Meet The Trainers

Amy Nelson


Hi!  I’m Amy.  My yoga class is designed to incorporate all your senses and connect your breath and body.  This style of yoga can be very intense but will get your heart rate up quickly and leave you feeling refreshed, restored, and renewed. When I’m not teaching yoga, you can find me hanging out with my kids and husband.  BONUS…everyday I come to Tough Lotus – I get to hang out with my best friend! Can’t wait to see you!

Turiya Chavez

Aerial + Bungee

Hi!  I’m Turiya!  I am a professionally trained dancer from Flagstaff.  I graduated from Grand Canyon University with my BA in dance and have been performing and teaching ever since. Because of my love for dance, I thought I would try aerial and I loved it and quickly became certified. My goal in both dance and aerial classes is to prepare the body to move by stretching and strengthening it, and to incorporate proper technique and unique movement.  When I am not in the studio I am most likely spending time with my partner, Matt, and my pup Odin. :). I can’t wait to fly with you!

Holly Leonard

Aerial + Bungee

Hey everyone!  I’m Holly!  I am an aerial and bungee instructor here at Tough Lotus.  Before coming here, my background was in gymnastics, dance, and aerial entertainment.  I am an active performer in the Phoenix area, entertaining at corporate events, parties, and clubs.  I have also performed as freelance artist in LA and toured internationally with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as an aerialist/dancer.  I moved to the Phoenix area in August of 2019 after spending 3 years living in Vegas and performing on the Strip in Le Reve (The Dream) at the Wynn in as Vegas.  When I’m not working, I LOVE hiking and exploring with my family and my dog.  And I REALLY love collaborating with other artists like you :).  Can’t wait to fly with you!

Corrine Parsons


Hi!  My name is Corrine and I teach Burlesque Bombshells and THE Class, among other things.  Movement and expression are so important and I love combining dance with personal expression. I truly believe that movement leads to so many beneficial aspects, both mentally and physically.  I am also a soccer mom to 4 very busy kids and love seeing them give it their all on the field.  I can’t wait to see you in class, Bombshells!

Jessica Lasater


Hello!  My name is Jessica and I am a trainer here at Tough Lotus.  I am originally from California and that is where I developed my passion for hiking!  I will hike anywhere – anytime!  My passion for hiking has developed into a passion for all things fitness and wellness.  One thing you should know about me is that I am a vegan – and I have been for many years!  I am crazy about nutrition and the things that it does for your body.  I am currently working on my nutrition certification when I am not on a trail or in the studio.  My focus is HIIT training and building muscle.  If you’re ready to take it to the next level – I’ll see you in class!

Elyce Haskins


Hi!  I’m Elyce!  I moved to Arizona from Colorado and found aerial fitness at Tough Lotus.  I have been in love with aerial fitness ever since I started and have also moved on to trapeze work :).  I have taught at Tough Lotus ever since it opened and I am always looking forward to my next class.  When I’m not hanging upside down, I love to be outdoors – hiking, camping, paddle boarding, and spending time with my new baby!  I can’t wait to fly with you!

Teagan Martinez


Hi!  My name is Teagan!  I have grown up all over the place and bring my wealth of experience to each and every class.  I believe everything in the mind and body is connected.  I love helping others and teaching proper form to achieve the best results.  When I’m not working at Tough Lotus, I am usually at the wellness store learning all about natural wellness.  I LOVE research and finding out everything I can about everything I can :).  Come see me in class!  Can’t wait to fly with you! 

Krista Lane


Hi! I’m Krista and I teach yoga here at Tough Lotus. I found yoga after leaving the corporate world and sought to rediscover myself on the mat. Despite being a lifelong athlete, yoga became one of the first places that I was able to really tune in and listen, while connecting emotionally and spiritually on much deeper levels. As such, yoga has dramatically impacted how I approach life on and off the mat! I received my training in Bali, Indonesia by Rishikesh YTTC and in addition to teaching yoga, I am a certified Reiki practitioner and interweave both modalities when working with others. I love traveling with my husband on crazy adventures, am obsessed with being in nature as much as possible, and seek out soul-nourishing conversations wherever I adventure.

Emily Pavkov


Hi!  I‘m Emily – and I am actually an Arizona native – born and raised!  I grew up dancing competitively here in the Valley and have trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip hop.  I am currently the director of the dance department at Red Mountain High School and fell in with bungee when I came to Tough Lotus.  I truly believe that we never stop learning and I am always up for a new adventure!  I love to spend time with my family when I’m not teaching and anything outdoors!  I can’t wait to fly with you 🙂