Susana Wolds :
Susana Wolds, founder of Urban Yogi and San Diego native, became hooked
on yoga in 2007 after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
She found yoga via Pilates, where she loved using no more than her body to
find strength and stability. Curiosity led Susana to her first power yoga class.
One day, her teacher held the class in Warrior II for what seemed like eternity.
She held the posture despite the discomfort of the moment and focused on her
breath. A sense of peace came over her that was far more powerful than the
thoughts that were causing her to suffer. Empowered like never before, she
practiced on, confident that when the going gets tough, she wouldn’t
With a desire to integrate yoga into her life and to make a positive contribution
to the world, Susana completed a 200 hour teacher training through CorePower
Yoga in 2009. She began teaching immediately and soon found her practice on
an entirely new level upon founding Urban Yogi in October 2010.
In 2012 Susana became attuned and certified as a Level II Reiki Practitioner
through the Usui Reiki Ryoho System of Natural Healing. Her classes
incorporate Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, Reiki and Pranayama to bring her students
to a state of Yoga, or Union. Her vocal instruction of Yoga is rhythmic and
soothing, inviting her students deeper into their own experience of Union.
Susana also teaches through her writing, offering insights on finding Yoga in the
many facets of modern life.
Susana draws inspiration from her upbringing in metaphysical spirituality and a
deep well of creativity. She is grateful beyond words for the commUNITY that has
grown around Urban Yogi, and remains a lifelong student of yoga.
Alex Walkinshaw :
Yoga is awesome! Falling in love with yoga has been an exciting adventure for
me. I find that my Yoga exploration has revealed something new and profound
at each turn and each moment. I look at Yoga as a lifelong journey of learning. I
have always loved to move and dance, so getting certified to teach Vinyasa Flow
really resonated with me. I completed my 200 hour teacher training in 2009,
and later became certified to teach Yin Yoga and Yoga/Pilates fusion as well. I
am blessed to use yoga as my way to connect, give back, and touch others. In
2012 I received a Level II Reiki Attunement, which has enabled me to incorporate
energy healing into my yoga instruction.
As an instructor I am passionate about creating an open, encouraging, and
fun environment for my students. My classes are creatively sequenced to
guide my students successfully, as they explore the depth of their practice and
strength of their minds and bodies. By keeping things ever-changing, I allow my
students to explore a new intensity of their practice. If I can leave students feeling
empowered by their own inner wisdom, strength, and voice, then I am happy.
That is the best success.
Julie Quinn :
Julie Quinn is honored to be a part of the Urban Yogi 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 Bachelors degree in Dance from
Columbia College Chicago in 2002. Julie has been practicing yoga since 1999
when an inspiring Dance Professor started using Sun Salutations to warm up the
dancers in class everyday. 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 one day,
she has came to realize that the injury was the catalyst to her learning about
healing, herbs, essential oils, spiritual nutrition, herbs, crystals, energy healing,
and essential oils. Her injury was a blessing in disguise.
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 Yoga.
Julie Quinn is also the owner of Quinntessentials, Organic Essential Oil Products
and is a Certified herbalist, Aromatherapist, and Reiki Energy Healer.
Have you tried her yoga mat spray?
Jessica Monroe, RYT :
Jessica first discovered yoga during her pregnancy in 2006. Inspired by the
benefits of yoga, she began to practice regularly shortly after giving birth to her
son. In 2009 her love for yoga led her to participate in a 200 hour teacher training
under the guidance of Reegan Lessie. She signed up for the training with the
intention to deepen her practice, however it wasn’t long until she realized that
she had a desire to share the power of yoga with others. Eager to continue her
knowledge she is currently enrolled in the Yogaworks Professional 500 hour
certification with Gerhard Gessner as her mentor. Her classes are fun and
dynamic with an emphasis on breath and mindful movement while incorporating
music to keep them fun and lighthearted. She believes yoga is not just for the
mat but is truly a way of life.
Missy Lopez :
Yoga has allowed me to slow down and take a breath. Actually, many breaths!
My relationship with yoga has grown since I started as a student, onto becoming
an instructor, then continuing on as a student. With bad knees which keep me
from running and a back injury which took me out of lifting weights, I found Yoga.
I love to learn about yoga so that I can pass on the feel good knowledge to
others! Through Vinyasa I am able to express my creativity with creative flows
and by challenging my students in balancing postures and inversion. Yoga is
such a great time to let go and transform. I find myself glowing after teaching a
class or even just when I practice. If something makes you smile and excites you
every time you talk about it or do it, then run with it!
Molly Reasbeck :
Molly Reasbeck has been studying yoga since she was thirteen years old.
She completed her 500RYT certification at the Yoga and Meditation Center
where she studied under Shashi Pottathil Classical Hatha Yoga. She also
recently completed another 200 RYT program based in Vinyasa Flow with
Jenn Richardson. Molly’s understanding and deep appreciation of yoga as a
science has allowed her to teach yoga to kids, seniors and adults. She believes
yoga is not simply the physical (asana) but is a combination of the breath work
(pranayama) focus (meditation) and devotion (bhakti). She feels yoga is simply
a path to help recognize many truths; but most importantly yoga gives you the
grace, strength, confidence and discipline to guide you along your journey.
Sabrina Garland :
Sabrina Garland’s yoga journey started in high school when she was given the
opportunity to take Iyengar Yoga for Physical Education credit. After two years of
attending the Ann Arbor School of Yoga, she realized the importance of the calm
and focus that yoga brought in to my life. Sabrina then began to seek different
styles of yoga. She discovered Vinyasa yoga when I moved to San Diego.
Nowadays, Sabrina enjoys sharing various styles of yoga with her students.
Each class taught by Sabrina has a core of alignment, breath and flow. Sabrina
believes that, regardless of their level of experience, all yoga students should feel
uplifted and empowered in class. Currently, Sabrina is starting to fuse yoga with
other forms of mindful movement. She loves seeing the ongoing transformation
in her students’ practice and is always searching for innovative yoga techniques
and opportunities to grow.
Kelly Lyman :
Kelly discovered her passion for the yoga world over 9 years ago. While earning
her degree in Education, yoga was an escape from the stress of studying, but
eventually developed into a lifestyle for her. Training under Elka Haeckel Hauck,
Kelly's teaching style draws from a variety of yogic disciplines focusing on
strength, stability, joy and freedom. Learning to teach from her heart, Kelly's goal
is to spread yogi peace and happiness with others.
Meagan DePaulo-Langarica :
As Plato once said, "The purpose in your life is to find your gift, and the purpose
of your gift is to give it away." Meagan began practicing Ashtanga yoga back
in 2002 in a high school gym class. It was a few years later in 2006 that she
would take her first class at a local yoga studio that was strongly Vinyasa based.
Meagan's dedication and practice of yoga was taken to a new level after a
period of personal hardship. The yoga community encouraged her to pick herself
back up and she signed up for Yoga teacher training with a renewed sense of
adventure and humility. Beyond learning about the postures, Meagan developed
the ability to heal and help others through their tough times as well.
Meagan has been instructing Vinyasa Yoga since 2008, and specializes in
Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga, Restorative, Yin, Children's Yoga and has an affinity for
Bootcamps. She is fascinated with the body and anatomy. When she’s not on her
yoga mat, Meagan loves to take her two year old boy for hikes, long bike rides,
and to the park for fun.
Chandra Moira Beal :
Massage Therapist and Yoga Teacher
Chandra was blessed to find yoga, meditation, and bodywork in childhood, growing up on
the beach in Santa Cruz, California in a community with many different spiritual and healing
Chandra is a Registered Yoga Teacher with roots in the classical Hatha style. She especially
enjoys working with beginners, teaching women’s yoga, and leading gentle and restorative
She is also a Massage Therapist with certifications in Traditional Thai Yoga Massage, Esalen
Massage, and Reiki. Swedish and Deep Tissue form the foundation of her bodywork style,
with many other modalities brought in from her studies around the world (reflexology, trigger
point, passive stretching, hot stones). She can focus on specific issues or just help you feel
relaxed and renewed.
Chandra approaches her work from a holistic perspective, considering the student's body,
mind, and soul. “Bodywork and yoga are like meditation in motion to me,” she says. “I like
to help people find balance through their entire mind-body network.”
In a parallel career as a writer, Chandra has published three books, a DVD about animal
massage, and hundreds of nonfiction magazine articles. After traveling the world, she
has settled in San Diego with two amazing house rabbits and a gratitude for sangha—