Christine Bettera is a certified master health coach, and multi-disciplinary movement trainer with over a decade of experience in the field of nutrition, exercise, and wellness. She has worked with clients from all walks of life, from athletes and busy professionals, to weekend warriors and stay at home care givers. She is passionate about empowering her clients to achieve their health and wellness goals through personalized plans and coaching, and believes that sustainable lifestyle changes are key to long-term success and works closely with her clients to create a plan that is both enjoyable and effective.
In addition to her work as a coach, Christine owns and leads the dedicated team of wellness professionals at Tahoe Flow Arts & Fitness. She is also an avid lifter, enjoys hiking with her dog, and exploring the great outdoors with her family in her free time.
Julz is a firm believer in the transformative journey of yoga, meeting the practice with compassion and curiosity. While this journey is multifaceted and unique for each practitioner, Julz encourages a deep connection to Self through her creative Vinyasa and Yin classes. Hailing from San Francisco by way of Atlanta, Julz studied under Jonny Kest’s LifePower Yoga method – a style of practice rooted in Ashtanga that emphasizes awareness of breath and bodily movement. Julz invites her students to explore the rich landscape within and challenges them to find their individual edge through a compassionate yet disciplined flow. Julz has been teaching since 2013 and loves continuously learning and growing with the incredible yogi community all over the world. Through travel and study, she has added Acro Yoga and Thai Massage practices to compliment her balance of softness and strength. When not on her mat, you can find Julz with her rescue dog Chalo playing outside: skiing, hiking, dancing, paddle boarding, biking, and cooking yummy food.
Kelly SmileyDirector of Aerial Programs - E-RYT 500
Kelly graduated from UNR with a degree in education. Naturally attracted to Tahoe, Smiley was a snowboard coach for 10 years. However, after a snowboard injury, yoga, hula hooping and aerial fabrics restored her physical body and developed her emotional body.
A natural born leader, Kelly is the lioness in a pride of relatable females. She fell in love with the healing potential of flow arts and decided to lead the movement into our community. In 2013 she created Tahoe Flow Artists a collaboration of entertainers bringing a fresh and explosive twist on expression through Aerial Arts, Dance, Hula-Hoop and Yoga.
It took two years of sleepless meditation and precise manifestation, and when she showed the universe she was ready, Tahoe Flow Arts Studio came into fruition in May of 2013. Since opening the studio Kelly has received her 200 hour Wanderlust Yoga Certification and 300 hours of Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Experience Alaya. Kelly has been training in aerial fabric for over 10 and received her teacher training certificate with Born to Fly in 2018. Witnessing the importance of integrating yoga into all her aerial classes, Kelly decided to start her own certificate program that combines aerial arts with the 8 limb yoga system. In 2019 Align Aerial and Yoga school was born hosting teacher certification programs that combine aerial fabrics with yoga.
Kelly’s love for self-expression is her inspiration for all her classes. Kelly teaches aerial fabrics, hula hoop and yoga classes at the studio and takes stage whenever her soul calls for it.
Find her on Instagram @kellysmileyhealth
Tailor’s passion for wellness, the arts and movement have blossomed in the 9 years she has lived in Tahoe. Tailor’s passion for healing the psyche, spirit and physique through pranayama, asana and ancient wisdom has recently contributed to her 200 RYT certification with the Truckee Yoga Collective. After graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Art and a minor in Humanities from Sierra Nevada College, Tailor began to travel the world to share her innate gift of creativity. Orchestrating Mural projects in Africa, and spreading art and sustainability inspired her to uplift and engage the inner artist in every person. Now she has honed her skills and passions behind performance art and movement at the Tahoe Flow Arts & Fitness as the manager, yoga teacher, aerial fabric teacher in training, belly dancer and mermaid. She strives to further her impact on the community here in Tahoe everyday. Join her at the studio, the beach, or for a one on one around Lake Tahoe!
Kenzie has been an athlete and fitness enthusiast all her life. Growing up with two older brothers and being surrounded by competitive sports teams – it is no surprise that she too continued the family tradition of being a three sports athlete in high school. She then went on to Mendocino College to start her college experience where she also continued playing collegiate soccer. At a sophomore soccer showcase she was then recruited by a handful of colleges from D3 – D1 but decided to give D-2, Dallas Baptist University her full attention to finish school and complete her soccer career. After graduation with a AS in Kinesiology and a BS in Biology she moved to North Lake Tahoe to experience the Tahoe mountain life. Fitness is in her blood, which is no surprise that she challenged herself to become certified in P90X and TRX suspension, where now she loves instructing people with their fitness goals. She loves helping others better themselves by encouraging their performance and making them believe they are worth it. Outside of the gym, she is a Super Host of an Air B&B property, an entrepreneur in business and still allows herself time to enjoy life by snowboarding, exploring the outdoors, running and swimming in the summer, and being grateful each day to be living in such a majestic place.
JenniFitness/Personal Training/Nutrition Coaching
Jenni Hendricks has been an athlete the majority of her life, having recreationally and competitively played soccer, basketball, volleyball, ran cross country and track and field. During her years in high school Jenni found another interest in sports medicine. After graduating in 2009 Jenni continued her education at California State University of Chico. There she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology with a minor in physical education, as well as discovered her new found passion: Roller Derby. During her final year skating in Chico Jenni’s roller derby team nominated her to be part of the team’s board of directors and to take the position of conditioning coach. As the conditioning coach she designed circuit workouts for her team, taught safe techniques and gave advice on training outside of practice as well as proper nutrition before a game. After graduating from Chico in 2013 Jenni received her Spin Instructor Certification from Mad Dogg Athletics in September 2014, her ASFA Group Exercise Instructor Certification in May 2015, her TRX qualification in 2017, her Animal Flow Certification in 2019, and is currently studying to become a strength and conditioning specialist through NSCA. Jenni continues her active lifestyle, snowboarding in the winter, rock climbing, skating and running during the sunny days, and hopes to share her passion and education for fitness and living a healthy lifestyle with others eager to learn.
Andrea’s interest in creative movement developed through dance starting at a young age and continued through college. While living in NYC to work in commercial interior design, her commitment to yoga deepened through practicing at Jivamukti and exploring Ashtanga yoga. After many years in NYC Andrea felt the need for a fresh way of living and has since fallen in love with the Truckee Tahoe area. Seeing Tahoe Flow aerialists perform inspired her to take classes and bring creative movement back into her life!
When not in the studio you can find Andrea planning her next thru-hike (she has walked the the Long Trail, hundreds of miles on the PCT, and soloed the John Muir Trail) and volunteering with the Truckee Roundhouse.
She is excited to share aerial arts with others and looks forward to working with you in class.
Alicia began her aerial career on the central coast of California in 2013. Since then she has trained and performed in Lake Tahoe and South Africa. Alicia draws on her background in competitive gymnastics, cheer/stunt, and yoga to inspire her aerial classes and performances. Her specialty apparatuses include aerial fabrics, corde lisse, and aerial spansets although she also has experience performing and choreographing lyra, hoop, dance, contortion, and roaming character. Some of the classes Alicia teaches at Tahoe Flow and Fitness include: Tricks and Techniques, Dynamic Aerial Movements, Aerial Spansets, Rope/Corde Lisse, Youth Fabrics, Youth Circus Play, and Performance Technique.
Sue is a five time mom and former 12 time marathon runner and distance swimmer. She started practicing yoga 15 years ago at a hot yoga studio in Willits, CA. After my 5th child was born, I started practicing Buti Yoga, quietly, in her bedroom before sunup so that she could fit some movement in before the babe woke up and everyone else’s needs took center stage. After Buti training in 2017, she wanted to deepen her practice so I completed my 200 hr RYT in 2018.
“I don’t have your “typical” yoga body type, but that hasn’t stopped me from loving my yoga practice, and consequently learning to love my body in all its various phases and forms.Yoga, and specifically, buti yoga, has transformed my life. It allowed me to create healthy boundaries for myself, starting with my time… that single hour in the early morning, and my space… that 3’x6’ boundary defined by my mat. I truly believe that all change happens from within and I’m excited to share this practice with others.”
Bio coming soon!
Mallory Langer (She/her) has been dancing over two decades. With a background of Ballet, Modern/Contemporary and Jazz she has cultivated her teaching style into something unique. She currently teaches body empowerment through movement, strengthening your daily workout with a touch of humor and magic. Mallory has had the honor of collaborating with many wonderful dance studios and burlesque troops over the years. Creating challenging but fun classes and dazzling shows to inspire other dancers to live their best life on or off stage.
Halle is excited to join us from Portland, OR. Her teaching experience and training comes from a dance background and practiced a broad portfolio of styles and workshops. Teaching and helping others through their own journey in the studio became a passion and Halle has combined that coursework in early childhood learning.
Teaching our childrens classes with emphasis on learning fundamentals; social aspects, spacial awareness, safe body practice movement, body exploration and an overall well rounded, light hearted, and fun introduction to the world of creative movement at a young age.
She will continue to train in yoga and aerial programs with us to master her own skill in pursuits to become certified as well.
Continuing her education in physical therapy, she also loves hiking with her husky “Kilo”, cooking, and learning the ukulele!
MeredithAerial Arts, Yoga, Dance
Through teaching and performance art, Meredith Calderas Precit’s mission is to share aerial arts, dance and yoga in hopes of inspiring self-expression, self-acceptance and creativity in others. Growing up, she tried all sorts of activities from horseback riding to diving, but dance held true as her form of discipline and communication. Meredith continued training in dance and cheer leading through college until dislocating her kneecap at auditions for a hip-hop team. After this injury, she found yoga for rehabilitation. Yoga has influenced her dance and performance technique, starting “Dance Yogi Dance” in 2015. Meredith has been training in aerial arts since 2014, specializing in aerial silks and performance coaching. She received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification in 2014, Aerial Yoga Teacher Certification in 2017, and Aerial Fabric Teacher Certification in 2019. In 2017, she became a NASM Certified Personal Trainer with a specialty in Corrective Exercise, continuing to expand her knowledge of the body. When she is not dancing, flying or upside down, you can find her mermaiding in Lake Tahoe, behind the lens of her camera, hiking a mountain, or snuggling with her kitties. Find her on Instagram @meowmerekat and at Facebook.com/yogawithmerekat.
Rachel Lightner, or also known as Lady Light, is a big fan of movement and embodiment through yoga practice. Her mission is to support her students in finding a flow that feels good for them in their bodies. A long time competitive snowboarder, she turned to yoga to assist her own body in recovery after long days on the slopes.
Although she has been practicing yoga for several years and was teaching a high school yoga class, she recently made it official and received her 200 hour YTT in Hatha and Vinyasa at the beautiful Lake Atitlan in Guatemala through the School Yoga Institute.
Rachel studied Journalism and Outdoor Education at the formerly known Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, so Lake Tahoe holds a special place in her heart. She is thrilled to be working with Tahoe Flow Arts and Fitness to bring you fun, engaging, and playful classes.
At a young age of 19, Nicole Evans, a North Lake Tahoe local, has established herself as a yoga teacher, aerialist, hula hooper, and artist. She began her career as a student at Tahoe Flow Arts and Fitness in 2015 and has since grown to take on positions performing and instructing. Certified as a 200-hour Hatha/vinyasa yoga instructor, she has experience teaching a variety of students from kids through elderly living with disabilities. Her specialty is teaching inversions and handstands, although she loves helping people relax with restorative/prop intensive yoga. She also has years of experience performing and teaching hula hooping. In her free time catch her hanging off bridges doing aerial silks, climbing or freestyle cliff jumping.