Journey: 60

This class is taught by:

Lesley Pelkey

E-RYT 200

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.

Michele Hegwood

RYT 200

I was forced to find an activity other than running, one that took me out of the elements because of my weakened immune system and problems with my hip, an injury that occurred while completing a half-marathon. Tired of a regular gym workout and in need of something more challenging and beneficial, I came across hot yoga. A free two-week trial at the beginning of Motto Yoga’s life turned into a lifetime commitment! And now, through regular practice I not only have a stronger, firmer mind and body, but my immunity has strengthened! My practice has transcended into my daily life, and I'm happy to find myself using the strategies learned through yoga to help balance and nurture my family, mind, and body. I love sharing my practice with my two young children who thoroughly enjoy the playfulness yoga has to offer. My focus is on the healing aspect of yoga and how it can be applied to help restore and repair a person’s mental well-being along with their physical. I feel that the two are very-much connected. Because of this interest, I decided to enroll into Motto Yoga’s first teacher-trainee program where I received my RYT 200 certification in October 2016. I plan to broaden my yoga teaching through pertinent trainings, workshops and education.

Dawn Cox

RYT 200

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.


Ginny Doucette

Lead Teacher, E-RYT 500

I started my yoga journey in 2008. I completed a 500-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification program and have taught over 1,000 hours of classes. My passion is helping people feel good about themselves and understanding that we all can keep learning and growing; there is always room for more!
I'm a licensed massage therapist and have been massaging for over 15 years. I'm a proud mother of grown twins, and a grandmother to two. I live in Mesa with my husband and miniature schnauzers, Burberry and Baxter. You can reach me at with any questions.

Sheila Nelson

Owner, MBA, RYT 200, RYT 500 In Process

I found hot yoga after suffering injuries in a car accident. I was in such bad shape, physically and mentally, I didn’t know how I was going to go another 10, 20, 40-plus years in my body. Hot yoga quickly alleviated lots of problems and ignited a passion in healing and recovery.

I have a husband and four kids. It was no small feat finding time for myself on my mat, but I did it. I prioritized that time for myself (Yes! We can do that!) and it has changed my world. Coming to my mat, being aware of my body, my mind, my breath. Moving my body through the poses. Noticing how things change; somedays I improve and sometimes I regress. Some days everything is so hard. And somedays, I do my practice like a boss. (In my mind, at least!) You can never know how it will play-out when you step onto your yoga mat.

I believe we are all our own best teachers; a good teacher will facilitate this innate awareness. I think everyone’s bodies and practices are different, and we are all coming to our mats for our own reasons. An awesome teacher, rockin’ playlist, clean studio, hot room, yoga squad, all of it is secondary to the simple act of just getting to your own mat for your practice.

I completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification program and launched Motto Yoga as a place for people to gather, heal, improve, relax, just be. And sweat! I’ve also received additional training in anatomy and kinesiology for Hatha Yoga with Tish Hegel, B.S. Kinesiology, E-RYT, ACSM Personal Trainer; the Myofascial Release Melt Method with Sue Hitzmann, MS, CST, NMT; and Yoga Nidra. I began the 500 hour training program with Yoga Medicine in 2017 and have completed the Spine Anatomy Dysfunction and Application, Myofascial Release, Yin & Meditation, and Cadaver Lab Modules.

I studied business in college and graduated with degrees in marketing and business administration. I love to travel and do hot yoga. I live in Gilbert with my husband, children, and miniature schnauzer, Coconut. Follow me on Instagram at @intention_focused_yoga

Heather Spanganberg

RYT 200

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.

David Pascador


I was a typical stressed-out guy who couldn’t touch my toes. I tried to do and be everything to everyone, many times at the expense of myself. This resulted in an unhealthy lifestyle and high blood pressure. I also developed plantar fasciitis and other related problems due to a snowboarding accident which left me with a broken pelvis.
I found hot yoga in 2010 at age 41 and was hooked immediately. A consistent hot yoga practice along with healthier eating and positive attitude resulted in shedding over 55 + pounds in three years. Hot yoga helped me better manage my mind, ego, and how I handled everyday people and situations. I completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certification and began teaching. I've taught over 1,000 hours and led several foundations workshops. I studied business in college and graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in business administration.
My daughter and son are two of my favorite yoga students and often help put together playlists for my classes. They always encourage me and inspire me to take my yoga teaching and fatherhood to the next level.

Vanessa Siren

RYT 200

Vanessa Siren was born and raised in Brazil and started modeling at age 16. Modeling brought an opportunity to travel the world and with that a love for yoga was born. She has been practicing for over 20 years and has enjoyed practicing in lots of exciting, exotic places including Spain, Germany, and Switzerland. She enjoys all different styles including hot yoga, Ashtanga, and Power Yoga.
Vanessa completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification and has also completed training in senior, prenatal, Yoga Nidra, and body pump.

Vanessa is a mother to five beautiful children, including 3-year-old twins! She credits yoga with keeping her sane and balanced. She believes practicing can be fun and exciting, and laughter only adds to the beautiful energy of yoga!

Beginner to advanced. 

This all-levels hot yoga class is accessible to everyone, beginners to experienced students alike. Set to music in a room heated up to 102 degrees and at 40 percent humidity. This set-sequence class uses functional commands to direct students in and out of postures, blending the elements of true Hatha yoga and Ashtanga-inspired vinyasa power flow. You will work the entire body, toning your muscles, promoting a healthy weight, and reducing stress. This class is a journey you can take daily to improve yourself physically and mentally. Classes are 60 minutes.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Nov 18 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Lesley Pelkey
  • Sat Nov 18 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Michele Hegwood
  • Sun Nov 19 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Dawn Cox
  • Mon Nov 20 5:30 am - 6:30 am with Ginny Doucette
  • Mon Nov 20 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Ginny Doucette
  • Mon Nov 20 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Sheila Nelson
  • Tue Nov 21 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Heather Spanganberg
  • Tue Nov 21 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with David Pascador
  • Tue Nov 21 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Ginny Doucette
  • Wed Nov 22 9:00 am - 10:00 am with David Pascador
  • Wed Nov 22 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Lesley Pelkey
  • Wed Nov 22 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Ginny Doucette
  • Thu Nov 23 9:00 am - 10:00 am with David Pascador
  • Fri Nov 24 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Michele Hegwood
  • Sat Nov 25 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Lesley Pelkey
  • Sat Nov 25 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Vanessa Siren
  • Sun Nov 26 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Dawn Cox