The DREAM Team
Rady Children's Hospital Yoga Program
RYT – 500
Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
Certifications from Next Generation Yoga for Kids,
B.S. Communication Studies, Northwestern University
M.A. International Relations, Johns Hopkins
Youth program co-chair for the Sean O’Shea Foundation
Yoga Teacher Liaison for SOSF
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Samantha was born in Peru and raised in SoCal. She completed YTT200 in 2016 as she simultaneously started her financial planning practice. She’s a CFP and runs her practice in downtown San Diego. She has a passion for helping people bring awareness to all aspects of their life. Samantha enjoys surfing, backpacking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Heather's love affair with yoga really began in 2013 while living back in her home state of Illinois. Many diagnosed her as a "workaholic" at the time, so she found her release and inner peace in her practice. Quickly becoming enthralled in both the physical as well as the spiritual benefits, Heather was hooked. Not knowing how the relationship would develop, it wasn't until she was attending an executive dinner for her company three years later when her path with yoga became clear. The question circulating around the table was, "If you weren't doing this, what would you be doing?" When it was Heather's turn, without hesitation, she said, "teaching yoga to kids." Since then, she has been passionately pursuing that dream and is grateful for the opportunity to live it every day. Heather's goal for every class she teaches, whether to kids or adults, is to instill confidence, mindfulness and calm. Her motto for the yoga practice is similar to life - Be confident. Give it your best, which can only be defined by you. Don't take yourself too seriously. Smile!
Master of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University
RYT - Yoga for Cancer Recovering
Marie is interested in sharing the sense of wholeness that the yoga practice has to
offer. Her yoga journey began as a young child through meditation, and later
expanded into asana. Her exploration of various styles of yoga includes Bikram,
Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Vinyasa. After completing her 200-hour teacher training, a new motivation developed to deeply understand the human body, mind, and spirit. Marie’s perception of yoga is an infinite pursuit continually unfolding, and so is her desire to heal through teaching. Join in for a comprehensive yoga journey, and discover a balance between discipline and lightheartedness.
IRINA TELYUKOVA – PhD.
Certified RYT advanced 500-hour level with Yoga Alliance
Certified in Raja Yoga, Meditation, Healing Yoga and Yoga for Cancer Recovery
Krista Valdez was first drawn to the physical benefits of yoga, she appreciated the new found challenge of strength and flexibility. As she continued to practice she noticed the overall quality of her life transforming. After a soul awakening trip to Thailand she began to connect deeply with the spiritual aspect of yoga. Her curiosity in eastern medicine led her to complete a Thai Massage training at International Massage Training School in Chiang Mai. With a strong ambition to heal the world she yearned to share the gift of yoga with anyone and everyone she could. Combining her degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of San Diego, and her RYT 200 Vinyasa Training she creates mindful sequences that highlight the marriage between Eastern and Western Healing. Her knowledge of neuropsychology and the impact of mindfulness on the body has allowed her to instruct a vast population of students. She joined the Sean O' Shea foundation in 2019 and quickly fell in love with sharing the gift of yoga to children. She specializes in slow deep meditation and yin classes through the foundation as well as providing engaging powerflows to her SOAR students. In her own time she loves to teach paddleboard yoga as well as provide gentle Thai Massage in her Yin classes. She recently completed her Flowlift Training at Buddhi Yoga, in pursuit of providing more yang based sequences to her students.
STEPHANIE GLASSEN (Lead Nutrition Advisor)
Stephanie has the passion to help people recognize the nurturing effect and power that whole foods have on the body. Stephanie is a Registered Dietitian and currently works with the military and their families at the Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital. She is also a proud board member and nutrition advisor for the Sean O’Shea Foundation, a non-profit foundation whose intention is empowering youth through yoga, nutrition, and optimistic teachings. Through yoga and nutrition, Stephanie’s objective is to bring light and wellness to those around her.