self over a decade ago while traveling in Southeast Asia and studying vipassana meditation. She is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans with a B.A. in Mass Communication and earned a high school teaching credential through National University in San Diego. Her background includes more than 200 hours of yoga teacher training with 2 Anusara immersions at the La Jolla Yoga Center. She completed vinyasa teacher training in the spring of 2010 and is a registered instructor through Yoga Alliance. She has taught a variety of yoga classes in San Diego for the past 4 years and high school English for the past 16. Other areas of study that make their way into Nancine’s classes include dance, Pilates, and martial arts. Her goal is to eventually free students from their perceived need for teachers; all answers lie within.

Nancine Decherd

Ginseng Yoga Teacher

Sarah Clark committed to teaching yoga full time in 2007 in New York City, mostly at OM Yoga Center (where she also completed her 200-hour training), NYU, and privately. In 2011, she relocated to San Diego, CA and continues to offer community-based yoga & meditation programs, teacher trainings, continuing education, and more.

Sarah’s classes are alignment-based and breath-centered, and draw on all 8 limbs of yoga as well as buddhist practices; she is passionate that the path she engages in & in turn offers to her students speaks to the entirety of our messy human condition. Her asana (yoga posture) classes are heavily influenced by her own sitting meditation practice, work as a professional contemporary dancer, a sense of humor, wrestling with the yamas (yoga’s ethical practices), her family life, and her teachers.

Sarah’s most influential teachers include Michael Stone, Judith Lasater, and many OM Yoga greats including Cyndi Lee, Sarah Trelease, Joe Miller and Christie Clark— those tremendous humans, and heartache.

Sarah loves these practices and loves the community of fellow practitioners also trying their best to be awake.

Sarah Clark

Ginseng Yoga Teacher

Shawnee is a C-IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, E-RYT 500 and RCYT (registered children’s yoga teacher). She is the founder/owner of ABLE Yoga Therapy and Asanas for Autism and Special Needs. She completed a 100-hour Happy Back certification and a total of 300 hours mentorship training with Rachel Krentzman founder/author of Yoga for a Happy Back, with an emphasis on spinal health and using yoga as a tool to relieve back, neck and shoulder pain and is a certified trainer in Yoga for a Happy Back trainings and workshops. She has completed 120 hours of Purna Yoga Therapy trainings with Master Teacher Aaidil Palkhivala and is trained in Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater.

Shawnee teaches small group therapeutic classes and private yoga sessions tailored to meet the needs of her clients (both emotional and physical). Her classes and private sessions are Iyengar based, using yoga props as tools to support the unique body types and physical differences of each individual. Shawnee also incorporates the Yoga Wall in her therapeutic classes and private sessions. Shawnee teaches a variety of styles of yoga including Alignment based Vinyasa, Hatha , Restorative and Therapeutic. Her truest passion is for yoga therapeutics. Shawnee believes that our bodies have a natural ability to heal if we commit ourselves to healing through proper nutrition and a consistent practice of pranayama, meditation and asana. Her deepest desire is to facilitate more healing in the world. Shawnee will be forever grateful for finding yoga and aims to help others realize the immense benefits of joy, love, peace, freedom, mindfulness, empowerment and healing that yoga can offer.

Shawnee Thornton Hardy

Ginseng Yoga Teacher

Power Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga Sculpt, Yin Yoga, Yoga for Cancer, TRX, Circuit Training

Jules spent many years pounding the pavement running 5K’s, 10K’s, the Chicago Marathon, the La Jolla Half Marathon, and many fun runs along the way! She started practicing Yoga in 2003, and completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2011, and Yoga Sculpt teacher training in 2012 at CorePower Yoga in San Diego. An avid fan of all-things-workout, she began teaching group fitness classes at GFit in 2012.

Jules enjoys teaching everyBODY. She will always find a way to make a yoga practice, a circuit class, or a TRX session accessible and fun, no matter what level her students are. She enjoys sharing her love of movement through creative sequencing/planning, fun music, and reminding students and clients to have a sense of humor and enjoy themselves!

In her “spare” time, Jules enjoys hiking, surfing, boogie boarding, traveling, and most importantly sharing these experiences with her husband, Rob, and her dogter, Cuca. Jules continuously looks for opportunities to improve her teaching, and to share tools, tips and tricks with her students.

Jules Ferguson

Ginseng Yoga Teacher

Elizabeth received her doctorate degree in physical therapy from San Diego State University. She currently works at the Pelvic Health Center at Kaiser Point Loma and specializes in men and women’s pelvic rehabilitation, treating patients of all ages who suffer from pelvic dysfunction. She is a guest lecturer at her alma mater, where she teaches a pre- and post- natal exercise course.

Elizabeth has been a group exercise addict since she started taking Jazzercise classes with her mom twenty years ago, and is certified in yoga, Pilates, barre, TRX, Spinning and Zumba. She loves to combine her knowledge of anatomy and alignment with challenging, fun and creative workouts.

In her free time, Elizabeth loves to do yoga, dance, and enjoy beautiful San Diego with her dog and fiancée.

Dr. Elizabeth Delozier

Ginseng Yoga Teacher