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Meet The Team

Here at Yoga Loft, we're not just a studio, we're a community of dedicated individuals who are passionate about helping you on your yogic journey. Whether you’re trying to nail your handstand or learn more about the spiritual aspect of yoga, we’ve got you!

 

Our team is a diverse blend of expert teachers, each bringing their unique flavor to our specialized classes.

 

Get to know your favorite teacher, or find a new one who resonates with you:

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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Bonnie Golden

Meet Bonnie Golden, she crafts individual and group offerings for people across the lifespan. She’s seen first-hand that yoga will enhance health and well-being holistically: body, mind, and breath. She believes that we each have the capacity to empower ourselves through evidence-based yogic tools. Holistic yoga has helped her with back pain, osteoporosis, frozen shoulder, fall prevention, stress management, and much more. She’s also the author of “Yoga for Holistic Healing: Poses and Sequences for Pain and Stress Relief”. In addition to her e-RYT (expert registered yoga teacher designation), she has 20+ years of experience teaching and training in yin, restorative, prenatal/postnatal yoga, yoga for healthy aging, self-myofascial release, and more. To learn more about Bonnie, head to: www.yogawithbonnie.com. Photo by: Grant Henry Media

Carol Vare Yoga

Carol Vare | 200RYT

Carol Vare has had a lifelong love with the practice of Yoga. As a teenager, she followed the asanas (poses) out of a Hatha Yoga Pocket Guide. From there she continued to practice on her own. When more Yoga Studios opened up in the US, she took classes regularly wherever she could. After 45 years of her own practice, Carol finally decided to take Yoga Teacher Training. In her own healing business, she works with many clients and students affected at various levels of trauma, and so has been trained in Trauma Informed Yoga. Carol’s classes are taught with the conscious awareness that anyone can walk into her class who may be dealing with sensitive issues. Comfort and safety are forefronts to the practices she leads. Carol is RYT 200 certified Yoga Teacher. She teaches at retreats, workshops, and in studio. Incorporating the 8 Limbs of Yoga, she enjoys teaching not only the asanas (poses), but mantra, meditation, and pranayama (breath work), and blends the teachings of Yoga Philosophy in each class.

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Genevieve Guadalupe | 500RYT

Genevieve Guadalupe (GG) is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, holding an RYT-500 certification. She taught classical ballet and fitness classes since her early 20s, and yoga became her daily companion in 2010. She now specializes in Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, and Restorative yoga. Her Restorative and Yin classes are known for creating stillness and deep relaxation. Her other classes are known for their fluidity and challenging yet playful nature. Her training and experience in Sound Healing, Nidra, and Thai Yoga massage allow her to offer a unique and holistic experience to her students. GG's mission is to guide students toward greater self-awareness, inner peace, and mindfulness. GG is fluent in English, Spanish, and French, and her classes and workshops are offered globally. She is passionate about bringing her knowledge to underserved populations.

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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Casey Shaw | 500RYT

Casey has been teaching Yoga for all ages and abilities for over ten years. Since 2012 Casey has completed 2 Traditional Yoga Teacher Trainings in South India at The School of Santhi (200hr and 500hr) and 2 other trainings here in Tucson including Yin Yoga with Debbie Daly and a 200hr yoghour at Yoga Oasis with Darren Rhodes and Brigette Finley. She is passionate about self compassion, community healing and personal power. Casey fell in love with Yoga in a high school aerobics class and has loved chanting Shiva mantras since childhood. Playing harmonium for 10 years and ukulele for just over year, Casey finds singing and chanting incredibly therapeutic, especially in a group. Casey is deeply passionate about Yoga beyond the realm of the physical practice and how we can better our lives and communities by applying these teachings both on and off the mat.

Chelsea Ervin

Chelsea Moore | 200RYT

Chelsea Ervin (Moore) has been a yoga teacher since 2017 and has expanded her teaching with private yoga, online yoga, and has led yoga retreats. Although she teaches a wide variety of styles, her personal favorite is Hatha yoga. She has a passion for making the practice accessible because of the way that yoga is perceived to be only available to certain body types. It is Chelsea’s mission to break down these stereotypes and take the exclusivity out of the practice. During class, she creates an environment where you'll be empowered to tailor the practice to suit your body and obtain your aspirations. In her free time, Chelsea loves playing with her dogs, Ernie and Alabama…and traveling and eating all the food with her husband, Ben!

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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.

Lisa Rosetta

Lisa Rosetta| 200RYT

Lisa is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and has been a student of yoga for over 20 years. She specializes in vinyasa yoga and is dedicated to making yoga available for everyone. Her goal is to provide a safe and welcoming space and to create a meaningful experience through asana, mantra, and meditation. Lisa believes life is meant to be lived with an open mind and an open heart.

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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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Virginia, or Ginny, is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga teacher who specializes in Vinyasa Yoga. She began her practice in 2017 and loved yoga so much that she began working towards her certification in 2019. In her classes, you’ll find an accessible approach to yoga asana (the poses) with an emphasis on finding strength and flexibility throughout. When she’s not teaching, you can find her in a Jiu-Jitsu gym!

Mike Conway

Mike Conway| 200RYT

Mike began teaching Yoga in 2016. He felt called to teach as a way to help others. Yoga had helped him so much in his life, and he wanted to pay that forward. He is a 200HR Kripalu Yoga teacher, and has also been practicing and learning Ashtanga Yoga for 5 years. He has also spent much time in Ashrams and Temples immersing himself in the many spiritual traditions of India. Expect to be challenged, yet also encouraged in both mind and body. Mike’s classes will leave you upbeat and energized.

Morgan Carolan

Morgan Carolan | 200RYT

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.

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