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 opened Thrive Yoga Crested Butte in April 2017, adding a second location in CB South the same year, and another studio in 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.
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
She gained her 200 hour yoga certification in 2016 and has since been deepening her practice and reaching out to others to share the benefits that yoga has to offer. Her interests include vinyasa, prenatal yoga, kids yoga and yoga to empower women who have been through trauma.
Nicole is Grand Junction native. She loves outdoor activities like skiing and hiking and enjoys weaving yoga into all aspects of her life. While she was exposed to yoga from a young age, it wasn’t until her teen years that she truly felt its power.
In 2011, she completed her hatha yoga teacher training and has since completed additional training in Kundalini and a 300 hour program in yoga therapy and Ayurveda. With a degree in Exercise Science, Nicole desires to continue her education towards physical therapy. Nicole brings her rich talents and passions for yoga, kinesiology, creative movement and mindfulness to each of her classes.
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
He who controls his breath controls his mind.
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!
Karen discovered prenatal yoga when she was pregnant with her son 20 years ago and has continued to practice for both the physical and meditative benefits. She completed her Yoga teacher Training at Yoga V in 2017 and continues expand her teaching skills.
She was born and raised in California, moving with her family to Colorado in 2009. When not teaching or practicing yoga, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, hiking, kayaking, teaching elementary school computer science and running sip mobile coffee company. When teaching yoga, Karen’s goal is the help her students find peace and balance while moving through flowing practices set to creative music selections.
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.
Yoga is the dance of every soul with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity & harmony
Becky got her 200 RYT in 2017. She started teaching with the heart to show everyone that they can do yoga. Becky’s goal is to make everyone feel welcomed and loved as they start their own yoga journey. She is also a certified health coach who works with people who dream to become a healthier version of themselves.
Christine Moore Shimmy
Christine is an educator, coach and mentor, planting seeds to help others grow. As an elder who has walked many stormy roads she assists people in becoming their very best by inspiring who they already are to awaken and flourish. Her yoga style is a Hatha, mindful, trauma informed approach, designed for inclusivity for beginners to well practiced. Christine has been teaching dance for 25 years and facilitating yoga for 10.
Cherith Sullivan Abbott
A long time local and yogi, Cherith completed her 200hr YTT at Thrive Yoga in 2019. Cherith grew up taking ballet and practicing many styles of dance. A desire to increase flexibility and heal injuries brought her to yoga. She started practicing in 2014 and a desire to deepen her practice led her to yoga teacher training. She enjoys all different styles of yoga, from Vinyasa to Restorative, viewing yoga as both a way to de-stress and relax as well as a balance for outdoor, athletic activities. In her free time, Cherith enjoys rock climbing, hiking, running, biking, and just being outdoors. Cherith is committed to growing as yoga instructor and helping others in their yogic journey.
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.
Like a tree, you have to find your roots and then you can bend in the wind
Mynette was born and raised in New Orleans and moved to CO in 1996 to attend CSU in Ft Collins. She eventually earned her medical degree and moved to Fruita for the excellent mountain biking. She has been serving the Fruita community since 1999 as a family doctor. She picked up yoga hoping to get more strength and has gotten much more. Wanting a transformational yoga education, she obtained training thru the Baptiste Institute: Level 1, Level 2; (200 hr teaching), and Art of Assisting. She hopes to guide and inspire students safely toward goals of resilience, power, and vitality.