Teachers

Chelsea Lucas
Founder of Session Yoga

Chelsea is a Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher and E-RYT 200 as well as a Certified Massage Therapist. She has been practicing yoga since 2006 and began teaching shortly thereafter. Chelsea owned and operated Arizona Power Yoga in Tucson, AZ 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. She pours passion and fun into every class she teaches.

Kristin Horton
Founder of Session Yoga

Kristin is an E-RYT 200 and has completed Level 1 Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste. A Washington native, Kristin spent much of her childhood and youth practicing gymnastics and mastering the cello. After studying Vocal Performance at the University of Washington, Kristin headed to the desert, following her interests in backpacking, hiking and climbing to California, Utah and eventually Arizona. After years of exploring different styles of Yoga, Kristin found the Baptiste practice and quickly became a certified teacher (RYT 200). She took immediate interest in teaching the power flow and especially in teaching basics and introducing new people to the power of Yoga. For Kristin, founding Session Yoga represents an opportunity to share her passion for Yoga and wellness with a diverse cross section of Tucsonans. Aside from her Yoga certifications, Kristin holds several certifications in wine education.

Grant Bashore
Teacher

Grant is a graduate of Baron Baptiste’s teacher training levels I, II and III, and he is a registered yoga instructor at the 500-hour level with the Yoga Alliance. Grant believes that all beings are deserving of “well-being”– the feeling of flourishing through engagement in life. He strives to keep his vinyasa classes fun, playful, and accessible to all. Through yoga, Grant seeks to cultivate individual responsibility for happiness, and thereby assist his students in awakening their unique grace, power, and wisdom.

Kali Kennedy
Teacher

Discovering the power of yoga at 17, Kali Kennedy instantly felt a vocation towards teaching and yoga. Wasting no time, she received her 200 RYT yoga certification at Arizona School of Yoga. She also attended extensive training at Level 1 Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste, a founder of power yoga. This girl has a fierce passion for yoga and a mission to help spread the benefits of this mind-body awareness and exercise. Though pursuing a degree in education, Kali is dedicated to a life of revealing the unlimited effects of a yoga practice.

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.

Denese Bottrell
Teacher

After years in corporate marketing, Denese now enjoys encouraging people to live their best life as an Institute for Integrative Nutrition, certified health and lifestyle coach. She became a 200-hr RYT in 2004 and completed Baron Baptiste’s Level 1 Teacher Training in 2009 as a way to deepen her own practice and safely complete six marathons. While she has practiced Ashtanga yoga for years, even studying at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India, she believes all yoga is good yoga and credits her many teachers with giving her the tools to create her own happiness, no matter what life brings her way. She believes in the power of a rhythmic, daily yoga practice and loves nothing more than inspiring students to explore their unique voice and path toward health and happiness.

Jessica Fesko
Teacher

Jessica began practicing yoga in 2003 shortly after moving back to her hometown of Chicago, IL. While exploring the many different styles of yoga, she discovered that yoga was a key element in managing her life long struggle with depression. After moving to Tucson in 2008, Jessica became a certified medical assistant and continued her search for the style of yoga she felt most connected to. In 2012, through Session Yoga, she was introduced to power vinyasa yoga.

 

Jessica completed the 200-hour certification (Yoga Alliance RYT 200) through Session School of Yoga in 2013. It is her goal to bring yoga to anyone and everyone who wants to experience the vast benefits of the practice regardless of age, physical ability or emotional state. Her classes are a balanced flow fueled by rock and roll!

Alexa Itkin
Teacher

Alexa’s passion for yoga began when she was ten years old. While other kids were playing soccer, Alexa was attending kid’s yoga classes and workshops at a local studio in Scottsdale, Arizona. For the Itkins, family outings and vacations often consisted of meditation workshops, yoga festivals, and retreats. Alexa was given the gift of yoga at a young age, from which she learned the meaning of mindfulness, patience and self-exploration.

 

Yoga quickly developed from a practice into a lifelong love. Alexa always knew she wanted to share her passion for yoga with others, so she set a goal to become a certified yoga instructor. Alexa believes yoga is a fundamental tool in one’s life; it is a daily vitamin that increases personal development, self-confidence, motivation, and awareness. She loves challenging her students to go new places they didn’t think they could go before, especially in a hot, sweaty Vinyasa flow with a fun and dynamic playlist.

 

Alexa completed her 200-hour certification (Yoga Alliance RYT 200) at the Session School of Yoga in 2013. She is also a manager at lululemon athletica and has major #joblove and #lifelove.

Dove Crawford
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Ricky Abud
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