Enlighten Wellness Yoga Directors
Tanja Bullock Bisesi, PhD, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP
A dancer, singer, writer, and teacher of teachers, Tanja has drawn on yoga practice and philosophy for over four decades to balance body-mind, reduce stress, inspire self-inquiry and awaken spirit. She holds an E-RYT 200, RYT 500 and YACEP from Yoga Alliance and a PhD in Educational Psychology with concentrations in communication, human development, neuro-cognitive psychology and health promotion. She has taught courses on learning and teaching at the university level, designed local and statewide assessment programs and published in the areas of pedagogy, educational assessment and research methodology. She is a certified Pilates instructor and has trained in Yoga for Seniors at Duke University. Currently, she teaches Core Yoga Basics, the foundational class in her EnCore Yoga system, a core and alignment-focused series for stability and wellbeing which she designed based on her own experience with overuse-related, chronic back pain. She teaches regular classes in the community and her private studio, Enlighten Wellness Yoga. She is also trained as a Lifestyle Coach for Diabetes Prevention through YMCA of the USA and provides private and small-group, yoga-informed lifestyle coaching. As an artist, she is interested in practices that inspire and enhance the creative experience and offers workshops on Yoga for Creativity toward this goal. Tanja serves on the faculty of both basic and advanced yoga teacher training programs regionally, providing modules on Writing as Practice, Yoga for Creativity, Yoga Inquiry and Evidenced-based Research Methods, Learning and Teaching Methodology, and Yoga for Diabetes Prevention.
Mark Bisesi, MD, RYT 500
Mark is a diagnostic radiologist with special expertise in cardiopulmonary imaging, a guitarist, and a longtime yogi. His asana and meditation practice grounds his daily life and informs his yoga teaching. Mark practices for stress relief, body-mind balance, and creative inspiration. As a physician, his yoga instruction focuses on guiding students toward balance in their bodies, an enhanced sense of well-being, and a healthier lifestyle. Mark’s yoga classes include lifestyle enhancement through better health and wellness habits as well as those addressing the special challenges of athletic teams and musicians. Mark’s professional work as a radiologist and applied anatomist draws on modern cross-sectional imaging techniques such as MRI, CT and ultrasound. He shares anatomy and pathology with computer-based images to complement traditional anatomic and kinesiological approaches, and to help yoga practitioners and teachers better understand the body’s structure and function during asana and other forms of yoga practice. Mark is inspired by contemporary yoga research, particularly brain function correlates of practice, and offers his thoughtful perspective on this body of knowledge as a part of his teaching.
Enlighten Wellness Yoga Teachers
Debbie Hackman, Studio Manager
Debbie Hackman has been a member of the Bloomington yoga community for nearly 30 years and a teacher for over 20 years. She teaches a gentle flowing style of yoga with an emphasis on Restorative poses. She hopes to use her organizational skills to help maintain a safe and secure practice space and optimal communications between the staff and students at Enlighten Wellness Yoga Lifestyle Studio.