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Mon Mindfulness Yoga 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Wed Meditation 8:30 AM-9:00 AM
Wed Yin Yoga 9:15 AM-10:45 AM

Ashley has practiced yoga for over 20 years and has taught since 2004. Her first years of teaching were at The Yoga Connection in Tucson, AZ where she also managed the studio and discovered her love of marketing and business. She taught for and helped to develop the teacher training programs offered by the studio and has since been involved with several other programs in town.

With a background in Pilates, TRX, Silver Sneakers©, Personal Training and other fitness modalities, her teaching is enriched with a strong focus on safety and a fluid understanding of physical anatomy.

Ashley was initiated into the Kriya Dharma in 2009 by her beloved teacher, Sri Goswami Kriyananda. She has completed training in Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Kid Yoga, Back Care, Chair Yoga and has studied with some of the most prominent yoga teachers in the US, including Seane Corn, Erich Schiffman, Rod Stryker, Rodney Yee, Richard Freeman and many others.

Ashley’s teaching emphasizes the practice beyond asana, and off the mat, to include an awareness of Self through moksha (liberation). She is also a professional astrologer, meditation teacher, marketing consultant, guitar player, and writer.

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Sat Prenatal Yoga 9:15 AM-10:30 AM

Bonnie is the owner of Yoga with Bonnie/Yoga in Balance LLC specializing in Prenatal, Postpartum, Beginners, and "Boomer" Yoga. Bonnie is qualified to teach yoga through international yoga master Tias Little (Prajna Yoga), where she also successfully completed specialty training in Prenatal Yoga with Linda Spackman.

She participated childbirth education and completed doula training with Penny Bussell Stansfield as well as studies of female pelvic floor health with Leslie Howard and has studied with many other revered teachers. Her background includes Relax and Renew® training with Judith Lasater and Roger Cole, and several specialties in Yoga Tune Up® with Jill Miller. She recently completed "Yoga for Healthy Aging" immersion with Baxter Bell, M.D. and Nina Zolotow, and “Teacher Training for the Pelvic Floor” with Dr. Sarah Duvall.

Bonnie is a former counseling faculty member at Pima Community College (PCC). She has been the recipient of the “Outstanding Faculty” award from the PCC Foundation and the Campus Gem Award from the Downtown campus.

Bonnie’s students enjoy her accessible teaching style, with a focus on safe practices, empowerment, calm, self-awareness, and fun. Her expertise in teaching is infused with her love of lifelong learning. She will always be a teacher and student of yoga and meditation. Bonnie is blessed to be married and is the mother of two sons.

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Wed Beginning Yoga 5:30 PM-6:45 PM

Brian has been practicing yoga and meditation for 15 years. After many years of being overweight and unhappy, he attended a yoga workshop in Houston and was hooked. He is a trained yoga teacher through Amy Cronise-Mead at YOGADHARMA. Other teachers and influences include Robert Boustany, Darren Rhodes, Dharma Mittra and Ana Forrest. He is a meditation student of John Yates (Culadasa) and recently completed a three-year meditation retreat. Brian has experienced great personal transformation through yoga and is interested in bringing the same experience to others.

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Sun Mindfulness Yoga 9:00 AM-10:30 AM
Fri Mindfulness Yoga 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Yoga Teacher and Dharma Teacher, ordained by Korean Zen Master, Samu Sunim, Fran 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 teachings (satipatthana) to asana practice.

He has written for Yoga Journal, Shambhala Sun, Tricycle, Spring Wind, Namaskar and Experience Life, and has been anthologized in several books including 21st Century Yoga, Commit To Sit and Freeing The Body/Freeing The Mind. He has served on the Board of Directors for New Leaf Yoga Foundation, bringing Mindfulness Yoga to underserved communities throughout Ontario, Canada and has taught in many yoga teacher trainings including the first Pure Yoga training in Asia and is a founding faculty for Moksha/Modo Yoga.

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Tue Yin Yoga 5:30 PM-6:45 PM
Fri Yin & Flow 9:15 AM-10:30 AM

Gabrielle is a musician and singer, who has been delving into the practice of yoga since 1998. She began teaching at Tucson Yoga in 2008, and received her official yoga teacher training at White Lotus Foundation with Ganga White and Tracey Rich in 2014. Gabrielle's hatha flow sequences are influenced by the vinyasa tradition and are balanced with the more cooling and inward poses of yin yoga. She incorporates concepts from Chinese meridian theory, chakra theory, mantra and Buddhist meditation into her classes. Her yin yoga teaching is influenced by Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley. She received her Yin Yoga Teacher Training at Tucson Yoga in 2011 with Joe Barnett and Michelle Marks.

As a published songwriter, musician and music teacher, Gabrielle gracefully weaves sound and music into her yoga practices. She incorporates both western and eastern traditions of sound, leading chants with her students and singing sacred songs during savasana. She also creates space for silence, following the wave of breath and deep listening. Her intention as a teacher is to hold the space for community asana practice, while also honoring and encouraging the internal awareness and edges of her students.

Gabrielle hosts a seasonal kirtan at Tucson Yoga with her group Chaparral Kirtan Band and travels regionally leading kirtan at other studios. She is offering a seasonal mantra workshop on the sound traditions of yoga and is currently working on music for a yoga album. Gabrielle is also a private music instructor and choir director in downtown Tucson, teaching voice, piano, harmonium, guitar, banjo and ukelele.

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Wed Hatha Flow 11:30 AM-12:45 PM

Grace first fell in love with yoga when she was 16, taking classes at Tucson High School. In college, her regular home practice naturally morphed into informal classes as growing numbers of friends came to join in. In 2014 Grace completed a yoga training program at The Yoga Connection and began formally teaching yoga. 

With an Ashtanga based initiation to yoga and a strong Hatha training, Grace now incorporates elements of both styles in her teaching. Her classes are energetic and challenging, but slower paced than many vinyasa classes. She focuses on fully feeling and benefitting from each pose. Grace seeks to be a teacher who is calm and observant. She often gives physical assists if her students are comfortable with them.

In addition to teaching Yoga, Grace works at two local breweries. She enjoys craft beer, traveling, cycling, and spending time with her two dogs.

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Mon Gentle Yoga 9:15 AM-10:30 AM
Thu Gentle & Restorative 9:15 AM-10:30 AM

Joanna Carichner has practiced yoga since 1992 and credits this practice as the catalyst for healing from severe depression and anxiety. For her, yoga has been her most challenging teacher and most soothing balm. Perhaps, the greatest gift she has received through her practice is her community. Most of the deepest connections in her life, including her loving husband Ben, can be traced directly or indirectly back to a yoga studio.

Her practice is ever-evolving. As she grows and learns, yoga takes on new and different meanings in her life. She has embraced various approaches including Kripalu, Sivananda, Yin, Vinyasa Flow, and Restorative. She was first inspired to share her expressive approach to yoga during a four-month residency at Kripalu Center for Yoga in Massachusetts. 

As a yoga teacher and Certified JourneyDance Facilitator, Joanna leads groups on transformational retreats including an annual week at Omega Institute. Joanna believes yoga can be enjoyed by people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Her passion is empowering her students to embody their natural expression and create their practices through inner experience rather than outward aesthetics.

Joanna is also an intuitive healer and bodyworker. She helps people relieve pain, find more mobility, emotional freedom, and life purpose using Vibrational Healing Massage Therapy, Breema Bodywork, Akashic Readings, and Scientific Hand Analysis. You can reach her at www.AkashaHealingArts.net

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Tue Vinyasa 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Thu Yin Yoga 5:30 PM-6:45 PM

Joseph completed his 200-hour training in fall of 2015 and most recently completed a 300-hour training with The Yoga Connection in 2017. It was a life-long interest in the occult and mysticism that led him to establish a daily practice of yoga and meditation several years ago. Joseph looks to the practice as a form of ritual, understanding, and devotion toward Higher Self. Off the mat he can be found practicing Reiki & other energy healing modalities, handcrafting fine jewelry, or indulging in artisan chocolates while conversing with close friends.

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Sun Vinyasa 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Mon Yin & Flow 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Wed Vinyasa 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Laura has spent over a decade practicing and teaching yoga and has developed an approach that is engaging and fun. She has studied a wide number of methods and disciplines, including Anusara, Ashtanga, Yoga Nidra, Restorative, Yin, Iyengar, philosophy, and anatomy. Drawing from this extensive range of study she offers challenging, creative classes grounded in alignment-based asana, methodology, and inquiry. Her sequencing is intended to develop body awareness through an understanding of basic and fundamental principles, in order to then safely venture into more challenging forms. This approach provides practitioners with a toolbox of body, mind and spiritual techniques that can be applied to all yoga classes and outside of class. Her classes are perfect for intermediate and advanced practitioners looking to further develop their practice.

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Sun Mysore 8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Mon Mysore 6:00 AM-8:45 AM
Tue Mysore 6:00 AM-8:45 AM
Wed Mysore 6:00 AM-8:45 AM
Thu Mysore 6:00 AM-8:45 AM
Fri Led Primary Series 6:00 AM-7:30 AM

After reading about a rock climber who practiced Ashtanga Yoga, Laurent tried his first Hatha class and immediately saw improvement in his climbing and overall well being. He became a dedicated practitioner in 2009 with Ashtanga under the tutelage of Lisa Schrempp, the only certified level 2 Ashtanga instructor in Arizona. He furthered his studies in yoga with a Vinyasa Flow teacher training in 2010 and an Ashtanga training with Tim Miller in 2011.

In 2012 Laurent left a 20-year career as an electrical engineer with a growing desire to teach more yoga. Still a rock climber, he also mountain bikes, and plays guitar when not reading a book about Yoga or walking his dog.

Spirit derives from the Latin "spiritus" for which one definition is breath. For Laurent, spiritual practice is breath practice and he tries to convey this in his everyday teaching.

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Mon Beginning Yoga 5:30 PM-6:45 PM
Thu Mama & Baby 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Sat Beginning Yoga 11:00 AM-12:15 PM

Weary of the physical pain in her body from hard athletic training, Leah began the formal practice of yoga in 1998, though she had stumbled her way into several sustaining meditation and mindfulness practices ten years earlier, as a teen. While the yoga asana and pranayama (posture and breath practices) were utterly transformative to both her athletic performance and the pain that she later learned was fibromyalgia, what most moved Leah was the shift that she observed happening on the more subtle layers of self.

By the mid-2000s, the anxieties and exhaustion of life as a graduate student moved her to leave the world of triathlon and delve more deeply into the study of yoga, working through the major scriptures and philosophical treatises in yoga and Tibetan Buddhism. Leah also had become troubled by differential access to yoga studios for diverse populations, so began to focus on expanding access to yogic practices for those not usually able to make it to a studio. She co-founded and directed YogaReach, a nonprofit that brought free, on-site yoga to underserved high schools with students or teachers who wanted to try yoga and began a ten-year program of teaching for elders and dementia patients in assisted living facilities. It was with great joy that she accepted the invitation to begin teaching at Tucson Yoga in 2007.

Leah remains intensely committed to making yoga accessible, affordable, and physically, mentally, and spiritually available and empowering to all who are interested in exploring any dimension of the practice. She specializes in teaching asana, pranayama and meditation practices of all types and levels, including yoga for athletes, activists, mamas & babies (creating the first, ongoing Mama-Baby class in Tucson), teens, school teachers, healthcare providers, social workers, elders and others with limited mobility, the marginalized, and the traumatized. She grounds these teachings in the philosophical and ethical foundations of yoga, including its convergence with the teachings of various arms of Buddhism and Sufism. Her teaching fundamentally understands yoga to maintain an impetus toward social justice and to encapsulate the imperative of our collective work for the liberation from spiritual and socio-political oppressions of all beings.

As a medical anthropologist and professor of Integrative Health research and complexity science in the UA College of Nursing, she is constantly considering and incorporating the therapeutic insights developed at the convergence of Eastern traditional practice and Western clinical research. Curious about the latest clinical research on meditation? pranayama? Ayurvedic diet? Ask her!

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Tue Yin & Gentle 9:15 AM-10:30 AM

Lyndi Rivers, LMSW, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT has been practicing yoga since 1994. She has been teaching yoga since 2007 and offering yoga therapy since 2010. Lyndi is a licensed social worker (LMSW) and a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) as recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. 

Lyndi first discovered yoga at her gym, and it was the doorway to exploring what it meant to live fully in her body, and the beginning of understanding what it means to be “whole”. She flirted with yoga for a long time - it took a serious car accident a week before her 30th birthday, years of chronic pain, challenging physical health concerns, and deep depression before she committed to a consistent yoga practice. After six months of a consistent studio and home practice, she had a decrease in the level of chronic pain, a complete reverse of a health issue, improved mood, was able to better manage stress at work. She also left a toxic relationship and felt more joy and energy than she ever had in her life. This was the true beginning of her relationship with yoga and her belief in its capacity to support healing on all levels of being. 

Lyndi began her yoga teacher journey in 2007 and completed a 250-hour program in classical hatha yoga. She went on to receive additional training in Kids, Prenatal, Yin, Restorative, and Women’s Yoga. 

Lyndi’s goal as a yoga teacher is to mirror back the inherent goodness and inner wisdom of her students. She knows that while she may be guiding a class, the best teacher is the one that lives within each of her students. She loves to inspire her students to love themselves exactly where they are in their life and have an embodied practice that they can take with them off the mat and into their daily lives. She holds space for her students to allow for healing, laughter, personal insight, and individualized practice. 

Lyndi was drawn to yoga therapeutics due to her experiences as a social worker and has her 800-hour certificate in Integrative Yoga Therapy. She has additional therapeutic training in Functional Yoga Therapy, LifeForce Yoga®, Pain Care Yoga, and Pelvic Floor Yoga. She has been teaching therapeutic yoga classes focusing on pelvic health and mental health since 2011. Lyndi blends her social work and yoga knowledge to create safe space for individuals to honor their shadow and light and to embrace their inherent wholeness and health. She specializes in working with individuals with trauma, depression, anxiety, chronic pain issues, pelvic floor disorders, postural misalignment, breathing issues, and nervous system disorders. 

Lyndi believes deeply in the magic of essential oils, body glitter, temporary tattoos, poetry, affirmations, and love and shares these liberally with students. 

Lyndi is the founder of Radiant Root in Tucson, Arizona. Learn more about Lyndi at www.lyndirivers.com

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Tue Hatha Flow 11:30 AM-12:45 PM
Thu Hatha Flow 11:30 AM-12:45 PM
Sat Yin & Vinyasa 9:00 AM-10:30 AM

As a mama, friend, poet, teacher, and humble student of being-ness, Michelle has been merging her background in education, somatic therapies, yoga, psychology, and spirituality for the past 20 years. Her passion is offering experiential practices for students to explore the inner workings of the body, mind, and spirit. With a focus on embodied awareness, a deeper understanding of one’s physiology, and attention to one’s unique path Michelle brings a playfulness, and practicality to whatever subject she is presenting.

She began teaching yoga in 2001 after her first teacher training at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center. She continued her formal studies in Vinyasa Yoga with Shiva Rea and Corina Benner. Anodea Judith has been an inspiration and teacher in her exploration of the chakras. She has studied Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers, and pre-natal yoga with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. Jasmine Tarkeshi and Keith Borden of Laughing Lotus have been extremely influential in her deepening practices of creative sequencing, and bhakti yoga.  Jennifer Welwood is a meaningful teacher on her path of psycho-spiritual inquiry, as well as Sally Kempton as an introduction to the path of meditation. The wisdom teachings along the Buddhist Path through Pema Chodron, and Tara Brach, and the poetry of the Sufi Mystics continue to nourish Michelle's sojourn. She is deeply humbled by her many teachers along this yogic path, most especially her children to whom she accredits for her greatest wisdom.

Michelle completed a 1,000-hour program for massage therapy in 1999 in Tucson, Arizona which was the beginning of her love affair with the human body. She completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2012 and is a certified holistic mental health practitioner. She is currently in the HEART training with Organic Intelligence™, a unique theory and clinical practice of building human empowerment, resiliency, and compassion, studying with the masterful Steve Hoskinson.

Over the past 16+ years, Michelle has been offering skillful classes, heartful workshops, and both national and international retreats and has been running a private practice, Temple Love Yoga. Her classes are passionate and progressive, inspired by a long journey of showing up for life through all the blessings and inevitable chaos. She has a strong commitment to social action through years of volunteer work, fundraisers, and bringing awareness on and off the mat to the global impact of our personal choices.

Michelle lives the path of yoga as an everyday practice of weaving ancient wisdom with modern day living. Her view is one of continual commitment to a remembering of harmony, and whole-being health. Her offerings are with intent to bridge the tenets of yoga philosophy into daily experience inclusive of the mundane and those precious sparkling moments.

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Thu Yoga en Español 9:00 AM-10:15 AM
Thu Toddler & Me 11:00 AM-11:45 AM

Sarah Michelson loves to move freely and encourages others to find joy in movement. She received her 200-hour yoga teacher training from the Asheville Yoga Center in 2012 and has taught yoga and dance to children and adults in English and Spanish. She currently enjoys practicing consistently with her Ashtanga yoga practice at Tucson Yoga. She also teaches English to refugees, loves to hike, surf, and strengthen social movements that expand compassion.

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Sun Yin Yoga 3:30 PM-4:45 PM
Mon Rise & Shine 7:00 AM-8:15 AM
Tue Therapeutic Yoga 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Tue Therapeutic Yoga 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Tue Therapeutic Yoga 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Tue Therapeutic Yoga 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Wed Rise & Shine 7:00 AM-8:15 AM
Fri Rise & Shine 7:00 AM-8:15 AM

Tiffany began her career in health and wellness in 2004 upon her graduation from Pima Community College with an Associate's Degree in Dental Hygiene. She has always had a passion for empowering others to cultivate a more mindful way of living. In 2008, she was introduced to yoga and fell in love! Tiffany's personal practice has helped her to overcome the many obstacles life has presented, such as; naturally balancing hormones, providing migraine prevention and relief, resolving digestive issues, as well as offering mental focus and overall physical wellness. Her path led her to Arizona School of Yoga, where she obtained my 200-hour teaching certificate in Vinyasa Yoga. She recently completed an additional 300-hour training through Inner Vision Yoga's Healing Emphasis Yoga Therapy program. Tiffany is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists.