Love Yoga Teachers

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Holly Purdy 

300 Hr Registered Yoga Teacher, Master of Education., Certified Booty Barre Instructor

Founder/Owner/Teacher

Mom, wife, teacher, student, yoga instructor, world traveler, lover of fitness and all things wellness. I believe in the life-changing power of yoga and feel beyond blessed to share it with the Flathead community. My style of teaching is engaging, powerful, and strengthening; always with a motivating music. I like to keep things fresh and challenge my students, while also adding in the right dose of yoga philosophy. I am a certified 300-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, and currently working toward my 500-hour certification. I have additional certifications for Yoga 4 Classrooms and Kids Yoga. I am a certified Booty Barre instructor. Before taking up my call as a yoga and barre instructor, I taught middle and high school English in both public and private schools in various location in the USA and abroad.

 

Yoga to me is love. Love and acceptance of self and others, mind, body, and spirit. Through Love Yoga’s offerings, I wish to offer the best collection of classes and events to help you become your highest self, regardless of any factor. You can’t give love if you don’t have self love, which is what Love Yoga is all about. Growing your self love and acceptance, and then extending it out to your family, friends, and community.

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Suzy Aragon

Co-founder/Teacher

Suzy Aragon otherwise known as Tiny Dynamite is a petite powerhouse packed with spunk, sass and badassery. She challenges the status quo, typically takes the path less traveled and is a rebel at heart. Suzy is a mama, yogi, nurse, healer, teacher and leader. She is wickedly passionate about serving others and fiercely leads people to explore and discover their innate healing wisdom and power.

Suzy is a Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 500, RN, and Reiki 1 and 2 practitioner. Her yoga journey began in 2007 while attending nursing school and going through a difficult divorce.

Getting on her mat did something to her body and mind that she did not understand at the time nor could she explain to anybody else. When she discovered Baptiste Yoga in 2011 it spoke even louder to her and she knew she had found something everlasting. Shortly after being introduced to the Baptiste Methodology she attended Yoga Teacher Training at Namaspa Yoga School. Her love and passion for this practice only grew and in 2013 she attended her first Baptiste Yoga training and it literally rocked her world and everything she had known up to that point. She has continued her yoga journey over the years by attending many trainings with the Baptiste institute and is a recent graduate of the Baptiste FIT to lead program.

Suzy is also the co-founder of Evoke Energy Yoga which is a masterful creation born out of the heart and brains of herself and her bestie Brandy. We offer Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and other types of healing modalities delivered through the Baptiste Methodology. The intention of this offering is to invite others to reclaim their power and to realize and remember their innate ability to heal themselves. Suzy is also a practicing nurse working in a surgical department where she offers yoga and reiki to her patients and is working diligently towards creating a new paradigm in the way we approach health and healing. Recently, Suzy has also started Evoke Reiki- a private practice out of her home where she fuses reiki and yoga in order to spark the natural healing process within her clients.

 

Suzy currently lives in NW Montana with her baby girl Neve and ski bum partner Jeff. Suzy is a lover of the sun and does her best work on her Yoga mat and paddle board- which is really just a mat on water. Board meeting anyone...

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Sharon O'Neill

Teacher, RYT-200, PTA

“If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”

 

Sharon, a Flathead Valley native, fell into the alternative healthcare field in her early 20s and found great purpose in helping people achieve pain free living. She decided to obtain her associates degree as a physical therapist assistant at FVCC in 2011 and it was during this grueling and demanding period she found yoga.

 

As so many do, Sharon first began yoga to stretch and combat the long sitting hours in college. The higher effects of yoga didn't take long to sink in. During that time she was immersed in anatomy and physiology and the coupling of yoga was incredibly logical on a more functional level. She began to use yoga as a form of physical therapy to combat her own daily aches and pains, experimenting with movements, breathing, balance, and strength.

 

After graduating in 2013 she moved around for many years practicing and learning in as many places as she could. In 2015 she took her teacher training through Camp Utopia Yoga, an alignment and functional based training, in Denver and Costa Rica. She's taught and shared her passion in California, Baja Mexico, Arizona, Washington State, Idaho, and of course Montana. Combining the continuing education of evidence based physical therapy with the ancient philosophy of yoga, she teaches both intense power classes and a more therapeutic class designed for living without pain.

When not in class you can find Sharon living the NW MT life in the mountains, on a river, on a bike, SUP, kayak, skis, or simply drinking coffee and soaking up the view from home. She's absolutely thrilled to be a part of Love Yoga and to share her passion and purpose with the community.

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Kristin Laird

Kristin has a unique way of making everybody feel welcome in her class and leaves you feeling empowered and accomplished! She can't wait to share her joy and enthusiasm to help people find their best and strongest selves on the mat.

Kristin graduated from Montana State University in 2015 with a B.S. in Kinesiology. She has a background in dance and cheerleading; and participated on the coed spirit squad during her time at Montana State. Kristin started her barre journey in Bozeman as a client in college. She continued her love for barre by becoming a teacher while living in Georgia. Since moving home to the beautiful northwest, Kristin has been teaching barre around the valley for the last 3 years. She is also a certified Holistic Nutrition Health Coach.

Kristin is a dog mom to two Mini Australian Shepherds (Peaches + Poncho) and loves doing all the outdoor activities with her dogs and partner Zane.

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Anne Minnick 

While prepping for an Ironman, a friend recommended trying hot yoga to work on flexibility, balance and strength to augment my training. Once I stepped in the yoga studio, I never looked back. I have never experienced a physical activity that was more challenging, pushed me to my outer limits and left me feeling more fulfilled and accomplished. My sincere hope is to have everyone who walks into Love Yoga have a similar experience as practicing yoga can be truly life-changing.

I received my Yoga Teacher Training from Amazing Yoga in Pittsburgh, PA and have been practicing and volunteer-teaching for five years. In addition to running, open water swimming, cycling, hiking, skiing (and just about any other outdoor activity), I love to read, sew, cheer Ohio State football (go Buckeyes!) and spend time with my German Shorthair Pointer, Zeke. I work as a Payroll and Accounting Specialist in Kalispell, and have been overjoyed with the open-arms, welcoming culture I have experienced in northwest Montana.

My husband and I recently fulfilled our dream of relocating to beautiful Whitefish from the flatland of Columbus, Ohio. Prior to moving to Whitefish, we lived in a variety of midwest states for almost 30 years and raised two daughters that we are so proud of.

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Jackie Culver 

“Have fun, be yourself, and enjoy life.” 

 

Jackie’s classes are upbeat, lively and always encouraging.

 

From California to Montana (and everywhere in between), Jackie’s passion for yoga has grown with her every step of the way. Initially drawn to yoga for the physical workout, she values the healing aspects of her practice as well. 

 

Jackie completed her 200 hr YTT here at Love Yoga Whitefish though the TRUE U Namaspa Yoga School. She teaches a powerful vinyasa flow based off traditional Baptiste yoga methodology. Jackie is a firm believer that yoga is for everybody!

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Sarah Downen

I believe yoga is just as much about stretching the body as it is about connecting inward and with the community. I recently graduated from Love Yoga’s first teacher training! I am excited to spread my wings and grow here as a teacher!

My yoga journey really began in college as I would attend classes for stress relief. I felt connected, calm and strong. I try to infuse these elements into the classes I now teach because the effects can be life-changing.

I was born and raised in Columbia Falls and now live in Whitefish. I love to ski, bike, and explore Montana and all the beauty she has to offer. 

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Charlotte Vetter

Charlotte is a Bhakti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Reiki Healer, & Kirtan leader currently residing in Whitefish. 

Charlotte started practicing yoga in 2011 when she found herself at a low and in search for connection, healing, and a sense of something bigger than herself - wanting so badly to “save the world” she realized that first she needed to save herself.

She completed over 800 hours of Yoga Teacher Training from various teachers including Janet Stone (Bhakti Vinyasa), Martin Scott (Vinyasa), Jai Uttal (Kirtan), and Gurmuhk (Kundalini). Her well-rounded classes will provide some configuration of asana, pranayama, meditation, kriya, mantra, and chanting, all to allow for feelings of separateness to fade, and for unity and love to grow.

After years of study and practice, she feels deeply connected to these teachings as a way to navigate with love and compassion this beautiful life we have been given.

She feels blessed and honored to be able to offer the teachings of her teachers, and their teachers and so on.

"Life is an incredible curriculum in which we live it richly and passionately as a way of awakening to the deepest truths of our being." - Ram Dass

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Sean Phelps

 

Sean began practicing yoga daily 12 years ago.  He is now a dedicated movement & transformational practitioner/teacher.  

 After 7 years of Dedicated Ashtanga daily(up through third series), Sean found himself riddled with injuries and an overall feeling of discomfort in his body.  Today he focuses on building strength to support the flexibility utilizing intelligence through safe drills for all levels and body types to pinpoint exactly where he and others are lacking mobility and strength.  “ We do the drills to create the transformation and the poses as a finish product only”   

Sean does his best to continually draw our attention to the present moment.  Incredibly aware, methodical, and mindful of not only the 'seat' we take in the room but in daily life as well- as that is what he believes is most important.  Observing the breath, and incessant 'self talk' that we ALL are subject to at many times of the day through a variety of transitions and postures.   So, though he does  practice and teach the movement and energetics of yoga, Sean is just as dedicated to helping others work through their 'stuff' mindfully,  no matter what level they are at.  He believes we are ALL scientists;  all we need to do is to learn HOW to pay attention...again, and again-over and over.  Consistent conscious awareness of the breath moving in and out of the body, stilling the fluctuations of the mind no matter what you are faced with on or off the mat. No reaction.  Just observance. 

I am extremely picky about group fitness. I have worked in the industry for a decade and taken or taught thousands of classes. You guys should know that most of your instructors are the best in the Flathead Valley. Also probably the very best thing about Love Yoga is the energy and vibe of “come as you are.” The transparency, warmth and courageous leadership provided at your studio really gives people a place to come and heal. Thank you for doing what you do. My mental health is improved because you are there, and that’s EVERYTHING.

- Carly

 I absolutely love the zoom classes. They may not be the in person classes but for the situation we are all in, it’s a great way to still come together as a community, get a sweat in, and experience some happiness and joy during a hard time. I have loved all the classes I’ve taken at Love Yoga. From barre, to sculpt, to power flow, to vinyasa flows. Everything has been very enjoyable and has really helped me both physically as well as mentally. It’s such an amazing, loving community.

- Jazmyne

I love the option of ZOOM classes and am so appreciative that you have offered them regularly and will continue to offer them after the studio reopens. I LOVE LOVE YOGA!! I have been practicing with you since you opened your doors and I am proud to say yoga has become an important part of my life. I may not look like an advanced student and may not hit all the poses perfectly, but I'm hooked. I feel a sense of community. 

- Kyla