Melissa first encountered yoga in 2001 when a studio opened across the street from her apartment in New York City. There she found that the combined physical and mental challenges of yoga truly ignited her passion. Melissa has studied most forms of hatha yoga including Iyengar, Anusara, Bikram and Vinyasa and practiced with respected teachers around the world. Melissa purchased Tadasana Yoga Studio from its founder, Gwen Fellen, in 2013 and is excited about the growth of our Park City yoga community. She is committed to the mission that Gwen established for Tadasana to provide a challenging yoga workout and the opportunity for spiritual exploration for our students. Melissa has completed teacher training with Baron Baptiste and Gwen Fellin.
Deb took her first yoga class at Baron Baptiste’s studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2001. Through the flow of movement and physical challenge of this style of yoga, she was immediately hooked. Deb continued her practice at the Baptiste Boston studios for four years until moving to Park City. Tadasana has been her home for practicing ever since. Deb completed Baron Baptiste Level I Training in 2010 and Level II in May 2012. She brings vitality balanced with humility to her classes. When not in the studio, Deb can be found with her husband and two sons outside playing in the mountains.
Jill’s love for yoga began many years ago, but it wasn’t until she participated in the ’40 Days to Personal Revolution’ program right here at Tadasana, that she really ‘got her yoga on’. Jill has always loved the way yoga connects the body with the soul and believes that when we set out on our spiritual journey, we should take our body with us. Jill completed Baron Baptiste’s Level I training in February 2011 and Level II in September 2011. She was so moved by the wisdom attained in the training that she wanted to share what she had learned with her community in Park City. “How you show up on your mat is how you show up in life.” Jill encourages her students to remember the great potential inside of them and inspires them to shine. When not teaching yoga at Tadasana, Jill can be found enjoying the many fun outdoor activities Park City has to offer.
Kelle took her first yoga class in 1993 in Seattle. She was drawn to yoga because of the physical benefits and soon realized she had found a practice that awakened her spirit and calmed her mind as well. Kelle completed Baron Baptiste Level I Training in March 2011. She finds great satisfaction through sharing the practice of yoga with others; a path that she believes helps us to live more consciously, graciously and in the present moment. When not on her mat, Kelle enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends on the trails in Park City.
Carol earned her degree in Physical Therapy in 1988 and loved working in that field for eleven years before retiring to stay home with her three kids. She began practicing yoga in 2007 at Tadasana when her family moved to Park City. Carol was initially drawn to hot yoga for the physical benefits and felt it helped balance the body after biking, running, and skiing. Eventually she realized the greatest benefit of all was feeling more centered and peaceful after every practice. Carol completed Baron Baptiste Level I Teacher Training in 2011 and Level II in May 2013, with the intention of helping people reach better health and well-being through yoga. Carol is very excited to continue her yoga journey through her teaching at Tadasana.
Christa began her yoga journey in 2008 after being invited to her ﬁrst workshop. With a background in dance and teaching she instantly found a connection to the practice. To grow her yoga practice and knowledge as a teacher, she trained in Arizona with At One Yoga, Yoga Pura and with many renowned yoga instructors in the US. Today Christa continues exploring the possibilities through yoga as a student and a teacher. Her Power Vinyasa classes encourage students to ﬁnd their own inner rhythm, self awareness, and be open to the possibilities of change because without change nothing would ever blossom. When Christa is not in the classroom she enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and spending time with loved ones and friends.
Annemarie moved to Park City from Chicago in 1995 and started practicing yoga seriously at Tadasana in 2008. She’s been a steady practitioner of Baptiste Power and Bikram-style yoga since then and has taken the Baptiste ‘Step into Your Power’ and 40 Days to Personal Revolution programs here at Tadasana, as well as teacher-training with Gwen Fellin.
Sloane is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and moved to Park City in June of 2013 to work for the Baron Baptiste Power Yoga Institute. She spent most of her life as a competitive athlete, and was a nationally-ranked swimmer in college. She began yoga as a counter to all the weight training and cardio she was doing for competition, but found that it gave her much more than flexibility. Yoga taught her to appreciate her body as a vessel of love and service, more than just a means to athletic success. Now, her passion for stepping on the mat is matched only by her drive to inspire others to do the same! She’s been practicing regularly for eight years, and is in her fourth year of teaching. She has trained in Ashtanga and Vinyasa under Phillip Clift, Bryan Kest, and Baron Baptiste. When not teaching, she’s either out playing in the mountains, running, curled up with a good book, or watching football.
Melissa first tried yoga during her college years at University of Tennessee but truly “connected” with the practice in 2008 at locally-owned studio in Kona, Hawaii. A lifelong soccer player and recreational runner, Melissa loved the physical challenges in yoga as well as the mind-body-breath connection. Arriving in Park City in 2009, Melissa found herself newly divorced and single parenting; definitely searching to satisfy her physical body, but to also quiet her mind. Upon the advice of a dear friend, she took her first Tadasana class in 2011 and has been a dedicated student ever since. In December 2012, Melissa received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance teaching certification in vinyasa flow at Prana in Salt Lake City. Melissa enjoys music and often uses variety to enhance a dynamic, challenging, and creative flowing sequence.
Teaching since 2009 and a Yoga Alliance E-RYT certified instructor, Libby’s experience and passion for yoga shines through in her teaching. As an Olympian and former 10-year U.S. Ski Team member, Libby draws on her background in functional strength and conditioning to ensure that her students practice both safely and mindfully, while at the same time explore their limitless potential. Since first coming to her mat in 1998, Libby’s yoga practice has helped her find freedom, presence, and equanimity in her life––all qualities she helps students discover for themselves through her teaching. Outside of yoga, Libby works full-time for ZGiRLS, a nonprofit she founded in 2013. When she’s not busy running ZGiRLS, you can find Libby mountain biking, trail running, or skiing in the mountains. Please visit her website at www.libbyludlow.net
Tina serves as the studio manager for Tadasana. Tina was drawn to yoga in 2012 through the Hip Hop Yoga class offered at Tadasana. The intense physical nature of power vinyasa and the rejuvenating effect motivated Tina to grow her personal practice. Tina completed her Baptiste Level One Training in February 2015, and works full time as the Program Coordinator for the Baptiste Institute. Tina has a deep belief that “how you show up on your mat is how you show up in all areas of your life.” She teaches us to be intentional in our poses, to create foundation and ease in our practice, and to see how that shows up in our lives. In addition to yoga, Tina is an avid golfer, mountain biker, and skier. You can often find her outdoors with her two sons enjoying the beauty of Park City.
Jean Marie Hackett
Jean Marie’s first experience with yoga came courtesy of an incredibly cheesy video during a college break. In the years that followed, she dabbled in everything from Baptiste to Bikram and Jivamukti. Ashtanga appeared in and out of her life during many of these years; it is now the practice she calls home. While she got into yoga for a better body, she ultimately found it gave her a better mind and heart (though the physical side effects ain’t bad). She left her job as an attorney to pursue her interest in yoga, completing her 200-hr training in New York City in the Spring of 2010, and has been teaching ever since — from Boulder, Colorado to Washington, D.C./Virginia and now Park City, Utah, where she expects to stay until she turns into a shriveled husk of a human flying down the mountain on skis. She does a crazy fun ashtanga vinyasa home practice coupled with weekly trips to her ashtanga teacher in SLC, climbs and skis (well, tries to), and hangs out with her husband, four-year-old, and two dogs. She has studied with teachers who inspire her, from notable teachers of the ashtanga lineage including David Garrigues, to her local Park City vinyasa teacher colleagues who push her outside her comfort zone. Over the years, her irreverent writings about practice and teaching have appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, and Fiterazzi.
Jean Marie teaches a sweaty, strong vinyasa practice that nods to both her ashtanga love and her inner wild thing. She teaches to the individuals in her classes – yes, she will call you by your name! — and tries to help each person realize how much he or she already has. Students have called her everything from charismatic and upbeat, to dedicated to proper alignment and form, as well as inclusive of all. She loves teaching and being part of the wonderful
Since December of 2009, Sheri Russell has dedicated herself to the practice of yoga. In doing so, she has shifted every aspect of her life. In 2010, she completed her first teacher training under the precise tutelage of Anusara alignment guru Adam Ballenger, and in that same year, found herself guided to Yoga Oasis in Tucson, Arizona, where she completed her second teacher training with senior teachers Christina Sell and Darren Rhoades. She returned to Park City where she continued her study of alignment principles at The Shop and began to personally study kinesiology and PT practices to help heal the body. The journey she embarked upon reignited a deep passion for life and compelled her to further her training with internationally recognized teachers in the Anusara, Acro, Astanga, Flow, Power, and Yin lineages. After taking her first Baptiste-inspired class at Tadasana, she became hooked on the transformative power of hot yoga, and not long after, joined the Tadasana team. Sheri specializes in a powerful, playful, and deeply authentic flow that welcomes all levels, ages, and body types. You will sweat, laugh, and find release in her safely challenging, upbeat, and creative sequences through alignment cues. Your experience will be enhanced through a centering contemplation that inspires students to connect not only physically, but also mindfully. Sheri believes that there is no better time than NOW to expand beyond the limits of mind and body to live the life you desire and deserve, and is inspired by the Paul Coelho quote: “What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: It isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.”
Sheri Fisher has been practicing yoga since 2005 and completed her 200-hour Teacher Training in power vinyasa flow in 2010. She is a 200-RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance), and studied Budokon yoga, which is a blend of power yoga and martial arts. Sheri teaches yoga as part of her career as a life coach and enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge with her students. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Studies. She moved to Park City in 2015 with her husband, Tom, after they became “empty nesters.” Sheri is an Intuitive Life Coach and a writer, and can be seen skiing, running, biking, lifting weights, and hiking.
Lisa brings a straight forward approach to her yoga teaching. She found power yoga in 2000 and immediately was drawn to the physical and emotional experience yoga left her with, and found it worked every muscle in a way that was not accessible with other forms of fitness. Lisa completed 1000 hour teacher training at In Body Academy in Salt Lake City with D’Ana Baptiste in 2014, completed Baron Baptiste’s Journey Into Power Level 1 training in 2014 and Level 2 in 2016. In addition to being a yoga instructor, Lisa has an MSW and is a mediator. She is drawn to helping people reach their highest potential in all aspects of their lives. When not on her mat, Lisa can be found outdoors enjoying the mountains.
Elisa brings her experience studying and teaching a vinyasa flow style called YogaStream that incorporates anatomy, sequencing, and yoga as therapy. Students will find her classes to be a mix of fun, creativity, mindfulness, and instruction with a focus on strong alignment and advancement of each students’ practice.
Tara first started practicing Bikram yoga after she moved to the DC area in 2001. She dabbled in various styles until falling in love with power yoga in June of 2012. She attended Level One Bootcamp with Baron Baptiste in August 2012 and completed her power yoga teacher training in April 2013. In the midst of teacher training, she discovered the blend of yoga and weights and loved the increase in strength it brought to her yoga practice. In addition to being a registered yoga teacher (“RYT 200”), Tara is also a certified personal trainer (“CPT”) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (“NASM”), a certified Spinning instructor and has a Pilates mat certification through Quantum Pilates. She is also a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Always eager for more, Tara is currently pursuing additional personal training certifications through NASM and the Muscle Activation Technique Jumpstart Program. Tara moved to Utah in November 2015 and has quickly fallen in love with Park City. When she is not teaching, coaching, or getting her own workout or practice in, you can find her spending time with her 230lb American Mastiff, Sergeant Pickles.