Teachers + Staff

Chelsea Lucas

Founder + Owner of Session Yoga
Director: Session School of Yoga

Chelsea is a Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher and E- RYT 500. She is a Legacy Lululemon Ambassador in Tucson. Chelsea has been practicing yoga since 2005 and began teaching shortly thereafter. Chelsea owned and operated Arizona Power Yoga in 2007 in  Tucson prior to creating Session Yoga in 2012.  She studied and worked for Baron Baptiste and received her 500 hour certification in Rishikesh India. Chelsea Founded Safe Studio Project a non profit helping raise awareness about sexual misconduct in the yoga community.  Her love of business and yoga makes being a studio owner the perfect fit for her. Chelsea teaches  Baptiste 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.

Natalie Taylor

Studio Manager + 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!

Miryam 

Teacher

Miryam started practicing yoga at Session at age 14. She graduated from Session School of Yoga August 2017 and is an RYT 200.   She attends University of Arizona. At just 18 she is our youngest teacher with a fierce love for the practice and it shows in every class she teaches. She speaks multiple languages, was born in Spain and has wanderlust.

Leah B.

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.

Michelle 

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Michelle found Session in 2013 and immediately fell in love with the intensity of power yoga as a way to quiet the mind, push her limits, and find harmony with breath and movement. A recent graduate of Session School of Yoga, she is grateful to be able to share her practice with so many wonderful people through her classes each week. When not at the studio, Michelle enjoys the outdoors and caring for her four dogs and tortoise.

Catie 

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Catie began practicing yoga in 2014, and was amazed how quickly it quieted her anxiety, made her feel cozy in her body, and brought her a long lasting sense of joy. In 2017, she decided she wanted to share the many gifts of yoga with others, and completed a 200 hour teacher training through the Session School of Yoga. She aims for her classes to be flowy and fun. When not on her mat, Catie can be found hiking Tumamoc with her sweet husband, gorging herself on true crime documentaries, or throwing dinner parties for her friends and family.

Eve 

Teacher

After several years of practicing various types of yoga Eve’s yoga journey led her to her first power yoga class which in turn led to her first 200 EYT teacher training in Canada in 2009. Eve has completed teacher trainings with Baron Baptiste and is a Certified Baptiste Power Yoga teacher. Eve has taught power yoga, led retreats, workshops and various other yoga programs. Remaining true to the lifelong learner in her she continued her teacher trainings in LifePower Yoga with Jonny Kest, The Body & Beyond, and Detox Flow with Seane Corn to name a few. “ When the student is ready the teacher appears, when the student is truly ready the teacher disappears.” ~Lao Tzu . Happy to be a part of the Session Yoga Family!

Leah L.

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.

Tori 

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Tori graduated from Session School of Yoga in April 2018. After finding yoga  in 2005 her passion only grew from there. Yoga helped support  her through nursing school feeding her soul as she grew. She reconnected with yoga while becoming a mother. Tori wanted to share her practice with family and friends and discovered her yoga home session! She loves being a part of the yoga community and works as a nurse full time and mother to her beautiful son.

Kelly 

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Kelly began her yoga practice in 2010 while attending NAU in Flagstaff. She found yoga to be a perfect outlet during her college years her love of the practice continued for years and she graduated Session School of Yoga in 2017. Her love of music is apparent in each class she teaches. She feels that breath work is the most important part of her teaching. When she isn’t teaching she enjoys spending time outside with family and friends, hiking, skiing, cooking and cozying up on the couch with a cup of tea.

Mark 

Teacher

Mark graduated from Session School of Yoga in 2018.

Mark, a 5th generation native Tucsonan, has a deep rooted love for his desert domicile. His endless childlike curiosity and attraction to where he finds Spirit eventually brought him to his first yoga session in 2015. At first he simply appreciated the physicality and mental relaxation of the practice, but after a couple months of consistency, he began to notice something magical. Mark experienced powerful shifts in his behavior towards himself and others; he noticed an increase in productivity and boosted confidence; he felt heightened sense of well-being and purpose. From this rapid and humbling period of growth, he quickly identified yoga as a deeply spiritual path.

From that point, Mark sought out (and continues to seek) as much yogic history and philosophy as possible.The thing he enjoys most about the practice is: there’s infinite ways to practice! From meditation, chanting, and breathwork to acts of service, ethical behavior, and self-care, Mark see’s nearly all aspects of life as an opportunity to practice yoga. He strives to share this empowerment wherever he goes, both on and off the mat. He believes the most transformative experiences of yoga can happen at anytime–all you have to do is practice!

Outside of Session, Mark is a Plant-Based Chef! He loves creating and sharing nourishment for the mind, body and soul.

Maggie 

Teacher

Maggie graduated from Session School of Yoga in March of 2019. Her passion for teaching and the practice shows in every class! She started practicing yoga  in 2015 truly just out of curiosity and never imagined how much of an impact it would be after all this years. She fell in love with yoga for its constant movement while calming the mind.  For her is is like pausing time  and connecting  to recharge and fall in deeply into a spiral of movements and moments of stillness with the help of mindfully breathing. She believes that yoga finds you on the most difficult times and challenging moments and that’s where you most need to ground yourself and listen to body and mind. This studio has become part of her personal growth, by letting her be herself in my most vulnerable and happiest moments and nothing can be compared to that feeling of being safe in space.

Shelley 

Teacher

Shelley graduated Session School of Yoga April 2018.  She was introduced to Session yoga shortly after its opening. She found the movement of power yoga to be a great compliment to her dance background. From there, it slowly grew into an obsession/passion, loving the way yoga was not only changing her physical strengths, but her mental strengths and abilities as well. She found it gave her a similar outlet that dance had, yet also connected her to mind, body and breath on a completely different level. For years she considered becoming a yoga instructor, thinking it would come naturally after teaching dance for a number of years, so she finally took the plunge and completed her 200-hour certification through the Session School of Yoga. Shelley hopes to inspire others to find the kind of outlet and connection that began her yoga journey.

Jeff

Teacher

Jeffrey has been extensively trained in a variety of yoga disciplines. Jeffrey is a Credentialed Baptiste Power Yoga Instructor as well as being a certified YogaHour® and Hatha Yoga instructor.

Jeffrey is an engineer by profession who’s introduction to yoga was in 1998 originally through Bikram Yoga while he was training and competing in Mixed Martial Arts. As a competitive fighter, yoga was simply a way to create opening and flexibility in the body to strengthen his martial arts. In 2014 when an injury limited his ability to perform most upper-body physical activities.  He began to develop a regular yoga practice to support both physical and metal health. In this time he found what an enormous benefit and change yoga had presented and offered to his daily life.

Jeffrey’s passion for teaching, along with his love and strongly held beliefs in the physical and mental transformational benefits that yoga has to offer is the driving force for his teaching and practice of yoga today.

Angela 

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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.

Maya 

Teacher

Maya received her RYT-200 certification from the Session School of Yoga in 2020. Her yoga journey began in 2010 with prenatal yoga while pregnant with her daughter, realizing the life changing benefits of linking breath to movement and finding a deeper mind, body, and spirit connection. Through her continued practice she gained the understanding of how important it is to move energy through yoga, creating new opportunities for healing and growth, which is the cornerstone of her practice today. Maya is a native Tucsonan and attended the University of Arizona. Off the mat, she enjoys staying active through hiking, running, and HIIT, creating cut-and-paste collages from magazines, sipping coffee from local roasters, and exploring the outdoors with her family.

Malie 

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Malie was born and raised in Minnesota but always felt as if the desert had been calling her entire life. She moved to Tucson in August of 2017 and quickly felt at home amongst the mountains and the community here. She found yoga in 2019 and graduated as a 200 RYT from Session Yoga in August of 2020. Malie was first drawn to yoga, as most people are, for the physical asana practice. Within a few months of developing a regular practice, she quickly fell in love with the way that yoga calms and connects the mind to body, through breath and movement, and how the lessons we learn in our asana practice are so easily transferable to the time spent off our mats. Connecting breath and intentional movement through yoga, hiking or dancing are part of everyday life for Malie. Some of her favorite things include spending time with nature, with friends and family, with animals of all kinds, and studying different limbs of yoga. She lives  life with a heart full of love and believes in the power of surrendering to the ebb and flow of lifeand breath to lead you wherever you are meant to be. 

Arwa 

Teacher

Arwa received her RYT-200 certification from the Session School of Yoga in 2020. Her yoga journey began in college, during her recovery from an injury that affected her balance and coordination. Arwa stumbled upon Session after moving to Tucson in 2017, and quickly fell in love with the practice and the community at Session. Through her practice, Arwa began to gain a deeper understanding of herself and how yoga created a space for healing and growth. When Arwa developed a regular practice, she noticed that she started to become more present in her life and noticed the practice helped her to connect to the mind, body, and spirit. Arwa is a strong believer that the yoga practice extends off the mat. It challenges us physically and mentally, and the lessons we learn during the physical asana practice allows us to grow and transform off the mat into better versions of ourselves. Arwa wants to spread her love for this practice, and create a safe space for others, and help them find better version themselves. Arwa has a passion for healthcare and plans to incorporate the principles and practice of yoga in medicine. She hopes to bridge the gap between modern medical systems and the benefits of the yoga practice.