Enlighten Wellness Yoga Directors
Tanja Bullock Bisesi, PhD, ERYT, 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, neuropsychology 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
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
Erin East, RYT 200
Originally from Anderson, Indiana, Erin discovered her love for yoga at the Mount Madonna Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California where she lived and taught first grade for five years. She grew up doing dance, gymnastics, and cheerleading. When she started practicing yoga around 23 years old it felt like coming home. She holds an RYT 200 certification and teaches a class based on Ashtanga, the eight limb system. She considers yoga an art and a science that connects us to our greater source. Her asana classes always include other facets of the eight limb practice. The asanas are done as a meditation in motion that are mindful and nurturing experience for the body, mind, and spirit. Erin moved to Bloomington in 2011 to attend the Associates of Integrative Health for certification in massage therapy. In 2013 she received Level 1 and Level 2 training in lomi lomi, the sacred art of Hawaiian massage. In 2016, Erin also certified in Myofascial Release and added a new layer of knowledge to her bodywork. She likes to integrate her deeper awareness of the body’s many functioning systems into yoga class. She loves being a massage therapist and yoga instructor because it is a career path that embraces lifelong learning, wellness, and acceptance of others wherever they are at in their journey.
Kirsten Sword, RYT 200
Kirsten Sword became a dedicated yoga student in an effort to manage chronic pain. Her yoga practice has helped her rebound from disabling complications of a hereditary connective tissue disorder. Until middle-age, Kirsten had thought of herself as reasonably athletic and unusually “flexible," but clumsy and unlucky with regard to injuries and miscellaneous health issues. The gradual accumulation of mysterious symptoms and lack of medical understanding led her into a cycle of progressive de-conditioning in her late thirties. When movements hurt, she stopped doing them, until she was spending her days dictating her work in a zero-gravity recliner, losing her mobility and the use of her hands, and facing numerous spine and joint surgeries. Given a poor prognosis even with surgery, she opted to see how far conservative management could take her. The gentle, therapeutically oriented practice she learned from Tanja Bisesi and Amanda McMaine has helped her defy medical expectations. Kirsten has found that a regular, gentle yoga practice has helped retrain her postural habits and address autonomic nervous system dysfunction in ways that injury-specific physical therapy could not. As a teacher, she aims to share the benefits of body and breath awareness and the slow, steady remodeling of muscle stabilization patterns. Her practice is especially oriented toward the management of connective tissue laxity and joint hyper mobility, but will be useful to anyone seeking to learn to move with safety and stability.
Denise Hyble, RYT 200
Denise was first drawn to yoga to deal with chronic back pain, but she soon found that the calming and centering aspects of yoga kept her coming back to the mat. She finds great self-care and nourishment in the practice of yoga. Denise is a psychotherapist in her other life, and she sees yoga as a perfect complement to her professional practice. For Denise, yoga is primarily about inner awareness and change, created through the relationship that is built between the body, the mind and the breath. She sees yoga as a way to put everything else on hold and connect to your inner life. There is no judgement in her yoga, only a practice of witnessing ourselves in the moment. It is her passion to share the positive, transformative effect yoga has had on her life with others.
Diane Thayer, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Diane is a E-RYT 500 & YACEP registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She loves yoga, sharing her enthusiasm and celebrating the yoga insights and successes of her students. She defines yoga as a practice of mindfulness, the attentive unfolding and fine tuning of each moment. Diane began exploring yoga as a personal practice while a student at Oberlin College in the sixties. Since then she has enjoyed opportunities to study with many well-known international and national teachers, including Judith Lasater, with whom she has studied annually for the past thirty-four years. Some of the teacher trainings with Judith include "Applied Therapeutics and Restorative Yoga (for which Diane received certification)," "Experiential Anatomy, Moving from the Inner Body: Practicing and Teaching from the Organs," "Yoga Therapeutics: Working with the Body's Structure," "Yoga Therapeutics," "Experiential Anatomy: Movement Literacy for Yoga Teachers," & "Experiential Anatomy Back Care." Other teachers with whom she has studied include Rodney Yee, Donna Fahri, Erich Schiffmann, Mary Dunn, Janet MacLeod, Leslie Kaminoff, Lilias Folan, Jean Couch, Kali Ray, Todd Norian, Cyndi Lee, Angela Farmer, Victor van Kooten, Desiree, John Schumacher, Ramanand Patel, and Thomas Myers, among others. Diane retired as Prime Time Wellness/Yoga Director at the Monroe County YMCA in January 2012, after over 35 years of service. In that capacity she designed, taught and provided training in Yoga, Pilates, land & water aerobics, Arthritis Aquatics, and Active Older Adult programs. For Diane, yoga continues to be a journey of discovery, as well as a path to well-being and inner peace, which she hopes to express to those around her--together touching the earth and its creatures, great and small, gently and lovingly.
Lily Kleinlein, RYT 500
Lily began teaching yoga in 2012 through the YMCA, training with her teachers and mentors there. She has gone on to earn certifications in Yoga (RYT 200 & 500 from Lexington Healing Arts Academy), Pilates (YMCA), and Group Exercise (ACE). Her classes focus on connecting safe alignment, balance, and strength through a gentle hatha yoga practice. Each class fosters community and connection. Lily hopes that her students will find greater body awareness, relaxation, and peace through their yoga practice. She enjoys sprinkling in practical tools for breath and movement that students can take into daily living. She is proud to have completed the 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification Program at Lexington Healing Arts Academy under the direction of Amanda McMaine.
Allana has been teaching Hatha Yoga in Bloomington community since 1988. Allana began studies of anatomy as a painter and modern dancer, quickly realizing how knowing the body from the inside-out enhanced her dancing, her yoga practice and, ultimately, her teaching. Dance teachers, Bill Evans and Vera Orlock increased her awareness of developmental movement principles and applied kinesiology through work with the Bartenieff Fundementals, explorations in Body-Mind Centering and contact improvisation. Other important teachers include, Donna Farhi, Emily Bogard, Deane Juhan, and Liz Koch, Bruce Ruben and Master Ghanshyam Jayangakar. Allana was teacher, performer and choreographer with Windfall from 1986-1997, offering classes in yoga, creative movement, modern dance, tap, aerobic dance (A.C.E. certified) and conditioning. She credits many of her Windfall colleagues for furthering her knowledge and creativity. She was adjunct faculty at IU CLLC from 2007-2009 and Dept. of Kinesiology from 1991-2006, where she initiated classes in yoga for credit in 1992, teaching literally thousands of classes to thousands of students during her 18 year tenure. Allana is author and illustrator of A Yoga Handbook, utilized by her students since 2000. She received certification in Pilates mat work in 2007 and has been developing conditioning classes that blend Hatha Yoga with Pilates-based Core work. Allana has taught widely in the Bloomington community including Yoga for Artists at the John Waldron Arts Center, People’s University, Bloomington Parks and Recreation and Stonebelt.