Vinyasa Flow - Beginner/Intermediate

This class is taught by:

Becki Portis

Describe yourself in three words:
passionate, funny, inquisitive

Why do you teach Yoga? I like to get a lot in a little and that is what yoga is...I feel my calling is to serve, encourage, and help others. Yoga resonates with everything in my being and I want to live it fully and share it with others. To teach, keeps me centered and connected with my heart and instills a responsibility and commitment to learn as much as I want to know personally. Yoga heals and builds from the inside out and I want to be as much a part of that as possible. It is fitness for the body, mind, and soul. That's a three-fer all in one!

Something surprising about you: This is a tough question b/c I am pretty open and a ‘what you see is what you get’ kind of gal.
Maybe something good to know is that I sometimes make up my own words.

What inspires you? Yoga, Susan Bowen, My Mom, my children, my sisters, family, music, people, vulnerability, love, nature and life itself. Life is a gift.

What's the scariest thing on your bucket list? Although I do not consider this scary, I can not wait to swim with dolphins and I hope to get to do this with my mom because it is her dream too. However, the scariest thing on my bucket list is to be an entrepreneur.

Training/Certifications: I will be completing my 200 hour YTT with Thrive in December (2016). I have been studying and practicing vigorously since I started my training in March. I also teach children's yoga and am Reiki I and II certified.

Becki is a fit single mother of three that has consciously and successfully worked at getting her body back into pre-baby and even stronger shape through routine yoga practice. She religiously practices breath work, meditation, and relaxation techniques that keeps her grounded, strong, sane and happy as she juggles the infinite demands of parenthood and her career. She approaches asana as a practice to surrender, embrace, savor, and strengthen the mind, body, and spirit. Her sense of humor and uplifting energy create a comfortable and welcoming space to explore body/mind consciousness as she leads through encouraging, clear direction.

Susan Mondi

Describe yourself in three words: Fun, inquisitive, clairvoyant
Why do you teach Yoga?
It keeps me present and young at heart. No other job in the world requires me to consciously breathe all day long.
What inspires you?
Children, anyone who asks questions 
Where did you get your training/certifications?
I have several certifications and have attended yoga workshops and trainings in all different styles since 1987. The biggest influence on my skill as a teacher has been from teaching yoga to thousands of students over the last 13 years at Thrive. My style is derived from the yoga tools that are the most effective and most pleasurable ways to live a conscious, healthy and loving life.
Studio owner; Susan has lived a healthy lifestyle for more than 30 years. Yoga Training Director and an E-RYT500, Susan has studied various yoga styles and practices for more than 25 years, including Baptiste Power Vinyasa, ISHTA, Kundalini, Yin, Restorative, Prenatal, Yoga Nidra and Therapeutic Yoga. Susan's classes  are sequenced uniquely to inspire strength, flexibility and conscious awareness. Expect your yoga practice to surprise you.

Susan is the creator, director and lead trainer of the Thrive Yoga Teacher Trainings. Thrive Yoga Trainings have graduated more than 300 yoga teachers who today continue to uniquely influence yoga in America (and other countries). Thrive Yoga Trainings specialize in helping students discover and develop their unique voice as a human being and as a yoga teacher.

Evan Downey

Describe yourself in three words:grounded, creative, open

Why do you teach yoga?

I love yoga. It's helped me to better understand myself and live a happier and healthier life. I want to share the gift of yoga and inspire others to find enjoyment in the practice, each in their own way.

Something surprising about you: I love to bake! I own far too many cake decorating supplies for my own good.

What inspires you?

People doing what they love, small kindnesses, good writing, delicious cakes.

What's the scariest thing on your bucket list?

Publishing something I've written.

Training/Certfication: Completing my 200-HR RYT at Thrive.

Evan has practiced yoga for many years and enjoyed every minute of the journey. He believes movement is good for the body, stillness is good for the mind, and living in the present is good for the soul. His classes provide space for students to explore their practice, work up a sweat, and surrender.

Felicia Piacente

Describe yourself in three words: Balanced, passionate, optimistic.

Why do you teach Yoga? Because yoga teaches me.

What inspires you? My children, my work, and the first day of spring.

What's the scariest thing on your bucket list? Holding handstand in the middle of the room.

Where did you get your training/certifications? ISHTA at Thrive:RYT 500;RYT200,Prenatal; Thai Yoga Massage Level 1

Felicia, 500RYT, has been teaching at Thrive since 2009. Her positive energy and direct instruction inspire students to pay close attention to alignment while keeping a light-hearted and spirited way. Felicia's classes focus on balancing a strong physical practice with mental well-being and fun!

Jessica Apo

Describe yourself in three words: Outgoing, honest, caring.

Why do you teach Yoga? Teaching yoga allows me to move at a higher vibration. I enjoy seeing the transformation that takes place for my students not only on their mats, but in their everyday lives.

What is something surprising about you? I enjoy saying things for shock value!

What inspires you? Music, movement, and nature.

What's the scariest thing on your bucket list? It might seem silly, but to embrace the aging process.

Where did you get your training/certifications? 200 hour - Yoga Works, 300 hour ISHTA Yoga, E-RYT 500, RPYT


Jessica is a Prenatal Yoga Teacher and Thrive Teacher Trainer. Her classes include asana, pranayama and meditation where she encourages students to pay close attention to their experience feeling breath, body and energetic movement as a way to surrender to the moment. Her passion and enthusiasm for yoga will excite you and keep you coming back for more!

Laura Galvin

Describe yourself in three words: Optimistic, caring and loving.
Why do you teach Yoga? Because yoga is a gateway to your true self.
What inspires you? I am inspired by my friends and family, change of any kind also inspires me.
What's the scariest thing on your bucket list? Sorry...I don't have a bucket list: whatever comes my way, I suppose.
Training/Certifications: Thrive 200RYT
Laura Galvin is a compassionate person whose classes are focused on breath, being at peace, she aims to give "me time" to her class in a demanding life and of course have fun! My goal is to help other be comfortable in their bodies and be inspired to expand their ideas of what the body and mind are capable of. I hope people will step off the mat feeling balanced, secure and at peace. Namaste
Popular flowing style of yoga known for practicing deep breathing and increasing self-awareness, as well as fitness. Students who like moving with their breath to build heat, strength, and flexibility will favor vinyasa yoga. Expect unique sequences and a wide range of music.
Sweat Factor: 10
Chill Factor: 3

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Dec 11 6:00 pm - 7:25 pm with Becki Portis
  • Wed Dec 13 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Susan Mondi
  • Wed Dec 13 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Susan Mondi
  • Fri Dec 15 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Evan Downey
  • Mon Dec 18 6:00 pm - 7:25 pm with Becki Portis
  • Wed Dec 20 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Susan Mondi
  • Wed Dec 20 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Susan Mondi
  • Sat Dec 23 9:15 am - 10:40 am with Felicia Piacente
  • Sun Dec 24 9:20 am - 10:50 am with Susan Mondi
  • Wed Dec 27 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Susan Mondi
  • Wed Dec 27 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Susan Mondi
  • Fri Dec 29 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Evan Downey
  • Wed Jan 03 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Susan Mondi
  • Wed Jan 03 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Jessica Apo
  • Mon Jan 08 6:00 pm - 7:25 pm with Becki Portis
  • Mon Jan 08 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Laura Galvin