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: Grateful, Generous, Grounded
Something surprising about you: Growing up as a Christian in remote mountainous Mizoram, India. I never saw a TV until I was 22 years old.
Why do you want to teach Yoga? I’ve been a student of yoga, meditation and healing since 1986. Teaching offers an awesome opportunity to share the powerful tools and techniques for healing and transformation for others on their journey.
What inspires you? Sun sets, nature, compassion, the pathless spiritual path
Where did you get your training/certifications: LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) 1997; MAC (Master Addictions Counselor) 2000; Reflexology 2004; Reiki Master 2006; Thai Bodywork 2006; Kashi Atlanta Classical Yoga Teacher Training 2004; 200 hour Teacher Training Summer Intensive at Thrive Yoga 2017
What’s the scariest thing on your bucket list? I don’t have a current list, however, going to Jerusalem for a solo pilgrimage was exciting and a bit scary … I have an adventurous spirit.
Yoga Instructor: Karuna’s holistic approach to teaching yoga and meditation integrates extensive clinical training with eastern spiritual practices and energy bodywork. Karuna has taught to a wide range of audiences in Atlanta, GA; Atlanta Unity Church, Atlanta Detention Center, Kashi Atlanta and the 12-Step recovery community. Throughout her teachings, Karuna emphasizes personal depth, compassion, awareness and open heartedness.
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: 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: Intuitive, empathic, passionate
Why do you teach Yoga? Yoga is one of the most effective, promising and true human connection to one self and others.
Something surprising about you: I get lost into my charcoal painting. The messier the better!
What inspires you? Contrast, projection and love...most of all love. When the heart leads through love, all softens and flows naturally making space for all to be. Love welcomes contrast to appreciate the present, sheds light on projection to internally evolve and acts as glue to unite us together.
Where did you get your training/certifications? Thrive Yoga 500YTT
Nahla, RYT500 and Thai Yoga Practitioner, integrates pranayama and restorative asanas to recharge, renew and rejuvenate. Nahla opens class with a soft meditation that keeps the mind in full awareness of the body's sensation. Her hands-on assistance is approached holistically to promote further wellness. A sense of zen and pure bliss are attainable in Nahla's classes. Remember wishing well is being well!
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.
Describe yourself in three words: adventurous, student, lover Why do you teach Yoga? To share with others the abundance yoga has given me. My mat is my HOME… I teach yoga because I have so much left to learn. What inspires you? Humans! Nature! The BIG things… but especially the quiet moments. What's the scariest thing on your bucket list? To live by myself. Where did you get your training/certifications? 200 Hour (Thrive Yoga), Reiki I and II (Thrive Yoga), currently enrolled in 300 Hour at Thrive Yoga
At age 16, Ally found herself on a yoga mat in Frederick, Maryland alongside her stepmom who was pursuing her own yoga teaching career. She'll admit it: she giggled during her first om. Over a decade later she's taught on both the east and west coasts and practiced in several countries around the world. Yoga has profoundly impacted her life; she comes to her mat for fun, for guidance, and sometimes just for the quietness. In her classes you'll slow down so you can listen and connect with your body, with compassion, and with all that's around you. Connection is key; union is yoga.
Describe yourself in three words: Compassion, Love, and Fun
Why do you teach? I love sharing what I believe in. and what is a better way to be around yogi loving people!
What is something surprising about you? My shoes size. Nobody ever believes I wear shoes size 10.
What inspires you? Many things inspire me. Here are a few: Seeing people grow (especially if I contributed to the growth), Acts of compassion for all beings on earth, Minimalist-- the ability to live life happily without having tons of material things.
What's the scariest thing on your bucket list? A handstand. I'm serious, I have fear of being upside down.
Where did you get your training/certifications? Thrive Yoga 200YTT
Describe yourself in three words: Fiery, passionate, strong, easygoing, chill, calm, compassionate, empathetic
Why do you teach Yoga? I've learned a lot from being a student, but I'm eager to learn so much more while teaching.
Something surprising about you: I enjoy going out to eat at restaurants by myself lol
What inspires you? Observing the change in other people's faces, body language and tone of voice when they speak about their passions. It's wonderful to witness and it inspires me to be true to myself.
What's the scariest thing on your bucket list? Not too sure I even have a bucket list.. but if I had to choose, it would be to wrestle with a lion.
I'm a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. I'm currently finishing my 200-hour YTT through Thrive Yoga.
Peter first came to yoga as a way to stretch his body after sports and weight lifting, but quickly noticed his connection with yoga went much deeper than "just stretching". Peter uses yoga as a moving meditation to bring more awareness to his breath and his sense of self. He enjoys everything, from a hot and fiery class, to a deeply meditative and restorative class. Peter uses his physical therapy and personal training background to focus on integrating specific muscles which aid in alignment and stability in each posture. Peter believes yoga is for everyone, and creates a space for students to find what works best for their own bodies.
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!).