Baja Yoga Retreats
with The House of Yogi
Shaun Jenkins, a seasoned yogi, was born and raised in Durban, South Africa. He draws strongly on his Budokon roots in his yoga practice and teaching. Budokon, which combines the beneficial aspects of martial arts, yoga and meditation, has brought the principles of dedication, leadership and self awareness to both his personal practice and his teaching style. Shaun has an instinctive ability for seeing the potential in his students and for gently guiding them toward safe but continual progress. He has a special love for inversions and arm balances and invites students to confront their fears, challenge themselves, and both literately and figuratively find balance in their practice.
Gabrielle has an extensive background in body awareness — she started dancing at the age of 3 and spent the next 15 years training to be a professional ballerina. Her teaching career began when she was 17 – starting in dance – but she discovered and began teaching yoga soon after. Since then, she has accumulated a total of 24 years’ worth of teaching experience. Teaching comes easily and naturally to Gabrielle, as her mother has owned ballet schools for over 40 years, and is a master teacher and choreographer.
No stranger to education, Gabrielle has a BA in Arts and Communication, studied massage in Hawaii, and also healing therapies at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She is an E-YRT Yoga teacher, having obtained multiple 200 hour certifications, and she is currently enrolled in a 500 hour teacher training. Gabrielle’s free and seeking spirit has lead her to far away places like Europe, Hawaii, India and Morocco where she lived, trained and taught for a number of years – exploring the vast world of yoga and the healing arts. Currently Gabrielle has a full teaching schedule in San Diego and also teaches workshops internationally. Gabrielle’s believes that yoga is limitless and that it has an enormous potential to transform and heal. Her approach to teaching is intuitive, playful and therapeutic. She encourages students to tune into the constant transformations that take place with each breath.
The greater part of Joel’s life has been spent guiding the physical body into health and healing. A Physical Therapist his entire professional career; he continues to explore many broad arenas from acute and chronic injury treatment as well as energetic and spiritual awareness. Lifelong pursuits of fitness and sports include Martial Arts, cycling, and weight/resistance exercise; Joel enjoys the feeling of physical exertion. Hooked from his very first class, Power Yoga has become the center of his journey to attain greater connection to spirit, mind, and body. Born and raised in the deep South, Joel brings a simple Southern charm, comfort, and sense of humor to his classes. His desire is to inspire and motivate his students, and leave them with a smile and a little pearl of wisdom . Although he makes you work hard he leaves you with a softening in the heart.