Kelley Walsh-Lyons, Owner
Kelley moved to Vermont from Colorado in 1993 and started practicing yoga in 1997. It felt amazing and was a great way to balance out the demands of working in the kitchen after training at the Cordon Bleu in France. Her yoga teacher left Vermont in 1999 and someone had to bring hot yoga to the cold northern climate of Vermont! She completed the teacher training in Los Angeles in 2000 and open the studio on Pine St in the winter of 2001. Kelley loves yoga! She has been fortunate enough to take classes, seminars and trainings with great teachers here on Pine St, as well as across the States, and recently in Mexico too. She loves living in the woods of New England with her husband (who doesn’t do yoga), Chico the cat and her corgi, Ruby. Yes, her dreams include lots of yoga and corgis.
Betsy Baker, Yoga Instructor
Betsy started practicing Bikram yoga on New Year’s Day 2002 and went to teacher training in the summer of 2004. At times, yoga has been her main athletic activity, other times it’s been auxiliary – keeping her healthy for hiking, running, CrossFit, and more. When teaching, she is aware that people bring their complex lives into the studio, therefore she embraces the essence of Plato’s quote: “be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” Betsy believes in working hard at the yoga, and being encouraging and compassionate with her students. Come stretch and sweat with her!
Mindy Elmergreen, Yoga Instructor
“Bikram Yoga – Intense workout. Expect to sweat.” Mindy will never forget this tiny ad that she found in the classifieds of the Seven Days in 2001. It was the summer before her senior year at the University of Vermont that she became hooked on Bikram Yoga. Fifteen years of playing competitive sports, countless sprained ankles, pulled muscles and two knee surgeries left Mindy yearning to find a new routine to stay fit. Beyond strength and flexibility, Bikram Yoga has given her so much more than she could have ever imagined. A sense of well-being, contentment, confidence, breath control and patience are just a few of the non-physical benefits that she quickly encountered. She attended teacher training in the fall of 2002 in Los Angeles. She is beyond elated to continue to share this incredibly healing, detoxifying and empowering practice with her community. Mindy’s days are spent with her two young sons and her wonderful husband. When she’s not sweating it out at the studio, Mindy can be found hiking, biking, snowboarding, gardening, fermenting, sprouting, dehydrating and cooking.
Robert Luce, Yoga Instructor
Robert started practicing Bikram Yoga in his late forties, in 2001, the year the Burlington studio opened. He came to manage the stress of his job as a trial lawyer at Downs Rachlin Martin and to deal with chronic pain associated with old ski injuries. He found what he was looking for and much more, including an extraordinary community of people and the richness of of yoga beyond the physical practice. (He also found his wife Aida, another yogi.) His yoga practice and the Burlington Bikram Yoga community have sustained him through many challenges over the last several years. In 2012 Robert was able to take a 9 week leave from his law practice to attend teacher training. He hopes as he enters his sixties that he will be able to promote the miraculous benefits of yoga, both as a practitioner and as a teacher.
Julie Peoples-Clark, Yoga Instructor
Julie Peoples-Clark has been a go-go dancer in a cage in a night club, a showgirl in Atlantic City, a backup dancer for Richard Marx, a magician’s assistant, a teeny bopper in a John Waters’s movie, a tap dancing book on television, a professional modern dancer, a yogi and mother to Ella the Great. She began practicing Bikram yoga in 1998 to rehab her body from years as a professional dancer. The yoga practice has been a constant in her life during the many challenges that have been sent her way.
Tracy Rubman, Yoga Instructor
Tracy started doing yoga in 2000 after her Lupus doctor suggested hot yoga may allow her to reduce her medication load. Voila … No lupus medication and virtually symptom free for 10+ years. She became a very regular student and decided to solidify her commitment by becoming a yoga teacher in 2005. Teaching yoga and watching students change their lives is a gift. Yoga keeps her healthy so I can also enjoy spending time with family and friends, skiing and flying small airplanes. When she is not teaching or practicing yoga, Tracy works as an intensive special educator and is a mother of one girl and three boys 20,14 and 11.She is overjoyed to say her children have started doing yoga with her.
Francesca Parnham, Yoga Instructor
Francesca attended her first Bikram Yoga class in 2011. Admittedly, she has never been a person who’s enjoyed being in the heat. Now, all of the irritation and frustration has gone away and summer is her favorite time to practice! As a student of the yoga, Francesca dedicates tremendous energy and time focusing on learning and developing her personal practice. She constantly challenges herself to continuing her education and knowledge of the practice and it’s tremendous benefits. Yoga has given her the ability to stay present in life’s most challenging moments and helps her lead a balanced life. Francesca is an outdoor enthusiast, avid skier and mountain biker, and self-proclaimed foodie. Francesca teaches with care and compassion and is overwhelmingly inspired by her students’ motivation and dedication to their own personal practice. Visit Francesca at Bikram Yoga Happy Valley & West Linn Studios in Portland, OR. Keep it hot!
Marnie Owens, Yoga Instructor
Marnie dabbled in yoga throughout the early 2000’s, but she knew she’d found something special in 2007 when she wandered into the hot room on Pine Street, then known as Bikram Yoga Burlington. She quickly became a regular, interspersing her yoga practice with running and soccer. Aside from practicing yoga, Marnie began to devour articles, books and web resources on the physiological and psychological benefits that yoga provides. Marnie credits her yoga practice with helping her manage a chronic illness and keeping her (mostly!) mentally healthy. In 2015, Marnie attended teacher training with master teacher Tony Sanchez in Mexico, delving further into her own practice, anatomy, and yoga history and philosophy. When she isn’t at Tapna, Marnie can often be found in Votey Hall at the University of Vermont, where she serves as an Assistant Dean in the College of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences. She lives in Winooski with her husband, her cats Rugby and Omen, and her blind pit bull mix Crash.
Lindsey Cox, Yoga Instructor
Lindsey Cox first discovered Bikram yoga in Burlington in 2004. Initially a way to stay warm during long Vermont winters, her practice has opened up the door to so many important “off the mat” skills like patience, humility, and child-like play. With a day job in education, her passion has always been to help others discover those “ah-ha moments.” Whether in a classroom or on the mat, Lindsey believes that we never stop being students. This led her to Florida to complete Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow 200 hour Teacher Training with Micheline Berry in 2010. She began teaching all different forms of yoga, including Bikram, at Yogani Studios in Tampa. Lindsey returned to Vermont in 2012 and, after the birth of her son Dylan, started teaching at Tapna exactly 10 years to the month from when she took her very first class. Off the mat you will find her skiing, biking, and brewing kombucha.