Get to know some of our talented yoga instructors Tucson, AZ at Barefoot Studios!
Brianna Arndt, E-RYT-200, E-RYT-500, YACEP
“Yoga is like ice cream. Everybody loves it, each person just has to find the flavor to suit them.” Since age five, Brianna has nurtured a passion for healing, exercise, and nutrition. Throughout her youth, her fascination with the body’s form and capability led her to dance, cheerleading, and body sculpting through weight training. She met her need to heal first by becoming a certified medical massage therapist, then later a licensed esthetician, and finally a certified Yoga instructor. Equipped with countless hours of self-study, 600 hours of certified training, and specialized study in Pranayama/breath, pre-natal and restorative Yoga, and palpatory therapy, Brianna founded Barefoot Studio in 2011. Believing that “joy isn’t real joy unless you share it with someone else,” Brianna imparts her knowledge and shares her philosophy of achieving joy through movement in the Yoga studio daily. From Hatha to Yin, and Power Flow to Yoga Nidra practice, Brianna revels in the daily opportunity to guide students through the exploration of their capabilities and needs.
A.J. is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and has been teaching all styles of Yoga for more than four years. With a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Relations, A.J. brings a unique perspective to her Yoga practice and teaching. She thoroughly understands the importance of getting in touch with the Mind/Body/Spirit connection. Emotion regulation, anxiety, depression, grieving, physical ailments and many more areas are benefited greatly by Yoga. Yoga is her outlet and she is honored for the opportunity to share the gift of Yoga with everyone.
I’ve always loved Yoga, but spent years drifting the perimeter instead of participating. I wanted to be a yogi, but felt like an outsider. This year I renewed my commitment to myself and my practice and completed the amazing 200- RYT here at Barefoot Studio. My goal is to make Yoga approachable and accessible. I believe there is a place at the mat for everyone; every age, every body type, and every ability. I want you to come to my class knowing you have a place to feel safe, to move, stretch and strengthen, to breathe and relax; to let go and find your Yoga.
Hi, I’m Cindy Devin, and I am happily addicted to yoga. I am not a size zero, not even close; I don’t always rock picture-perfect poses; and every once in a while I fight the urge to sing out loud in class. But I am passionate, real and sincere. And committed to crafting and guiding yoga practices that connect mind, body and breath, but are also lighthearted and fun. My teaching style reflects my desire to create meaningful and energetic classes where everyone, regardless of experience, feels welcome and accepted. Off the mat I am a photographer, avid baker and dog mom to six rambunctious puppies. I am fiercely loyal, always have a book in my hand and love life.
Danielle Shawver, RYT 200
Danielle is a RYT 200 hour certified instructor with experience teaching Gentle, Heated stretch, Yin and Power . She enjoys seeing the transformations that yoga brings to students and their smiling faces after each class. She finds the mental and physical benefits of yoga to be fascinating. She incorporates Meditation, Mudras and Prana Yama in her classes. Danielle works for the USAF full time and started practicing yoga 4 years ago and it changed her life, she wanted to be able share her experience with the world and became a certified Yoga Instructor in November 2015.
Emily uses yoga each day as a continuous learning experience. Yoga is life! Emily’s goal is to give students an experience by expressing her passion for the practice in each class. Emily makes classes fun and encouraging. She hopes that as a student, you can explore a new potential of yourself. Emily has taught nearly 1,000 hours of classes, and has spent even more practicing. She received her 200hr training through YogaMazé in Flagstaff where she began her teaching career. She loves to incorporate alignment with playfulness. Come to class with an open mind and a willing heart!
I am a new yoga teacher who just completed my RYT 200 this past summer, 2016. Yoga has been a way for me to find balance and healing and my desire is to give that to my students. I aim to make the practice fun and interesting while at the same time making room for calm, balance and a place for self- exploration! I am from Tucson, Arizona. I am a nurse and am studying to be a social worker. I am a committed life- long learner and my goal is to help people be empowered. I will meet you where you are at.
Julie Behar, E-RYT-200, RYT-500, YACEP
Born in NYC, Raised in Connecticut. Yoga started around eight years of age. Theatre crazy, YOGA. BA Theatre Management & Design, YOGA. Road Manager Patti LaBelle, YOGA. Children’s theatre company owner, YOGA. MBA Finance- with new baby boy, YOGA. Moved to Tucson, YOGA. Another baby, girl, YOGA. Teacher, Junior high school Theater, YOGA. KIDS-YOGA!!! Owner of a mail order business, cactus nursery, rental property, YOGA. Restoration of old homes, builder of new – YOGA. Travelled the world – YOGA. Finally, YOGA TEACHER… still mother, wife, landlord, foundation CEO, world traveler- YOGA.
After 18 years as an elementary teacher and over 10 years of practicing yoga, Leah decided to combine her interests and became a certified yoga instructor. She received her training at Barefoot Yoga School in Tucson, AZ. Leah is passionate about healthy eating and caring for the body. She teaches a variety of yoga styles including gentle, flow, Yin, and children’s classes. She is a certified yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance.
I have been teaching Yoga for eight years and received my 200 hour Yoga teacher training at Barefoot Studio. I practiced Yoga as a teenager years ago and, more recently, rediscovered Yoga when I was looking to lose the weight that had crept up over the years. I understand the struggles of being new to Yoga and being out of shape. I love teaching Yoga to beginners. Specializing in teaching modifications for poses, I can help you make your practice easier or more challenging, depending on your needs. I enjoy sharing the enthusiasm I feel for Yoga with other people and challenging them to push it to the next level safely. Also, I appreciate the peace and serenity that Yoga brings to all aspects of my life and want to share that with others.
During her first dance recital at age four, Meara found herself alone in front of a filled auditorium after the music stopped and the curtains closed behind her. Needless to say, this pretty much put a kibosh on stage fright. She continued to dance and in her 20s found Yoga. Meara practiced for 15 years before assuming in the role of instructor. It is here she came to a better understanding of herself, feeling her way into her style, the way a dancer feels the dance in their bones. Meara’s intuitive teaching style guides students on a journey of self exploration as they discover the uniqueness of their physical and energetic bodies through anatomical acceptance, stillness, and movement. When in her element, you may notice Meara subtly dancing her way through class, and at times, you may catch her singing if the music’s just right.
Pamela Ronstadt, E-RYT-200 RYT-500, YACEP
Pam Ronstadt 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. She began to share her practice with others in May of 2010. She recently took her 300 hour teacher training at Barefoot Yoga. Pam embraces yoga in its many styles, teaching traditional Hatha in its many forms, Power Flow, Yin and Bikram Inspired. She regularly offers workshops and continuing education for other teachers and is constantly seeking to grow as both a student and teacher. Pam brings a compassionate approach and often regales her students with stories about the myths and legends of yoga. A bookworm at heart, she also tends to offer insights from her constant studies. For her, Yoga is more than just an asana practice but a way in which to live her life.
“Nothing is Impossible. The word itself says I’m Possible.” ~ Audrey Hepburn. I love this quote! Every time I read these words I am reminded that I have the strength, ability and fortitude to tackle any challenge that comes my way. I am empowered to be an example to those around me; to speak my mind and share my message; to be the best I can be. I am a 200-hour RYT and have been teaching Yoga since I completed the Barefoot Studios Teacher Training in May 2016. I am also a Certified Personal Trainer, a Nutrition/Health Coach, and the owner of Own Your Results Fitness. My goal is to help you reach YOUR full potential. I am a Mom, Wife, Runner, Yogi, Biker and overall Fitness Enthusiast
Stacy began practicing Yoga in 2012. As she began to feel the transformation Yoga had in her life she felt inspired to share the gift of Yoga with others. She completed her 200-hour training at Barefoot Studio in 2014. Stacy is passionate about learning and inspiring others as both a teacher and a student. She is continually moved by Yoga’s internal and external transformative power and finds it to be a source of love and strength. Stacy strives to bring a sense of fun, freedom and compassion to her classes, while creating a nonjudgmental environment where each individual can achieve their full potential.
Susan began a regular Yoga practice in 2006, as a vehicle for physical strength, flexibility, and good health. Over time, the enriching benefits of Yoga multiplied and grew to encompass all aspects of her life, and inspired her to pursue teacher training. She is a 2011 graduate of The Arizona School of Yoga in the vinyasa flow style, and a RYT-200 with the Yoga Alliance. She teaches challenging, nurturing and light-hearted classes locally and out-of-state. Her belief is that in order to grow and change, we must first understand and accept where we are. In addition to practicing Yoga, Susan enjoys spending time with family, friends and pets, hiking, gardening, kite boarding, stand up paddling, cooking, reading and traveling.
I started my yoga journey back in college and have been floating in and out of my practice ever since. I did not get serious about my practice until injuries from years of marathon running started to take their toll on my body. Knowing I would have to give up my distance running, my hope was that yoga would fill the void. While practicing more often was an amazing outlet, I realized it was not enough so when the opportunity to go through teacher training showed up I knew I had to take it. During teacher training, Brianna encouraged us to teach all types of yoga but I knew Power Yoga was my home. I am a physical person who likes to work out so I like to teach a physically challenging class. When students leave my class, I hope they feel stronger than they did when they walked in and are able to leave behind whatever weighs them down. Off the mat, you will find me working, running (just not as far!), biking or walking my adorable dogs.
I have always been interested in health and wellness. Yoga has been part of this emphasis for most of my adult life, however, it took losing my mother in 2004 to teach me the true meaning of Yoga. I found myself going to my mat to find solace, energy, and inner strength. As the practice started to take root, I felt a longing to explore the practices on a deeper level. I began my initial 200 hour study with Priscilla Potter. Yoga gently, yet powerfully reminds me who I am…and helps me let go of what I am not. I look forward to continued study of all-that-is Yoga whether that be on the mat or away.
Tracy was just a yoga student at first, until a few months had passed and her yoga practice had become a major part of her life. After realizing the great benefits of yoga for the mind and body, her new dream was to share this wonderful life changing practice with many people. She knew at this moment she wanted to become a part of the yoga community and teach others about it as well. She completed the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Barefoot Studios and is now a part of the team teaching Basic Hatha. She is very dedicated to providing information and guidance for YOUR practice. NAMASTE
Tanja Bungardt-Price, E-RYT 200, CAP, CAHC, CPKT, BFA
Born and raised in Frankfurt, Germany, Tanja is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner (CAP); Ayurvedic educator, Bliss Treatment technician; certified registered yoga teacher; member of the faculty for Ayurveda studies, Yoga Teacher Training, at Heaven Meets Earth in Evanston, Illinois; member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, and artist. Tanja has been an avid student of yoga and Ayurveda since 2005 with a keen interest in exploring this ancient and holistic system of harmonizing body, mind and spirit. Tanja teaches yoga, not just poses with humor, compassion and love. Influenced by her Iyengar Training she focuses on alignment and the therapeutic power of yoga and the influence of Ashtanga and Vinyasa links her poses together. Tanja’s knowledge and understanding of Ayurveda provides a tremendous support to her yoga teachings. She understands the unique needs of each student. She trained and was certified at Moksha (Chicago, IL) under Daren Friesen where she learned Hatha Yoga. She has assisted in 2 yoga teacher trainings under Daren Friesen. Tanja apprenticed under Gabriel Halpern, owner of Yoga Circle and student of BKS Iyengar where she learned Therapeutic Yoga in the Iyengar tradition and traveled to Mysore, India where she studied with Saraswathi, Pattabhi Jois daughter, to study Asthanga.