Yoga Pulse Staff & Teachers
At Yoga Pulse Studio, all of our staff and teachers have quality training and experience. We've included this Bio section so you can get to know our teachers! We have a diverse group of lovely yoga instructors and an awesome team of staff!
inspire + empower + liberate
Ali Shore Hansen
BA, MAS-IFP, RYT, Reiki Level 2 Certified
Founder & Owner | Possibility Cultivator & Teacher
"I have been practicing yoga since 2005 when I opted to take yoga in lieu of P.E, after a car accident. I enjoyed the physical benefits and continued to use yoga as a supplemental workout to running, ballet, biking, weight lifting and hiking. Now-a-days, it's my primary practice to keep my mind/body/soul harmonized, and is also helpful with my Roller Skate and Brazillian Jiu Jitsu practices as well.
Throughout college, I bounced around from studio to studio trying out every style. During my Masters program, I began to see the spiritual, mental, and emotional difference that yoga had brought into my life, specifically in my work with families and their children at-risk for Developmental Delay & Disability.
By 2011, I had a rigorous daily yoga practice. After graduating with my Masters degree in 2011, I traveled abroad, to celebrate, with my family. Upon my return home, I suffered from blood clots-- both bi-laterally (Deep Vein Thrombosis aka DVT) in my legs; from my ankles up into my groin area. I also had multiple, bi-lateral Pulmonary Embolism (PEs AKA blood clots in the lungs and heart). Due to the burden load of blood clots, my ER Doc professed I should have died. Months and months passed, seeing multiple doctors before we found out I had developed a RARE, Autoimmmune, Blood Clotting Disorder called AntiPhospholipid Antibody Syndrome. The doctors told me that the blood clots in my lungs had killed the entire lower 1/3 of my lungs and that I'd developed Pulmonary Hypertension. Due to being young, an athlete, eating well and living healthily- the doctor said I should be able to completely restore my Pulmonary Function. That's when I DOVE into studying Pranayama (Breath-work). Through my daily Breathwork Practices, I was able to completely restore Pulmonary Function in 1 year! Yoga ushers miracles into our lives by way of total restoration!
I eventually took the leap and completed my RYT-200 (Hatha, & Christian Style, with Anusara influence). I love introducing people to yoga, meditation, and breathwork; breaking away from stereotypes and allowing people to see yoga through their own eyes. The benefits are endless and I enjoy being a catalyst through which each individual finds whatever they're looking for on and off the mat-- it is your practice, so it should look like you- not me! My goal is to always support my clients and students in the way that they need.
Other Specialized Trainings:
Restorative and Yin Yoga
Vagus Nerve Work
Intro to Aerial
Having 8 Autoimmune Conditions, I have found that Yoga is one of the greatest ways to keep myself empowered, happy, healthy, enthusiastic about life, and whole.
I love the opportunity to show others how they can become empowered despite physiological and/or mental/emotional set-backs. I have a relentless curiosity in this life, and am always adding new trainings to my skill sets. Each Inspired Flow class, incorporates Essential Oils (Aromatherapy); the way I share Aromatherapy ensures sthat anyone with allergies will not be negatively impacted.
I incorporate Sound Healing & Frequency Work (have over 1,000 hours of training) by way of live Crystal Singing Bowls, Metal Singing Bowls, Ocean Drum and a Vegan-Buffalo Hand Drum. They assists in releasing blocks (mental, emotional and physical), circulating the energy, balancing the brain and chakras, and facilitating a deeper yogic experience.
Teaches ALL LEVELS:
Tuesday, 9:15am-10:30am Inspired Flow with Sound Healing Savasana
Thursday, 9:15am-10:30am Inspired Flow with Sound Healing Savasana
Lynnsey Bonin, RYT
General Manager & Yoga Pulse Studio Teacher
Lynnsey has spent over a decade studying the human body and healing arts. Early in her education she left traditional college to pursue a career in holistic health and wellness at The Naturopathic Institute in Michigan. Her devotion to the yogic path eventually led to India, the homeland of the practice, where she lived and studied in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains next to the sacred Ganga River. At Rishikesh Yog Peeth in Uttarakhand, she received her foundational yoga teacher training then transplanted to Arizona's desert where she earned her advanced certification at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.
As a dancer, aerialist, and DJ, she has cultivated a deep connection to her own body through movement arts and music. Lynnsey's wanderlust and appreciation for culture has given her the opportunity to share her passions at venues and festivals around the world. She has worked as an artist coordinator and stage curator for many illustrious events and collectives across the US. Locally she is the founder of Insert Sound, a Phoenix based event production team, and General Manager of Yoga Pulse Studio.
With her extensive circus background, she was initially hired as our resident aerial instructor; Now in the seat of the teacher for five years, Lynnsey has developed a plethora of workshops and class offerings. As a professional Performance Artist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist, Aromatherapist, Sound Bath Facilitator, and Ashtanga practitioner for +10 years, Lynnsey’s toolbox is full of knowledge and sparkles she loves sharing with our community.
heated vinyasa Flow @ 6:00pm
Candlelight Yin + Meditation & Sound Healing @ 7:30pm
Thursday, Candlelight Yin + Meditation & Sound Healing @ 7:30pm
AERIAL 1 @11:00AM
FRIDAY, AERIAL 2 @ 12:30PM
Jess Itami, RYT
Yoga Pulse Studio Teacher | ADMIN.
Aloha! My name is Jessica Rose Itami (call me Jess)! I have had the lovely privilege of growing up on the west coast, living in Phoenix, Arizona and Los Angeles, California. I love meeting new people, traveling and helping others build great ideas and feeding the potential within.
My goal each day is to continue inspiring myself and bringing others along on this journey to magnificent greatness! I believe that we must all live life to the fullest and free ourselves from attachment and distraction in order to truly see the clear vision of our purpose here on earth.
I’m so grateful for my yoga, meditation, reiki and sound healing practices and absolutely love how these tools and philosophies have assisted me in my process of seeking after my innermost self. These tools have helped shape and mold me into the very person I am today and with that, I am so excited to share my experience with all and everyone I meet! Blessings!
- Jess xx
Monday, 7:30pm Meditation
Tuesday, 7:00pm Meditation Breath-work and Sound Healing
Sunday, 3:30pm Sound Bath Bliss
Laura Carpenter, RYT
Yoga Pulse Studio Teacher
"I am an Arizona native, homeschooling mom of three, and wife to my love of 20 years. Yoga was first introduced to me in college when, after only one class, I promptly swore I’d never go back! Fortunately, years later, my friend invited me to try it one more time and I’ve never looked back.
I have now been practicing over ten years and I completed YTT at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in 2017. I joined the classes to deepen my own practice and found that I really love teaching and sharing the benefits of yoga with others. I practice focus and flexibility in mind and body and love that yoga carries me to a place of stillness, in restorative and power classes alike.
I believe that EVERY BODY can benefit from yoga and enjoy seeing students practice at their own level. I am honored and blessed to be a part of Yoga Pulse Studio!"
"Take time to do what makes your soul happy."
Monday, 9:30am Unheated Flow
Wednesday, 9:30am Unheated Flow
YOGA PULSE STUDIO TEACHER
Michele's love for yoga started in 2005 when she needed a PE credit in college so she signed up for yoga... and fell in love! She practiced Iyengar Yoga for about 2 years and then stopped practicing for about 7 years. After having a child and going through a divorce, she felt very lost. Michele began practicing yoga again to get connected and grounded. She instantly picked up where she had left off and fell in love with the practice again!
Michele started a daily practice in Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow. She submitted a picture for a yoga contest to win a Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand. She won the contest and completed her 200 hour teacher training with Kosta at Vikasa Yoga in Thailand in 2016. Her love for yoga and traveling has only grown since then!
Michele quit teaching Elementary School to teach Yoga full time and run her Mental Health Treatment Center. In her free time you will find her traveling the world, practicing yoga in amazing places, with her 11 year old daughter and husband.
MONDAY, HEATED VINYASA FLOW @ 6:00PM
ANDREA AGERSEA, RYT
YOGA PULSE STUDIO TEACHER
21 years ago Andrea began what she thought was a weight loss journey, but along the way and 60 lbs lost later it morphed into a health journey, then into a whole life transformation journey.
She discovered a love for teaching while attending ASU and worked as an instructional aide for Microbiology and Biochemistry labs for her tenure there. After earning her Degree in Nutrition, she dove into reforming all aspects of her health and in 2015 she found yoga. It was love at first flow and she realized almost immediately that the incredible shifts physically, spiritually and internally were something she wanted to share with as many others as possible. To that end she completed her RYS 200 in July 2020 and began her 300 hour in August of 2021.
In addition to teaching and practicing yoga, she enjoys climbing, creating malas, cooking, talking about nutrition (the only passion that rivals yoga) and above all else learning to incorporate the yogic path of 8 Limbs into her life. She has a special passion for Ashtanga, Power Flow, Nidra and Vinyasa flow and continues to strengthen her knowledge of anatomy and movement to better help ALL students grow in their practice --- and to meet students wherever they are at.
Finding yoga not only helped heal her body, but it has been instrumental in helping direct her life.
Monday, Ashtanga: led >Half Primary @ 5:30pm- 6:45pm
Thursday, Ashtanga: led >Half Primary @ 5:30pm- 6:45pm
Yoga Pulse Studio Yoga Teacher
Soluna Ortega is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance which acknowledges the completion of Yoga Teacher Training with an approved and active registered yoga school ( RYS).
"My Yoga journey began in 2014, and led me down a path of self love, self discovery, compassion, and a deep love not just for yoga but for life. My true breakthrough came in 2019, when I realized that the concepts I was learning on my yoga mat could be used off the mat and applied in my daily life.
Through asanas, (helping you discover your inner energy), and great playlists with yoga flows delivered in English and in Sanskrit, I hope to help you get closer to your own self discovery as I have.
My classes are fun, energetic, and available to all yoga levels!"
Favorite yoga quote,
"Life works best when you regain control from the inside out."
TUESDAY, POWER FLOW @ 9:30AM
THURSDAY, POWER FLOW @ 9:30AM
Meagghi Bitz, RYT
Yoga Pulse Studio Teacher
I began my yoga journey like most Westerners--as a physical practice--but it wasn't long before I started to notice a shift in my mind, and in my life off the mat. When I found a studio that became like a second home, with teachers and other students that became like family to me, I began to have a more profound awakening to the power and magic of yoga. In 2014, I signed up for the 200 hour yoga teacher training program at the studio as a way to deepen my practice--saying that I would never teach (the thought of standing up in front of a room of people and speaking? no thank you!) Before I knew it I was teaching my own regular classes, and loving it.
I have since completed a 300 hour training in kriya, pranayama, and meditation, as well as countless hours of continuing education in the many modalities of yoga.
I started teaching at Yoga Pulse in 2020, and have fallen in love with its atmosphere, the variety of offerings, and most of all-- the people. My classes are for all levels of practitioner, and offer traditional teachings alongside modern variations. *Every class follows the same energetic curve--centering ourselves for our practice, warming the body, challenging the body and mind, and softening in to our physical and subtle existence. I have always found in my own practice that music has such an important role in quieting my monkey mind and sending me down into my body--and it is for this reason that I put a lot of love and effort into curating my playlists and I play my music LOUD!
Yoga has been instrumental for me in stepping into my own light, embracing fearlessness, and connecting with others sharing the thread that binds us all together. My hope is that I hold the space in my classes for students to peel back their own layers and find the guru within.
Tuesday, Heated Flow @ 5:00pm
Thursday, Heated Flow @ 5:00pm
SATURDAY, HEATED Vinyasa FLOW @ 9:30AM
Subs other Flow Classes
Leslie Pechkurow, RYT
YOGA PULSE STUDIO TEACHER
Leslie was first drawn to yoga because of its unique coupling of strength and flexibility for the body. Having a Dance background, Leslie was able to transition smoothly to the yoga world and found that yoga provided an opportunity to concentrate less on the body and more on the whole person.
Desiring a deeper understanding of yoga, Leslie completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 and then went on to complete her 500 hour Teacher Training in 2018. Leslie’s background in Counseling and Mental Health allow her to utilize Yoga as a means for relaxation and rejuvenation both on and off her mat. Leslie believes that our past experiences in life often hinder our mental and physical abilities, and yoga is a means to clear ourselves of that negative energy and icky stuff that gets stuck.
Yoga has been especially healing in her own life, and she is passionate about sharing that with others! When she’s not on her mat, Leslie can be found drinking coffee with friends or enjoying time with her husband and three rambunctious daughters!
FRIDAY, HEATED VINYASA FLOW @ 9:00AM
Macey McRae, RYT
YOGA PULSE STUDIO TEACHER
I am an Arizona native, wife of 6 years, house plant enthusiast, world traveler, and I am over 6 feet tall.
My yoga journey first started in high school when my friend's mom introduced me to one of her old Power Yoga DVDs. I found that the movement helped my back pain tremendously and I went on to practice yoga-- on and off for several years to keep my back pain at bay. It wasn't until 2019 when I stepped into a yoga studio for the very first time that I experienced a Heated Vinyasa style class, & I was immediately hooked!
The obsession quickly grew and yoga went from something I did occasionally to alleviate back pain, to an everyday ritual. Covid-19 shifted around the hours at my day job which allowed me to pursue my 200-hour YTT Certificate at the end of 2020. I love teaching and expanding my own practice both on and off of my mat.
I will be forever grateful for finding Yoga as it is the "spark" that I had been missing for so many years!
FRIDAY, HEATED VINYASA FLOW @ 6:00PM
Nelly Perumean, E-RYT 500
Yoga Pulse Studio Teacher
Nelly’s love for yoga started under the teaching of her 76 year old instructor who inspired her to live a healthier, more fulfilling life. As yoga began to integrate into many parts of her life, she became certified to teach in 2010 and hasn’t stopped. Her teaching focuses on a love-based approach, connecting with students to guide them to their full potential. Whether a gentle, advanced class, or anything in between, many variations are offered for students to find their edge. She understands how to help students close the gap between where they currently are and where they want to go.
With 15+ years in corporate Learning and Development, her passion for disseminating knowledge spread from the corporate world to yoga studio.
Nelly has consulted with various studios to design and develop Yoga Teacher Training programs for 200-hour and 300-hour certifications as well as facilitate these programs. Nelly holds a BS in Accounting, MA in Adult Education and Training, and ERYT-500 Yoga Alliance certification.
SUNDAY, 12:00PM HEATED VINYASA FLOW
Jessica Monteggia, RYT
My name is Jessica and I am originally from Seattle, WA and have lived in Arizona for 3 years now (it's safe to say I will never go back to the rain). My yoga journey began in 2014, and quickly turned into my passion as I became an everyday yogi. In 2016 I made the best decision of my life, to become a certified yoga instructor. I am trained in Vinyasa Flow and always like to bring new sequences and challenges to my students on their mats!
Yoga has healed and helped me grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. I get the most joy seeing my students experience the same benefits. What I love most about yoga is that your accomplishments on the mat can always translate to life off the mat!
I am also passionate about holistic nutrition, and believe wholeheartedly in the balance and synergy of our mind, body and spirit! I offer Coaching through Human Design, Nutrition, Meditation & Yoga.
I look forward to seeing you on the mat! Namaste.
JULIE HOFFMAN, RYT, RN