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ABOUT PRANA


Celebrating 13 years of offering Yoga in La Jolla & San Diego, Prana Yoga Center was founded in 2001 by Gerhard & Alexandra Gessner. A long-time La Jolla resident and Yoga instructor of 30 years Gerhard fulfilled his dream of offering his love and passion for Yoga in a peaceful, light-filled space in downtown La Jolla, just steps away from the Pacific Ocean.

Since 2005 Prana has established one of the most reputable and comprehensive teacher training programs in San Diego and Southern California, including a partnership with YOGAWORKS for the Advanced 300-Hour Professional Program, which is exclusively offered at Prana in San Diego.

Prana Yoga has been voted "Best Yoga Studio" by La Jolla Light and has won the "Reader's Choice Award" by La Jolla Village News for several years.

With strong roots in the community Prana is known for a non-dogmatic approach to Yoga, recognizing that each body is different and everyone is welcome!


TEACHERS


Gerhard E. Gessner, E-RYT 500, Owner/Director
Director of Prana  Yoga Teacher Trainings, 

Yogaworks Teacher Trainer & Mentor 
Gerhard is founder and director of Prana Yoga Center. He has been a student of Yoga for over 28 years and is trained in a variety of different styles of Hatha Yoga, including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Ananda and Contact Yoga. His non-dogmatic and unique Vinyasa style combines these different influences and is tailored to the needs of his students. More...

 

 

Alexandra Oehmigen-Gessner, MA, R-YT, Director
Alexandra is a certified Yoga instructor and has been practicing Yoga since 2000. Together with Gerhard she manages the everyday business of Prana Yoga. Her professional background is in writing, marketing, PR and business management.

Please contact her at info@prana-yoga.com with any questions or inquiries.

 


Amy Jo Hearron - Vinyasa Flow & Hatha

Through her yoga classes, Amy Jo shares personal challenges and discoveries as a way to connect with humankind and intensify her own understanding of self and others. Teaching since 2002, she teaches a style of yoga that integrates deep breath with mindful movement... More...

 

 

 

Dr. Alison McLean, RYT, DPT, HHP _ Happy Back Yoga

Dr. Alison McLean,  DPT, HHP,  RYT-200 has been a student of Yoga since 2001 and received her 200 hour Yoga Certification with Gerhard Gessner. Ali studied under Rachel Krentzman and Judith Hanson Lasater where she practiced integrating Yoga with Physical Therapy techniques.

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Robin Shepard, RYT - Hatha Yoga 

Robin Shepard, BA, CMT, HHP, RYT - Robin attended Point Park University graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in both Dance and Psychology. After college, Robin landed in San Diego where she started searching for her next path in life. In 2007 Robin graduated from the Massage Therapist program at IPSB College.

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Debora Wayne E-RYT - Restorative Healing & Yin Yoga
A counselor, healer, and educator, Debora Wayne has been involved in the world of Dance, Fine Art, and the Healing Arts since early childhood.  An ex-professional Modern Dancer, Debora discovered her passion for Yoga in 2001. As a Certified Yoga Alliance Instructor, Debora is dedicated to assisting students of all levels in experiencing how the practice of yoga can benefit their health & inspire their daily lives. More...

 

 

 

Shannon Purves RYT 500 - Vinyasa & Hatha Yoga 

Shannon has been practicing yoga since 2008. She began practicing yoga as a way to alleviate stress from her studies of Accounting in college. As time went on, Shannon began to discover the many different styles of yoga and became connected with Vinyasa and Gentle Hatha yoga. She has practiced all over San Diego, and has completed her 200-hr Yoga & 500hr Professional Yogaworks Teacher Trainings with Gerhard Gessner at Prana Yoga Center.

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Rachel Krentzman E-RYT 500, RPT, CPI - Happy Back Yoga
Rachel Krentzman is the founder and director of Embody Yoga and Physical Therapy Centers. She received her degree in Physical Therapy from McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) in 1996 and has worked in a variety of acute care, rehab and outpatient facilities. More...

 

 

 

Stefanie Gaines RYT 500 - Hatha Yoga
Stefanie found Yoga in 2003 and was immediately inspired by the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual transformation she went through as a practitioner and in her life. With a strong desire to share the benefits of yoga with others, she received her 200hr. Vinyasa instructor certification (2008) and completed the YogaWorks 300hr. Professional Program (2010), both under the mentorship of Gerhard Gessner at Prana Yoga Center in La Jolla. Stefanie's classes are strongly influenced by her mentor with a focus on alignment, breath, and the natural flow of postures. More...

 

 

 

Vicki Abrams, RYT, CCE, IBCLC, Pre- & Postnatal Yoga, Mommy & Me
Vicki is a Childbirth Educator, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Yoga Instructor and the Director of the Childbirth Education Program at the Chopra Center for Well Being in La Costa. More...

 

 


Shauna MacKay RYT 500 - Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga
Shauna teaches an alignment-based class that emphasizes stability and strength as well as flexibility and moving with breath. Although she enjoys teaching an energetic class, her ultimate goal is to help students experience the peace within. More...

 

 

 

Tim Trapnell - Vinyasa Flow 
Tim has trained extenisvely in the Ashtanaga Yoga method. He teaches a vigorous Vinyasa class yet meets each student at their own level and encourages them to challenge themselves while staying in their safety and comofrt zone.  A passionate Yogi and surfer, find Tim on the mat or surfing at WindnSea beach!  More...

 

 


Sara Deakin E-RYT 500 - Vinyasa Flow
Sara has been practicing Yoga since 1999. Like so many people Sara began Yoga for physical benefits. With numerous knee and shoulder injuries from competitive tennis and running, she turned to Yoga for rehabilitation. The therapy went far beyond her joints, and started to resonate in her mind and spirit. From surfing, to traveling, to being a student of natural medicine, she has been able to integrate yoga philosophy into all aspects of her life. More...

 

 

Mandy Burstein RYT500 - Vinyasa Flow, Teen Yoga
Mandy Burstein is a yoga instructor and writer based in La Jolla, California. She began her journey into yoga on the beaches of Costa Rica and has been captivated ever since. Through yoga and writing, she passionately empowers people to become the best versions of themselves, both on and off the mat. More...

 

 

 

 



Jessica Flores RYT500

Jessica Flores...began her love of movement as a competitive gymnast and youth body builder. Her passion led her to teach recreational and competitive gymnastics.  She eventually earned a head coach position, and led athletes up to the Elite Level.  In 2004, Jessica was invited to join the Triton Circus in Chicago to perform on trampoline. More....

 

 

 

Hari Das Kaur

Hari Das is a Certified Kundalini/Meditation Instructor Level II, trained directly by Yogi Bhajan, the world-acknowledged Master of Kundalini yoga. Hari Das has been practicing and teaching Kundalini yoga and meditation for over 25 years. Her spiritual name 'Hari Das Kaur' means Servant of God. More.....

 

 

 

 



Ingrid Yang E-RYT500

Ingrid embarked upon her yoga journey in 1999 at the Jivamukti Yoga Center in New York City, where she studied directly under David Life and Sharon Gannon. More....

 

 

 

Jason Cull RYT


Jason is a registered Yoga instructor, lifeguard and personal trainer and also holds a BA in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training. He began practicing Yoga in 1997. More.....

 

 

 


Jeanne Cummings RYT


Jeanne left the corporate oil and gas world in Calgary, Canada in 2004 to move to San Diego, California and pursue full time study of the body mechanics and teaching disciplines of Pilates and Yoga. More....

 

 

 

 


Jennifer Oh RYT 500

For Jeni, spirituality and faith has always been integral to all aspects of her life. An athlete from childhood, Jeni began her yoga journey at the gym in the mid 90s and initially approached yoga as she had with dancing, running, and soccer thinking of yoga as a purely physical practice. More...

 

 

 

 

Merrin Muxlow RYT

Merrin began a consistent Yoga practice in 2005 and she has been teaching Yoga since 2008. Since that time she has trained in several different styles (Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, and Hot Yoga). More....

 

 

 

 

Stacey Filice RYT200

Stacey has been practicing yoga since 2005.  She  completed her 200-hr Teacher Training with Gerhard Gessner at Prana Yoga Center, as well as the Restorative Healing & Yin Yoga Training Level I & Level II with Debora Wayne.  Stacey's classes are intended to meet all levels of physical ability.  She offers a challenging yet nurturing flow that focuses on alignment, use of the breath and connecting the mind and body.  You will leave her class feeling that you not only gained strength, but also a sense of calm.