Kimberly Z. Mackesy, CIYT

Kim is a is a California native and Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Intermediate Junior II level. Since 1999, Kim has taught throughout San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and internationally. Her teaching blends reverence and technical knowledge with joy and a dash of humor.

Kim invests substantially every year in ongoing education with her senior teachers, Gloria GoldbergCarolyn Belko and Manouso Manos. Kim is a graduate of the 3-year, 500+ hour B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Training Program of Southern California and is currently enrolled in the three-year Therapeutics Training Course for Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers. She has traveled four times to the RIMYI in India to study with B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar.

Before opening Yoga Gold, Kim worked as an English teacher in Barcelona, a grant proposal writer in the nonprofit sector, and a communications consultant. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Communication Studies with high honors from UCLA. 

Stephanie Lavender, CIYT


Stephanie is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Introductory level. She has been practicing yoga for 20 years and continues to feel inspired by the dynamic practice. She completed her 2-year teacher training program with senior teacher Carolyn Belko, with whom she continues to study regularly. She is also on the teaching staff at B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga of North County San Diego.

Stephanie, her husband Suneel, and their daughter traveled to Pune to study at Mr. Iyengar’s home institute in 2010. They continue to practice “family style” yoga at home together.

Since becoming a mother, Stephanie’s home practice deepened, and it continues to inspire her teaching. Stephanie guides students on how to practice yoga at home with confidence.  

Kim’s understanding of both the physical and energetic principals of the asanas is conveyed with precise, understandable instruction. She is insightful, passionate, knowledgable, dedicated and fun.
— Melinda Dahl