Teachers and Staff

Geri Portnoy is the founder of Yoga Del Mar. She holds a Master’s degree in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, is a Certified Yoga Teacher at the E-RYT 500 hour level. She is an articulate, compassionate, dedicated yoga teacher who creates a sacred space for the beautiful expansion and emergent awakening of her students…Read more »

Roger Cole, Ph.D. is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher trained at the Iyengar Yoga Institutes in San Francisco and Pune, India. He has practiced yoga since 1975 and taught since 1980. He has been featured in five of Yoga Journal’s asana calendars, co-organized two Iyengar yoga conventions, authored articles on yoga biology and therapeutics…Read more »

Andrew Rivin blends a traditional athletic and business background with a great love of yoga, philosophy and psychology. He began practicing yoga in 1989.  Many years of yoga practice, getting his MBA from Yale, and his experiences initiating micro-enterprises in Africa, Asia and Latin America have given him a unique and well-rounded life perspectiveRead more »

Kate Beckel began her yoga journey in NYC in 2002.  In her pursuit of depth and breath in the understanding of yoga she has completed trainings with teachers from Mexico, to Honk Kong, Vancouver to Santa Fe, and spent the last 6 years teaching in Istanbul.  She has received trainings in Anusara, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Insight Meditation, Tantra, Pranayama and Somatic Experiencing.Read more »

Katie Beroukhim loves yoga and it shows in her teaching. Her classes are fun and creative. She teaches sound alignment principles with a focus on individual discovery and expression, blending what is most appropriate in the moment with what she’s learned from her own practice and the amazing wisdom of her teachers….Read more »


Jeannette began practicing yoga at the age of 39 to reduce stress and relieve sciatica, and as she continued to practice she found that her practice enhanced her life in so many other ways too. Practicing now for more than ten years and teaching for seven years, yoga is an integral part of her everyday life. Jeannette has studied with Geri Portnoy, Betsey Downing…Read more »


Leila discovered yoga in 2000 when she was in college and has been dedicated to her own practice ever since. In 2011, she pursued teacher training through the Awakened Heart Embodied Mind school of yoga at Exhale in Venice, California, taught by Julian Walker and Hala Khouri, also co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World. Her instruction emphasized correct alignment, injury prevention, and personal responsibilit …Read more »

Suzanne Deason is a classically trained Iyengar yoga and Pilates instructor. She is best known for her library of award winning DVD’s with Gaiam. Her Yoga conditioning for Weight Loss series, Yoga for Stress Relief, Yoga for Women, Pilates for Weight Loss and her series of Balance Ball DVD’s have sold over 6 million units. With nearly 30 years of teaching experience, Suzanne’s…Read more »

Gretchen Donovan has been teaching classical Hatha Yoga for over a decade.  She has studied extensively with Tim Miller (Ashtanga Yoga) Tias Little (Prajna Yoga), and Caroline Belko (Iyengar Yoga). She carefully weaves the subtle energy and precision of these disciplines into her teaching creating a unique style.  Her fervor for sharing the gifts of yoga is contagious.Read more »

Before Lisa began practicing yoga, she was a two sport collegiate athlete at a Division I level, and graduated with a job in the financial industry on the east coast. She turned to yoga as a way to soften her heart, ease her mind, and use the pulsation of breath to find a more natural rhythm that supported her well-being. Inside this more natural rhythm she found the time…Read more »

The first time Kristy took a yoga class, it felt like coming home. Kristy has been passionate about yoga ever since. She recognizes that, in the western world, most people come to yoga for the physical aspect; however, they keep coming back due to the spiritual awakening that begins to unfold. Kristy has been practicing daily since the late 1990’s and then began teaching in 2009. She started her training in the Ashtanga tradition…Read more »

Christine brings a sensitive, courageous openness to her teaching that allows her students to move into deeper realms. Her desire is to bring her students into a closer relationship between their outer and inner worlds. Through this union, we get to live healthier and more meaningful lives. Yoga offers us a pathway. It uplifts and reduces stress. It connects us. Since 2003, she has taught it to adults, teens and kids with equal measures of contemplation and light-hearted authenticity…Read more »

You will find Mary’s class to be very nurturing yet challenging, with a combination of precise alignment instruction and a joyful flow of grace thru breath and mindful movement, emphasizing your inner awareness of how the pose feels and connecting with that for guidance of how deep to take your body, also recognizing when you can go a bit further and guiding you safely to places you’ve never been before….Read more »

Roeshan’s love for yoga began early on in life. “Being very active growing up, as both a gymnast and snowboarder, I was constantly seeking ways to restore balance in my life and relieve pain in my body. While competing and traveling on the professional circuit as an athlete; injury prevention, maintenance, and recovery were key components to feeling and doing my best… Read more »

Jenn discovered yoga in the year 2000 after returning home from two adventure-filled years in South America. Yoga soon became a new adventure and an integral part of Jenn’s life, and she has since been deeply inspired by the teachings and talents of Geri Portnoy, Michelle Bouvier, John Friend, Betsey Downing, Noah Maze and Desiree Rumbaugh.Read more »

From over a decade of practice Luke has cultivated a great respect and appreciation for all that a yoga practice has to offer. He has had the good fortune of wonderful teachers and have been exposed to many styles, approaches and various philosophical perspectives, the experiences from which he merges together as a platform for instructing from his own unique interpretation. He believes that yoga asana should be therapeutic in nature…Read more »

Bianca is an integrative health and wellness educator, yoga teacher, and social change entrepreneur. Bianca’s intention is to be in service to the fullness of the human potential. After receiving a Bachelor of Science majoring in Allied Health, Bachelor of Arts majoring in Fine Arts and Communications, certifications as a Hatha Yoga Instructor and Shambala Reiki Master, she began to empower wholeness at the individual, social, and global levels – deepening the awareness and impact of her students and clients…Read more »

Valerie is an accomplished yoga instructor with wide teaching experience in California and Michigan. She completed a 200-hour Ashtanga teacher training with Jonny Kest and earned her RYT in 2002.  Since moving to San Diego in 2004,  she earned a second 200-hour Hatha teacher training certificate with Geri Portnoy. Valerie’s teaching style ranges from gentle yoga…Read more »

Scott Wilder has studied music since 1987. Having become interested in yoga and other aspects of Indian culture in college, he began studying Indian music at UCSD in 1995, learning to play the tabla (drums), the sitar and the sarod (lutes). He has been performing since 1999 and has played for Deepak Chopra, James Hubbell, and many others…Read more »

Katrina Smith – Owner of Yoga Del Mar

In 2014, Katrina decided to leave her corporate life in the pharmaceutical world and took over the business of Yoga Del Mar from Geri Portnoy.  She is a native of San Diego, however has spent much of her life living elsewhere – and is very happy to be back in her hometown!  Katrina studied Exercise Physiology at UC Davis and San Diego State, and has been practicing yoga since the late 1990’s. Her mission and the mission of the studio remain the same – to provide excellent and safe yoga instruction in a caring and nurturing environment to the people of San Diego.  She hopes everyone who comes to Yoga Del Mar will leave feeling relaxed and in high spirits.