Hatha Yoga - Beginner/Intermediate


This class is taught by:

Alison Heilig

Describe yourself in three words: Radiant, Genuine, Strong
Why do you teach Yoga? Yoga makes me a better athlete and human being and that's the gift I want to share. Yoga brings much needed balance to my life. My practice has been a mirror, a comforter, a motivator, a guide, and so much more - always there to be whatever is necessary for each stage of my life.
Something surprising about you: In the not-so-distant past, I was super unhealthy, totally inactive and very overweight but I turned it all around. I quit smoking, ate real food, become an ultra-marathoner and triathlete, dropped 70 pounds, and gained a happy, healthy life in the process.
What inspires you? Courage, tenacity and authenticity in others.
What's the scariest thing on your bucket list? Hang-gliding
Training/Certifications: I completed my RYT200 Yoga Teacher Training at Thrive. I’m also an RRCA-Certified Running Coach, NASM-Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Women's Fitness Specialist. In January 2017, I’ll complete my Yoga for Athletes advanced teaching immersion with Sage Rountree.

Alison believes in working with your body, not against it. Her approach to teaching is compassionate and grounding. She encourages students to explore and experience movement in new ways in order to build body awareness, confidence and just generally be more comfortable in their own skin. In her classes — as well as in her own practice — she uses asana, breath and meditation as a means to develop greater strength, mobility and endurance for the body, mind and spirit.

Julie Alter

Describe yourself in three words: Kind, hopeful, happy.

Why do you teach yoga? It's not about looking a certain way but yoga is about tapping into the essence of who you really are. I teach to continue to learn. The more I practice and learn the more I lean toward prioritizing "Being" practices that focus on meditation, pranayama, Yoga Nidra, restorative yoga and feeling balanced on and off the mat.

What inspires you? Beauty and being outside in Nature inspires me. The simple beauty and perfection in a flower or watching birds at my feeders.

 

Julie believes yoga is for everyone.  It is her mission to honor and embrace each student's search for self awareness.  Julie's aim is to teach with compassion, love and a sense of humor.  Find your inward feeling and outward spreading of joy in each individual accomplishment through yoga and interactions out in the world.

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.

Kristen Garaffo

Describe yourself in three words: Fun, Sweet, Strong.

Why do you teach yoga? It is a precious opportunity to spread light. Our world needs it!

Something surprising about you: I'm adopted and was born in Asuncion, Paraguay!

What inspires you? Human potential. Living with Intention and seeing it in action in myself and in others. Transformation. Knowing it is always at our fingertips. Music. Art.

What is the scariest thing on your bucket list? Writing a one woman show. Performing my own words on stage. In front of people. As an actor, it is much easier for me to perform other people's words. But mine? Totally different story!

Where did you get your certifications? 200 hour Thrive Yoga! Quarter Life Calling with Coby Kozlowski, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Karma Yoga Leadership Intensive - Coby Kozlowski, Nosara, Costa Rica

 

Kristen is passionate about living yoga and supporting others in finding their unique gifts and sharing them with the world. She shares her own unique gifts as a yoga teacher - blending music, storytelling, and her light-hearted spirit - in hopes of offering a relaxed, safe space for students to find ease in their minds and bodies.

Jane Stelboum

Describe yourself in three words: Optimistic, determined, direct.

Why do you teach Yoga? It’s made such a difference in my own life. I really wanted to share.

Something surprising about you: Tough marketing professional by day. Confident, compassionate yoga instructor by night.

 

What inspires you? People’s ability to see the best in any situation, to overcome challenges and adversity and to experience life to its fullest.

What's the scariest thing on your bucket list? Hmmm, dying to do flying trapeze but not sure I have the nerve.

Trainings/Certifications: ISHTA YOGA AT THRIVE YOGA 500HR

Jane teaches with a blend of confidence and compassion. She inspires her students to find presence and balance on and off the mat through asana, breath awareness and meditation. Jane is supportive and encouraging regardless of students' level of practice. Her hands-on adjustments help you feel proper alignment and allow you to go deeper into the poses.             

In 2016 Jane received a certificate of completion from Duke Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Yoga for Seniors program and she’s a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Jane teaches regularly at Thrive and teaches a weekly active adult aging class at the Ben Gaither Senior Center. In 2012 she formed her own company Sarasvate, whose mission is to help people live with greater clarity and prevent memory-related diseases like Alzheimer’s. She’s aligned with the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation and has created a niche in yoga and brain health.

A well-rounded yoga class exploring postures (asanas), breathing exercises, and energy balance (pranayama). Classes include training in: pose alignment, relaxation techniques, concentration, and meditation. Expect to improve your overall sense of well-being.
 
Sweat Factor: 7
Chill Factor:    7

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Dec 12 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Alison Heilig
  • Tue Dec 12 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Julie Alter
  • Thu Dec 14 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Alison Heilig
  • Thu Dec 14 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Susan Mondi
  • Sat Dec 16 8:00 am - 9:10 am with Kristen Garaffo
  • Tue Dec 19 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Alison Heilig
  • Tue Dec 19 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Julie Alter
  • Thu Dec 21 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Alison Heilig
  • Thu Dec 21 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Susan Mondi
  • Sat Dec 23 8:00 am - 9:10 am with Kristen Garaffo
  • Tue Dec 26 6:00 pm - 7:25 pm with Jane Stelboum
  • Thu Dec 28 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Susan Mondi
  • Sat Dec 30 8:00 am - 9:10 am with Kristen Garaffo
  • Sun Dec 31 9:20 am - 10:50 am with Kristen Garaffo
  • Tue Jan 02 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Alison Heilig
  • Tue Jan 02 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Julie Alter
  • Thu Jan 04 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Alison Heilig