Brittany has an adventurous spirit and a love for the outdoors. An avid yogi and mountain biker, she combines both practices with her businesses, truly living her passions. Brittany took on Thrive Yoga Crested Butte in 2017, adding a second location in CB South the same year, and another studio in Fruita the following year. She teaches and mentors other yogis about how to thrive in their business through her Prana-prenuers program and enjoys staying active in her local business community. Now with multiple studios, Brittany travels between locations, bringing her beautiful spirit to an even wider group.
Amelia King was born and raised in charming Charleston, SC. But while she is a surfer girl at heart, she also has a strong connection with the humbling power of the mountains, moving to Crested Butte after spending several years teaching English and traveling the world. Amelia is a perpetual student of yoga, and is continuously amazed at its transformative power. Amelia was able to couple her love of yoga and teaching children by getting certified through Cosmic Kids Yoga, enabling her to introduce children to the benefits of yoga. Amelia completed her Prana Vinyasa teacher training in 2017. In addition to teaching, Amelia works alongside Brittany to manage the studios.
Take time to make your soul happy
Beginning in 2010, Stacey’s yoga practice quickly became her greatest teacher in self-realization and self-discovery. She found the connection between the energetic subtle body, the mind and spirit captivating. Yoga continues to bring her back to the compassionate, courageous and wild human heart. It reminds her we are not separate, but in fact connected to each other and the natural landscape around us.
Margaret stepped into her first yoga class over 18 years ago and fell in love with the practice at once. She completed her 200 hour Teacher Training in Shiva Rea’s Prana Vinyasa yoga in 2013. Margaret’s style of teaching incorporates vinyasa flow with attention to alignment. She strives to challenge each student mentally and physically, while incorporating a sense of levity and humor as a reminder to not take ourselves too seriously. Her hope is that each student will walk out of her class feeling a bit more connected to the earth, to each other and to their own quiet space within.
Juli teaches Prana Vinyasa at both our CB South and Elk street locations. She is also versed in PiYo, a practice combining pilates and yoga. Juli lives in CB South with her hubby and children.
Carin is a Colorado native that began her yogic journey over ten years ago. The beautiful, holistic pull of yoga drew her to complete her teacher training in 2011 and then to leave the corporate world to teach full time and pursue her advanced 500 certification in 2013. A believer that Yoga Nidra can basically save the world, Carin pursued and completed her Amrit Advanced Yoga Nidra certification in 2018. Carin’s passion is creating a space for other yogis to deepen their practice with classes that integrate yogic teachings, nurturing physical poses and lots of loving energy. www.yogoonthego.com
He who controls his breath controls his mind.
Chynna is an Oklahoma native that has been competitive and professionally dancing since age 3. After being diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and told she could never dance again- and was pointed towards yoga – “it was love at first flight.” She spent 6 years practicing yoga extensively while teaching dance and fitness. She obtained her 200 hour RYT in Ashtanga from Rishikul Yogshala in Rishikesh, India. After traveling in India and soaking up as much knowledge as she could, she has made the permanent move to Crested Butte where she continues to share and develop her practice.
During my training as a massage therapist, I looked for something that provided a more holistic mind-body-spirit connection and discovered Forrest Yoga, a form of yoga that emphasizes healing and taking that transformation off the mat and into your life. After studying with founding teacher Ana Forrest herself, I earned my teacher training certificate and healed an old whiplash injury from college. I loved it so much that I have now accumulated over 1,000 hours of training in Forrest Yoga. I love sharing this style of yoga and look forward to meeting you on the mat!
Juliet Stillman started practicing yoga in the 1990s. Moving to Crested Butte in 2001, she met Monica Mesa who was teaching small, intimate classes in her home. Two wonderful relationships began for her, one with Monica and one with yoga. When Thrive Yoga Crested Butte opened in 2007, she started teaching a slow flow class on Sunday mornings, which she continues to teach today. In 2011 she earned her 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate through Inner Power Yoga. Juliet embodies a daily practice of deep gratitude for her many blessings, which include her loved ones, pets and life in this mountain town.
Jen is a Certified Iyengar yoga instructor. She has been a student of Iyengar yoga for nearly 20 years and has been teaching regularly since 1999. She is passionate about the subject of yoga and enjoys the process of self study through the yoga asanas. Jen’s main inspiration is drawn from Senior Iyengar teacher Nancy Stechert of Hotchkiss, CO.
Energy cannot be destroyed, only changed.
A native of Chicago, Theresa spent ten years practicing at London’s leading studio. There she completed her 500 hour teacher training diploma accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance in 2016. Her love of yoga is rooted in its transformative qualities and ability to create awareness for conscious living. She continually experiences profound effects on the mind, body and spirit from yoga practice. Theresa’s classes concentrate on breath and alignment, incorporating philosophy, anatomy, meditation, pranayama, mantra and restorative elements where appropriate. She brings a positive, playful energy and lightness to the practice.
Lizzie took her first yoga class ten years ago as cross-training for dance; she has been a ballet dancer most of her life. Yoga gradually shifted its way into the forefront of her life as she discovered and explored Ashtanga yoga. Lizzie completed her 200-hour teacher training with Southtown Yoga Loft in San Antonio and discovered the joy of sharing her practice and passion with other students. She draws inspiration from her own practice of the Primary Series, which she considers to be a physical and mental experience of illuminating the dark places in the body, mind, and practice.
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Dana Hersh Don is a dedicated teacher in the fields of yoga, sound and energy. She discovered Kundalini yoga in 2010 while living in Argentina, and quickly fell in love with the practice. In 2015, Dana received certification as a Kundalini yoga instructor and has been teaching in Argentina and the U.S. since. She studied Restorative yoga in 2017, and in June of 2018 completed a 200-hour Prana Vinyasa teacher training. Dana is also an Aura Reading practitioner, flautist, singer, Kirtan leader, dancer, and passionate about inspiring others to lead empowered and abundant lives. Learn more about Dana at www.fieldofcolors.com.
Caroline teaches Meditation, Contemplative Photography, Kundalini Yoga and learning to be happy, healthy and holy! Her contemplative journey began in 1995. First with sitting meditation and working with the mind. In 2005, she studied qigong- working with energy. In 2009, she picked up her camera and began to walk and heal in nature. In her most recent evolution/trauma, i surrendered to the practices of Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She is a certified level I Kundalini and Super Health yoga instructor. She teaches workshops and leads meditation classes. She sees her practices as SEVA – service to others.
Yoga is the dance of every soul with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity & harmony
Taylor began her yoga practice in 2017 but has progressed quickly. Buti Yoga found her when she was struggling with her body image and finding a health and fitness balance that soothed her soul. Blending vinyasa, cardio intensive tribal dance, and deep core activation, Buti Yoga has become her soulmate workout! It presented her with freedom of expression through movement and the opportunity to find a spiritual connection to the Divine Feminine. She has also obtained Yoga Alliance Vinyasa certification through the Buti Yoga corporation enhancing her knowledge of yoga tradition, physical anatomy, energetic anatomy and building a strong tribe.
Julie discovered yoga in 2002 in college and was deeply drawn to the practice. The connection between the movement of the body, the breath and the Divine within us all has been very powerful in her life, both on and off the mat. On 2011, she received her 200-hour yoga teaching certification through Inner Power Yoga. Julie’s most influential teacher has been Brenda Flemming, whose teachings have given her a priceless foundation and great respect for the practice of yoga. Julie believes that the benefits of yoga are endless and is so grateful to be able to teach yoga basics at such an amazing studio!
Ashley began practicing yoga in earnest in the mid-90’s. She started teaching in 2007, and completed her 200-RYT in 2009 with a Senior Iyengar instructor. Ashley has a strong background in Iyengar yoga, hot yoga, and the Kaiut method, and is completing her 500-RYT this year. She has also studied ayurvedic yoga and thai yoga massage, and is Reiki (level 3) certified. She draws on these different methods when teaching, depending on what students’ needs are in her classes.
Meegan began her yoga journey in 2001 and registered for her first teacher training in the Bikram style yoga in 2009. In 2013, she traveled to India to pursue training in Hatha yoga principles and most recently returned from Indonesia where she trained with Noah Maze in alignment-based practice with vinyasa elements. Her classes are accessible to beginners and can be tailored to challenge intermediate students. She enjoys designing sequences based on peak poses as well as theme-based practices. Her classes are thoughtful and beautifully sequenced.
Like a tree, you have to find your roots and then you can bend in the wind
Dina has been a dedicated yoga teacher for over 18 years. She loves sharing with her students her passion for the practice and guides them with a gentle and nurturing style. Dina was drawn to the mountains when she realized that the hectic pace of life on the east coast was not in alignment with her desire for nature, beauty and simplicity in life. She and her family have been living in and loving Crested Butte for nine years. She uses the sacred practice of yoga as a foundation for living her own life as well as for her life coaching practice.
Ashley is a avid rock climber, skier, mountain biker, and all around lover of mountains. She has been devoted to her yoga practice for over ten years and two years ago decided to deepen her practice with a 200HR teacher training in Guatemala from School Yoga Institute with an emphasis in both Hatha and Astanga styles. She is currently a Wilderness Therapy Guide where she incorporates her love of nature and mindfulness training to help others develop tools to work through trauma and manage difficult emotions. Her classes combine the ancient practices of Pranayama, mantra, and asana and the incorporation of these practices into our daily lives. She is most passionate about the human experience and how to live life to our fullest potential.