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. His 22 years of practice, 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 perspective. You are sure to be uplifted and inspired by this joyful…Read more »


Desiree Rumbaugh is an internationally recognized yoga teacher with unquenchable enthusiasm for life, love and healing. She blends playful humor with an authentic inquiry into the nature of being to help her students discover their own power, courage and beauty. Her passion for teaching both the art and the science of yoga is fueled in part by her own experience…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 »


Kimberly began practicing yoga in 1997 in Monterey and from the first sun salutation was hooked. She is very grateful for her first teacher Emily Griffin. In 2000, after spending two months in Mysore studying with K. Patthabi Jois, she moved to SanDiego on Emily’s recommendation to practice with Tim MillerRead 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 »


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 RYT is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor with over a decade of experience in Classical Yoga. She has studied extensively with Tim Miller (Ashtanga Yoga), Tias Little (Prajna Yoga), and Caroline Belko (Iyengar Yoga). Through her research and personal experience she has developed a capacity for deep internal listening. She teaches yoga as a gateway…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 »


Cultivate peace in the body, Cultivate peace in the mind” Graham has worked this out in his own self. ”I see the benefits of continually growing in our understanding of ourselves and how we are to exist in relationship with each other. The mat has become my meditation room time and time again. It is a place of introspection to see the patterns I have in my own heart, mind and body…Read more »


Christine’s strong desire in teaching is to bring her students into a depth of experience and a cooperative existence with their bodies and mind. Yoga offers this through it’s focused nature of strength and flexibility. Christine brings a calm, courageous sensitivity and openness to her teaching that allows her students to move into deeper realms, in both mind/body/spirit…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 »


Josh began his study of mind, body and spirit as a musician, studying classical operatic technique. Upon completion of a Master of Music degree from the University of Indiana in 2001, Josh moved to Chicago to join the chorus of both the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Chicago Symphony. In Chicago Josh devoted himself to a disciplined study of Ashtanga Yoga…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 »


Julie Grandi, Studio ManagerWe invite you to contact Julie with any question or feedback you may have. Phone: (858) 720-0076 Email: julie@yogadelmar.com