MEET OUR YOGA TEACHERS
We are humbled by the quality of teachers willing to share their classes with students at F.I.T. Yoga. We have a wide variety of teachers and styles, and honored to be somewhere these instructors call home.
Susan began practicing yoga in 2006 based on a recommendation from her chiropractor because of ongoing back issues. Living on Orcas Island in the San Juans, Washington at the time. she was lucky to find a studio led by one of the first Forrest Yoga Guardians. Being a type-A personality, Susan quickly fell in love with the very challenging, core-strengthing, energetic classes and was determined to master as many of the poses as she could. After five years of practicing almost daily, Susan attended Forrest Yoga Teacher Training in 2011.
Relocating to Tucson in 2012, Susan completed a Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training 200 RYT in April of 2014 and has been teaching ever since. "I have often said that if everyone could feel the calm and peace that settles over you after a yoga class, the world would be a better place."
Certified in 2016, Leah is an E-RYT 200, YACEP. She has been practicing yoga for 15 years.
Leah believes in the importance of making yoga accessible to all. She feels that the focus of yoga should be on calming the mind, and listening your one's body while at the same time building strength and flexibility. She teaches all styles of yoga but gravitates towards Hatha, Gentle, and Yin.
Leah relocated to Tucson in 2008, from Seattle, Washington. In addition to yoga, her other passions include organic gardening, landscape design, baking, Ayurvedic cooking, and spending time outdoors. She is a former elementary school teacher.
Leah believes that every day is a gift the provides the opportunity to learn and be grateful.
Certifications: 200 hour Hatha yoga teacher and her 200 hour Kundalini certification.
Philosophy: Nicole believes yoga should be fun and therapeutic for the mind, body & soul.
Born & raised in Tucson , AZ Nicole began her journey into yoga in 2006. Her practice at first was geared towards fitness and health (mental, physical and emotional). She was soon committed to developing her yoga practice towards personal growth and service to others. She started to explore different yoga styles, meditation, yogic nutrition, teacher training and philosophy.
Currently, Nicole has been teaching since 2011 and is Owner of F.I.T. Yoga Studio.
Nicole's classes are both gentle and challenging. You will work on body awareness, breath work, and strength - while expressing the peace and connection to self that comes with mindfulness.
When Nicole is not practicing yoga, you can find her enjoying live music, exploring Tucson with friends and family, traveling, reading, and being outdoors.
Alyssa has been teaching both yoga and Mat Pilates for nearly seven years. “I love connecting people to their bodies.” She says. And the styles of yoga she teaches reflect just that. Her specialties are Yin yoga and foundational flow yoga classes. “Keeping a class both challenging but safe and fun for everyone, beginner and advanced yogi alike, is part of what makes teaching exciting.”
On her days off, if she’s not at the gym, she can be found lounging around a pool with a good book and a sparkly drink.
Genea’s journey into yoga began in 2000 when her neurologist recommended it to help combat her migraines. After only a few months of practice she knew that yoga would be a lifelong passion. In 2002, she became a 200-hour Kripalu certified yoga teacher. Since then she has continued to study yoga with many different teachers and has additional certifications in Shiva Rea vinyasa, restorative, and level 1 Yoga Tune Up. Her style of teaching is somewhat eclectic but is strongly rooted in the Kripalu tradition. Genea is an Arizona native and recently returned to Tucson after living in Massachusetts for the last 18 years. When she is not in the yoga studio she loves spending time with her family. She is also having fun rediscovering all the wonderful food, art, and fun Tucson has to offer.
Hello my name is Natalie Johnson and I began my yoga journey late in 2006. I had been diagnosed with both lumbar and thoracic scoliosis and after several injuries, pain management, and the suggestion that I may someday need a rod inserted into my spine I decided to take a Vinyasa style yoga class. I was exhausted and sore afterwards and I was completely hooked. After relocating to Nevada from Ohio in 2008 I took my first RYT 200 yoga teacher training in Sedona, AZ at 7 Centers Yoga Arts with an emphasis on traditional Hatha yoga and the science of Ayurveda. In 2013 I completed an additional 200 hr training in the Ashtanga method of yoga in Nevada at the Ki-Atsu Institute for Healing Arts; additionally I became certified in the Trauma Yoga Recovery method of healing from Joyce Benson.
I enjoy teaching a blend of both styles of yoga in a vigorous, sweat inducing but healing format. I have taught at several studios in Arizona and Nevada in addition to teaching wellness yoga at an addiction recovery center and at a shelter for misplaced/battered women and their children as a volunteer. I teach students that yoga is neither an exercise nor a religion-it’s a conscious lifestyle when practiced correctly with awareness and intention.
When I’m not teaching or practicing I love exploring Tuscon’s hiking trails and eating-I’m sort of a picky foodie who also loves playing with interior design and outdoor landscaping ideas.