Erika Toebaas

Studio Owner, Physician of East Asian Medicine, L.Ac, LMT, L.Cos, Mstom & Owner of Tru ~ A Wellness Co.

Erika is a Physician of East Asian Medicine, implementing traditional medicine with other modalities such as craniosacral, reiki, massage, essential oils, yoga & aesthetics to help bring your physical, mental, & emotional body back into balance & wellness.

Erika is also the founder of Tru ~  A Wellness Co. Tru (true) is to bring an object into the exact shape, alignment, or position required. I believe that each twist and turn on my path, did just that– aligned me with my “Tru” passion & purpose. Tru isn’t just a 3-letter word, it’s how I make my products, run my practice, & treat my patients, with Trust, Relationships, & Understanding. I am a wellness professional because it is my passion to help people maintain their health, to help people maintain a balance, & to prevent dis-ease. Every person is different, as is every treatment. I enjoy taking everything I’ve learned to hold space for all Thrive & Tru students and clients.

Brittany Phelps

Owner of Thrive Yoga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative & Prana-Prenuers

Brittany has an adventurous spirit and a love for the outdoors.  An avid yogi, runner and mountain biker, she combines both lessons from all kinds of movement with her businesses; attempting to truly live out a balance between passion and practice. Brittany opened Thrive Yoga Crested Butte in April 2017 and added a second studio (Thrive Yoga Fruita) in April 2018.  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.

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Take time to make your soul happy

Rachel McCarthy

Rachel McCarthy


As a Colorado native, Rachel’s passion for yoga started with her love of movement: dancing, running, climbing and biking. As she spent 7+ formative years after high school learning (Creighton U in Omaha) and serving (the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru), she discovered yoga as a beautiful union of what our minds, bodies, & hearts are
collectively capable of – for ourselves, others and the planet.

Having moved to Fruita after completing graduate school in Clinical Social Work and Public Health in 2016, Rachel is excited to continue utilizing yoga’s teachings of balance, mind-body connection and wholeness to help others transform their lives

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Amber Seaton


Amber moved from her hometown of Overland Park, KS, to Grand Junction in 2009, where she started practicing yoga for the first time. Initially, she was looking to supplement a physically fit lifestyle, but after finding mental, physical and spiritual rewards, her practice became a priority.  Yoga is a remedial process for Amber, an inward mission of healing and an outward desire to serve. Amber completed her 200-hr RYT training program in 2015.

Amber is constantly curious about and eager to learn other disciplines of yoga, but Vinyasa – linking breath with movement – is where she feels most inspired.  She is influenced by highly devoted teachers and numerous practitioners who show up on their mat with sincerity and dedication.

Today, Amber seeks to share the knowledge and magic of yoga with students of all ages and abilities, and is committed to being a life-long student of meditation and injury-free movement. She incorporates a playful, balanced, thoughtful blend of both pranayama and asana into her classes, and enjoys teaching creative sequences suitable for all levels.

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Michelle Hill

Restorative, Partner Yoga, Hatha, Slow Flow
Michelle moved from the Grand Valley & now lives in Idaho. She is an active wife and mother of 3 children. She loves spending time with her family, volunteering in schools, church, and community, working in the garden, and being outdoors. In 2010 Michelle was diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune condition. One gift from that challenge is that yoga has become an integral part of her disease management and overall life balance!
In the summer of 2019, she completed requirements for her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certificate and in 2020 an additional 200 Hour certificate specializing in Restorative Partner Yoga. Michelle loves sharing yoga with others and expanding her limits through regular personal practice, and by participating in community and virtual yoga classes.
Denise Copple

Denise Copple

Gentle Yoga, Hatha & Restorative

Curiosity and a desire to not take pain medication for lower back injury brought Denise to explore yoga; and a love for yoga was born! Denise has been practicing over the last 16 years on and off. In June 2014, she obtained her 200 hour RYT certification from The Academy of Yoga in Grand Junction, Colorado. Her training in Iyengar and Hatha style yoga focuses on alignment, mindful movement and breath. Denise feels that the best part of teaching is being able to give to others and she continues to enrich her learning by attending workshops and trainings, she is a forever student!

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He who controls his breath controls his mind.

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Sarah Bell

Level 1 & Level 2 and YogaWorks Teacher Trainer
Sarah Bell is a E-RYT 500 and YACEP YogaWorks teacher and teacher trainer who has been teaching yoga since 1994. She studied and apprenticed with Erich Schiffmann, Maty Ezraty, Lisa Walford, and Chuck Miller in Santa Monica CA in the 90’s and early aughts.
After teaching for twenty years, Sarah was a student of James Murphy in the two year Iyengar Yoga teacher training program at the Iyengar Institute in New York City.  Upon moving to Colorado in 2018, Sarah continues to teach YogaWorks teacher trainings around the country, as well as mentoring teachers and leading workshops and group classes here in the Grand Valley. Her attention to alignment, her warm encouragement, and her understanding of philosophy make Sarah’s classes accessible and welcoming to students of all levels.
Jamie Elmer

Jamie Elmer

Alignment Yoga, Yoga Therapy & Movement Therapy

Jamie’s is a life of movement. From a childhood in dance, to an education and career in the arts, Jamie’s pursuits embody motion. In her twelth year as a yoga teacher, she works to develop a style focused on breath, alignment and safety.

Jamie travels domestically and internationally working with yoga studios, movement professionals and students alike. In addition to her own series of workshops and trainings, Jamie works with industry leaders at retreats, festivals and teacher trainings.

Jamie holds a BA from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Pilates Teaching Certification from Long Beach Dance Conditioning, nearly a dozen Yoga Teacher Trainings, Gait Therapist Certification from Sherry Brourman, PT and attended Duke University’s College of Integrative Medicine to study Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors.

Jamie has attended Teacher Trainings with, and been greatly influenced by, Max Strom, Saul David Raye, Shiva Rea, Erich Schiffman and Annie Carpenter.
Jamie currently participates in the Teacher Trainings offered by both Max Strom and Annie Carpenter as a trainer.

Bob Fahrenholz

Bob Fahrenholz

Yoga Nidra, Reiki

Bob began his yoga practice the summer of 2010, seeking a way to reduce the stress he experienced as an IT manager.  Discovering the difference yoga made in his life, he completed Amrit Yoga Level 1 teacher training in April 2013 and Jennifer Reis’ Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health the following year.  He continues to further his yoga training and has received his first level Reiki attunement.

Bob believes incorporating a sensible diet, moderate exercise, and meditation/relaxation techniques into our daily lives is essential.  He finds joy in helping yogi’s discover the type of yogic practice that’s just right for them.

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Amanda Ewing

Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Gentle Yoga
Amanda started life out on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Alabama, spent time in Alaska, and landed in Colorado before finishing high school. She earned a Wildlife Biology degree from Colorado State University and currently works with water and wildlife issues on the Western Slope. She is passionate about continual personal growth and seeks out experiences and opportunities that offer new challenges in order to stretch her comfort zone.
Amanda has been practicing yoga for many years, as it has been instrumental in her physical therapy treatment for periodic hip pain. She believes that in many ways, yoga is profoundly similar to her study of natural resources, where the same cycles that can be found in the mind and body are evident in nature; it’s all one synergistic system. This belief encouraged her to broaden her understanding of this system, and in 2020, she completed the 200-hour YogaWorks teacher training.
Amanda believes that core strength is vital and daily movement essential in everyone’s life. During her classes, your yoga mat is the space for internal reflection and attention. It is a time to work on foundational concepts and enables you to enjoy the present. The classes allow one to take their practice home and build towards the next level. Being new to teaching she is still figuring out her style, but is currently teaching vinyasa.  She looks forward to growing as a teacher and extending that growth to all that attend her classes.
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Yoga is the dance of every soul with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity & harmony

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Summer Estrella

Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin & Gentle Yoga

Summer was born in colorful Colorado, experiencing her childhood years in Oahu, Hawaii.  Being surrounded by island beauty has given her a deep love of the natural world.  During her several years of study at Colorado Mesa University, Summer explored exercise science/kinesiology , English and philosophy. It is the philosophy embedded in the traditional purpose of yoga that has turned her journey from a practice which began 6 years ago, into a love and passion.  Having obtained her 200 hour teacher certification in Classical Yoga, spring of 2019, she intends to honor and share her devotion for positive transformation in herself and others, the eastern approach to yoga and the yogic way of life through her classes and daily life.

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Karen Mahoney

Gentle Yoga, Slow Flow & Vinyasa

Karen started practicing Yoga in 1998 while pregnant with her 1st child to help ease lower back pain and has been an active student ever since. 

Karen was born and raised in California, a true beach girl at heart. In 2009, the mountains of Colorado were calling and she and her family chose Grand Junction as their new home. 

She completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga V in 2017. She enjoys teaching Gentle Yoga, Slow Flow and Vinyasa classes and works to balance creative sequencing and a spirit of playfulness in her classes. She seeks to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind and soul with yoga, and her hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.

Like a tree, you have to find your roots and then you can bend in the wind

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Julie Hillman

Amrit Yoga

Julie Hillman (also known as Parvati) is a Certified Amrit Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, and a Registered Nutrition and Dietetics Technician. She has also completed certificate trainings in yoga therapy (I AM Method of Body Psychology) and Marma Point Therapy, along with being  a Reiki Level 1 Practitioner. Julie aims to not only make the asana (posture) classes accessible to all students, but to help students integrate what they learn on their mat into other aspects of life. Julie currently leads virtual classes out of her home in Rhode Island and now in Fruita, Colorado. She is also an avid kayaker, has participated in several charity 5K races, and is in process of publishing her first book on the Yamas and Niyamas.  She has been leading yoga classes since 2013 and has been a yoga practitioner for over 20 years.

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Melanie Guski

Slow Flow and Pre-Natal

Melanie began her yoga practice in 1991, as a way to mitigate the loss of mobility due to competitive weight lifting. She moved to Fruita, Co in 2004 from Las Vegas where she became a Yoga Works Certified Instructor in 2009. Melanie enjoys teaching an alignment based practice within the yoga styles of Gentle & Restorative.. She is a mom and a grandma, loves animals and being outside, and if she dreams of living in Hawaii near the ocean, teaching yoga on the beach.