About Barefoot Studios

Barefoot Studio is more than just an affordable place to take Yoga classes. Barefoot Studio has evolved into a gathering place for like-minded souls to learn, explore, and enjoy an ancient practice backed by modern science with benefits beyond compare. Every Barefoot Studio Yoga instructor is verifiably certified to offer guidance so each student receives maximum benefit within his/her capability, safely. Our caring and knowledgeable Yogis offer personalized direction on proper alignment, technique, exertion, and modifications. Beyond what our instructors offer, many Yoginis have found a joyful and supportive community among peers in their favorite classes. New members are eagerly welcomed into the fold of the Barefoot community by students, instructors, and staff alike.

About Our Founder – Brianna

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.

Barefoot’s Instructors

Meghan Aragon-RYT 200, Yin Yoga Certified, Art Director

Meghan received her 200 hour certification from Barefoot Studios under Brianna Arndt and her Yin yoga 30 hour certification under Debbie Daly at Tucson yoga. Her passion for yoga developed during at time of healing, it was the mind and body connection that pushed her to become a yoga teacher. Meghan also holds a BFA in Communication Arts from the University of Arizona and worked many years as a Kids Product Designer. She enjoys working with all ages and volunteers her time teaching yoga to high school students in a Mindfulness program.

Meghan hopes to guide people through their yoga journey with a healing touch and guiding words. The yoga styles she loves to play with are yin, gentle and vinyasa flows. Come meet her on the mat and see where the journey takes you.

Stephanie Baldner

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.

Julie Behar, BA, MBA, K-12 Certified Teacher, ERYT200, ERYT500, YACEP

Julie has been practicing yoga for over 30 years.  She has a background in Hatha yoga with an emphasis on pranayama.  Outside of yoga, Julie is the president of a small foundation that supports the arts and sciences and she manages several rental properties. In addition, Julie is a gourmet cook and master baker.  A former performing arts teacher at the junior high level, Julie has the ability to pay close attention to all her students at the same time while creating a classroom environment that is both relaxing and challenging.

Julie joined Barefoot over 6 years ago and has become an integral part of the studio.  She teaches a number of classes of different styles.  As a part of the 200-hour teacher training staff, Julie teaches a unit on pranayama and breath integration.

She is always smiling and offers her knowledge to all who venture into the classroom.

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.

Amanda Coronado

You don’t know unless you try!
This is my yoga mantra, and I would not be at this point in my yoga journey without it.  My yoga journey started back in 2011 when I tried my very first yoga class.  Though my journey began purely with the physical practice, it has evolved into a holistic appreciation for all 8 limbs of yoga; as a way of life. I was fortunate enough to have many energetic, knowledgeable instructor who challenged me physically and mentally, eventually encouraging me to become a certified instructor.
While I still tend toward Vinyasa/Power Yoga, becoming a certified instructor has allowed me to embrace and practice all types of yoga and meditation.  As an instructor, my goal is to encourage students to push past the brick wall of I Can’t and instead be able to say, “I can’t believe I did that!”

Trey Hart

Trey began practicing yoga in 2016, and was amazed at how great it made him feel and how much it helped with anxiety. In 2017, he decided to expand his practice and completed a 200-hour teacher training through the Barefoot Studio School of Yoga.  Trey and his family are from Georgia, but have found a second home in Tucson. He aims for his classes to be flowy and physical. When not at the studio, Trey likes running, working out, and playing with his three kids.

Leah Hood

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.

Liz Johnson, E-RYT 200

Originally an elementary school teacher, Liz began practicing yoga to lose weight and get into shape. Very quickly, a passion for yoga developed and she wanted to share that passion with others. Combining her love of teaching and of yoga, she received her 200 hour teacher training through Barefoot Studio. She enjoys teaching yoga to beginners because she understands the struggles of being new to yoga and of being out of shape. She has specialized studies in the areas of Yoga for Seniors, Chair Yoga, Yoga for Osteoporosis, and Yoga for Arthritis. She encourages people to practice yoga mindfully and safely, but also challenges them to advance their practice when they are ready. Also, she appreciates the peace and serenity that yoga brings to all aspects of her life and wants to share that with others.

Arianna Jimenez– RYT 200- RSS

Arianna has been teaching yoga for three years locally in Tucson.  It was through her own health issues that the interest in yoga started.  At a very young age, Arianna was diagnosed with Lupus.  During her journey with a chronic illness,  she began looking for different ways to bring relief to her body.  It was seven years ago that she discovered yoga and all of it’s healing benefits.  What she experienced in her own practice drove her to want to help others heal their bodies through yoga, the way it had healed her.  After completing her 200 hour certification at Barefoot Studio, Arianna continues to shares her experience and knowledge with those her walk into her class.
You can find her working with seniors through the Senior program with the Town of Marana and also the Alano Club.  She has also received many certifications including substance abuse and addiction recovery, RSS certification for recovery support specialists, Twelve Step for Twelve Sets for addicts, general senior health and yoga for anxiety. Arianna believes in giving back to her community and you can often finding her lending a helping hand to those in need.

Cindy Walker Lonza

Cindy took her first yoga class in 2005 and committed herself to practicing in 2009. In June of 2017, she obtained her 200 RTY while studying with Barefoot Yoga, in Tucson, Arizona and is a registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance.

In 2009, she was exhausted from the stresses of dealing with a multitude of people and issues during the work week that she would have “people hangover” by the end of the week.  Not only did she find she needed time alone but also needed a way to reboot from all that used up energy.  She found yoga to be that pathway allowing her to rest, replenish, and reset the mind.

Cindy wants her students to learn the importance of working to create balance between effort & surrender, and resting, replenishing, & rebooting the mind.  Learning how to incorporate that on and off the mat is a big part of her passion for yoga.

Cindy loves to travel, enjoys running and adores spending time with her family.

Namaste!

Nicole Mendoza

Hello, hello, my beautiful beings! I’m Nicole Mendoza. I have always been interested in the fields of beauty and wellness.

I’ve been a licensed cosmetologist for over 10 years. It has been my passion to help others see the beauty they possess, inside and out. I have been blessed to witness the big impact little things can have.

When I was introduced to the life changing experience of yoga, I truly understood the depth of inner beauty, gentle strength, and the importance of balance. I fell in love. The fact that simple poses and breathwork can transform physical, emotional, and mental states is awe inspiring.

Yoga provides amazing benefits for everyone, body and soul. I love to see clients’ transformations, and my journey to assist that transformation continues to expand. I provide Reiki at the end of my classes to assist the healing of all four levels, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

I utilize my intuition to tailor the emphasis to the unique needs of each class. I hope to impart every participant with a sense of their own amazing energy.

Sara Roberts

I started my yoga journey around 18 years ago as an awkward, self-conscious middle school student in Minnesota. My aunt and uncle started taking me to an Iyengar studio in St Paul and little did I know how much that studio and those experiences would shape the path of my life later on. As I grew older, my practice ebbed and flowed, at times a dedicated daily ritual and at others only flavoring the edges of my life with little asana or meditation practice. In 2013 I was registered and committed to starting a yoga teacher training in Bend, Oregon when I became pregnant and put my training on hold. Moving back to Tucson, I discovered Barefoot Studio and happily completed my 200-hr YTT in June 2017. My personal practice and teaching style range anywhere from gentle meditation to funky flow. In my classes, I love incorporating music and creating a fun, friendly atmosphere. I am dedicated to growing as a yogi and grateful to be able to share the life-altering practice of yoga with others.

Pamela Ronstadt, E-RYT 200 RYT 500, YACEP

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.  Her desire to deepen her knowledge lead her to her 300-hour teacher training at Barefoot Yoga in 2016. 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. 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, 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.  

Kimberly Schmitz, RYT 200

A former dancer and recovering runner, Kimberly fell heels over head in love with Yoga practice and philosophy. After completing the 200 hour teacher training program at Barefoot Studios, she became a certified RYT and discovered a desire to share her knowledge and practice with others. She continues training with Senior Certified Iyengar Yoga instructor, Ben Thomas, and with regular self-study, personal practice and group classes/workshops. She is thrilled to lead Yin, restorative, gentle, Hatha, Yoga stretch, and Iyengar-inspired posture deepening techniques. Kimberly takes pride in teaching to her students’ needs each session, learning from them, helping create understanding of their bodies and how they can nurture themselves through Yoga.

Susan Screven

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.

Stacy Semas

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.

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