Faculty

MINDFUL YOGA STUDIO
200-HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING AND SELF-DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
FACULTY

Shraddha Hilda Oropeza, Co-Director

Shraddha Hilda

Hilda, whose Dharma name is Shraddha, has a certificate as an E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance® and a minimum of 500 hours of formal training) and more than 3,000 hours of teaching experience. She has a 500-hour Healing Emphasis Yoga certificate and training in Yoga for Cancer Survivors, Svastha Yoga Therapy, Mindfulness Yoga, Yin Yoga and Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga. She also is a certified craniosacral therapist. Shraddha founded Mindful Yoga Studio in 2012 as a safe space for students to explore, heal and transform their bodies and their lives.

Pam Ronstadt, Co-Director

Pam

Pam has certification as an E-RYT 500 yoga instructor and as a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education provider. She has taught for 10 years after taking up yoga for her health, at the suggestion of her physician. She is certified as a Trauma Informed Yoga instructor and has developed courses for other yoga teachers and organizations that deal with trauma, including PTSD and CPTSD. She has worked for years in yoga instruction with high-risk populations, including prisoners.

Aneela Cox, M.D., Anatomy of Yoga

   Aneela has an RYT 200 certification from the Asheville, N.C., Yoga Center. She completed her physician’s residency at Banner-UMC this year and is working under a fellowship at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, where her goal is to provide a comprehensive approach to medical care.

Jessica Byron, Retired M.D., Ethics of Yoga, Pranayama

   Jessica is certified as an E-RYT 500, in Yoga for PTSD, Yoga for Anxiety and Trauma Informed Yoga. Jessica has worked in the health and wellness field for 34 years and has practiced yoga for 25 years. She retired from practicing medicine in 2013 to focus on teaching yoga and integrative yoga therapy.

Frank Jude Boccio, Mindfulness, the Buddha’s Yoga

   Frank, whose Dharma name is Poep Sa, is a certified yoga teacher and a teacher of Zen Buddhism. He was ordained by his teacher, Korean Zen Master Samu Sunim and is a long-time student of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Frank has practiced in the Zen Buddhist tradition for more than four decades. He leads mindfulness yoga asana and meditation workshops throughout the Americas and is the author of Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body and Mind.

Michelle Marks, Yin Yoga, Subtle Anatomy

   Michelle has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, is a certified holistic mental health practitioner and a licensed massage therapist. She has taught yoga for the last 18 years. She has worked with psychiatric patients, at a trauma healing center and in programs for the mentally ill and addictions. Michelle is known for her practical wisdom in living a yogic path in the modern world.

Tanja Bungardt-Price, Ayurvedic Studies

Tanja is certified as an E-RYT 300 yoga instructor and has National Ayurvedic Medical Association certification as an ayurvedic practitioner and ayurvedic counselor. She teaches Ayurveda at the University of Arizona and the Arizona School of Integrative Studies. Tanja serves as a board member on the Council of Ayurvedic Credentialing. Her teaching style incorporates humor and compassion.

Tracy Gordon, Yoga Basics, Mudras

Tracy has an RYT 200 certification and has been teaching for more than 10 years, specializing in Hatha and flow yoga as a means of maintaining health and wellness. In her personal life, Tracy finds solace, energy and inner strength in her yoga practice.