A Tucson Yoga Studio
A mindful approach for yoga
at all levels

Instructors

 

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Shraddha Hilda Oropeza

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, trained in Yoga for Cancer Survivors and is a certified meditation & mindfulness teacher. Other trainings: 100-hour ...
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Michelle Marks

Michelle Marks, M.A., has been sharing what she loves since 2001, offering experiential practices of the body, mind and spirit through public and private Yoga classes, Yoga process groups, workshops, local and international retreats and teacher training. With commitment to personal and collective evolution, she dedicates herself to living yoga as a universal path as well as honoring traditional teachings and practices to wake up to all aspects of ourselves, to incredible joy in our lives and to our highest ...
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Lisa Takamiya

Lisa began her Yoga journey in 1988 with Dharma Mittra in New York City. She was going to school and working in modeling, acting and fashion, fields in which the focus is on how you look rather than how you feel. In her first class, her body came to life and she woke up to a new way of being. She has practiced Yoga ever since. Lisa is trained in Dharma Yoga, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Yin and certified in Bikram Yoga ...
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Jim Lipson

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 ...
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Becky Thomas

The beauty of yoga is that it is adaptable, modifiable and individual. Yoga should not be one size fits all! Through Becky’s teachings, she will help you listen to your body and your breath, which enables you to actually be your own “best” teacher. Becky’s teaching style is Hatha yoga and she specializes in yoga for beginners, yoga for people over 50, correct yoga alignment principles and yoga with a healing focus.  Yoga has helped Becky navigate through stressful and ...
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Kristy Zapp

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 ...
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Lyndi Rivers

Lyndi, MSW RYT 500-hour, is a joyful Yoga instructor who believes passionately in the magic of affirmations, glitter, essential oils and love. She is devoted to the practice of seeing beauty and feeling gratitude in all aspects of life. She creates a safe, sacred environment for the breath to deepen, movement to emerge and soul-self to radiate. She has certification in LifeForce Yoga®, Kids, Pre-Natal, Restorative Yoga, Pelvic Floor Yoga and Functional Yoga Therapy. She is a certified Way of ...
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DeeAnne Au Nash

DeeAnne Au Nash became a certified yoga instructor through Yogafit and is continuing studying Yoga Therapy. She is passionate about the many benefits of yoga and believes everyone can gain from a yoga practice. She believes in creating classes that safely and effectively works all parts of the body. DeeAnne is also trained in prenatal, senior and yoga for kids. She lives in Tucson with her husband and two teenagers ...
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Pamela Adler

Pamela is a certified school teacher of 20 years serving students in Tucson who are deaf/hearing impaired, on the autism spectrum and students with physical and cognitive impairments. It was through the transformative power of mantra, meditation, mudra and asana that Pamela realized she could reach her students in a different way. Meditation and mudra eased anxiety in her students with ADHD, regular asana and mantra practice soothed social angst in her students with Asperger’s Syndrome. Pamela received her 200‐hour ...
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Jessica Byron

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 ...
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Samantha Willy

Samantha's background is grounded in a diverse array of Hatha yoga including: Ashtanga, Yin, Power, Forrest, Restorative, Bikram, Triyoga and Anusara, with a strong emphasis on Buddhist and Liberation Psychologies. Dedicated to daily practice, Yoga has taught her (and continues to teach her!) the art of letting go and the beauty of returning to what's real. In her work as a mental health therapist and researcher, Samantha works to integrate eastern healing practices into western psychotherapy.   Save ...

Tracy Gordon

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 ...

Pep Thompson

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 ...

Laura Shriver

Laura, 200RYT has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and has been teaching since 2009.  She has studied a wide number of methods and disciplines including Yogahour, Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Restorative, Yin, philosophy and anatomy. She is an avid and curious aspirant of the spiritual journey and loves to bring this to all her yoga offerings.  Her classes are dynamic, empowering, and expansive ...

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Anndrea Terry

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 ...

Nadia Hlibka

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 ...

Jason Smith

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 ...

Pam Ronstadt

Pam Ronstadt, E-RYT 200, 500, YACEP, began studying yoga at the suggestion of her doctor and immediately saw the benefits. The desire to share those benefits with others led Pam to take yoga teacher training in 2009, and she began teaching in 2010. Pam has a deep respect for the history and culture of yoga and embraces yoga in its many styles, teaching traditional Hatha in its many forms, Power Flow, Yin and meditation. Pam brings a compassionate approach and, ...

Jason Cummings

The practice of yoga has guided Jason toward living with balance, humility, compassion, right speech and action.  He believes yoga is an antidote to this hyper and often disconnected world we live in, serving as a guide to see us on the right path. Along with yoga Jason has become a student of buddhism and meditation. He successfully completed the 200 hr. yoga teacher training program and is a licensed physical therapist assistant practicing here in Tucson. Jason believes asana ...

Ann Chihak Poff

Ann Chihak Poff, E-RYT 200 Ann has been practicing yoga since 2007. She is from Tucson and has a degree in journalism. She went through the Deep Yoga teacher training at Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, Calif. and has been teaching since June 2015. She is attending HeartSong’s 300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training with Leslie Ellis in Beaverton/Portland, Ore. Ann teaches Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga to all levels. Whether you are a beginner, recovering from an injury, needing a ...

Aneela Cox, MD

Aneela Cox, MD began her journey in understanding the Mind-Body connection through martial arts in Madison, WI. During her time in Madison, she discovered the power of yoga in opening up the heart and has been an avid practitioner of yoga since then. She had the opportunity to further her practice in various styles including Hatha, Anusara, and Restorative Yoga at Rising Sun Yoga in Buffalo, NY while completing her medical training at SUNY Buffalo. She served as the lead ...

Ana Cris Oropeza

Ana Oropeza-Parra, sister of Mindful Yoga founder Shraddha Hilda Oropeza, will lead this class, one of her first since she completed 200-hour yoga teacher certification training this spring in Brooklyn, NY. No experience required. (suggested donation: $5-10).  ...

Tanja Bungardt-Price

Tanja is a Certified Yoga teacher, E-RYT 300. She's also a NAMA Board Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Certified Ayurvedic Counselor, Panchakarma bodyworker (Abhyanga, Svedana, Shirodara), Educator, Professional member of NAMA, Board member of CAC (The Council of Ayurvedic Credentialing), Ayurveda lecturer at University of Arizona Integrative program (IMER), founding member of Ayurveda Professionals of Arizona (APAA), Ayurveda teacher at Arizona School of Integrative Studies (ASIS), Faculty member (Ayurveda studies at Yoga Teacher Training (Heaven meets Earth, Evanston, IL) ...

Jen Estrada

Jen is a graduate of the inaugural Mindful Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training Program. A public school educator, Jen is passionate about teaching, learning and honoring the teacher and the learner in every person. She loves taking the lessons of yoga and meditation off the mat and into everyday life ...

Frank Jude Boccio

Frank Jude Boccio Yoga Teacher and Dharma Teacher, ordained by Korean Zen Master, Samu Sunim, Frank Jude has a post-graduate diploma in Buddhist Studies from the University of Sunderland. His eclectic approach is influenced by his study of a variety of Yoga approaches and over 40 years of Dharma practice, evidenced by his emphasis on mindfulness and compassionate action. His book, Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body, and Mind is the first to apply the Buddha’s mindfulness meditation ...

Contact Us
Mindful Yoga Studio

mindfulyogatucson@gmail.com
630 E. 9th Street
Tucson, AZ 85705