Teachers

Chelsea Lucas
Founder of Session Yoga

Chelsea is a Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher and RYT 500 as well as a Certified Massage Therapist. She is a Lululemon Ambassador in Tucson. Chelsea has been practicing yoga since 2006 and began teaching shortly thereafter. Chelsea owned and operated Arizona Power Yoga in Tucson  prior to creating Session. Her love of business and yoga makes being a studio owner the perfect fit for her. Chelsea teaches a dynamic power flow and is committed to creating a balanced and empowering yoga experience.Chelsea enjoys being a DJ at KXCI in Tucson and hanging out with her dogs.

Dove Crawford
Teacher

Dove Crawford strives to infuse every aspect of life with her unique blend of strength, passion, playfulness and joy. She draws from her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science, her Master of  Science degree in Kinesiology along with her experiences as a Marine Corps veteran, law enforcement public servant and yoga devotee as she explores the yogic path. Dove is happiest when sharing the beauty of yoga and wellness with others. Dove is a RYT-500 graduate of the Session School of Yoga and a Lululemon Ambassador

Sarah Orzel
Teacher

Sarah is an RYT 200 as well as a certified personal trainer.  Sarah found power yoga in high school and never looked back.  After graduating from the University of Arizona she wanted to pursue something she loved and that was becoming a yoga instructor.  She believes every one has the power and potential to be the person and yogi they want to be.  Sarah likes to keep her classes full of fun, flow and music.

Jes Gale
Teacher

Jes has a deeply rooted history with movement as a means to explore, open and connect with the Self, so the place where this all began is fairly impossible to pinpoint. For many years, asana was a way to prepare for, get better at, and stay in shape for, dancing. That culminated in a degree in dance from California State University, Long Beach, as well as a number of professional performances.

 

Jes went on to complete her 200-hour certification (Yoga Alliance RYT 200) in New York City, in 2009. She has since had the incredible opportunity to share her practice with yogis in California, Connecticut and now Arizona. She believes in yoga’s ability to help us press our ‘reset’ button; yoga can remind us of our infinite possibility, drawing us in the opposite direction of the things that keep us from what we truly want… simply by showing up. A regular yoga practice has informed and deepened her gratitude and love for everything.

Natalie Taylor
Studio Manager and Teacher

Natalie received her RYT-200 certification from the Session School of Yoga in 2014. She has been practicing yoga for years, but discovered her love of power vinyasa at Session Yoga.  As a former middle school teacher, Natalie believes in the transformative power of education and relationships, both of which she strives to bring into her classes. Her background in education makes her a perfect fit as Session Yoga’s Manager.  A regular yoga practice has helped her reconnect and find peace. She hopes to open that door to all in her community. Natalie is thrilled to be a part of the Session family!

Staci Martin
Teacher

Staci is a RYT-200 certified yoga teacher and recent graduate of Session School of Yoga’s teacher training. A former high school teacher, Staci’s core belief is that everyone has exactly what he or she needs to grow and learn. The magic is finding it within oneself. As a yoga teacher, she is grateful to be part of the personal journey that yoga gives everyone and sees that as we rise up, we can rise up with support and love. Staci’s passion for education, being active, and her interest in mindfulness has made yoga a perfect fit for growth and expansion. Staci’s long-term goal is to bring about a fusion of yoga practice and K-12 education and to train school leaders and teachers how to use yoga and mindfulness to support students in their academic and personal goals. When not in the studio, Staci is either working on finishing her PhD in Educational Leadership at the University of Arizona, mediating like a rockstar, or walking with the dogs.

Angela White
Teacher

Angela’s love for yoga began nearly a decade ago when she wandered into an Ashtanga class in a small yoga studio in Philadelphia, PA. Since then, a yoga practice born out of curiosity has become one of her greatest tools for healing, growth and transformation. She was fortunate to spend many years practicing under the expert eye of Darren Rhodes and received her RYT-200 certification in alignment-based Hatha Yoga through Yoga Oasis in 2014. Although she loves practicing and learning about all styles of yoga, she’s especially drawn to the physically challenging and meditative quality of Power Vinyasa Yoga.

As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression, Angela is passionate about yoga’s unique ability to facilitate profound change – physically, mentally and spiritually. She is deeply grateful for the practice of yoga, for all of her remarkable teachers and for the opportunity to help others find strength, healing and peace through yoga.

Leah Edais
Teacher

Leah is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200hr level and LMT. She believes the body is an incredible machine made up of many parts, both physical and mental. Through her years of experience practicing yoga, she has seen how yoga plays an integral part in bringing the mind and body together. Yoga became a part of Leah’s world at a young age. Her mother opened her up to yoga when she was 8 years old. At that point in her life, it was more of a fun stretchy time between ballet classes. Over the years, yoga became an outlet for Leah to express herself, coping from stress and anxiety, also a healthy way to let loose and have fun. She began to open her heart and see things as simply and beautifully as they are. She transformed her surroundings to be sustainable, healthy and nurturing. She practices at Session regularly and graduated from Session School of Yoga in 2014. She spends her free time with animals, some which are her own. She has an active life practicing massage, pet sitting and spending time with her fellow yogis because laugh therapy is good for the soul.

Leah Bolton

Teacher

Leah started practicing yoga in 2010 as a way to rehabilitate a foot injury, and found her passion for practice right away. She fell in love with yoga’s ability to simultaneously calm and awaken both body and mind. In 2014, Leah completed her RYT-200 certification with Darren Rhodes at Yoga Oasis. She continued her study of asana at Balancing Monkey Yoga in Hilo, Hawaii, where she was first introduced to vinyasa. Leah’s classes aim to be challenging, fun, and promote an overall sense of well being for her students. She believes regular practice is an essential part of a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Outside the studio, Leah enjoys drinking kombucha, singing along to hip-hop songs, and hanging out with her dog.

Connie Miller

Teacher

Connie began practicing Yoga in 2009 and immediately fell in love with it. She completed the 200 hour certification from the renowned school of Yoga Medicine under the guidance of Tiffany Cruikshank. Being a registered nurse, she has a great love of anatomy and biomechanics of the body but feels this is just the beginning of yoga. Personally, Connie knows that yoga helps you get stronger and more flexible but more importantly, helps us connect to our true selves. She loves to teach with creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help students deepen their practice.

Terence Heflin-Connolly

Teacher 

Terence is a native of the U.K. (Yorkshire), born into a hardcore Irish family (west coast). He moved to Dublin at the age of 16 and lived there for a decade, whilst working and traveling all over Europe within this time. He then took a 3 year break from normal day to day work and traveled, finding myself in Chicago and falling in love. He has always had a love of feeding the body with exercise (marathons, semi-pro cycling, kayaking, boxing), and is a better person for it. He then found yoga, which has offered him the physical and mental challenge that he has been craving. He has had the opportunity  to coach others in their struggles and triumphs whether it be in their work life or personal life. Like most coaches, he sees the ability in others and finds great joy in seeing someone realize what they always had in them. Becoming a yoga teacher has been the most challenging and rewarding thing he have done so far in his life.

Grace Kirkpatrick

Teacher 

Grace is a recent graduate of Session School of Yoga and is an RYT 200. She has been practicing yoga at Session for 4 years. Her love of yoga stems from her acting and dance training and she strives to share the joy of movement and breath connection with her students. She has a BFA in Acting from the University of Arizona and is a resident artist at the Rogue Theater.

Daniella Elliot

Teacher

Daniella completed the 200-Hour Teacher Training at Session School of Yoga where she now has the pleasure of sharing her practice with students. Since childhood Daniella has found joy in movement, in all definitions of the word. She was a dancer throughout her youth, she has traveled extensively, and experiences a deep love of music and art. The desire to move and be moved led Daniella to the world of yoga where she witnessed the stress-relieving power of asana and healing abilities of her own breath. She finds peace in dancer’s pose, and loves to relax in supta baddha konasana. Her spare time is usually filled browsing cook books, singing loudly to pop music, and going on adventures with her sweetie.

Callie Hemersbach

Teacher

In her younger years, Callie found her Zen through music and dance. Being from Colorado, Callie also found hot yoga comforting and healing through the cold winters. Callie moved to Oregon in 2012 and became a mother. She fell in love with Yoga at a local Hot Yoga studio with great community of Yogis to practice with. After moving to Tucson in 2014, Callie found Session Yoga and loved the vibe. She is a recent graduate of the 200hr RYT Program at Session School of Yoga, and is proud to be a teacher here. Callie finds Yoga helps balance her life in many ways; mentally, physically and spiritually. Callie finds fulfillment in sharing the benefits of Yoga with others; there is nothing better than the smiles on peoples faces after yoga class. Callie also finds joy in spending time with her family, friends and the outdoors.

Anna Alkozei

Teacher 

Anna fell in love with yoga at her first class at Session Yoga, after which she felt truly at peace for the first time in a while. She completed her 200-hour Teacher Training at Session Yoga shortly thereafter, and continues to enjoy learning about the many facets of yoga.

The practice of yoga has helped Anna to feel more empowered in her whole life, and she aims to share this experience with her students. Anna teaches a fun and challenging flow class, as a way for her students to recognize their own power and potential, and experience joy and laughter when playing in fun poses. Above all, Anna strives to create a safe space for her students to connect with their true self and find moments of peace, especially in times of struggle.

Anna holds a PhD in Psychology and is therefore particularly fascinated how the physical and spiritual practice of yoga has such profound positive impacts on the human mind. She is originally from Germany and has lived in England for six years. Outside of yoga, Anna loves spending time with her cat Lily, riding her bike, occasionally going for a run, traveling, and learning about photography.

Shaelyn McCole

Teacher

Through yoga, Shaelyn realized that patience and persistence are more powerful than force, and that every one of us possesses a place of infinite warmth and love when we take the time to go within.   And the idea that this all stems from simple breath and movement seemed magical to Shaelyn… a magic that must be shared!

In 2010, Shaelyn earned her 200-hour certification through At One Yoga, under the guidance of John Salisbury and Jenn Chiarelli.  She celebrated her certification with a trip to study yoga in India, and travel continues to be an important part of her journey, reminding her to remain open to the flow of life’s greater plan, and that we are all here together, regardless of where we come from.  After several years of teaching yoga in Phoenix, Shaelyn started her 500 hour certification with Tiffany Cruikshank’s Yoga Medicine program. Her classes focus on cultivating a light and fun environment, paired with a challenging athletic practice, that strives to connect students to the unlimited potential within mind and body.