Our Teachers

All Kundalini Yoga teachers at The Metta Space have been trained and certified through the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI®) and strive to safeguard the purity, integrity, and accuracy of Yogi Bhajan’s teachings by actively researching and continuing to experience further education in Kundalini Yoga through classes, workshops and specialty trainings. 

CHAND DYAL SINGH KHALSA

Holistic Health Practitioner
CAMTC Certified Massage Therapist #13960
KRI® Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga

Born Victor Hoat Nguyen on 26 October 1982 in Los Angeles, California, he was the son of Vietnamese parents who came to the United States as a result of the Vietnam war. As a boy he attended private Catholic school and loved singing in the choir and serving as an altar boy. This was his earliest connection to God and religion. 

“As a boy, I was very shy and kept to myself but always felt confident and comfortable in one to one situations with others. I learned what it meant to hold space and simply listen with an open heart. My personal connection with my friends and family were meaningful and had depth.”
He was always drawn to go deeper in spirit in his relationships as a boy and continued to develop this ability during his teenage years by diving deeper into his own personal identity. One of the major transformations he experienced during this time was being more in touch with his identity as a gay individual.

“Dealing with typical social pressures as a teenager was already a lot to handle but to come out of the closet and establish clarity on my sexual orientation was a triumph. It was liberating to be fully connected with my truth.”

In his early 20s, he got introduced to holistic massage therapy as a means to overcome chronic pain and that led him to a more conscious path as a healer and teacher.

“Physically I was feeling excellent in my body again and emotionally and mentally I was awakening. I discovered a new spiritual awareness that I haven’t felt before and I was very curious to explore more.”

He enrolled at the International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB) and studied holistic health and massage therapy in San Diego. IPSB taught him the holistic approach to health and the importance of being psychologically sensitive when working on someone’s body.

“Growing up I did not receive much loving touch and tended to feel disconnected and closed off from others and myself. At IPSB, I received so much healthy touch on a regular basis as part of the training that it helped me heal, process and transform on a very deep level. I learned firsthand the power of human touch.”

He earned a Holistic Health Practitioner certificate and has been practicing as a licensed massage therapist in California since 2007. He specializes in Thai Massage & Acupressure for Orthopedic Disorders, Sports Massage and Relaxation Massage. He enjoys working with athletes, yogis, healers and teachers to help them holistically achieve a balanced life of health, wellness and spirituality. 

In 2014, he got introduced to Kundalini Yoga & Meditation and it sparked something deep within his soul. He practiced different types of yoga before but this was different. To quench his thirst for more experience in Kundalini Yoga, he took a Kundalini Yoga teacher training course in 2015 and is now a Kundalini Research Institute (KRI®) Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga. His connection and style as a Kundalini teacher embodies love, compassion and kindness combined with the energy, wisdom and truth of the moon. He loves the power of mantras and the ability it has to project a certain consciousness. In 2016, he was given the spiritual name of Chand Dyal Singh Khalsa and committed to a Sikh lifestyle, a student for life who sees God in all and serves all.  In 2018, he completed the SuperHealth® professional specialty training on the Yogic Science to Break Habits & Addictive Behaviors as taught by Yogi Bhajan and is honored to be able to share this technology so others can rise above and heal their addictions.

His favorite Yogi Bhajan quote is: 

“The art of being smart is to be small, which can contain it all. The art of success is to answer the call of duty with grace and compassion. The art of happiness is to serve all, and all shall serve you.”

His life path directs him to be a spiritual teacher empowering others to connect with their life’s destiny in order to live a healthy, happy and spiritually connected life. He incorporates holistic massage therapy, energy work, heart centered communication, Kundalini yoga and meditation as well as organic food medicine into his work as a healer and teacher. 

Chand Dyal is now exploring Tibetan Buddhism to expand his spiritual journey and is patiently waiting for the right time to “take refuge” and receive a Tibetan name.

DIANA OTÁLVARO

KRI® Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga

Diana Otálvaro (Bhagti Kaur) discovered Kundalini Yoga in 2011 through a friend in her home country of Colombia and immediately felt the change it made in her life. She moved to San Diego in 2014, and graduated from Level 1 Teacher Training in 2016. She is fascinated by the vast study of healing and also earned a Level 2 Reiki certification. Her passion is sharing insights that have helped her in different aspects of life. 

Her favorite Yogi Bhajan quote is: 

“Happiness is your birthright.” 

Outside the studio, Diana finds solace in nature and trees, and formerly worked as a Forestry Engineer in both public and private institutions.

MARK LOVECCHIO

KRI® Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga

Mark grew up and spent most of his life in the warmth of San Diego. He is someone who seeks knowledge through experience and his experimental nature has taken him on many adventures. Embarking on his own healing journey, he has explored various healing arts and has studied Pranic Healing, Reiki and has a passion for Sound/Vibrational Medicine. Mark enjoys learning about Mystical and Religious Philosophy and how he can relate and apply the wisdom to expand his understanding of himself and the mysteries of the universe.
Mark’s healing journey and curiosity for the occult sciences pointed him to Kundalini Yoga in 2016. He quickly realized the power and efficacy of its therapeutic qualities and finds wisdom in the dharma behind the science. Mark loves experimenting with the use of mantra and feels that the technology has added great depth and direction to his spiritual practice. He has chosen to teach at The Metta Space because The Metta Space has been a place of healing and community for him, and he is honored to contribute to this healing environment.

His favorite Yogi Bhajan quote is: 

“You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.”

When not teaching yoga, you can find Mark walking around Balboa Park, reading, listening to music, backpacking, or camping.

MEGAN SCHENFELD

KRI® Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga

Megan is a student of life and huge fan of laughter. She is an explorer of all things subconscious and excels in the world of the unknown. Starting in the beautiful city of Denver, Colorado, Megan cultivated her passion for music, food, and art. In 2014, Megan moved to sunny San Diego and embarked on a journey of self-healing and discovery. In San Diego, she learned the art of hypnosis, Reiki, and subconscious mind-mapping. Fascinated by the brain, our natural ability to heal ourselves, and the magic of being human, Megan has found Kundalini Yoga and Sat Nam Rasayan as perfect compliments to her path.
Now a student, practitioner, and teacher of Kundalini Yoga, Megan has learned the beauty of a daily practice and is eager to share these teachings with the world around her. Her focus as a teacher and healer for the next year is to create a space where everyone can experience their inner wisdom, power, and magic. Megan has chosen to teach at The Metta Space because she loves the energy here and feels that it is the perfect place for her to start her teaching journey.

Her favorite Yogi Bhajan quote is:

“If you can’t see god in all you can’t see god at all.”

When not teaching yoga, you can find Megan enjoying the beach, or walking around the neighborhood with her sweet dog, Apollo.

Our Teachers

All Kundalini Yoga teachers at The Metta Space have been trained and certified through the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI®) and strive to safeguard the purity, integrity, and accuracy of Yogi Bhajan’s teachings by actively researching and continuing to experience further education in Kundalini Yoga through classes, workshops and specialty trainings.

CHAND DYAL SINGH KHALSA

Holistic Health Practitioner
CAMTC Certified Massage Therapist #13960
KRI® Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga

Born Victor Hoat Nguyen on 26 October 1982 in Los Angeles, California, he was the son of Vietnamese parents who came to the United States as a result of the Vietnam war. As a boy he attended private Catholic school and loved singing in the choir and serving as an altar boy. This was his earliest connection to God and religion. 

“As a boy, I was very shy and kept to myself but always felt confident and comfortable in one to one situations with others. I learned what it meant to hold space and simply listen with an open heart. My personal connection with my friends and family were meaningful and had depth.”
He was always drawn to go deeper in spirit in his relationships as a boy and continued to develop this ability during his teenage years by diving deeper into his own personal identity. One of the major transformations he experienced during this time was being more in touch with his identity as a gay individual.

“Dealing with typical social pressures as a teenager was already a lot to handle but to come out of the closet and establish clarity on my sexual orientation was a triumph. It was liberating to be fully connected with my truth.”

In his early 20s, he got introduced to holistic massage therapy as a means to overcome chronic pain and that led him to a more conscious path as a healer and teacher.

“Physically I was feeling excellent in my body again and emotionally and mentally I was awakening. I discovered a new spiritual awareness that I haven’t felt before and I was very curious to explore more.”

He enrolled at the International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB) and studied holistic health and massage therapy in San Diego. IPSB taught him the holistic approach to health and the importance of being psychologically sensitive when working on someone’s body.

“Growing up I did not receive much loving touch and tended to feel disconnected and closed off from others and myself. At IPSB, I received so much healthy touch on a regular basis as part of the training that it helped me heal, process and transform on a very deep level. I learned firsthand the power of human touch.”

He earned a Holistic Health Practitioner certificate and has been practicing as a licensed massage therapist in California since 2007. He specializes in Thai Massage & Acupressure for Orthopedic Disorders, Sports Massage and Relaxation Massage. He enjoys working with athletes, yogis, healers and teachers to help them holistically achieve a balanced life of health, wellness and spirituality. 

In 2014, he got introduced to Kundalini Yoga & Meditation and it sparked something deep within his soul. He practiced different types of yoga before but this was different. To quench his thirst for more experience in Kundalini Yoga, he took a Kundalini Yoga teacher training course in 2015 and is now a Kundalini Research Institute (KRI®) Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga. His connection and style as a Kundalini teacher embodies love, compassion and kindness combined with the energy, wisdom and truth of the moon. He loves the power of mantras and the ability it has to project a certain consciousness. In 2016, he was given the spiritual name of Chand Dyal Singh Khalsa and committed to a Sikh lifestyle, a student for life who sees God in all and serves all.  In 2018, he completed the SuperHealth® professional specialty training on the Yogic Science to Break Habits & Addictive Behaviors as taught by Yogi Bhajan and is honored to be able to share this technology so others can rise above and heal their addictions.

His favorite Yogi Bhajan quote is: 

“The art of being smart is to be small, which can contain it all. The art of success is to answer the call of duty with grace and compassion. The art of happiness is to serve all, and all shall serve you.”

His life path directs him to be a spiritual teacher empowering others to connect with their life’s destiny in order to live a healthy, happy and spiritually connected life. He incorporates holistic massage therapy, energy work, heart centered communication, Kundalini yoga and meditation as well as organic food medicine into his work as a healer and teacher. 

Chand Dyal is now exploring Tibetan Buddhism to expand his spiritual journey and is patiently waiting for the right time to “take refuge” and receive a Tibetan name.

DIANA OTÁLVARO

KRI® Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga

Diana Otálvaro (Bhagti Kaur) discovered Kundalini Yoga in 2011 through a friend in her home country of Colombia and immediately felt the change it made in her life. She moved to San Diego in 2014, and graduated from Level 1 Teacher Training in 2016. She is fascinated by the vast study of healing and also earned a Level 2 Reiki certification. Her passion is sharing insights that have helped her in different aspects of life. 

Her favorite Yogi Bhajan quote is: 

“Happiness is your birthright.” 

Outside the studio, Diana finds solace in nature and trees, and formerly worked as a Forestry Engineer in both public and private institutions.

MARK LOVECCHIO

KRI® Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga

Mark grew up and spent most of his life in the warmth of San Diego. He is someone who seeks knowledge through experience and his experimental nature has taken him on many adventures. Embarking on his own healing journey, he has explored various healing arts and has studied Pranic Healing, Reiki and has a passion for Sound/Vibrational Medicine. Mark enjoys learning about Mystical and Religious Philosophy and how he can relate and apply the wisdom to expand his understanding of himself and the mysteries of the universe.
Mark’s healing journey and curiosity for the occult sciences pointed him to Kundalini Yoga in 2016. He quickly realized the power and efficacy of its therapeutic qualities and finds wisdom in the dharma behind the science. Mark loves experimenting with the use of mantra and feels that the technology has added great depth and direction to his spiritual practice. He has chosen to teach at The Metta Space because The Metta Space has been a place of healing and community for him, and he is honored to contribute to this healing environment.

His favorite Yogi Bhajan quote is: 

“You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.”

When not teaching yoga, you can find Mark walking around Balboa Park, reading, listening to music, backpacking, or camping.

MEGAN SCHENFELD

KRI® Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga

Megan is a student of life and huge fan of laughter. She is an explorer of all things subconscious and excels in the world of the unknown. Starting in the beautiful city of Denver, Colorado, Megan cultivated her passion for music, food, and art. In 2014, Megan moved to sunny San Diego and embarked on a journey of self-healing and discovery. In San Diego, she learned the art of hypnosis, Reiki, and subconscious mind-mapping. Fascinated by the brain, our natural ability to heal ourselves, and the magic of being human, Megan has found Kundalini Yoga and Sat Nam Rasayan as perfect compliments to her path.
Now a student, practitioner, and teacher of Kundalini Yoga, Megan has learned the beauty of a daily practice and is eager to share these teachings with the world around her. Her focus as a teacher and healer for the next year is to create a space where everyone can experience their inner wisdom, power, and magic. Megan has chosen to teach at The Metta Space because she loves the energy here and feels that it is the perfect place for her to start her teaching journey.

Her favorite Yogi Bhajan quote is:

“If you can’t see god in all you can’t see god at all.”

When not teaching yoga, you can find Megan enjoying the beach, or walking around the neighborhood with her sweet dog, Apollo.

Our Guests Love The Metta Space

I feel like the energy is moving more freely through my body and I have more range of motion in my leg without as much pain. His East/West Sports Massage was unlike anything I’d experienced before. The stretching was amazing. Thank you!!

Maria Brown