Leah was introduced to yoga as a vehicle of stress-relief and weight loss. She immediately felt comfortable in the yoga environment, and developed a love for heated power classes. She took an aerial yoga class at a local resort, and fell in love with the practice. She went through a 200-hour Baptiste-based teacher training, and began teaching locally. Shortly thereafter, she traveled to Campbell, CA for a 150-hour Unnata® Aerial Yoga and TYS® Aerial Yoga teacher training. Her classes are designed to tap into the fun and playful side of the physical practice of yoga, and she encourages her students to push their mental limitations to realize their true strength.
Brian Hanner, RYT-200, has been practicing yoga and meditation for 13 years. After many years of being overweight and unhappy, he attended a yoga workshop in Houston and was hooked. He is a certified yoga teacher through Amy Cronise-Mead at YOGADHARMA. Other teachers and influences include Robert Boustany, Darren Rhodes, Dharma Mittra and Ana Forrest. He is a meditation student of John Yates (Culadasa) and recently completed a three-year meditation retreat. Brian has experienced great personal transformation through yoga and is interested in bringing the same experience to others. Breathe deeply, feel, listen, speak truth, and do what matters.
Emily uses yoga each day as a continuous learning experience. Yoga is life! Emily’s goal is to give students an experience by expressing her devoted passion for the practice in each class. Emily makes classes fun, encouraging, and challenging (when they need to be). She hopes that as a student, you can explore a new potential of yourself. Emily has taught nearly 1,000 hours worth of classes, and has spent even more practicing. She received her 200hr training through YogaMazé in Flagstaff where she began her teaching career. She loves to incorporate alignment with playfulness. Come to class with an open mind and a willing heart!
Grace first started practicing yoga in 2013 and immediately fell in love. After a serious hamstring injury, she stopped practicing for six months while healing. She picked up her practice again in the spring of 2014, ready and motivated to practice. She decided to enroll in a teacher training program, studying under Darren Rhodes and Sam Rice through which her intention was to fully dedicate and advance herself in a safe manner, learning the poses from the ground up. As a result, Grace focuses on creating a fun, warm, welcoming environment for her students, with an emphasis on safety and proper alignment. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Public Service from NAU and received her 200 hour RYT certification in May 2015. Grace is currently enrolled in a 300 hour teacher training program to receive her 500 hour RYT certification in the summer of 2016.
Jess Holzworth received her Yogahour certification from Yoga Oasis in Tucson, Arizona under Darren Rhodes and Sam Rice. She began practicing yoga in 2008 through her mother’s encouragement. It wasn’t until 2012 that she fully immersed herself into her practice to receive all the benefits that yoga offers.
Jess believes that within us all there is an inner light that connects us to compassion, creativity, and love. She feels that yoga is a path to meet oneself and turn inward. Jess’ belief is that yoga can awaken one’s own divinity and lead to awareness and self-transformation, which in return extends health and consciousness to humanity on a global level.
Jess’ love of movement and music is fused into her teaching. She creates a warm and down to earth environment to move, breathe, and release. Her classes emphasize form, alignment, and stretch.
Joanna’s path to yoga began over 15 years ago, while searching for an alternative to gymnastics and dance. She continued practicing yoga while she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education. After teaching middle schoolers, Joanna fell in love with yogic philosophy and decided to pursue her love of teaching combined with her love for yoga. She completed her 200-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at The Yoga Connection with Priscilla Potter & Julie Williams. After beginning to teach yoga, she strongly connected with helping her students slow down and connect with their bodies and breath, and has completed an additional 60+ hours in restorative and yin teacher trainings. She is currently completing her 300-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at The Yoga Connection, and will graduate in Spring of 2017. Joanna’s life has been so positively impacted by yoga that she strongly desires to share her yoga passion here at Om. Joanna enjoys teaching Yin, Restorative, Hatha, Hatha Flow, and alignment-focused Vinyasa Flow yoga. #jojoyoga
Katie loves Yoga! She loves Vinyasa; she loves Yin; she loves practicing it on stand-up paddleboards (which was a bit more accessible before she moved to Tucson from Hawaii!). And Katie loves teaching every kind of class, from children’s yoga to classes for relief from PTSD. Her goal is to provide a practice that is energetic and upbeat to help students overcome stress, anxiety, and depression. Eventually, she wants to spread the joy she has found through her personal practice all over the world!
Lara has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Originally as prenatal exercise, she found that it became far more than just stretching. After gaining a sense of calm and clarity of thought, she was hooked! Exploring every form of yoga she could find, she eventually pursued her Vinyasa (linking breath with movement) teaching credentials and became certified (200 RYT) through The Yoga Alliance. Embracing the precision and rhythmic style of a “slow-flow-vinyasa”, Lara has worked with children, seniors, and everyone in between and often in an unconventional setting. Her mission is to demystify yoga and bring its benefits to EVERYbody! She creatively structures her classes with modifications and proper alignment so that each person has fun with “their” practice. She enjoys helping you to discover the power of the breath to balance the body, mind and spirit!
Yoga became a key part of Savannah’s life in 2011 when she was a college student struggling with stress and depression. In yoga she found a refuge, a place of inner peace and inner power; she found space in which to transform from the inside out. As an instructor, she hopes to offer just that—a fun and fierce sort of empowerment, an opportunity to unearth the strength, self-love, and serenity that lies within. Her teaching focuses on safe alignment and stretching with strength. In the words of one of her teachers, Darren Rhodes, she practices and offers yoga so that she and her students can “shape-shift to state-shift.”