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

JEANNE-MARIE SMITH, ERYT200 | RYT500

Jeanne-Marie has nearly 20 years of studying, practicing and teaching experience. She began her yoga journey in her early 20's while studying Eastern philosophy and religion. Her asana practice came shortly thereafter. In 2011, with the encouragement of her Yoga community and teachers at Abhaya Yoga Center, Jeanne-Marie enrolled in the inaugural 200 hour teacher training program at Abhaya and completed the program in May 2012. In 2013, recognizing the opportunity for growth, she completed her 500 hour teacher training at Fish Tree Yoga. Jeanne-Marie's love for yoga runs deep and her enthusiasm exudes in her dynamic classes. One can also expect from her teaching clear language, precise alignment cues and confident assists, delivered in a lighthearted manner with a touch of humor. While having practiced and trained in a variety of yoga styles, including Jivamukti and Sivanada, she draws inspiration for her classes from Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga and Real Evolution Yoga methodologies. Jeanne-Marie is attending Baptiste Level One in June 2015 and Level 2 in July 2015 with the intention of becoming a Baptiste Certified Teacher by the end of the year. In addition to being registered with the Yoga Alliance, a Level 2 Reiki practitioner and Ordained Minister, she holds BA in Philosophy and Anthropology from University of West Florida ('97).  Jeanne-Marie resides in Gulf Breeze with her twin boys.

KAT BECK, RYT200

Kat grew up in the Carolinas and moved to Pensacola with her husband, Nicholas, in August of 2014.  She studied ballet and various forms of dance for almost 20 years before discovering yoga. In 2008, Kat started her yoga journey at The Yoga Hut in Denton, Texas where she learned in-depth knowledge about alignment in Iyengar inspired classes.  In 2013, she took her first Baptiste Power Vinyasa class and was immediately hooked.  Yoga started to become an integral part of her daily life as she saw how it allowed her to let go and feel free in her mind, body and soul.  Kat attended the Teacher Training at Fish Tree in August where it became apparent that her passion for the spreading and healing energy of yoga was part of her path.  

As an experienced dance teacher, Kat brings her enthusiasm for teaching and for creating a flow that

brings you back to balance.

Jeanne-Marie Smith RYT200 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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Adrianne Bibby RYT200 - Fish Tree Yoga

MITSUE YOKOO, ERYT500 (TOKYO LOCATION)

Andrea Wessel RYT200 - Fish Tree Yoga

Born and raised in Osaka, Mitsue now lives and teaches Yoga in Tokyo. She met Yoga for the first time in 1999 and completed 200 hour teachers training in Japan in 2005. Under Baron Baptiste, who has been her Yoga tutor since 2007, she became the first Japanese certified teacher of Baptiste Vinyasa Power Yoga Institute in 2009. Mitsue now works for a US based medical device company as a marketer and also as a Yoga teacher.


“It’s my great pleasure to share Yoga trainings with you. Getting certified might be considered a long path, but this is, I believe, going to be a life-changing experience for you,” says Mitsue.


New teacher trainings are being scheduled now at Mitsue’s Fish Tree Yoga site in Japan.

For more details, contact Jan at Fish Tree Yoga or visit Mitsue’s site in Japan here.

DIANNA WELLS, ERYT500

JAMES WELLS, MSPT & ERYT500

James has been into fitness since 1979 with extensive running, biking and swimming training. He is a licensed Physical Therapist with 14 years of hands on treatment for conditions ranging from orthopedics, anxiety, multiple sclerosis, fall prevention and gait disorders.  He began practicing Yoga in 2007 with a progression to a daily practice in 2010. Yoga changed James’s life through the physical practice, pranayama and meditation which provided him a 40 pound weight loss, significant cholesterol decrease allowing him to take charge of his life. It sparked an interest in exploring the 5000 year old discipline. He began attending workshops throughout the region with Yoga Masters such as David Williams. The more he learned about yoga, the more he understood how beneficial yoga can be for anyone. He began incorporating yoga into his Physical Therapy practice and he saw how yoga can benefit everyone. James taught a chair yoga class to seniors at an assisted living facility for over 2 years and his students’ related benefits of improved flexibility, posture, confidence and balance. James has completed two Yoga Teacher Training programs and has earned a 500 hour RYT Yoga Alliance certification from Doug Swenson, International Yoga Master, attended countless workshops with international yoga instructors, and has developed a personal practice with 1000,s of hours of different yoga styles. He brings his enthusiasm of yoga to his students one at a time.

Dianna began practicing Yoga in 1997 as a compliment to her personal fitness program.  In 2008 her yoga practice took center stage in order to combat both personal and business stresses.  Her unhealthy lifestyle was gaining momentum and for the first time she felt life slipping away.  She found the more she practiced on her mat the more her life was shifting.  She noticed profound changes were occurring, lost 30 pounds, gained personal power and found a peaceful heart. She has completed two Yoga Alliance Certified teacher trainings and currently has a 500 hour registered teaching designation with Yoga Alliance. Both teacher training programs focused on Holistic Health, Yogic Lifestyle, Nutrition as well as Yoga Asana. Her goal was always to find balance in her life. She has attended countless other workshops, retreats, immersions and trainings. She wants to share what she has learned with others. Dianna blends different Yoga styles including Vinyasa Flow infused with Ashtanga, Power Yoga, Restorative and Yin postures in the same class all with as much Bhakti flair as possible. Always expect the unexpected and to have fun!  You will leave your mat empowered, peaceful and grounded. Dianna is married to James Wells, a Physical Therapist and 500 hour Yoga Instructor and makes her home in Dothan, AL. In addition to Yoga, Dianna loves music, container gardening, cooking and her Rat Terrier, Chloe.

CINDY OVERLY, RYT200

Cindy Overly was born and raised in Northern California. In 2012, Cindy moved to Pensacola after living in southern Spain. As a practicing Licensed Massage Therapist for 12 years, she took a great interest in yoga while finding additional ways to help her clients. Realizing the benefits through stretching, gentle movements, and relaxation techniques, she began to deepen her studies and practice of yoga. She loves to share the positive impact that yoga had on her physically and mentally. From the moment she started attending classes at Fish Tree Yoga, she knew teaching yoga would be a part of her future. In September 2016, Cindy graduated from the 200RYT teacher training at Fish Tree Yoga. She is proud to call Fish Tree her new yoga home and is excited to bring her passion of helping others to the yoga studio. Her knowledge of the body, muscle movement, and experience as a massage therapist is incorporated into each of her classes. Her enthusiasm and steady confidence will lead you through an invigorating yoga flow that will strengthen and revive your body and mind. Cindy resides in the Perdido Key area with her daughter and pug, where she has a thriving massage practice. She has 4 great loves in life - her daughter, massage, yoga and coffee!