Warrior: Power Flow
I found yoga in 2007 as way to release stress and connect with my inner self. When I enrolled in Teacher Training under the direction of John Salisbury at Dave's Ashtanga Yoga School in early 2015, my intention was to simply deepen my practice. During this training, my knowledge of yoga expanded greatly and I was transformed as a yoga practitioner, physically as well as spiritually. It was then that I felt compelled to share, connect and advance with everyone by guiding students through their practices.
I thought I'd check-out this thing called "yoga" at my local gym in 2010. After one class, I was hooked! Not only did I get a fantastic physical work-out, which I expected, but I got something more that calmed me and actually changed my personality! I found myself becoming more and more stressed and tense with the pressures of daily life, and I didn’t like it. A consistent yoga practice brought me a stronger body and a calmer, more focused mind. I am so thankful I found this practice before becoming a parent! Yoga helps me be a better mother and also model a better way for my children.
A fortuitous job change in 2013 led me to yoga teacher training. Yoga had become a part of me and I wanted to share it with others. I completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training program and began teaching. I've also completed additional training in alignment and yoga sequencing.
I live in Gilbert with my husband; children; six rescue dogs, Snoopy, Bambi, Ginger, Leah, Pepper, and Wheezy; and cat, Zoe.
I ventured into a yoga class in 2009 at a friend’s suggestion and was in love! I dove deep into developing a personal yoga practice, and it changed my life. Time on my mat not only gave me a great workout, but helped me in life off my mat as well.
I began teaching yoga in 2013. I did yoga teacher training at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA). I love the emphasis of awareness in yoga-- setting an intention, being in the present moment, just being aware of ourselves. Yoga can help in all aspects of living. Fall in love with the process, and the results will come.
I am a nurse and massage therapist, but my favorite role in life is being a mom. I love to hike, go to the beach, SUP, anything outdoors.
Being a yoga instructor is far more than just a title to me. I am a witness to the powerful impact the practice has on practitioners and have a passion for showing my students how capable they really are. I find a playful balance in the classes I lead between honoring the history and principles of yoga and keeping class fresh and fun. I offer a place for my students to feel safe in their exploration of self and enjoy providing a sweaty and soothing practice filled with laughter and love.
Being a yoga instructor is about much more than just guiding students through a class and showing them how to get into poses. It's much more to me than just accomplishing the next coolest pose and taking my feet off the ground in fancy arm balances (don't get me wrong, I still love to play with them). Being a yoga instructor is about showing students how to serve themselves. Helping students see that they have an internal story and they need to turn down the volume of the outside world in order to read the story of themselves. I am so honored each and every time I am welcomed into a classroom to guide my students.
Before practicing yoga I didn't understand my body. When things hurt or I didn't feel well, I wouldn't be able to see where that pain was coming from. Now, after years of practice I can feel sickness coming. I can tell when things aren't aligned inside of me and I can feel when I need to take time to heal. In the physical sense, the emotional sense and the spiritual sense, yoga has given me magical powers to live my best life. What type of person would I be if I didn't at least try to help others in the same way?
In my classes I like to offer unique explorations of postures and sequences. Class will vary based on who shows up and what the individual students need. Class is not about performing, not for me as the teacher, or you as the student; it is about showing up raw, authentic and ready to listen to your body.
I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 with Jim Keegan, Yoga Nirvana.
I began my 500 hour training in 2014 with Yoga Medicine and have completed modules in Chinese Medicine, Myofascial Release, and Hip Anatomy, Dysfunction, and Application.
Lesley began a consistent practice to yoga in 2007. At the time she was an avid runner, but due to a back injury she needed to seek out other methods of receiving the same meditational and physical benefits. It didn’t take long before she realized her yoga practice was providing much more than she initially expected; it had positively changed and influenced who she was.
Lesley’s teaching style reflects over a decade of experience working as a coach and teacher of holistic health, wellness and personal development. Her classes are challenging, uplifting and yet approachable. She believes yoga is not only a way to strengthen the body, but strengthen the self. Her approach inspires students to look beyond the physical aspects of yoga both on and off their mats.
Lesley studied with John Salisbury earning her 200 hr RYT certification. In addition, she has also completed Leadership and Trauma Informed Yoga trainings with Seane Corn, Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling. Today she continues to further her studies with advanced trainings and education.
Lesley is a Realtor and life wellness coach, helping clients reach their full potential.
Prepare for a rapid flow that will tone your body, increase your flexibility, and open yourself up to all the possibilities that lie within you. Beginning with a Sun Salutation warm-up series, Warrior: Power Flow improves stamina and focus, emphasizing the importance of connecting breath with movement. This class incorporates more challenging postures including standing balance, arm balancing, and inversions. Modifications and variations offered for all poses so that the intensity and challenge accommodates the student. Be prepared to have fun, sweat, tone, and break through both physical and mental limitations. Room heated to 95 degrees.
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Sign UpFri Jul 28 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Jenna Jensen
Sign UpSat Jul 29 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Lesley Pelkey
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Sign UpTue Aug 01 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Dawn Cox
Sign UpThu Aug 03 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Heather Spanganberg
Sign UpFri Aug 04 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Jenna Jensen
Sign UpSat Aug 05 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Lesley Pelkey
Sign UpSun Aug 06 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Dawn Cox
Sign UpMon Aug 07 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Lesley Pelkey