Instructors

meet our team

Nychole

 …found appreciation for yoga after sustaining a running injury.  She practiced yoga consistently and was able to be restored both physically and emotionally.  She decided to deepen her appreciation for yoga and it’s benefits by completing a RYT 200 certification in 2014.  Nychole is a E-RYT 200 instructor and is a registered member of the Yoga Alliance.  Nychole’s classes are breath and alignment based, and designed to help fellow students explore their potential by guiding them through powerful, playful, and mindful asanas.  

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Shiloh

…has practiced on and off since 2005, but started seeing the benefits of a regular practice in 2012 to get grounded and combat the stress of grad school. She grew to love the practice so much that she decided to undertake her 200-hour teacher training at Undisputed Yoga under Dave Hernandez. Her goal is to bring you to your edge with a smile on your face and to face it with calm and equanimity.

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Caleb

Caleb has been practicing yoga for seven years.
Caleb is drawn to yoga for its incredible propensity to help an individual heal their body, mind, and spirit.
Caleb wants to help people better their lives by sharing the amazing benefits of this practice with them.

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David

David finally went to a yoga class, after being invited by friends. Looking for a way to rehabilitate a knee injury, and for something challenging, he went to a Hot Vinyasa class. The physical and mental workouts pushed his limits, but the mindfulness of the practice is what kept him coming back. After years of practice, David wanted to broaden his knowledge of yoga. David received his 200-hr training under Dave Hernandez, RYT-500 at studio 520. He looks forward to helping others find the benefits in the practice, as well as the possibilities of the self. David now teaches many forms of yoga and meditation with emphasis on mindfulness, gratitude, change, and heart.

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Chelsea

Chelsea found yoga 5 years ago and immediately fell in love! Last year she finally took the leap, leaving her corporate job to pursue her RYT 200 certification. She believes yoga comes in many forms and loves experimenting with all types. It is her belief that yoga can heal almost all wounds and she enjoys sharing her journey online through social media in order to encourage others to challenge themselves and find their inner strengths.

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Brandy

Brandy found yoga by accident. 10 years ago, she joined a friend for class and fell in love with the practice! A light came on that just continued to grow brighter every time she came to the mat. What began as solely a physical practice has blossomed into a deeper awareness of mind and spirit. She is an E-RYT 500 teacher inspired by ashtanga, power, and vinyasa teachings.

Student first, teacher second: expect to be challenged mentally and physically in Brandy’s classes. She believes strongly in the power of “possibility;” we don’t know until we try! “Only by passing through resistance do we become stronger,” a quote by Sri Swami Satchidananda that she often shares and teaches from. Her classes offer a strong breath connection with powerful flows to tap into our internal strength!

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Shelle

Shelle first discovered yoga when she was eight years old; she didn’t get serious about her practice until a colleague took her to a Bikram class in Tucson. That class sparked a passion for yoga that took Shelle to Atlanta, Chicago, Montreal, Hong Kong and Istanbul.

Shelle has always been very athletic and her favorite classes to teach and practice are Vinyasa style flows. She is a E-RYT 500, and has been teaching for 18-years and has trained with Bikram, Paul Grilley (Yin), Dave Swenson (Ashtanga), Anna Forrest (Forrest Yoga) and Shiva Rea (Prana Vinyasa). The biggest influence on her teaching is Patrick Creelman in Hong Kong. Shelle’s teaching combines aspects of all of her teachers with a focus on strength and alignment.

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Sara

Inspired by the freedom and personal growth initially found in her first yoga studio experience at age 16, Sara has not stopped practicing ever since. The closer she grew with her own practice, the more she felt the drive to share her passion and dive deeper into the community.

Sara is a RYT 200 Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor, and to her the most crucial elements of yoga include always staying curious, flexible, and open– once a student, always a student. The class environment she cultivates is one of care and inclusivity, while still challenging her student’s perceived limitations. Sara would always encourage you to never stop laughing at yourself.

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Josh

Josh, a Georgia native, moved to Tucson after high school, in 2013. It was shortly after moving here that Josh first practiced yoga and was immediately hooked. Something about it appealed to the side of him that grew up skateboarding and listening to heavy music. In 2017, after close to 3 years of dedicated practice, he became an instructor. Josh believes that the breath is the foundation of the yoga practice. With strong, alignment-based cueing, his teaching aims to pair the breath with motion, challenging the practitioner both mentally and physically.

Since completing his teacher 200 hour training at Studio 520, he continues to further his study of yoga by practicing Ashtanga Yoga, studying yoga philosophy, and meditating. When Josh isn’t teaching yoga, he is hanging out with girlfriend, hiking in the beautiful Southwest, cooking vegan food, and walking his dog, Luka.

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Jackie

Jackie began practicing yoga in 2002 at various gym settings. By 2006, she had fallen in love with the practice, knowing there was something deeper resonating each time she came to the mat.  In 2008, after taking a Level 1 YogaFit training, she knew she wanted more.  Soon after, she found Ann Richardson and signed up for the 200hour training at Studio Bamboo Institute of Yoga.  She graduated in March of 2010.

It was during her training with Ann Richardson, that Jackie found Lisa Rapp, a certified Jivamukti instructor.  She was immediately intrigued by Lisa’s unique teaching style, which encompassed spirituality, devotion, chanting, and sacred teachings.  She received training from Lisa at My Yoga Spirit and graduated with 500 hours in May of 2012. At that time, she was given the Sanskrit name “Ananda”, which means bliss.

Jackie is also a massage therapist from the Cayce/Reilly School of Massotherapy. She brings her knowledge of anatomy and holistic health to her classes and enjoys deepening her students’ practice with nurturing hands-on adjustments. Savasana, the final resting pose in every yoga practice, is heavenly in Jackie’s classes, with the added touch of massage.

Jackie was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA.  She recently moved here to Tucson, AZ with her husband Walter and their two children, Gavin and Kiera.  Jackie enjoys gardening, riding her bike, hiking, running, listening to live music and exploring Tucson with her family.

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Cailey

Cailey began practicing yoga intermittently 7 years ago, but when she moved to Tucson in 2017, she took a class at Studio 520 Yoga and instantly felt like she had found her tribe! She completed her teacher training at Studio 520 Yoga last fall, and is so excited to be giving back to the wonderful community as an instructor. The physical, spiritual and emotional benefits of a regular yoga practice has brought joy to her life, and she is passionate about empowering people of every shape, size, and ability to come to the mat and flow. She likes to push her students to explore their perceived physical and mental boundaries, all while keeping a smile on their face!
Outside of yoga, she is a busy 4th year medical student with plans to specialize in family medicine/reproductive health. She loves her dog Benji (who loves to photobomb), cooking, collecting tattoos, and trying the many amazing Tucson restaurants and coffee shops!
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Gretchen

Gretchen Abbott has been practicing meditation and yoga for over 15 years. She graduated with her 200hr TT from Yogaville where she was trained in Integral Yoga and lived on an Ashram. Integral Yoga is a complete practice of yoga with pranayama, meditation, chanting, asanas, and yoga nidra (or deep relaxation). Although, Gretchen enjoys teaching this class, she is also well versed in Yin yoga, chair yoga, Vinyasa,Hot yoga, Partner yoga and yoga for children.

Gretchen’s approach to yoga is fun, easeful, and creative. She advocates and encourages “mindful movement” a practice that she continues in her own day as well as with all her classes and workshops. Listening to the body and practicing the mantra “no strain, no stress”
Gretchen’s classes are filled with variations for all levels. She incorporates light hearted humour, and encourages the awareness of the self, the breath, and the body. Integrating mind, body, and spirit in a practice to tone and strengthen the body in a subtle but powerful way!

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Naveena

Born and currently located in Tucson, AZ, I was raised in New Jersey in a traditional Hindu household. During my childhood, I was introduced to the spiritual concepts of yoga by my parents who regularly read Hindu scriptures and integrated the practices of the eight limbs of yoga into their lifestyles. At the age of thirteen, I sustained a chronic injury. In an effort to strengthen and restore mobility, I began a daily yoga practice. With time and commitment, my spirit, soul, and body gained strength and mobility returned.

 In 2015, I received my RYT 200 in traditional Hatha and Vinyasa style flow. I believe that every form of yoga presents its own benefits to students depending upon their varied needs. I have since obtained certifications to teach Childrens, Yin, and Yoga Nidra and have gained thorough experience teaching a wide variety of styles with diverse populations and bodies. I strive to bring an equal balance of awareness and tranquility to my students and classes. My classes aim to infuse alignment based, intuitive, and joyful movement with reverence for our bodies and the eight limbs.

 

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Kari

Kari is a 200 RYT, Level 1 Usui Reiki Practitioner, and Licensed Massage Therapist, currently working on a 300 hr teaching certification with Authentic Movements. She recently relocated with her tiny home on wheels, fiancé, and 2 rescue pups to Tucson, AZ from a small beach town in Delaware. Kari completed her first 200 hr training in vinyasa style with Dimitra Yoga of Lewes, DE in 2014. Although she has been teaching consistently since then, she has been a practitioner for 7 years. She found yoga after the end of a relationship and a lot of “what am I doing” questions. She is grateful for yoga introducing her to a relationship with herself and strives to cultivate space for others to do the same.

Her teaching style has a foundation in safe alignment, “intelligent movement”, and plenty of hands-on adjustments due to her Massage Therapy background. That being said, she is known for her creative, powerful flows, that challenge both your body and your brain. You can expect to get on your hands often and explore the feeling of balance in one of her classes. Kari encourages breath-work, laughter, freedom of self-expression, and the concept of a deeply rooted and loving connection to self, which leads to deeply rooted and loving connections with others. In addition to regular mat classes, Kari’s passion is creating and teaching Inversion and Arm Balance workshops for all levels of practitioners. You can learn more about Kari through her active social media accounts and blog.

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