A Tucson Yoga Studio
A mindful approach for yoga
at all levels
Meet the people who make Mindful Yoga a great place to learn.
Hilda, Dharma name Shraddha, is the founder of Mindful Yoga Studio. Shraddha began teaching in 2005 and offers a nurturing space for students to explore, heal and transform their bodies and their lives. She guides students in a rhythm that allows them to move in harmony with their breath and stay open to the moment. She has a 500-hour Healing Emphasis Yoga certificate and is trained in Yoga for Cancer Survivors. Other trainings: Svastha Yoga Therapy Training, 100-hour Mindfulness Yoga teacher training with Poep Sa Frank Jude; 120-hour Yin Yoga teacher training; Relax and Renew Restorative teacher training with Judith Lasater. Shraddha has over 1,200 hours of teaching experience. Shraddha teaches yoga for cancer survivors at Banner UMC Cancer Center. Shraddha has a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management.
Tracy has always been interested in health and wellness. Yoga has been part of this emphasis for most of her adult life, however, it took losing her mother in 2004 to teach her the true meaning of Yoga. She went to her mat to find solace, energy, and inner strength. As the practice started to take root, she felt a longing to explore the practices on a deeper level and attended a 200 hour Personal Growth/Hatha Yoga Teacher Training and was certified in 2007. She looks forward to continue the study of all-that-is Yoga, whether that be on the mat or away.
Pam Ronstadt, E-RYT 200, 500, YACEP, began studying yoga at the suggestion of her doctor and
began to immediately see the benefits of a regular yoga practice to her overall health and well-being.
The desire to share the benefits of yoga and meditation with others led Pam into taking her 200-hour
Yoga teacher training and growth intensive in 2009 and she began to share the practice as a teacher in
May of 2010. She completed her 300-hour teacher training in 2016. Pam brings a compassionate approach and, as a bookworm at heart, she also is constantly in study about the history, foundations and teachings of yoga, which she passes on to her students. For her, Yoga is more than just an asana practice but a way in which to live her life.
Pep has been practicing yoga for 20 plus years. She has been teaching back care and gentle hatha style yoga since 2008. She completed her 250 hour and 300 hour of teacher training courses. Her teaching encourages students to explore the vast potential of their body byemphasizing the transformative and therapeutic aspects of the practice of yoga.Pep honors Gary Kraftsow’s style of teachings as she finds everyone enjoys the benefit of this safe style of stretching and strengthening yoga, even those with special limitations.
Rooted in a desire to share the healing power of yoga with others, Courtney Frogge began teaching in 2013 after graduating from the 200 hour Hatha Yoga training. Her practice has helped her navigate the challenges she faced from a young age. Her life was saved by open heart surgery at 11 months old and recently had pacemaker-defibrillator surgery to manage her preexisting heart condition. She has personally experienced both physically and emotionally the benefits of yoga and meditation. Courtney also holds a Masters in Science in Violence, Conflict, and Development; read Philosophy at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University; and a BA and BS in Philosophy and Rhetoric from the University of San Francisco.
Anndrea is passionate about her love of yoga and truly believes in the power of embracing a wellness lifestyle. Anndrea’s journey of healing started with yoga ten years ago, which lead her to pursue a master’s degree in community counseling & wellness, a 200-hour yoga teacher certification, as well as other trainings. She has been helping individuals ever sense realize their potential through her unique blend of yogic and therapeutic philosophy. She has been teaching since 2013, and has studied a wide variety of yoga asana methods, including vinyasa flow, restorative, yin, gentle, stand-up paddle board yoga, meditation and breathwor
Jason C Smith describes his classes as “accessible” yoga. He especially aims to make the yoga experience available to people who are having pain, injuries, and/or needing to maintain and strengthen their fortune of good health. In 1999 he began practicing yoga with a competitive athlete’s intensity, but in 2004, at 31 years old, his life dramatically changed. He became partially paralyzed, due to years of too many high impact collisions on his whole body. During this period of great suffering (two years of not walking) he began rediscovering yoga from the ground up, slowly, therapeutically, in gentle mindfulness, self compassion, breathing techniques. In 2017, he completed a 500 hour Somatic Yoga Therapist, studying under Janice Gates and is also currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Jason began to incorporate a practice of meditation & mindfulness into his program of recovery from alcoholism in 2012. Later, he found the courage to surrender himself to a Yoga mat while trying to be of service to Veterans and First Responders coping with the effects of trauma, and suffering from addiction. A desire to deepen his personal practice and to share what he has experienced to be the healing effects of Yoga, inspired him to pursue his RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance. He has also studied under Nikki Meyers and obtained hiscertification to teach Yoga of 12 Step Recovery.
Nadia began practicing Mindful Yoga in 2003 when waiting to enroll in a massage therapy program at Providence Institute in Tucson. A certified massage therapist (Chinese Qi Gong focus), aesthetician, Reiki healer and artist, Nadia has been teaching in various disciplines for many years. Nadia is a graduate of the 7 Centers Yoga Arts Hatha Yoga Teacher Training and a Yoga Alliance RYT-200 certified teacher. She brings her depth of body awareness and anatomy to Hatha Yoga classes and integrates pranayama, philosophy, anatomy and energy practices with asana. Visit Nadia’s website: nadiahlibka.com.
Jim’s practice grew out of a desire to keep active and stay warm through the long, cold winters in upstate New York. Jim moved to the desert in 1983. With a practice anchored in the breath, Jim strives to deliver a class that allows students to learn and maximize what they can get from a pose while supporting them in cultivating a practice that serves their own bodies and needs. Through individualized attention and instruction, his classes help students embrace their potential and limits, through proper alignment, modifications and when appropriate, with props and gentle hands-on adjustments. Jim’s 200-hour teacher certification is with Integrative Yoga Therapy.
Becky started practicing Yoga in 1992 and completed her 200-hour teacher training at the Yoga Connection in 2002. In 2005, Becky completed her 500-hour training with the International Yoga College and is registered with the Yoga Alliance. She also completed the Healing Emphasis Yoga Therapy Teacher Training offered at Inner Vision Yoga. Becky teaches classic Hatha Yoga with emphasis on the breath. Her area of special interest is Ayurveda, the traditional healing system of India. She has studied Yoga in India at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and studies at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque. Visit Becky’s website at yogasjoyfuljourney.com.
Jessica is a physician who has been a student of Yoga and meditation for more than 29 years and has been involved in health care for more than 34 years. Jessica’s Yoga teaching is inspired by Sri Eknath Easwaran of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation; Priscilla Potter, Swami Mahatarananda, of Tucson’s Yoga Connection; and Joseph and Lilian LePage of Integrative Yoga Therapy. Jessica offers students ways to discover the Yoga tradition’s integrative tools, philosophy and path for self-aware transformation of body, mind and spirit. As director of Healing Path Yoga LLC (www.healingpathyoga.net), she is a Yoga therapist and teaches gentle Yoga, meditation, aqua Yoga, Yoga for heart health and chair Yoga. Jessica serves on the teaching faculty for the Yoga Connection, a Tucson not-for-profit studio and for Sundara Advanced Yoga Therapy Trainings. Jessica has additional certification in Yoga for Anxiety and Trauma Informed Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Back Care, Aqua Yoga and training with Connected Warriors and Street Yoga, for homeless and at-risk youth. She retired from the practice of medicine in July 2013 to focus on the further study and teaching of Yoga and integrative Yoga therapy.
Michael, whose Dharma name is Junjo, is a native Tucsonan who has practiced Hatha Yoga and meditation since 2005. He leads mindfulness meditation and studies under Frank Jude Boccio, Dharma name Poep Sa, the author of Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body and Mind. He also has studied under David H. Wagner, the developer of Living Meditation. Michael uses meditation to bring equanimity to his daily life, and he delivers to students in his meditation classes a message of self-respect and calm. He subscribes to Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn’s philosophy that attention to the breath is of constant importance, because, “You’re probably breathing right now.”
Kristy was raised in the Midwest and moved to Tucson more than 20 years ago, for the beauty and climate. She has worked in the field of behavioral health for 30 years and takes great pride in helping others enrich their lives. In May 2015, she graduated from Session Yoga Teacher Training with an RYT-200 with the Yoga Alliance. Her special interests include Yoga For EVERYBody (Bigger Bodies/ All-Inclusive Classes), Yoga For Cancer Survivors and Yoga for Anxiety. She has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a love for the healing power of Yoga. Currently, she offers Yoga For Bigger Bodies at Mindful East, Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in a “judgment-free zone” where we can be ourselves and explore possibilities together.
DeeAnne Au Nash