Established in 2002, our center is located in a stunning building near the corner of Centre City Parkway and Grand Avenue in Escondido, California.
Sattva Fitness offers two yoga studios:
We are open 7 days a week and offer yoga classes for all levels, as well as yoga inversion swings, meditation, and strength and conditioning training.
We are here to help you build a functional body with yoga.
Darlene Maalouf is the owner and co-founder of Sattva Fitness Yoga Center. She was one of the early yoga teachers of Sattva's late co-founder, Rached Maalouf.
A master teacher, Dr. Ranjani Cobo was trained in India by B.K.S. Iyengar, K. P. Jois, and Desikachar. Come experience the teacher who trained Rached Maalouf!
Chloe Edge is a certified teacher of Inner Light Yoga. Her all-levels classes promote radiant good health, energetic fluidity, a strong spine, and Self Realization.
Ani Eustice is a Reiki master, author, and angel intuitive. Certified in Sivananda Yoga and Yin Yoga, Ani helps others learn how to live a more balanced life.
Sylvi Harwin is certified in Yin Yoga, Vinyasa, and Hatha Yoga. She helps students ease into poses safely and regularly offers retreats, workshops, and trainings.
Sandy Heath is an E-RYT200 certified Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga teacher. She loves the way yoga brings us home to our body and the present moment, where change happens.
Rebecca Inzunza was certified in Hatha Yoga in 2007. She trained and practiced under Sattva co-founder and master teacher Rached Maalouf for 17 years.
Keila-Rae Jenson credits the healing power of yoga with her physical, mental, and spiritual health. She was certified in 2016 and teaches all levels of Hatha Yoga.
Sherri Jones is a certified Yoga Therapist who combines alignment with therapeutic yoga, creating balance in the body structure and calm in the nervous system.
Lise Marshall has been teaching yoga in the greater San Diego area for almost eight years. Her passion for the practice is evident in her heartfelt approach.
Junko Ritts is a certified Hatha Yoga teacher. She teaches yoga with deep love, passion, and compassion, and loves to spread the beauty of yoga to others.
Jan Spain received her training in Indra Devi style Hatha Yoga in 2006; she is also certified in Restorative Yoga and taught kids' yoga for the City of Escondido.
Jill Weigt is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher who has been practicing yoga for 28 years.
Brandy Wirtz is a certified Aerial Yoga teacher and visual artist/performer who has toured with the likes of Nine Inch Nails, The Rolling Stones, and Motley Crue.
Mayumi (Mimi) Wright has been teaching yoga with passion since 2006. An E-RYT200 teacher, her certifications include TRX Suspension, Yin Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series.
Sattva Fitness Yoga Center was founded in 2002 by Darlene Jacobsen and Rached Maalouf.
Darlene had been Rached's teacher at Synergy Yoga in Encinitas, California. Together they established Sattva Fitness Yoga Center in Escondido, California.
On June 9, 2002, Rached proposed to Darlene, in the yoga studio! They had planned the Sattva Fitness Grand Opening Party together, which included a morning meditation, Synergy yoga class, and a demonstration of advanced poses by Rached.
Rached ended the demo by putting on some music, "When the Stars Go Blue" by the Corrs. He asked Darlene to come up to help him, then folded his right knee into half lotus, and went down onto this folded knee.
The rest is beautiful history.
For more information about Rached, please see his biography below.
The co-founder of Sattva Fitness Yoga Center, Rached Maalouf, was born in Lebanon and moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1976 at the age of 12. Rached moved to San Diego, California in 1990. In 2002, he and his wife, Darlene, settled in Escondido, where they had two children.
After three yoga teacher trainings—with Indra Devi Hatha Yoga, Synergy Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga—Rached began his yoga teaching career in 1999 and opened Sattva Fitness Yoga Center in January 2002. He also worked with Marine Corps Community Services to teach yoga at Camp Pendleton.
In addition to yoga, Rached practiced the martial arts, including Eskrima full contact stick fighting, grappling, and Muay Thai boxing. In 1990 he received a black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate. He was also a certified TRX Suspension Trainer and certified Kettlebell Trainer.
Rached was devoted to helping others transform physically, mentally, and spiritually. His students loved him for his knowledge, gentleness, strength, generosity, and dedication to authentic yoga. He trained many instructors, gaining a reputation as a “teacher’s teacher.”
“I live to serve my family and yoga students,” he said.
Rached passed away on June 9, 2019, while mountain biking with friends. He is deeply missed by his students, who honor him by supporting the studio and following his sage advice:
“Practice Yoga regularly, to help you get through the irregularities of Life.”
For more information about Rached and the history of Sattva Fitness Yoga Center, please read the following articles: