Fish Tree Yoga Teachers

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, Jan completed her 30 hour program certification of Yin Yoga Teacher Training Foundation under the guidance of Joshua Summers, RYT500. Jan is a mother of five children and has five grandchildren. She lives with her husband and a 20 pound cat named  Earl. She also plays the piano and paints.

Jan Atkins ERYT500 Fish Tree Yoga

ADRIANNE BIBBY, RYT500

A yoga practitioner for 30 years, Adrianne is a 500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and lifestyle writer. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Adrianne worked as a reporter and editor for major news organizations in Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., and Paris, France for more than 20 years. Throughout Adrianne’s journalism career, she was sustained by her love of yoga. Adrianne has been a student of several yoga schools in her personal practice, including Ashtanga, Iyenger, and Bikram. She found her “true north” in Baptiste Yoga when she discovered Fish Tree Yoga in Pensacola, Florida, and began her studies under her principle teacher, Jan Atkins, 500ERYT and Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher. An RYT since 2013, Adrianne has attended workshops with Baron Baptiste, Doug Swenson, Gregor Singleton, and other renowned instructors. Her articles about yoga and work-life balance have been published by YogaVibes, Gaiam, FlexJobs.com and Working Mother. In Adrianne’s classes, expect attention to breath and alignment, joy in movement, humor, and a deep sense of gratitude.

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