Our Team

Holly Purdy - 200 Registered Yoga Teacher, M. Ed., Booty Barre Instructor 

Founder/Owner/Teacher

 

Mom, wife, teacher, 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 in a fresh way. My style of teaching is fun, flowing, powerful, and strengthening; always with a motivating playlist. I like to keep things fresh and challenge my students, while also adding in the right dose of yoga philosophy. I am a certified 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, with additional certifications for Yoga 4 Classrooms and Kids Yoga. I am also a certified Booty Barre instructor. Before taking up my call as a yoga and barre instructor, I taught 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 age or any other factor. You can’t give love if you don’t have self love. This is what Love Yoga is all about. Growing your self love and acceptance, and then extending it out to your family, friends, and community.

Suzy Aragon

Co-founder/Co-Owner/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...

Sharon Ellis O'Neill- 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.

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. 

Katie Rose Heuer

It all started many years ago when Katie Rose realized when she sat down to stretch her body, she had literally no idea what to do and therefore would touch her toes and give up. Not too sure what yoga was about, thinking it looked easy enough, she found herself at a local yoga class. Being guided through body movements was a relief! Not only did she find that going to yoga gave her freedom to focus on herself and her body but it was also a way to release tension and stress thus decreasing her anxiety. Needless to say, she was hooked! 

A couple of years of attending different classes and learning different methods, yoga helped her take her new-found skills off the mat and helped her to get clear to make a life changing decision. She was working as an insurance agent and was asked to become the owner of the agency and after all of her years of working in this field to get to this point, it was a special yoga class that helped her see that this was not the calling of the heart. She was not destined to run an insurance agency. So, listening to the guidance from within accessed through yoga, Katie Rose made the decision to quit the insurance world and she went and started guiding horseback rides in the mountains of Colorado! What a nice new office view!

Cristen Vaughan

Cristen is lifelong learner, aspiring yogi, and a spiritual seeker. She is always working to find deeper acceptance of herself and others. She also has a playful ability to find joy in all things. Cristen loves the energy of group fitness classes and discovered her passion for barre while rebuilding her strength after having her first baby. For Cristen barre is invigorating, life-giving and a way to tap into her strength both physically and emotionally. Her goal is to lead uplifting classes that help people feel empowered and more connected to themselves and others.

 

Cristen was born and raised in San Diego, and attended Point Loma Nazarene University earning a B.A. in International Development. After living in many wonderful places in the U.S. and abroad, Cristen’s heart has lead her to land and set down some roots in the Flathead Valley. She recently migrated to Whitefish with her husband Travis, and their two children, Oliver (the contemplative one) and Sage (the wild one). 

Lexie Gearhart
A one-time yoga skeptic-turned-convert-turned teacher describes Lexie's yoga journey. "I was really fortunate that my first experience in a yoga class was a positive one. The teacher's style and presence is what I felt really connected to."  As her practice grew, so did her desire to learn more about the ancient practice on a deeper level. In 2016, Lexie voyaged to Thailand to complete her yoga teacher training. "It's funny, looking back on my opinion about yoga before I even had tried it. Now, I can't imagine my life without it. Teaching allows me to connect with people in a way that goes beyond the mat or studio." While she's not teaching or bending, Lexie enjoys travelling, superbly executed one-liners, impromptu dance parties, and curating the perfect playlist. 
Ayme Krogstad

Ayme is a Montana native with a deep appreciation for all things related to nature and movement. Though her first love will always be dance, Ayme has been exploring different types of yoga since she was first introduced to the practice in high school. She received her 200-hour certification from Core Power Yoga in 2015 while attending graduate school in Boston and continued to round out her practice with a certification in aerial yoga in 2016. Beyond her yoga background, Ayme is a licensed clinical professional counselor with a Masters degree in Dance/Movement Therapy providing her with a profound understanding of how impactful a strong mind/body connection is to our overall health. Ayme’s classes are fun and invigorating while also challenging our perceptions of how we can find the union of breath and movement off our mat and in our daily lives.

Cyndy Stanley
 
Cyndy is a long time Yoga teacher and has a broad range of experience. She has trained with many well known teachers including Bernie Clark and currently is training with Lauren Walker in the study of Energy Medicine Yoga. Cyndy offers a breadth of knowledge and experience that is presenced in each class she teaches. She is a bright soul that offers each student a unique experience and she provides a nourishing space where you feel supported, held and safe. Cyndy will be teaching Yin occasionally and her style of Yin is traditional with elements of Energy Medicine infused throughout. Welcome Cyndy Stanley and you may already know her from around town or she may have poured you a wicked cup of brew downstairs at Wild Coffee.

"First time back doing yoga after a hand injury. Ended up doing the hot vinyasa and loved it. The instructor was amazing and the flow was great. Spacious studio with a beautiful view. Highly recommend this place."

-Paulina

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309 Central Avenue, #201
Whitefish, Montana

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Phone: (406) 290-8887

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