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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

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ALI SHORE HANSEN                                       
BA, MAS-IFP, RYT, Quantum Energy BioFeedback, Sound Healing, Reiki II 
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

Kundalini Yoga

Buti Yoga

Kriya Yoga

Kids Yoga 

Thai Massage 

Fascia Care 

Vagus Nerve Work 

Frequency Work

Vocal Toning

Intro to Aerial

Aromatherapy

and more!


     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:

  • TUESDAY, INSPIRED FLOW WITH SINGING BOWL SAVASANA @ 9:15AM- 10:30AM

  • THURSDAY, INSPIRED FLOW WITH SINGING BOWL SAVASANA @ 9:20AM- 10:30AM

  • substitute teaches

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JESSICA ITAMI                                         

Yoga Pulse Studio Teacher | General Manager & 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

     TEACHES:

​  *Currently not teaching, as she steps into the interim GM role. She will be back to classes soon! We have a workshop coming up in January; Singing Bowls 101 & Ancient Sound Facilitated by Jess Itami and other local Artists.

Shahrzad (Call me Shar!) Mohammadian 

ADMIN for Yoga Pulse Studio

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LAURA CARPENTER      

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."

-Laura

     TEACHES:

  • MONDAY, UNHEATED FLOW @ 9:30AM

  • WEDNESDAY, UNHEATED FLOW @ 9:30PM

  • WEDNESDAY, CANDLELIGHT YIN & SOUND HEALING @ 7:30pm 

  • Substitute Teaches

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JOSH ROTHMAN     

Yoga Pulse Studio Teacher

     Josh Rothman is a master level certified yoga instructor. Sports related injuries from playing many years of competitive soccer led him to the physical practice of yoga. He has been teaching professionally for 17 years. His love of asana is the experience of how healing it is for mind and body. Josh gears his classes to the healing of past injuries (and, as best as possible, the prevention of future ones), along with an exploration of the connections between the physical, the psychological, and the spiritual.

     Josh participates in teacher training programs and hosts workshops on yoga for athletes, arm balances and inversions, as well as all-levels yoga flow classes set to popular music themes, and also hosts yoga retreats. Having a diverse background in the liberal arts, Josh has completed post-graduate work in justice studies, political philosophy, and religious studies. As a jnana yogi, he is drawn to any intellectual pursuit that sheds light upon the true self.

     In January 2022 he earned his certification as a mind/body health nutrition coach. It is his passion and pleasure to share holistic healing modalities with you.

Off the mat his passions are reading (his favorite genre science fiction/fantasy), playing and watching sports, and playing musical instruments.

     TEACHES:

  • WEDNESDAY, HEATED VINYASA FLOW @ 6:00PM

  • FRIDAY, CANDLELIGHT YIN @ 6:30PM

  • SATURDAY, SLOW FLOW @ 11:15AM

  • SUBSTITUTE TEACHES

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MICHELE CANALE         

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.

     TEACHES:

  • MONDAY, HEATED VINYASA FLOW @ 6:00PM

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MEAGGHI BITZ                         

YOGA PULSE STUDIO TEACHER | LEAD 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.  

     TEACHES:

  • TUESDAY, HEATED VINYASA FLOW @ 6:00pm

  • THURSDAY, HEATED VINYASA FLOW @ 6:00pm

  • SATURDAY, HEATED VINYASA FLOW @ 9:30AM

  • SUNDAY, KRIYA YOGA @ 11:00AM

  • SUBSTITUTE TEACHES

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SOLUNA ORTEGA           

YOGA PULSE STUDIO 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."

     TEACHES (UNHEATED):

  • SUNDAY, POWER FLOW @ 9:00AM

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LESLIE PECHKUROW       

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!

 

     TEACHES:

  • TUESDAY, POWER FLOW @ 9:00am

  • FRIDAY, POWER FLOW @ 9:00AM


 

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CRYSTAL VALENTINA              

500 E-RYT/YACEP. Sound Healing. Yoga Nidra. Herbalism. Reiki

 

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

-Jiddu Krishnamurti

 

     I fell in love with yoga while attending Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona. Yoga and meditation helped me cope with my emotions in a healthy way after years of dealing with depression, anxiety and trauma. Once I became a mom to my beautiful little girl, Xyla, I felt like I needed to rediscover my true Self.

     Feeling the healing power of yoga in my life, I decided to pursue an advanced Yoga Teacher Training program to help others obtain peace on their journey as well. I am a 500 Hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Practitioner (500 E-RYT & YACEP). I continue to study and teach at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and Spirit of Yoga in Tempe, AZ where I completed my first training in 2015. I have assisted and taught in SWIHA's Fast Track & Advanced Yoga Teacher Training program, teach weekly studio classes, private sessions, and facilitate special events and workshops all over Arizona.

     I am passionate about integrating Sound Healing, Reiki, Yoga Nidra Meditation, Herbalism, Nutrition and Environmental Regeneration throughout my teachings and life. I truly believe in making yoga accessible to every BODY at any stage in life and creating a space for students to feel safe and supported as they explore how to utilize the mind, body, and breath to create a strong sense of well-being.

 

 

     TEACHES:

 

MONDAYS | 7:30-8:30pm

Sacred Sounds Yoga Nidra

Bliss for your Brain & Vibrations for your Soul! Yoga Nidra is an ancient intention-based meditation technique that allows us to access our subtle energy body and deeper brainwave states. Sacred Sounds facilitate in the harmonizing of energy flow. Excellent for those seeking to relax, restore and rejuvenate physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Studies have shown that 45 minutes of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to about 3.5 hours of sleep. 

 

TUESDAYS | 7:30-8:30pm

Chakra Balancing Yin 

Awaken and balance the 7 Chakras (energy centers) of the body through a slow meditative practice, breathwork, mantra, mudra and vibrational meditation.


"Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ― C.G. Jung

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MACEY MCRAE          

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!

     TEACHES:

  • FRIDAY, HEATED VINYASA FLOW @ 6:00PM

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 LYNZI CLYDE                   

 YOGA PULSE STUDIO BARRE TEACHER

 

     

     Arizona native Lynzi Clyde is the mom of 4 kids, a Ben and Jerry's ice cream enthusiast, and has been a group exercise instructor since 2017. She is all about body-positivity and working out with a healthy mindset. All bodies are good bodies! Lynzi loves being around other sweaty people and does her best workout when having fun in a group. She creates a sense of community and belonging in her classes, and believes the best classes are lead with a dash of humor and a great playlist.


     Lynzi loves Barre because it is so FUNCTIONAL! Barre has helped her prevent injuries in other exercise formats like running and dance fitness. Barre works the muscles you didn't even know you had, and Lynzi loves waking up the next morning feeling sore. She hopes to see you at a class soon!

 

     TEACHES:

 

  • BARRE FUSION, SATURDAYS @ 8:30AM
     

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JULIE HOFFMAN.                   

Yoga Pulse Teacher, Aerial Yoga Teacher & SUBSTITUTE TEACHER, RN

     TEACHES:

  • SATURDAY, AERIAL FLOW: INTRO @ 10:00AM

  • SATURDAY, AERIAL FLOW: INTRO @ 11:30AM

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ZENIA ELLIS ( CALL ME "Z")      

YOGA PULSE STUDIO TEACHER

 

     Z is an adventurous spirit in love with the simple things in life. She was first introduced to yoga seven years ago after a very devastating surgery that weighed heavily on her mentally and physically. Through the healing tool that is yoga she was able to focus her sights on the light at the end of the tunnel and mold into a more truer version of herself. After five years of practicing she then decided she wanted to help more people find healing through yoga and received her 200 RYT two years ago.

     Z likes to joke that she is the living example of balance for her personal practice entails daily ashtanga practice and power flows while having a deep passion for sound healing and meditation. Z’s goal is to help guide people along their journey of healing and be the support that anyone needs in their lives. For her dream is not to change the whole world but to change your world. 

     TEACHES:

  • SUBSTITUTE

  • SOUND HEALING


 

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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.

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