Wela Yoga is a friendly studio with down to earth, certified teachers. Our welcoming, comfortable, and casual studio is a place for you to get started on a new healthy lifestyle, or continue and improve your practice. We offer Yoga (Bikram and Yin style) and Inferno Hot Pilates.
Michael Harp - Owner / Bikram Yoga Instructor
Hello my name is Michael and I am your Yoga teacher. I am a native Californian, born and raised in San Diego. When my wife started to practice Bikram Yoga in 2000, I remember telling her that I could not believe that she drove 25 miles each way for yoga and was practicing in a hot room. I thought that sounded crazy. After a couple of months of encouragement, I tried my first class in September 2000 and have never looked back. In 2010, when Bikram announced that Teacher Training was going to be held in San Diego, I knew that it was my time to become a Certified Bikram Yoga instructor. I love Bikram yoga and have seen first hand how it will improve your life, sometimes in the most unexpected ways! I graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Electrical Engineering. Outside the hot room I love riding my bike, walking the dogs and hacking on the computer!
Irma Brandt - Instructor - Bikram Yoga, Inferno Hot Pilates, Yin Yoga
I started practicing different types of yoga in 1993, but could not get disciplined about it until I started Bikram Yoga in 1999. Bikram Yoga made me feel better and better with every class I took. I first got attracted to Bikram Yoga when I noticed my friend's skin staring to look really good. But, I did not know that I was in for the surprise of my life. My life began to change soon after I started practicing Bikram Yoga. At the end of my first yoga class, I felt like I had never felt before. There was a feeling of relaxation with complete awareness and calmness. I remember thinking how amazing this yoga was and I knew then that I would want to do it forever. My body soon began to change. I no longer had back pain which I had been suffering with for years, my allergies disappeared, and I lost weight. Best of all, I got the skin glow that my friend had that had attracted me to this yoga in the first place. After about three months of practicing yoga, I made the decision to go to teacher training. For me, it was the beginning of self-discovery and a spiritual path. I have been a Bikram Yoga teacher since 2000 and have taught over two thousand classes. Teaching to me is like practicing meditation—it is the place where I feel totally connected. I am always trying to learn new things and proud to have gone through the Inferno Hot PilatesTM Training in Las Vegas, Nevada in May 2016. I look forward to teaching our students this new, innovative, and fun modality. I am here to help you transform your body! Let's have some fun, too!
Elna Hubbell - Instructor - Bikram Yoga & Inferno Hot Pilates
Born and raised in Santa Monica, CA, Elna Hubbell was a CIF State Championship gymnast and as a college student worked as a Head Gymnastics Coach at Marymount High School for 3 years. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in History, compelling her to travel and see the world. While on sabbatical from a corporate career, Elna enjoyed a yearlong immersion in the Hindu and Buddhist cultures of India, Nepal, and Myanmar where she began her exploration of the spiritual side of movement and transformative meditation. In 2001, Elna received a certification from the Yoga College of India and teaches Bikram yoga at studios throughout California. From Palm Desert to Los Angeles from San Francisco to San Diego, Elna delivers a powerful yet compassionate style of teaching. Her attention to breath, alignment and her genuine connection to each student, results in a safe, empowering, meditative class experience for every age and body type. In September 2017, Elna become Inferno Hot Pilates trained under the Gabi Walters, the Creator of Inferno Hot Pilates. An avid golfer, skier, ocean lover, and mountaineer, Elna’s deep respect for the earth and nature resonates in her class. Community service has always been important to Elna. She consistently gives her time to a number of philanthropies including the UCLA Wooden Athletic Fund, Epilepsy Foundation, ROWLA, National Charity League, and St. Jude’s Hospital.
Vina Saycocie - Instructor - Bikram Yoga & Inferno Hot Pilates: Vina took her first Bikram yoga class in 2001 and continued to take class after class, struggling but not giving up. The challenge kept her coming back, inspired by the teachers and the other students. Little by little, gradually and then suddenly, she felt her body and mind bending, stretching and transforming. In the fall of 2007 after 6 years of practice, Vina signed up for teacher training to deepen her practice. In September 2017, Vina become Inferno Hot Pilates trained under the Gabi Walters, the Creator of Inferno Hot Pilates. She enjoys teaching students of diverse backgrounds and sharing the challenge and benefits of Bikram yoga. Every class, whether practicing or teaching, is a different experience and provides continuous learning and growth. Ultimately, the lessons learned in the hot room are just as relevant outside the hot room. Vina was born in Laos, educated in France and is now happily settled in California. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and is a CPA.