Your Lead Trainers’ Approach
“Upaya” is our guiding principle
Upaya is defined as ‘skillful means’. It is the ability to address each students needs, meet them at their level of development and help them unfold their true nature. Our school is based on the belief that there are many paths to awareness.
Founder & Lead Teacher
Adesh is the Founder of Kundinyasa School of Yoga, IPC Inspired Purpose Consulting, Director of Retreats for the Mindful Living Group in Maui, and Co-Counder of Rooted Kava Bar in San Diego. Adesh is a pioneer with a revolutinary style of yoga which she has been bringing to students for over 8 years and she has been leading 200hr Yoga Alliance recognized Kundinyasa certifications for the past 7 years. What she is doing differently is introducing the knowledge and practice of Vinyasa yoga (including alignment, modifications, props, adjustments, and sequencing) into the Kundalini Yoga arena. This innovative fusion prepares students bodies to do the Kundalini practices with more precision and ease, thereby allowing them to achieve deeper exalted states.
She has been featured on Fox 5 San Diego and other news outlets, including the Union Tribune, for her innovative Kundinyasa yoga fusion, as well as her conscious bar model. A dedicated yoga practitioner for over 15 years, she studied under first generation senior teachers Sat Jiwan Singh and Sat Jiwan Kaur in NYC at Kundalini Yoga East and received her Kundalini Yoga Certification in 2003. She continued her training under senior teacher Anne Nowell in San Diego receiving her second Yoga Certification with emphasis in the methods of the Krishnamacharya Lineage, primarily Ashtanga Vinyasa and Vini Yoga, in 2008. She has taught thousands of hours of Kundalini Yoga and Vinyasa classes since.
She has a natural gift for mantra and healing and believes very much in the ability of both to heal by changing old vibrational patterns. She is a sound shaman, mulitinstrumentalist and leads regular Sound Temple events incorporating planetary gongs, sacred rattle, harmonium, mantra and medicine songs, singing bowls, hand pan, and ukulele.
Her third passion is business consulting where she uses intuitive listening to help people find their “svadharma” or life purpose and acheive success on their entrepreneurial path offering effective solutions and creative ideas to enhance any area of their business including: product development, logo, design, branding, and innovative marketing strategies to ensure profitability. She has opened and sold two successful Kava Tea bars in San Diego over the last 5 years and is grateful for the opportunity to help people fulfill their dreams.
Dhyanjot has been practicing Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga since 1999. He is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT Kundalini certified yoga teacher with over 1300 hours teaching, co-lead trainer at the Kundinyasa School of Yoga and a member of the International Kundalini Teacher Association. In Addition, Dhyanjot is a Gong Master, trained Reiki practitioner (Mikao Usui method) and sound therapist. He has a B.B.A from TCU and is a certified whole food nutritionist with a specialty in Ayurveda (School of Healing Arts).
Dhyanjot has studied under long time Kundalini Yoga teacher Gurumeher from Los Angeles, Kundalini & Naam Teacher Siddhi of Santa Barbara, and Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher Jeanie Carlstead of La Jolla. Dhyanjot has also been trained and inspired by Mystical Kabbalah and sound specialist Gurunam from New York and Gong Master Sotantar from Spain.
Dhyanjot provides yoga therapy, sound therapy and mastering life sessions designed to help people live pain free, prosperous lives. He facilitates nutritional health cleanses, vibrational healing workshops, gong immersions and is available for holistic health and life coaching. His sound and other therapies address imbalances caused by stress, fatigue, tension, trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, inflexibility, indigestion, high blood sugar, and weight gain.
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Teacher Training Team
Rita “Laxmi” DeLeo has an experience with Yoga that spans over 25 years. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance, has been a Massage Therapist since 1994, and Holistic Health Practitioner since 2004. She was certified as a Yoga Instructor through Sivananda Vedanta Centers in 2000. She also trained with the beloved Tim Miller of Encinitas and has a certificate of completion to teach Ashtanga Primary Series. She has taken countless workshops and attended tens of Yoga conferences and festivals where she has enjoyed the teachings of and gained knowledge through teachers such as David Life and Sharon Gannon of Jivamukti Yoga, Ana Forrest, Les Leventhal, Saul David Raye, and Gurumukh Kaur Khalsa, just to name a few.
She started teaching Yoga at the School of Healing Arts in 1997. Since then she has also taught at a variety of studios in San Diego and in various settings from private, to corporate, to studio, to the great outdoors!
She is a renegade “Yogini” who believes in the power of one’s self as the “Guru” while at the same time she respects and admires all of her teachers and is so very appreciative of what they have brought to her life.
She loves to witness the magical alchemy of Yoga practice. It is an absolute joy for her to see the transformation of her students and recognize the shift within her self as she teaches. She is eternally grateful to have the opportunity to share her life experiences and the valuable information that has been passed on to her.
Leah has practiced yoga since 2003 and was originally trained in Wado Kai (Form of Martial Arts). Her teachings focus on alignment and advanced postures to help others develop their practice in a safe measured fashion. She likes to challenge your practice to new levels through energizing flow sequences, core strengthening, balancing and flexibility.
She was introduced to yoga to help with years of back pain. She found that yoga gave her immediate physical benefits and has lead her to a more mentally and physically balanced life. With her background in research science she realized the benefits of yoga first hand which led her to join a teacher training program. She is inspired by teachers such as Erich Schiffmann, Bonnie Jones, Meghan Currie, Carolina Vivas, Amanda McCarroll and Jeannie Carlstead.
Dr. Steven Paredes D.C., C.C.N., C,C,S,P.
Dr. Steven Paredes D.C., C.C.N., C,C,S,P.
As a licensed Chiropractor, Dr. Paredes utilizes a holistic approach to treatment and health maintenance. This approach considers the lifestyle, diet, posture, and biomechanics of each individual. 27 years of experience in the health and fitness field he has acquired an extensive background that ranges from Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer, Massage Therapist to a Chiropractic Health Practitioner.
Dr. Paredes is currently in private practice at Solana Beach Health Center where he offers full chiropractic care, nutritional counseling, yoga therapy, posture, gait analysis, orthotics prescription, and therapeutic massage.
Dr. Paredes maintains an on-going association with Rancho La Puerta Health Spa as a developer and consultant for their back care program, massage staff trainer and therapist. As well as adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount University and senior instructor in their Yoga Therapy Rx and Prime of Life Yoga programs.
Certified Doctor of Chiropractic, Cleveland Chiropractic Collage, 1993 B.S. in Soil Science, CalPoly, San Luis Obispo, 1978
Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner, American Chiropractic Association
Member of the International Association of Yoga Therapist and the California Yoga Teachers Association
Faculty of Loyola Marymount Yoga Therapist Program (YTRx)
Chiropractic State Licenses: California
Certified Vini Yoga Instructor: Samata International Yoga and Health Institute
Certified Clinical Nutritionist