Thrive Yoga Faculty


Describe yourself in three words: Fun, inquisitive, seeker
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 15 years-On the job training. My style is derived from the yoga tools that are the most effective and most pleasureable ways to live a conscious, healthy and loving life.
Studio owner;Yoga Training Director and an E-RYT500, susan has studied various yoga styles and yoga fusion formats for more than 25 years, including Baptiste Power Vinyasa, ISHTA, Kundalini, Yin, Restorative, Prenatal, Yoga Nidra and Therapeutic Yoga. Susan teaches within the framework of Kriya yoga using the tools of the 8-limbs of yoga. Her classes class 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.

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.

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!

Kristin’s teachings are infused with the miracle of the human body and the liberating potential of movement. Her unique and dynamic voice makes her classes a powerful blend of strong anatomical alignment and intense vinyasa flow. She is the creator of the Kaya Yoga 200- and 300-hour teacher training - graduating over 1,000 students since 2005 – and leads workshops around the world. In love with how esoteric anatomy links so effortlessly to Western anatomy, her MetaAnatomy™ trainings blend serious scientific knowledge with a sense of humor and a deep connection to the divine within us all.
Her teachers have included Sharon Gannon, David Life, Katchie Ananda, Adrienne Burke, Rodney Yee, and Betsey Downing and their beautiful teachings, along with her students, continue to inspire her every day. Since 2006 she has been working with and studying under the teacher Yogiraj Alan Finger of ISHTA yoga and has helped this yogi master translate his teachings to create his 300- hour and ISHTA marma point teacher training. A licensed massage therapist since 1995 (Swedish Institute of Massage,) she also holds certifications in Reiki, Thai massage, neuromuscular and myofascial release, and is a co-author of the book “The Yoga Fan” (2003) and the author of MetaAnatomy™ (2014) which was called "smart and sassy" by Elena Brower and "a luscious resource" by Rod Stryker.
Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D. studied neuroscience and psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Rochester until a fascinating class about Indian traditions opened the door to more compelling ways to understand consciousness. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as a Religion and Women’s Studies double major, Marcy entered the Religious Studies doctoral program at University of California, Santa Barbara where she began her formal training in Sanskrit and was immediately riveted by its mellifluous sounds and intricate grammar. Her translation skills were refined during an immersive language study program with Dr. B.N. Pandit in New Delhi, India. In 2003 she completed her dissertation, an historical study of Sanskrit terms about possession, madness, and devotional experiences in Ä€yurvedic texts, Hindu poetry, and Tantric literature.

Marcy began teaching Sanskrit, and the history and philosophies of yoga in the 1990s. To design her courses, she draws from her training at UCSB and in India, and twenty years of yoga practice including a 100-hour Yoga Immersion. Previously at Davidson College and currently at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she teaches courses such as “History of Yoga from 2500 B.C.E. to the Ever-Changing Modern Moment.” Since creating Sanskrit Revolution in 2012, she has taught at more than three dozen yoga studios, teacher training programs, yogafests, and conferences nationally.

Marcy’s passion and goal is to help people discover the fascinating linguistic foundation of yoga.


Dana is a certified yoga teacher and trainer, Master Life Coach and Holistic Health Practitioner. Considered a “Jane of all Holistic Trades” she specializes in Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki and is a gifted Intuitive Counselor. To keep classes creative and fun, she continues to seek inspiration through workshops and advanced studies. Her style of teaching draws from Ashtanga, Iyengar and Vinyasa roots. She believes that the essence of yoga lies within the heart of the practitioner and that all can benefit regardless of age or ability. She considers herself as a “tour guide” during her students’ journey back home – to Self.

Describe yourself in three words: Vibrant, compassionate, grounding.

Why do you teach Yoga? It's a gift of love and spirit to myself and the world. Yoga offers deep healing and self-awareness; it's an energy exchange on a profound and meaningful level, creating space for peaceful, nourishing community.

Something surprising about you: I was an organic farmer for six years, so I have a unique and precious relationship to the earth and food that informs all my choices.

What inspires you? Music, poetry, the communion of souls.

What's the scariest thing on your bucket list? Solo travel, hiking in the wilderness with only my self to rely on.

Training/Certifications: RYT 500, Thrive Yoga; PRYT Shakti Inspired Prenatal Training; Reiki 1 and 2; Ayurveda for Yoga, The Ayurvedic Institute


Danielle embraces yoga asana as an expression of strength and meditation through movement and teaches from a holistic practice of health and well-being.  Specializing in Ayurveda and Reiki, she brings a gentle, healing energy to her classes that creates a welcoming atmosphere of calm compassion.  Danielle's playful spirit shines through as she strives to make every class grounding and empowering.

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