Denisa Petricko grew up an athlete. A gymnast, snowboarder, and soccer player in her youth, the love affair with physical fitness began early. Denisa began Yoga in 2003 when she moved to Encinitas, CA and was immersed in a community rich in the asana practice. Trying out the local studios, she slowly replaced her chiropractic adjustments from a spinal injury from her teens, with yoga, and soon after the addition of Pilates. Inspired by her ability to self-rehabilitate physically, she dove deeper into the spiritual side and took up meditation and furthered her self-study, which led her journey into teaching.
She earned her 200 Hour RYT Teacher Certification through MiraCosta College in 2013, joined the Yoga Alliance Family in Spring 2014, and continued on to finish her 500 hour training in 2016. Studying under great instructors at the college, including Yoga For Hope Founder, Claire Petretti Marti (E-RYT), Yoga Teacher and Beaming Founder, Stacy McCarthy ( Exercise Physiology, E-RYT500), as well as Amanda Kriebel (DPT, RYT). She cultivates her practice by seeking out classes and workshops, from great teachers like Shiva Rae and Elena Brower, so she can share the continued knowledge with her students and is currently working on getting her 500 hour RYT.
She is also a certified Pilates and Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Instructor. Her Pilates Certification was completed in Spring 2014, completing her 200+ internship hours at Club Pilates in Encinitas, CA. She furthered her passion by getting certified in 2015 by Warriors for Healing to work with the Veteran community, specifically with PTSD or amputee veterans. She also works with rehabilitation facilities with at risk youth, using yoga to help ease their anxieties.
Denisa loves to share her passion for yoga & Pilates, guiding students through their individual practice with a meditative voice. Offering both group and private lessons at home, local park/beach, and filling in as an substitute teacher at local studios throughout North County.
In addition to Yoga & Pilates, Denisa is also a certified Audio Engineer that can occasionally be found touring with fabulous musicians like "The Dude".
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