About Us

Yoga Loft Tucson is a vinyasa yoga studio that offers a wide array of classes led by experienced and welcoming teachers.

Our studio is located in a renovated 100-year-old building in the heart of Tucson, Arizona. 

Our goal is to create a safe and diverse environment for you to feel grounded in body and breath.

Meet The Team

Ashlee McDougall, co-owner at Yoga Loft tucson, lululemon ambassador

Ashlee McDougall

Founder + Co-Owner | E500-RYT Ashlee is a lululemon ambassador and started practicing yoga to help her manage the symptoms of a life-threatening lung disease, cystic fibrosis. She found the practice extremely healing, and is now a self-proclaimed yoga nerd. She’s completed more than 1,500 hours of training with expert teachers such as Janet Stone and Jason Crandell. She enjoys studying movement and creating sequences that will help you build strength and mobility, so you can feel as good on the mat as you do off. Ashlee is inspired by Bhakti Yoga and very passionate about offering trauma-aware and inclusive classes.

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Cass Westwood | 200RYT

Cassandra, or “Cass” is an Arizona native that began her yoga journey in 2011 strictly doing Hot, Bikram practices 4-5 times a week…it wasn’t until she was introduced to the different types of yoga practices focusing on breath and meditation where the REAL yoga journey began. While working in a corporate and fast-paced business world, Cass obtained her 200 YTT certification in Phoenix in 2017 focusing on Ashtanga and Restorative practices. Always leading a busy life with school and long hours at work, the meditation and patience developed on the mat was the only real “disconnect” that she could find. Yoga has been a life-changer….and so intriguing to Cass that she had to find a way to share it with others. She has a passion for leading slow-flow & restorative practices for new yogis. Most of all, she is enthusiastic about new beginners coming to yoga and honored to lead you through practice with kindness & integrity.

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Debra Light | 500RYT

Bio coming soon!

Jackie Whately (500-RYT), Yoga Loft Tucson co-owner

Jackie Whately

Co-Owner | E500-RYT Jackie has been devoted to the practice of yoga for 20 years and a licensed massage therapist for 16 years. She first came to the practice in her early twenties and enjoyed how the practice complemented strength training.  Every time she stepped foot on a mat, the spiritual healing aspects of yoga started to resonate deeper within. She has leaned into this healing to help with confidence, calming the mind, and being more present as a mother and wife.   Jackie is an E-RYT 500 and her training is rooted in Ashtanga and Jivamukti lineages. She brings her knowledge of anatomy and enjoys deepening her students’ practice with nurturing hands-on adjustments to each class.

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Catherine Coe | 300RYT

Catherine attended her first yoga class in 2003 and loved it. After years of living a toxic, urban lifestyle, she knew her life had to radically change and started a disciplined vinyasa practice in 2012. She soon discovered that yoga was something well beyond a physical practice and she quit her 15-year binge drinking behavior and started shedding decades of self-loathing and limiting beliefs. In 2013, she sold everything, quit her job, and left the United States to embark upon her self-love spiritual journey throughout Southeast Asia that lasted over 5-years. Within that time, she received 200hr Hatha Yoga, 100hr Yin Yoga, and Reiki level 2 certifications. She learned from various teachers and taught classes, workshops, and retreats for students from around the world in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Spain, China, and the United States. She’s been a student for 10 years and a teacher for 7. Catherine’s authentic, from-the-heart teaching blends spiritual and practical teachings to safely invite you to dive deep into your being. In her classes, you’ll be met where you’re at with mindful, breath-centered practices. She’s passionate about holding space for others as she believes yoga is the path to wellness and wholeness, healing, and transformation.

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Gina Lee | 200RYT

Gina Lee became certified as a 200 RYT teacher in June of 2012. Her strength is in power flow classes, reminding students that it is the breath that carries the pose. Her objective is that students leave feeling invigorated, open to new ideas, and wanting to explore more about themselves through their yoga practice. Gina is a certified Life coach and has her Reiki II certification. She spends her downtime with her best friend and grandson Julian, and soon with her new twin grandsons Atticus and Roman. Born in the PNW, she has a love of nature, enjoys water of all types, and occasionally hiking. One of her proudest moments was in 2012 when she held the book she wrote in honor of her late mother, Bonnie, in her hands.

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Laura Josephson | 200RYT

Laura first fell in love with yoga in Madison, Wisconsin several years ago – on the coldest mornings of the year, she would bundle up and walk to the studio near her home to warm up and move. Laura’s approach to yoga focuses on a balance between strength and flexibility. Her classes focus on a grounding flow that will help you to build mindfulness and reestablish a connection between your body and the earth.

Logan Patrick

Logan Patrick | 500RYT

Having recently moved to the desert from Portland, Oregon, Logan is beyond excited to be joining the team at Yoga Loft. Logan Patrick is a certified 500-hour advanced yoga teacher, having studied extensively with Kristy Harvey (of Wise Owl Wellness) and Rose Schneider and Leslie Anderson (of Boho Yoga). In addition to studying yoga, Logan also holds a Master's degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Logan is passionate about integrating a wide variety of interest areas and fields of study to help people explore wellness in all aspects of their experience. Logan teaches from a diverse and eclectic background while always ensuring that classes are student-centered and trauma-informed. In addition to teaching movement classes, Logan also enjoys teaching and guiding through the more subtle aspects of yoga (including breathwork, meditation, history, and philosophy) and facilitating nature experiences.

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Miranda is a Tucson local with a passion for all things yoga and healing. Since becoming certified to teach yoga in 2018, Miranda aims to honor any reason one steps onto their mat—whether it be to release stale emotions or increase flexibility, Miranda cultivates a safe space for one to physically and emotionally flourish. Her classes will undoubtedly include alignment-based cues, intentional breath-work, dynamic asanas, and her personal favorite, options!

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Sharon Greenspan | 500 RYT

Sharon is on a mission to help you Annihilate Anxiety™ and Live the Life You Deserve! Like many, she dabbled in yoga before establishing her consistent practice in 2005. She achieved her e-RYT 200/RYT 500 designation in 2016 and was one of the first C-IAYTs (Certified International Association of Yoga Therapists). This was a great addition to her Board-Certified Holistic Health practice. Sharon’s style uses breath to calm the mind and connect it to the body. Seamless flow from one posture to another keeps you immersed in class. As the mind is steadied, energy is released, and one enters a more peaceful state. Multi-flow classes meet you where you are and offer alternatives for all body sizes and types. Sharon encourages listening to your body. So, if you want a challenging class, you’ll get it. If you want a relaxing class, you’ll get it. It’s all how you use the postures to meet your needs at that particular time. In addition to a love of yoga, Sharon enjoys the outdoors, world traveling, and offering chakra balancing and chakra tarot readings. She’s a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and a proud New Yorker. She and her husband relocated to Tucson where they attempt to garden and enjoy wild harvesting and learning about local critters.

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Lauren Zamfir | 200RYT

Lauren first began practicing yoga in high school, finding that it built confidence and belief in herself. Exploring the challenge she felt in poses helped her overcome insecurities. Although it didn’t magically change her life, Lauren felt more competent and capable and approached each day with strength that she built on the mat. She began to be more involved in the yoga community and both practiced and taught numerous different styles of yoga, meanwhile creating lifelong connections with people from all over the world. Lauren believes that the practice of yoga should be accessible and enjoyable to everyone and loves sharing her practice with the community!

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Malie began practicing yoga towards the end of 2019 and knew it would be a life-long practice. In October 2020 Malie completed her first 200-Hour Training, which sparked a deep understanding of how yoga fosters growth both physically and mentally. Yoga philosophy is what keeps Malie coming back to her practice. Her desire to understand the roots of this practice brought her to India in the summer of 2022. She completed another 200-Hour Yoga Training with an emphasis on philosophy, meditation, and pranayama. During her trip Malie began to fully understand the roots of yoga, and how it applies to each moment, allowing us to move through each experience with understanding, compassion, and love. Malie loves yoga for the many ways that it helps to connect us and heals us, no matter how subtle. Malie's goal during class is to create a space where you can invite loving awareness into your body while challenging yourself to stay strong and steady through each movement.

Morgan Carolan

Morgan Carolan | 200 RYT

Morgan has been practicing yoga since she was 17 years old. Yoga has been deeply motivating in her own personal journey toward healing trauma. Morgan attended a RYT-200 where her training was rooted in Ashtanga and Iyengar-based lineages. Morgan is a registered nurse, who has recently shifted her focus towards holistic medicine. She prefers to optimize her time with integrative approaches toward healing and care, in which she believes the practice of yoga plays an integral role. In addition, Morgan has also achieved Level 2 Reiki attunement, and is always trying to find the silver lining in any situation. She focuses on mobility, pain management, motivational and restorative techniques throughout her teachings.

Sorrel Beya

Sorrel Beya | 500 RYT

My name is Sorrel and I’m a desert lover and native Tucsonan with a big soft heart. I have my bachelor’s in International Education, but I’ve discovered my real love is yoga. I’ve been practicing yoga asana since 2010 in high school and have my RYT-500 from Rishikesh Yog Dham Yoga School in India. I normally teach vinyasa and hatha style with an emphasis on bhakti yoga. My approach is about being playful, while learning and growing together. I’ve been teaching yoga for over 3 years now and am blessed to continue to learn every day from wonderful teachers. We’re all experiencing different dances with the divine, thus each of our practices will look different, but have an underlying similarity of sweetness.