JAN ATKINS, BPVYT500 | ERYT500

Strong bones are essential to maintaining your health both now, and as you age. Weight-bearing exercise is well known to strengthen your bones. Did you know that many of the poses in Yoga are weight-bearing? Balancing your entire body weight on one leg or lifting your body weight with your arms helps maintain calcium levels, lowers stress hormones, and helps fend off osteoporosis.

Jan was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, and moved to Pensacola in 1977. Twenty years later, she picked up her first yoga mat. Her longtime friend Linda Sudevi Kramer had just started teaching yoga, and so the path began. The two friends attended workshops together, starting in South Beach, Florida, with David Life and Sharon Gannon in a Jivamukti Yoga intensive workshop. Many other workshops and trainings followed including completing her 200-hour Spontaneous Yoga teacher training with Acharya Yogendradev, from the Lakulish Institute of Yoga, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. Jan has trained with yoga masters Tias Little and the great Baron Baptiste. Jan is a 500 hour Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher and is also registered with Yoga Alliance as a 500 hour ERYT. In 2009, Jan put her heart into building a yoga retreat facility on the 10 acres where she resides in Pensacola. Fish Tree Yoga opened its doors in the summer of 2009 and now offers Baptiste Power Vinyasa yoga classes, teacher trainings, and workshops. In 2016-2017, Jan completed Level 1 and Level 2 Yin Yoga Teacher Training under the guidance of Joshua Summers, RYT500.  She now teaches Yin Yoga as a 30 hour continuing education course. Her passion is training new students to teach the practice of yoga in an authentic method by keeping the integrity of the yoga practice without imitating the east by offering individual trainings as well as small groups.  Jan is a mother of five children and has six grandchildren. She lives with her husband on the 10-acre compound. They have two outside cats, LeRoy and Mary Jane, who live in harmony with a dozen silkie chickens, 9 koi fish and a very large catfish named Bruce. She also plays the piano and paints for relaxation.

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