Love Yoga Teachers

Holly Purdy 

Founder / Owner / Yoga and Barre Teacher
300 Hr ERYT
Master of Education
Certified Booty Barre Instructor

I am humbled and honored to be a teacher and student on the path of yoga, connection, devotion, love, and self-transformation. I am a mother of two daughters, yoga studio owner, friend, and human being with the felt purpose of living and sharing the healing practices of yoga to make the world a safer, healthier, more connected and loving place now and for generations to come. As a life-long seeker and insatiable learner, I have gratefully found the path of Bhakti yoga, a  blossoming world of chanting, mantra, and spiritually devoted yoga. These elements of yoga have moved to the forefront of my practice and teachings, merging with my great love for movement. Thus, my classes tend to be a mixture of chanting,  spirituality, and intentional, vigorous movement. 

Suzy Aragon

Cofounder / Teacher

500 Hr ERYT

Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher

Reiki 1 and 2 practitioner

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 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.

Kristin Laird

Barre Teacher

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.

Anne Minnick

Yoga Teacher

Power Beats

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.

Jackie Culver

Yoga Teacher

“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!

Sarah Downen

Yoga Teacher

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. 

Charlie Covey

Yoga Teacher

After taking the winter off to focus on my graduate school, I am SO excited to be back at Love! I moved back to Whitefish last year after 10 years in New York City, where I was a full time yoga teacher and actor. I found yoga while attending NYU and practiced for several years before deciding to do my 200-hour training in 2017 through Y7 Studio. 

 

My goal as a teacher is to empower all people regardless of gender, race, body type, age or ability level to move in safe and rewarding ways while also having fun. As a gay man, yoga helped me get comfortable in my own skin, and now I want to help everyone feel more comfortable in their own body. In my classes, expect sweaty vinyasa flows and good vibes as you challenge and ground yourself in your practice.

 

Outside of the yoga world, I am working on a masters degree in applied exercise physiology.  I love the outdoors- skiing, hiking, lake time, you name it. I'm so happy to be spending time back in my hometown and loving all that Whitefish has to offer! 

Jessica Wilson

Barre Teacher

I was born in Whitefish and raised in Eureka, Montana where I grew up dancing for 13 years and then transitioned onto a competition team. I enjoyed all school sports but performing ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and character dance on stage was my passion. When I had to leave for college, Barre let me incorporate a little piece of what I love into my workouts.

 

Staying in shape has always been important to me and for the past 3-4 summers I have fought wildfires across the country, taking my fitness level to the next level and sparking my passion for running (I’m always looking for more running friends so talk to me in class if you’d like to go one day!). While I was in Bozeman completing my pre-requisites for nursing school, I volunteer ski patrolled at Big Sky Ski resort. I made lots of memories there but was thankful to get accepted into one of the eight clinical spots here in Kalispell to finish out my school in this beautiful place I call home. 

 

In December, I will graduate with my Bachelors in Nursing. I aspire to be a flight nurse for ALERT helicopter and work with Two Bear Air Search and Rescue. In my free time you can find me spending quality time with family and friends outdoors, taking advantage of all the fun activities Montana has to offer: horse back riding, dirtbiking, hunting, snowmobiling, skiing, rafting, camping, you name it. At home I enjoy spending time in the kitchen making good food with quality ingredients. I have been eating gluten free for eight years now and mostly dairy free too. I believe that health and happiness isn’t only achieved in the studio or gym, but in a multitude of areas including the food we eat, the souls we surround ourselves with, and the experiences we prioritize our time for. If you are looking for some encouragement to reaching a level of total health and fitness, follow my Instagram @healthsunandlove.

 

Becoming a teacher has always been a goal of mine and now that I am here, I am excited to encourage you to reach yours; whatever that may be!

Brianna Barraza

Yoga Teacher

When I was a little girl my father had a yoga studio in Marina Del Rey, California. You'd think it was in the blood, but truthfully the yoga bug didn't take on right away. I think I giggled throughout my first class, and maybe even my second and third. Fortunately by my fourth yoga class I started to have clarity that I had never experienced before. It wasn't too long before my love for yoga finally, beautifully, consumed my body and my soul. My eyes began to widen. I wanted to learn everything about it. When I decided to get my certification, my baby brother suggested that if I wanted to take it seriously I should learn where it all started. So off to India I went.

 Naive, excited and not knowing what to expect for the first time, I was completely out of my comfort zone. Getting on the plane I felt myself having a mini panic attack. The anticipation of following my dreams was frightening and exhilarating all at once. I imagine the experience was not unlike a sheltered child going away to summer camp for the first time. 

I flew down to Goa, where I did my first 200 hour teacher training with Tarun Agrawal, owner of Kranti Yoga. I believed I learned more about life in that one month in India than I did in 12 years of grammar school.

Over the years I've studied with a variety of teachers including Natale Ferreira, Morgan Lee, and Mark Robberds. Not long after that I completed the Yogaworks Bridge Program with Malachi Greves, and full 500 hour program with mentor Calvin Corzine. 

As a student, I enjoy practicing many different styles of yoga. My classes are a blend of what I practice (Ashtanga, and Vinyasa Flow). I teach to share the many benefits of yoga so that students feel empowered and connected. 

Jaclyn Thompson

Sculpt Teacher

For me, practice fosters peace, strength, and stability, and it is a great privilege to guide others in fostering the same within themselves. Since attending my first Power Yoga class in 2012, Yoga has ebbed and flowed in my life like a tide. Through times of bliss and sorrow, transition and comfort, my practice returns to me time and time again, plugging me into my purpose. 

 

My little family of three located to Whitefish to be close to our family last summer. Practicing and growing at LoveYoga has been a life-giving source of connection and community. This sense of community is something I hope to bring to every class I attend and teach. In my classes, we will grow in our community in the same way we grow our practice, with strength, acceptance, dedication, and as always, a kick-ass good time.

Melayne Shayne

Budokon Yoga Teacher

Melayne Shayne is a Budokon Mixed Movement Athlete and founder of the Warrior Women Tribe. She is the VP of the Mixed Movement Arts System Budokon and Director of the Budokon Yoga Program and Teacher Training.

For Melayne, moving is more than creating forms and shapes with the body: it is a lifelong commitment to self reflection and personal development.

Before finding a fully-authentic expression through the empowering practice of martial arts in Budokon, Melayne sought to practice and learn from teachers around the globe within various lineages and styles as Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow, and ballet.

Melayne’s love for practicing and sharing mixed-movement and living her philosophy is reflected in her grounded teaching style, commitment to her Budokon black belt and most notably, in the passion she has for bringing women together through her Warrior Women events and global network. Always a student before a teacher, she seeks to be inspired and inspire others; challenge herself and challenge others.

Melayne teaches Budokon Infused Advanced Vinyasa Class on Wednesdays from 4-5p. In this class we will combine strong and circular transitions of challenging yogic asanas, mobility techniques and primal quadrupedal animal locomotion patterns to increase your strength, stamina, body control & present moment awareness. This practice and ‘The Way Of The Warrior Spirit’ will change the way you understand and embody movement.

Bethanie Funderburk

Sculpt Teacher

I first tried hot yoga in 2013 when my sister insisted I try a class as she had just began teaching. My first class I thought instantly, never again, but decided to try a few more classes. After three classes, something switched and I became absolutely addicted. It was the perfect balance with playing college basketball, and after graduating, my passion and love for hot yoga continued to grow.


I am originally from Missouri, and after graduating from physical therapy school I found my way to Montana with my fiancé, living just east of the Rockies in MT for a year, followed by a year of adventure as a travel PT. We chose to settle down in the Flathead Valley with our dog Fria and couldn’t be happier to be here. I am SO thankful to have Love Yoga as my home studio and excited to share my excitement and love for yoga and fitness. My goal is to lead an upbeat, fun, motivating, and sweaty sculpt class! 

Amanda Person

Sculpt Teacher

After having 2 littles, I was searching for a safe, energetic, and inspiring space to step back into movement. I finally found a place I LOVE ;-)! 

 

I have a Pilates background, but was looking to teach something slightly different, with sprinkles of Pilates movement. I quickly jumped into the Warrior Sculpt training to challenge myself and my body - it was more then I ever expected. I left feeling inspired and the need to spread that inspiration to others.

 

I hope to share my love of movement through fun music, laughter, and the occasional dance party! Can’t wait to see you!