Kassi McGivern- Owner
Hello! I want to personally thank you for your interest and support of Desert Sun Yoga.
I am a certified yoga instructor and continuing education provider through the Yoga Alliance. I also have certifications and background in Aerial Yoga, Yoga Sculpt, Bhakti Yoga, Hot Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, and Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors.
If 2020 taught me anything, it is the importance of community. I am more grateful than ever for the community at Desert Sun Yoga. You all have kept me grounded, physically fit, and social (at a distance!). Together we can accomplish anything!
It is my extreme joy to bring my style of aerial arts and yoga to Scottsdale and I hope to see you in the swing soon!
Alex Wejner- Aerial Hammock & Lyra Instructor
Alex stepped into her first class at Desert Sun Yoga two years ago and completely fell in love with all things aerial!
Alex has completed the 50hr Advanced Aerial Hammock Teacher Training at Desert Sun Yoga and enjoys being able to share her love for aerial with her students. She like to work on active flexibility and her classes have a focus on providing fun & safe ways to get bendy!
Vivianne Swart- Aerial Instructor
Vivianne Swart completed her 200 hour YTT and 500 hour YTT at Sun Moon Yoga studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2013 and 2015, respectively. She has taught a variety of classes over the years including hot flow yoga, restorative/yin yoga, yoga involving a ballet barre, and hatha flow. After moving to the Valley, she quickly became enthralled with the beauty of aerial yoga and became certified to teach it in 2018. She has over 2000 hours of teaching, giving her the E-RYT 500 distinction" hooray. Vivianne has also participated as a teacher trainer for 200 hour YTT programs.
Vivianne's classes are a combination of fun, upbeat sequences and playlists, along with soothing savasanas and bits of yoga philosophy. Expect a light-hearted class to uplift you, sequences to help you connect with your body, and focus on the breath to promote inner calm. She is also a full-time Registered Dietitian, so don't be surprised if she tries to talk to you about how much she loves food.
Kasha Blair- Aerial Hammock Instructor
Kasha previously taught mat yoga for 2 years, starting in 2013, and has trained in everything fitness from weight lifting to cardio kickboxing since 2011. After a long hiatus of teaching and 3 years of falling in love with aerial arts, she received her aerial yoga teaching certificate in 2021. Kasha teaches both aerial yoga and aerial fitness classes, combining her knowledge of both aerial and general physical fitness. She truly enjoys everything about the aerial community and loves sharing the energy and kindness of the community with her students.
Brittany Dolkowski- Aerial Instructor
It took her over two years to get the courage to attend her first yoga class on her own, but finally in 2017 Brittany began her journey on the mat as a way to help with the stress of her job as a middle school teacher. A few months later she enrolled in a 40 hour Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program, and quickly saw how Mindfulness and yoga connected, and how unbelievably beneficial they were for her well being. She attended her first Aerial Yoga class a few months later, and she soon realized this was a passion of hers and that she wanted yoga and aerial to become more than just a hobby, but to become a lifestyle. This prompted her to start her 200 YTT (completed in April of 2019), and during that time she completed her 50 hour Aerial Yoga Training and was an apprentice at DSY for four months. Brittany is so excited to be able to share her passion with others, and to be able to guide them in a practice that will help with their own well being and growth. She knows how difficult it can be to get the courage to try something new, so she strives to make sure all students feel welcome, comfortable, and safe.
Katie Bacigalupi - Aerial Hammock & Silks Instructor
Katie Bacigalupi moved to Phoenix Arizona in 2017 from Reno, Nevada. Where she graduated with her Bachelors in Health Sciences from the University of Nevada, Reno. Katie took her first aerial yoga class in 2019 and immediately fell in love with it. She decided she wanted to share her passion for aerial yoga and she completed the 50 hour aerial yoga teacher training in April 2021 at DSY followed by a 10 week apprenticeship.
Jessica Roe - Aerial Hammock Instructor
Jessica has been an aerial yoga student for a little over 3 years. She originally started aerial to step-up her parkour practice, but fell in love with it during the first class. At the beginning of 2021, she decided that she wanted to become an instructor to spread the love and passion she has for the sport. Since she has started teaching, she fell in love with it all over again, and could not imagine doing anything else with her free time. Jessica's classes incorporate martial arts, parkour and yoga warm-ups.
Teya Cuellar - Aerial Hammock Instructor
Teya started doing yoga in 2008 and has slowly grown her practice since. Teaching was something she never considered before her yogi friend told her she should give it a try in 2017. She quickly fell in love with teaching and has continued to do it ever since. She has experience teaching over 140 hours of vinyasa yoga, power yoga, and hot yoga in addition 100 hours of other group fitness classes such as cycling and strength training. Her mat practice went to the air when she attended her first class at Desert Air Yoga in 2019. After returning to Arizona the following year, she decided to get her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Uplifted Yoga and shortly after she decided to do the 50-hour Aerial Yoga Teacher Training at DAY. She is so excited to be a part of this great aerial community, have fun and continue to learn and teach all that aerial yoga has to offer.