Serving San Diego's East County Since 2002
San Diego Yoga Center offers yoga classes for all levels of yoga students; young and old, novice and experienced, athletic and sedentary. We believe various styles of yoga should be available to everyone at reasonable prices and strive to have a community of instructors, staff and students offering support and caring for one another. It is our belief that yoga is an essential element to healing a broken body and spirit and to maintain a healthy, low-stress style of living.
Two years ago, Fiorella was only trying to fill a physical education credit in college. Today, she is a 200 hour and Restorative yoga certified instructor who incorporates healing elements into each class, whether it is Reiki (energy healing / chakra work), aromatherapy, or gentle adjustments. Fiorella thrives to provide a safe, non judgement space for students to go within, be inspired, and Be Love.
I started my yoga journey in 2012 with a free week at a yoga studio. I was young, I had little to no flexibility and absolutely no body awareness. I struggled and sweat a TON, but after the first class I took, I was hooked. I signed up for a 200 hour power yoga teacher training in 2013, which gave me more knowledge about yoga, but I didn't feel ready to teach. I kept a daily practice after that and looked for more ways to engage my yoga practice. In 2015 I completed a 100 hour power yoga with weights teacher training, which strengthened my body and mind. Finally in 2016 I made the decision to go to yoga's birthplace, India, where I completed my 200 hour Hatha yoga training. Yoga is such an integral part in my life, it inspires confidence and love for myself and gives me mental clarity. To this day I still maintain a daily practice and it's something I want to continue with for the rest of my life. Whatever problems life throws at you - your mat will always be there for you. Namaste!
Nelia has dabbled in pilates, tai chi and yoga practicing at home and with friends using books, videos and private lessons during the many years that she worked full time as a project engineer and contracts manager in California's Silicon valley. During those years her main exercise had been swimming until she discovered Bikram yoga 3 years ago. Immediately her focus shifted to yoga, such that she scheduled her activities to make sure she got at least 4 classes a week, and strived to become very proficient. She found Bikram yoga very challenging and satisfying in terms of rigor, precision and health benefits. After a year of regular practice and enjoying the benefits of being fit, strong and flexible with automatic weight and cholesterol control through Bikram yoga, Nelia and her daughter Amanda started talking about going to Teacher Training as a way of taking the practice to the next level. Nelia (and Amanda too) completed Teacher Training and got certified in the Spring of 2009. Nelia also plans to bring Bikram yoga to the small town of Salmon in Idaho where she and her husband has a second home so she can happily share her practice with her hiking buddies in Salmon.
Nelia has been practicing Yang-style Tai Chi for over 10 years. She trained one-on-one from 2002 to 2007 with Howard Tseng, a certified Tai Chi master in Taiwan and in California (San Francisco Bay Area). She was a teaching assistant to Howard for about a year in 2007 and 2008 before moving to San Diego. Nelia has been teaching Tai Chi in Salmon, Idaho since 2010.