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Meet the Instructors

Melissa Turpie

Ezra Masse-Mahar is a trained acrobat, dancer, and all around movement performer. After obtaining a formal education in Dance at the University of Buffalo in western New York, he performed in professional circus and dance companies which granted him the opportunity to perform all over the world in venues ranging from Olympic stadiums to America's Got Talent Season 12 as a top 10 finalist. His most valued experiences while traveling were collaborating with other artists such as contortionists, break dancers, jugglers, yogis, and stunt men/women. Ezra is excited to bring his fusion of disciplines to the Rock Solid community. 

Becky Belanger

A yoga practitioner for 15 years, Melissa received her RYT200 hour certification in 2020 through Yoga Oasis. Outside of yoga, she's a CPA specializing in non-profit and corporate tax. She moved to Tucson in 2018 with her family and is originally from a small island off the South Carolina coast. She loves reading, fitness and hiking/exploring with her kids and golden retriever. 

Ezra Masse-Mahar

Becky is a rock climbing, movement teaching, professional dancing mama.  She has an MFA in Dance from the University of Arizona, and is certified in Fletcher Pilates.  Dancing has taken her around the world and back, and she has been teaching in Tucson for over 10 years. When she isn't teaching class you can often find Becky climbing with her family at Rock Solid Climbing. 

Katie Demar

Katie has been enjoying and practicing yoga since 2007. She has her RYT200 and has completed a one on one study with Evelyn Steeb. She has received certificates in Meditation, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga Nidra. A true "yinster", Katie enjoys leading mindful, sloth-speed classes with an emphasis on connecting to your breath and cultivating inner-awareness. When not on the mat, you can find Katie hiking all the dog friendly trails with her husky Kona, or traveling and camping with her boyfriend Ryan! As a passionate "forever student" Katie continues to study yoga, philosophy, anatomy, TCM, reiki and more.

Kellie Murakami is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher, rock climber, and systems engineer. Her aim is to provide an accessible yet challenging yoga class that is appropriate for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Kellie offers multiple variations and clear alignment cues to help guide and inform her students safely through class. Yoga has helped improve her climbing skills by heightening her awareness, building strength, and increasing mobility. 

Kellie Murakami
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