Bonnie Golden is an experienced yoga teacherand practitioner and former full-time college faculty member. Some of her areas of expertise include gentle and
strong yoga, prenatal/postnatal yoga and what she calls “boomer classes” offered in Tucson and surrounding areas.
Bonnie’s vast experience in teaching is infused with her love of lifelong learning, and she will always be a teacher, practitioner, and student of yoga and meditation.
She has facilitated yoga workshops such as “Post-Partum Yoga”, “Tonic for the Tissues” “Yoga for Healthy Aging”, as well as stress management and mindfulness for employees in the workplace, yoga for osteoporosis, and many, many more.
Bonnie’s students enjoy her accessible teaching style, with focus on safe practices, empowerment, calm, self-awareness, and fun.
She holds her Master’s degree in Counseling and completed substantial post-graduate work in Higher Education Administration. Bonnie has authored books as well as many professional journal articles.
Bonnie is blessed to be married and is the mother of two sons.
Yoga with Bonnie/Yoga in Balance LLC is the recipient of the “Best of the Northwest” recognition.
Training and Education
Bonnie is formally qualified to teach yoga through international yoga master Tias Little (Prajna Yoga), where she also successfully completed her specialty training in Prenatal/Postpartum Yoga with Linda Spackman. Bonnie is additionally certified through Baxter Bell M.D. and Nina Zolotow as a “Yoga for Healthy Aging“ instructor. She successfully completed Classic Yin Teacher Training with Devi Daly, founder of Tucson Yoga Studio.
She has participated in childbirth education and doula training with Penny Bussell Stansfield as well as studies of female pelvic floor health with Leslie Howard in person and through several distance learning seminars.
Bonnie has studied and practiced yoga in depth by participating in multi-day immersions with many other respected and revered yoga and meditation teachers including: Menaka Desikachar, Felicity Green, Roshi Joan Halifax, Dr. Shankaranarayana Jois, Srivatsa Ramaswami, Erich Schiffmann, and Sharon Salzberg.
Her specialized training also includes Relax and Renew® certification with Judith Lasater and Roger Cole and several specialties in Yoga Tune Up® with Jill Miller, including the Roll Model Method®..
She is humbly grateful to her Tucson teachers and friends Chris Coniaris and Natasha Korschak who continue to deeply influence her yoga practice and teaching.
In addition to her 20+ years and thousands of hours of teaching college students of all ages, since becoming certified with Yoga Alliance she has completed well over 2000 hours of yoga instruction earning her Yoga Alliance 200-e (expert) designation.
Bonnie is a former full time counseling faculty member at Pima Community College. She has been the recipient of the “Outstanding Faculty” award from the PCC foundation and the Campus Gem Award from the Downtown campus.
After taking Bonnie’s prenatal yoga class during my third trimester, I was very excited to sign up for the postnatal... class. It’s been wonderful to have the continuity of Bonnie’s supportive voice through the physical and mental transformation of the fourth trimester. I appreciate the self-paced setup of the course - with a newborn, you never know if you’re going to get 5 minutes or 90 minutes so it’s great that I can do as much or as little as I want. I’m also enjoying the balance of physical and mental exercises. They really encourage me to be gentle with my body and reinforce the importance of cultivating mental practices to find calm during what can be an overwhelming time. Thank you Bonnie!read more
I have been taking private classes with Bonnie for several months now, initially in-person but more recently over ZOOM.... My experience with Bonnie from the get-go has been stellar, and the transition to virtual yoga was seamless. I expected yoga to provide physical benefits but even with ZOOM classes, the mindfulness/meditation component of Bonnie's teaching has been an unexpected but amazing joy. Whether through ZOOM or in-person, highly recommend for anyone looking to improve strength, build bones, or age well.read more
Bonnie is an unforgettable yoga teacher. She attends to every person in the room acknowledging them and adapting... postures to those who need it. Her classes emphasize core and balance beginning and ending with a meditative piece. One leaves her class with a calm yet feeling of strength. She always demonstrates how to adapt a pose for those who need. As she often says, "This is your yoga." I have experienced a dozen yoga instructors and Bonnie is the very best. I always feel honored when I am able to participate in one of her classes.read more
Bonnie is simply the best! Her kind, gentle demeanor is second-to-none, and her positive, cheerful interaction with... her students makes for a fantastic learning atmosphere and experience. A very important thing that I greatly appreciate about Bonnie is that she is mindful of her students' having proper form and posture...to avoid injury...and to obtain the full benefit of their practice. I love her statement, "This is YOUR yoga"; if I need "child's pose" instead of "plank" today, that's OKAY! There are so many more wonderful things to say about Bonnie, but the bottom line is that she is truly the best yoga instructor in Tucson. (And we all love Norm too!!)read more
Bonnie’s prenatal yoga classes at The Core were a game changer during my second pregnancy. Her warmth, knowledge and... sense of humor made for a truly enjoyable class that left me well prepared for labor and delivery. I was able to stay active longer during this pregnancy and had a much easier recovery and have no doubt it was in part due to these classes.read more
Yoga With Bonnie has always been a wonderful experience and the best I’ve seen in Tucson. Yoga With Bonnie was... especially helpful to me during my two pregnancies. Bonnie offers a prenatal yoga class that is a God send for any pregnant momma to be. She’s also a wonderful person full of the most incredible kind support you can imagine. It made a world of difference for me physically while pregnant and I couldn’t wait to be there again the next week. She also helps you with stretches and moves to help during labor and also has a partner yoga class that was great for my husband and I before we had our second baby. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Bonnie and her Yoga classes. 5 stars without hesitation here. Try Yoga with Bonnie! You will not be disappointed. She’s amazing.read more
Bonnie is the most amazing yoga instructor. She makes sure each student goes at the right pace for their level and... condition. She is very intuitive . Bonnie is a happy upbeat person and that shows in how she teaches. I have participated in her classes for seven years and it has made a huge difference in my mobility. Bonnie really knows what she is doing! Her meditation is out of this world too.read more