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: 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!
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 youand keep you coming back for more!
Describe yourself in three words: Bright, curious, present.
Why do you teach Yoga? I love to offer up what I learn by studying and playing in my own practice, and teaching gives me the opportunity to connect with other curious bodies and souls through shared experiences.
What is something surprising about you? My feet are surprisingly large. And I love Bill Withers- perhaps not surprising but worth sharing.
What inspires you? Making connections. The natural world. Things that grow and change. Backbends!
Where did you get your training/certifications? I’m homegrown- both my 200 hour and 500 hour certifications are from Thrive Yoga
Liz offers classes that are all about being present in the moment. She slows down the pace, offering space to come out of the head and move with awareness into the body, heart and breath. Experience a strong balanced practice with room to explore and expand from a place that is innately joyful and at ease.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Describe yourself in three words: fiery, happy, passionate
Why do you teach Yoga? It only seems right. How could I keep this amazing gift all to myself?
Something surprising about you: I was a Hammer Thrower at the University of Maryland
What inspires you? Progress. It's not always a straight line: sometimes we even take a few steps backwards first. That's ok because there is never an end to yoga- it's a journey. There's always a next step, always a deeper variation- whether that's physical or just a change in perspective.
Where did you get your training/certifications? Thrive Yoga 200YTT
Jessie found her way to her mat after years of athletics. While she was initially drawn to the challenging asana practice, what she found was so much more than a sport replacement! Jessie loves a sweaty asana practice but equally enjoys a sweet meditation practice. Jessie looks forward to sharing her zest with others, while encouraging them to listen to their bodies and stay present.