Hatha Yoga - Beginner

This class is taught by:

Traci Tufano

Describe yourself in three words:Ether, Air, Fire

Why do you teach Yoga?: Yoga has helped give me what I like to call my "phoenix moment," rise from my ashes and overcome trauma; first feeling physically stronger, then mentally, then spiritually. As a teacher I want to help provide a space where others can reconnect with themselves and reclaim their bodies.

Something surprising about you: ...have you heard me laugh?

What inspires you?: I recently learned that a butterfly must struggle out of its cocoon in order for it to be able to fly. I think that is a beautiful reminder that sometimes in life we need to struggle in order to develop our ability to fly.

What's the scariest thing on your bucket list?: Scuba diving

Training/Certifications: 200 YTT from Thrive, Reiki Level 1&2, Currently enrolled in 300 YTT at Thrive

Traci uses yoga as a way to heal past traumas and reconnect with her true self. She integrates aspects of emotional and trauma sensitive yoga as she approaches each of her classes and also enjoys making connections to the different charkas and elements. Traci creates a loving and safe space for her students to discover just how strong they really are (inside and out!).

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.

Erin Prapas

1. Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, Curious, Honest

2. Why do you teach yoga?

I have learned a lot in my personal yoga practice over the past 15 years, namely that yoga is the practice of availing oneself to unadulterated time. It is a rare gift in today’s often hectic society; a gift that is given by making the decision to show up on the mat. I have learned that it does not matter if you are doing perfectly, attempting a complicated asana, or spending your time on the mat breathing in devotional pose - if you are practicing mindfulness, listening to your body rather than your ego, and breathing, then you are embodying yoga. This is the gift that I hope to bring form to for my students, this is why I love to teach yoga.

3. What inspires you?

I feel utterly inspired by the kindness of others. I think it is a real gift to be able to engage with others as a part of community. I also find the practice of changing ones perspective (like going upside down!) inspiring and being open to new experiences inspirational.

Dorota Preysnar

Describe yourself in three words: happy, passionate, spontaneous

Why do you teach Yoga? It's really fun, it inspires me, makes me happy and energized

What is something surprising about you? I'm pretty artistic and love to create things with paper

What inspires you? Being around people who are passionate about doing what they love

Training/Certifications: I got both my 200 and 500 hour certifications here at Thrive. I received my aerial yoga certification through Transcend Wellness and Yoga


Dorota likes to find creative ways of modifying poses to create movement and help her students find connection with their body and breath while creating awareness.  She's enthusiastic, encouraging and even though her classes can be challenging, she strives to make them fun so everybody finds something that will suit them.

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

Sweat Factor: 7
Chill Factor: 7

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Jun 25 11:00 am - 12:20 pm with Traci Tufano
  • Sun Jul 02 11:00 am - 12:20 pm with Becki Portis
  • Sun Jul 09 11:00 am - 12:20 pm with Becki Portis
  • Sun Jul 16 11:00 am - 12:20 pm with Erin Prapas
  • Sun Jul 23 11:00 am - 12:20 pm with Erin Prapas
  • Sun Jul 30 11:00 am - 12:20 pm with Erin Prapas
  • Sun Aug 06 11:00 am - 12:20 pm with Erin Prapas
  • Sun Aug 13 11:00 am - 12:20 pm with Traci Tufano
  • Sun Aug 20 11:00 am - 12:20 pm with Dorota Preysnar
  • Sun Aug 27 11:00 am - 12:20 pm with Dorota Preysnar
  • Sun Sep 03 11:00 am - 12:20 pm with STAFF STAFF
  • Sun Sep 10 11:00 am - 12:20 pm with STAFF STAFF
  • Sun Sep 17 11:00 am - 12:20 pm with STAFF STAFF
  • Sun Sep 24 11:00 am - 12:20 pm with STAFF STAFF
  • Sun Oct 01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm with STAFF STAFF
  • Sun Oct 08 11:00 am - 12:20 pm with STAFF STAFF
  • Sun Oct 15 11:00 am - 12:20 pm with STAFF STAFF
  • Sun Oct 22 11:00 am - 12:20 pm with STAFF STAFF