Our Teachers


Annie Jacob

Annie Jacob is a Certified Anusara® Teacher, E-RYT500, YACEP, an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor, 5 Rhythms® Space Holder and the owner of The YogaTonic since 2006. Initiated into the Sri Vidya Lineage, she continues to work with her Teacher Rod Stryker and pursue her Certification in Para® Yoga as well as continue her education in Ayurveda.  Annie shines in the area of helping her students overcome injury and pain in the physical body with her in-depth knowledge of alignment as well as supporting students through subtle body awareness to find a state of mental and emotional balance through breath practices, meditation and other yogic techniques. The tools of yoga have helped her personally navigate difficult life experiences, gain appreciation for her body and life and help her grow spiritually. In turn, she enjoys holding space for others to move through a process of self discovery and healing as they connect to their authentic nature and the source of power and peace within. Annie opened the YogaTonic in 2006 with a vision to build a Community Based Studio. She teaches public classes, private yoga instruction, teacher training and offers workshops and retreats. Annie’s classes are supportive, fun and enlivening. As a business owner, mother and artist, Annie draws from her personal life to help students find balance, creativity and possibility both on and off their mats.



Tamara witcher

Tamara Witcher is an Anusara Elements™ Teacher, a 200 RYT through the Yoga Alliance and is the YogaTonic's Studio Manager. With her experience in management and business, she supports the studio in it's daily operating as well as marketing, community outreach and retail. She was drawn to Yoga and Meditation as a source of solace through some challenging life experiences and her personal practice continues to encourage her to grow in all aspects of her life. She lives in Salida with her husband and her two dogs and looks forward to sharing the practice with you!




Mindy has been practicing Yoga for over 30 years and teaching Yoga since 2001. She holds an Advanced Instructor Certification from the Yoga Institute of Houston, and has studied Yoga with Lex Gillan, Stan Hafner and Johanna Sullivan, among others. A life-long interest in health and wellness, have lead her to a 25-year career in Massage Therapy and Certification in the Rolf Method of Structural Integration. She is passionate about teaching Classical Hatha Yoga in the Viniyoga tradition, passed down by T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar. Therapeutic and adaptive to the needs of each individual student, Viniyoga focuses on the health and safety of the spine and joint system, while emphasizing awareness of the breath with each movement of the body. Blending Viniyoga with a strong knowledge of anatomy and her background in Structural Integration allow Mindy to meet each student where they are today in their own personal Yoga journey. In addition to classes, she also offers private Yoga instruction. Mindy believes that the practice of Yoga can allow each of us to access a deep and personal sense of health and wellbeing.




Emily Marquis is a Certified Anusara Elements Yoga Teacher and 200RYT through the YogaAlliance.  She is also a Certified Life & Career Coach which stems from the mindfulness of ancient Chinese Tradition. Emily loves connecting with others and sharing her work in spiritual, emotional and physical practice. She is an avid outdoorswoman, wife, mother, and entrepreneur. Emily offers group classes, workshops, private yoga instruction, life coaching and retreats.



Kate McMahon

Wellness and health has been a lifetime pursuit for Kate McMahon. She completed her first degree in Exercise Science and Wellness from Bastyr University in 2005. She continued her schooling obtaining her degree in Nursing in 2009. Kate has work for the past 10 years at St. Anthony Hospital in Neuro – Truma ICU. Kate found Yoga in high school and has been an avid practitioner exploring Anusara, Hatha, Iyengar, and Vinyasa. She completed her 200 hour yoga training with Yoga Medicine in 2017. Kate combines her love of science and yoga to help enhance the mental, spiritual and physical effects of the practice.



Stephanie Helm

Stephanie has enjoyed physical activities and has been an athlete her entire life. This naturally drew her to yoga. The physical practice intertwined with the spiritual practice is what motivated her to make yoga an integral part of her daily life. Stephanie completed the Iyengar teacher training in 2011 at the Academy of Yoga in Grand Junction, CO. During that time her 2 children were born. This gave her the opportunity to cultivate a dedicated home practice. She completed the 200 hour meditation teacher training in December 2017 through The Veda Center.  She is a teacher at heart and taught elementary and middle school students on the western slope for 7 years. Her passion in teaching yoga is to encourage others to turn inward and strive to feel their best.



Denise Ackert

Denise Ackert loves offering yoga as a means to deeper embodiment and connection to the heart. In her teaching, she draws from her training in Anusara, Iyengar, Astanga and Power Yoga. Denise has been working in the wellness field for over 25 years. In addition to teaching yoga, she offers courses and workshops on mindfulness, healthy communication, parenting and authenticity for youth, adults, and organizations. She has been a student of meditation since 1986, has certifications from Mindful Schools and the Prison Mindfulness Institute to teach in those settings. Her mission is building a healthier, happier, more connected society through teaching individuals and groups the tools of yoga, fearlessness, mindfulness and compassion. Her degree in Environmental Science and Permaculture Teacher Certification also inform her work around personal and planetary wellness.



Cea Tait

Cea is a lifelong student of movement. Cea trained in acrobatics as a youth and began teaching at the age of 17. A few years later, she earned a B.A. in Dance from the University of Iowa. While teaching and performing dance for more than two decades, Cea served as Artistic Director of Colorado Springs Dance Theatre. She was founding member and Executive Director of the Manitou Springs Arts Academy. After moving to Missouri, she discovered the healing powers of Yoga. Certified in 2000, Cea has been teaching Hatha Yoga ever since. Working with inspired teachers such as Erich Schiffmann, Alan Finger and Saul David Raye, Cea has developed a broad understanding of Yoga teachings. Known for her enthusiasm and creativity, she works with all ages from young children to seniors.


Priti Chanda Klco

Chanda is a Colorado native, devoted seeker, adventurer and explorer. The practice of yoga as integration is the wellspring of inspiration at the center of her life. This year she celebrates 5 years teaching at The YogaTonic and 14 years of study under the direct guidance of Yogi Amrit Desai, one of the last great living yogis of our time; and his daughter, Yogeshwari Kamini Desai, PhD. She is trained in the Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Quantum Breath Meditation and Body Psychology (Yoga Therapy), as well as certified in Thai Yoga Therapy and Marma Chikitsa (Ayurvedic vital energy point balancing), and is a long-time student of Ayurveda. She continues to work closely with Yogi Desai and enjoys a full-time practice of embodying and sharing yogic knowledge. She offers individual sessions, classes, workshops, retreats as well as certification trainings on behalf of Amrit Yoga Institute. Priti Chanda’s offerings at The YogaTonic are designed to empower you with yogic tools, teachings and techniques to realize your fullest expression in every area of your life.


Sara Foster

Sara moved to Salida from Flagstaff, AZ where she received her degree in physical therapy. She previously taught and studied in Northern Idaho where she earned her Anusara-Inspired Training in 2012, a style whose principles even informs her PT practice because of its universal value in healing the body. She also has a strong background in Iyengar Yoga, which taught her the joy of props as tools to bring yoga to all ages and abilities, including students with injuries, people with Parkinson's Disease, and post-surgical patients. She has been practicing yoga for 14 years now because she sees in her personal practice and teaching that yoga reminds us all of the benefits of movement, helps us regain lost motion, and reconnect with what is important in our busy lives. She believes yoga can guide us to find the peace among the chaos and so often teaches class at slower, mindful pace with warm up and sequencing designed to open up new possibilities in the body and heart. She is thrilled to be part of a studio that also values creating community, since we go much farther down our personal path when we practice alongside others seeking the same peace.