About Us

About Us

Pier to Point Yoga & Wellness Center (formerly Elka Yoga and Wellness Center) is an educational urban oasis in the heart of Point Loma & Ocean Beach in beautiful San Diego.
Our doors are open to everyone and we have offerings for EVERY BODY, including seniors and children! From the beginning student to the advanced teacher, we offer something for everyone, including private classes, group classes, workshops, trainings, healing services and experiences to help individuals become the best, healthiest version of themselves. Pier to Point Yoga & Wellness Center is an extraordinary space, offering Community, Compassion & Connection for All!

We understand everyone walks a unique path to health and vitality. This is why our offerings go beyond yoga, to include all aspects of health and well-being including Pilates, fitness, meditation, sound-healing, fascial release, pre & post rehab, massage, reiki, cupping, nutrition, Ayurveda, breathwork, life-coaching,…and so much more! We believe that as we offer healing within ourselves and within our communities, we offer healing to the Whole.

The intention of Pier to Point is to provide a safe, welcoming, inclusive community to assist students and teachers in their continued development of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Our teachers are leaders in their fields and love what they do and we host workshops and trainings from world-renowned teachers who are masters at their crafts, bringing the highest quality curriculum to San Diego! In addition to private classes and healing services, we offer daily classes (in-person & live online), workshops, 200 hour & 300 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings, specialty trainings, birthday parties, events & space rental.

We are also passionate about giving back to our community…In collaboration with Elka Yoga, we offer free/donation-based community classes to help support orphanages in Tijuana, Mexico and Brazil.

Pier to Point Yoga & Wellness Center represents Community, Compassion & Connection. We are physically located in the Center, the Heart of Ocean Beach & Point Loma and our nickname is The Center, as this is from where our offerings originate….from the Heart. And during such a difficult time, this is needed now more than ever! This spirit of community, compassion, connection, inclusivity, kindness, & life-changing, heart-centered offerings is Pier to Point Yoga & Wellness Center.

We are truly honored and excited to share this amazing, magical space and community with YOU! Please always feel free to contact us anytime at thrive@piertopointwellness.com or 619-762-YOGA(9642).

We are here for YOU!

Our Team

Anna Fernandez

Owner/Director

Yoga and wellness have been an integral part of Anna’s life for the past 20+ years. Her deep connection with yoga philosophy has inspired all areas of her life and continue to ignite her passion for Living Yoga. Anna, a mother of 2, has founded, owned and operated local small San Diego businesses for the past 24 years and brings her conscious business expertise to Pier To Point Yoga & Wellness Center. In addition to directing the Center, Anna finds great joy in sharing the healing gifts of yoga and wellness. It is her commitment that everyone is welcomed into The Center with kindness, equality, compassion and integrity. Anna believes that wellness starts from within and when we’re supported by community, compassion & connection, we can create real, lasting, healing change, within ourselves, our communities, and our world.

Jennifer Opaka

Program Director

Jennifer Opaka has worked in the fitness industry for 20 years. She began teaching aerobics in the heyday of spandex, legwarmers and Jack LaLanne health clubs (She has admitted to wearing leg warmers and headbands). Members would often ask her for additional private training and she soon began her personal training career, almost by accident. “I had always planned on going to law school, but fell in love with helping people achieve their [fitness] goals.” Working with people one on one had its benefits, but she still loved group fitness and began working with corporations to plan athletic events for their employees. She did this for seven years while
working with the fitness department at the Marriott Corporation in downtown San Diego.

She then met Jeff Kohli at Peninsula Athletic Club who inspired her to learn more about strength training, especially for an aging/rehabilitating population. She completed Jeff’s Personal Training Certification in addition to the ACE (American Council on Exercise) and ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) for Personal Training. She is a Pilates Instructor (400 hour training) and has taught at San Diego State University for the Personal Training Certificate Program.

Jennifer then started Progressive Fitness because “I wanted a professional training company that focused solely on client needs and not just the philosophy of the trainer. By really listening to my clients and educating them on what it really takes to achieve their goals, I learned how to design realistic programs that work”. She welcomes all clients ranging in ages from 16 to 95, with fitness goals from weight loss/strength training to balance training or pain management (specifically joint pain and arthritis).

Candice Neri

Assistant Manager / Social Media

Since 2012, Candice has been practicing yoga & natural healing and she received her yoga teacher certification in 2020 after taking Elka Yoga Teacher Training. Becoming a mom made her realize how important it is to take care of mind, body & spirit in order to be an example for her babies. Candice’s hope is to continue life-long learning and to share this knowledge with others . She loves being part of the Pier To Point Yoga & Wellness Family and finds so much joy meeting, greeting and assisting clients. As the first face they see, Candice is honored to get to know each client & help ensure they are getting the wellness experience they desire She plans to continue growing, giving, & teaching as long as she can!

Elka Haeckel

Elka is a worldwide yoga instructor who has developed a juicy yoga practice like none other. She’s a certified Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 Hatha Yoga instructor with additional certifications in Ayurveda, Reiki, Prana Flow, Restorative Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, SUP Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Thai Medical Massage.

Elka’s exuberance and passion for teaching, extensive knowledge of yoga philosophy, and holistic health, combined with her experience of owning a successful San Diego yoga studio, international trainings, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings makes her a positive force to be reckoned with. Elka’s friendly approach to students, friends and business partners inspires an inner transformation within everyone she meets. As she likes to remind everyone, “We are just getting started on this journey, so open your heart and and your mind to see your true possibilities!”

Elka Haeckel

Leader of 200-Hr Teacher Training & Seva Yoga Project

Elka Haeckel (Elka Yoga) is a former owner of Elka Yoga & Wellness Center and Namaste Yoga Center in San Diego and she has been teaching yoga since 2003. She is a worldwide yoga instructor who has developed a unique yoga practice like no other. She’s an E-RYT 500 Hatha Yoga certified Yoga Alliance (international registered yoga teacher), with additional certifications in Ayurveda, Tantra Meditation Radiance Sutra Meditation, Prana Flow, Restorative Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, SUP Yoga (Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga), and Yoga Therapy. She is also a licensed Life Coach through the school Accomplishment Coaching, accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She is also a health holistic practitioner specialized in Thai Medical Massage. She is the leader of the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training of Pier to Point Wellness Center where she has trained over 200 people and run over 23 YTT programs since 2011. She also runs the Elka Yoga SUP program in San Diego where she partners up with West Coast Paddle Board Rentals in San Diego.

Elka also heads The Seva Yoga Project which raises donations for orphanages in Mexico and Brazil.

Elka’s friendly approach to students, friends and business partners inspires an inner transformation within everyone she meets. As she likes to remind everyone, “We are just getting started on this journey, so open your heart and your mind to see your true possibilities!”

Anna Fernandez

Owner/Director

Yoga and wellness have been an integral part of Anna’s life for the last 20 years. Her deep relationship with yoga philosophy has guided her to incorporate these teachings into all areas of her life and continue to ignite her passion for Living Yoga. Anna, a mother of 2, has founded, owned and operated local small businesses for the past 24 years and brings her conscious business expertise to Pier To Point Yoga & Wellness Center. In addition to directing the Center, Anna finds great joy in sharing the healing gifts of yoga and wellness. It is her commitment that everyone who enters The Center is welcomed with kindness, acceptance & sincerity. Anna believes that wellness starts from within and when we are supported by community, compassion & connection, we can create real, lasting change.

Cheyenne Messig

Cheyenne Messig has been dedicated to serving children and their families for decades as a caregiver and educator of children with special needs, while deepening her yoga practice along the way. It was only natural to combine these two passions into a unique new community for little yogis.

She’s spent over a decade working at local high schools and middle schools in a special education setting, and currently teaches and directs a children’s aerial yoga program in Ocean Beach. Cheyenne has combined all of her trainings and passions into a one of a kind experience. She combines her specific knowledge of children in an educational environment, the healing impact yoga has had in her own life, and the methods of her trainings to bring the supported experience of yoga to all her students.

Our Focus

Yoga

This is a way of understanding the mind of enlightenment which is rich in qualities that brings us boundless happiness.

Wellness

This practice relies on key instructions imparted to us through a trusted and highly practiced teacher.

Healing

you will discover the experience of mind that’s completely free and joyful and at ease with whatever life may bring.

Fitness

This retreat offers a unique opportunity to receive instructions and with a sincere interest in working with them.

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