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. 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 + Lead Teacher Session School of Yoga

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 an E RYT-500 graduate of the Session School of Yoga and a Lululemon Ambassador.

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!

Sarah Orzel

Teacher

Sarah is an E RYT 200 as well as a certified personal trainer.  Sarah found power yoga in high school and took her first yoga teacher training with Chelsea at age 19 in 2008. After graduating from the University of Arizona she is the fitness director at Intuit and has been teaching at Session Yoga since 2012.  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.

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.

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.

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.

Anna is our Karma Yoga teacher, our donation class that benefits a different Tucson charity each month! Anna  is grateful to be able to use yoga as a way to give back to the Tucson community. Anna is particularly drawn to the psychological benefits of a yoga practice and aims to create a grounding and safe space for her students to face difficult emotions that may arise on and off the mat.

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.

Lindsay Johnson

Teacher

Lindsay teaches our prenatal class each Sunday at 3p.m.

Lindsey is a Tucson native who lived in Louisiana during her undergraduate degree. It was there that she first starting practicing yoga through YouTube videos in her one-bedroom apartment as a way to combat stress. Upon graduation and moving back to Tucson, she found Session Yoga as a means of stress relief in her new corporate job, and she never looked back. She practiced at Session for years before obtaining her 200-Hour RTY from the Session School of Yoga in 2016. Now, upon the birth of her first child in early 2017, Lindsey aims to help others respect the abilities of their bodies and foster growth (physical and mental) on their mats in a fun and open environment. When she’s not practicing or teaching, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, reading just about anything, and trying out new recipes.

Michelle Brown 

Teacher

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.

Kelly McGlammery

Teacher

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.

Molly Latin

Teacher

Molly received her RYT from Session School of Yoga in 2017. She discovered her love of yoga while traveling overseas and exploring her free spirit. Finding power yoga allowed her to release from within, connect deeply with herself and truly glow. Yoga brought ease of breath, a strength of body and mind, and emotional intelligence into her active life. Molly studies Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona with hopes to continue practicing and teaching mindful eating; through spreading cruelty-free ways to consume. Body and breath became the keystones in her own quest towards holistic health and she revels in the opportunity to share this knowledge with her students. She continues to find power in discovering softness and flow and loves the opportunity to break the ego and explore the body with new poses and uplifting beats. Breath per movement meditation through asana kick-started Molly’s journey to self-discovery and brought forth her immense self-healing. She feels blessed to share such a beautiful practice with Session and loves creating a space for you; to just be. When she isn’t at the Studio she enjoys running through nature, loving her bloodhound, eating peanut butter by the spoonful.

Analeah Kime

Teacher

Analeah has been practicing yoga since 2010 when a friend convinced her to try a class for means of physical exercise. It didn’t take long for her to realize how much the practice of yoga is beneficial both for the body and the soul – as such her love for practicing yoga was born. Analeah completed her RYT 200 hour through Session School of yoga in the summer of 2017 and began her teaching journey shortly thereafter. Analeah has enjoyed the process of developing her unique style and flow and learned quickly how welcoming the Yoga community is. You will find that her classes are both playful and powerful allowing all who gather to sweat, breathe and break boundaries together.

Mayra Villalobos

Teacher

Mayra is a Tucson native and received her RYT-200 certification from the Session School of Yoga in 2016. Mayra was first introduced to yoga in 2014, through her work with eating disorders. She was especially drawn to yoga because of the mind body connection component. Mayra felt as though that was something that had been missing in her physical activity as well as in her life. Mayra soon began to see yoga as more than just physical activity and fell in love with all the different components yoga had to offer. Mayra hopes to create a space where people can also find this mind body connection that has enhanced her life in so many ways, and wishes to share any bit of magic she can with others.

Catie Castanos

Teacher

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.

Shelley Smith

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.

Shannon McCarthy-Contreras

Teacher

Shannon first discovered yoga after witnessing how transformative yogic practice proved to be for her brother- who had survived a severe traumatic brain injury in 2011 which left him both physically and mentally debilitated. Yoga not only provided therapeutic benefits in the restoration of his balance, mobility and strength but significantly improved his mood, emotional impulse control, self-perception and cognitive processing. Intrigued by yoga’s particularly unprecedented effects on the brain, Shannon began her own yogic journey out of curiosity in the physical nature of asana and the effects of breath on physiology. However, yoga quickly rooted itself in nearly every aspect of her life. Yoga became a newly unearthed philosophy for how to perceive the world and come to terms with her brother’s accident- serving as an essential tool in the path for change and emotional release. Above all, yoga has provided a platform for lifelong self-study of both the physical and non-physical parts of our existence. Shannon is a  RYT-200 graduate of Session’s School of Yoga and likes dogs.

Miryam Alsua

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 has a fierce love for the practice and it shows in every class she teaches. She speaks multiple languages and was born in Spain and has wanderlust.

Jeffrey Sorrentino

Teacher

Jeff is an RYT 200 and graduated from Yoga Oasis  and  YogaHour Teacher Training in 2017.  His love of alignment and sharing the practice makes teaching a natural fit. He teaches self defense classes around Tucson. Jeff has a passion for giving back to the Tucson community where he was born and raised.

Mark Mckenna

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.

Claire Kaufman 

Teacher

Claire Kaufman began practicing yoga at 18 years old during recovery from an illness and has never looked back.  Through all of life’s ups and downs, yoga has become her rock.  Yoga challenges her to be a better person physically, emotionally and spiritually, and is a practice she has felt drawn to teach for years. She traveled to Spain to complete her Holistic Yoga Flow RYT-200 hour training in the summer of 2018 and began teaching upon moving back to Tucson.  Her classes are strong yet calming, and she seeks to share, inspire and empower anyone to grow and learn on and off the mat.  When not on her yoga mat you can find her working on sustainability projects, reading about holistic wellness, going on spontaneous road trips, munching on tacos, and hanging with cacti.

Tori Fass

Teacher

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 is a caring wife and mother to her beautiful son.