Love Yoga Teachers

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Holly Purdy 

Founder / Owner / Yoga and Barre Teacher
ERYT- 200
RYT 300

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 devoted to 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. With deep reverence, I am on the path of Bhakti yoga, a 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

Co-founder / Teacher/ RN
500 Hr E-RYT
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 sometimes a bad mouth.  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 true purpose and path in life.

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 graduate of the Baptiste FIT to lead program.

Suzy is also the co-founder of Evoke Energy Yoga which offers programs and trainings in 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.


In addition she is a practicing nurse and a Nurse Coach "a nurse for the nurses" where she is diligently working towards creating a new paradigm in the way we approach health, healing and challenging the current healthcare model.


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

Yoga / Sculpt Teacher
RYT 200

“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 Levengood

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

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!


Anna Bohacs

Studio Manager
Yoga Teacher
Ayurvedic Health Counselor

Through intuitive movement and mindfulness, Anna is in practice both on and off the mat. Drawn to the practice for the guaranteed work out, she stayed because of the palpable shift she experienced in body and mind. There is so much to learn from our internal and external environments when we give ourselves the space to experience and the quiet to listen! 


She is a RYT-300 with a focus in Ayurveda, E-RYT-200, and YACEP. Her husband’s job has gifted her the opportunity to teach and practice all over the country, and to learn little nuggets from inspiring teachers along the way. 


Yoga and Ayurveda influence the lens through which she sees the world, and the foundation upon which she teaches. Her intention is to provide students with explorative options that allow them to cultivate peace (+ fun and heat, y’all!) in their own bodies, minds, and hearts.


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! 


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.


Stephanie Stabenow

Barre Teacher

Within 5 minutes of meeting me, it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll know my two passions in life: barre and dogs! I took my first barre class almost 5 years ago and it ignited something within me. I was hooked before the class ended and couldn’t wait for the next one. Barre has brought out a sense of confidence, strength and peace I didn’t know I was capable of and it consistently helps me be the best version of myself. Barre allows me to challenge myself and I’m so excited and grateful to be able to share my passion for barre with the Love Yoga community and help you find your inner strength. 


When I’m not practicing barre (or any of the other classes at Love Yoga) you can find me adventuring and exploring with my boyfriend and our 3 dogs.


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! 

Madeline Luecht

Sculpt / Yoga / Barre Teacher

Feel inspired, work hard, be creative. 

My classes are powerful and strong, while always keeping an element of fluidity and sweetness. I love to turn up the music, go inward, and flow with smooth transitions. Before you know it 60 minutes have passed and you are fully charged up!


In 2013, before my Junior year at Oregon State, I received my RYT 200 through Flow Yoga in Hood River, OR. Over 150 hours of continued education have been completed through Flow in India and Bali. In 2019 I completed a killer barre training with REBL Movement which was really the icing on the cake! In class, you can feel the deep-rooted inspiration that comes from my diverse training background. It has been fun to learn under so many talented men and women and I hope I can keep that inspiration going. 


Besides teaching, I am a full-time jeweler and metalsmith, and outdoor enthusiast. Whatever I am doing I love to fill it with inspiration, creativity and keep the good times rolling!


Sean Phelps

Yoga Teacher

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. 


Cici Smith

Yoga Teacher

Cici has been traveling the world offering workshops, trainings, and international retreats for the past 5+ years. Trained originally in Bali through YogaKoh, she gained a unique perspective of the practice in the East versus the West and blends the hallmarks of both into her offerings. She encourages students to be curious and playful during classes and always intends that they leave with new-found awareness and knowledge in their body and mind (and maybe a new upside-down-trick or two).


Since her original vinyasa training, Cici has also trained with Yoga Medicine in Anatomy, Carson Calhoun in Rocket Yoga, Carlos Romero in Yin and Thai Bodywork, and many others via workshops and lectures as her yearning for knowledge and depth in this practice and in her own human experience never lessens!! 


Courtney Nelson

Yoga Teacher

“Yoga saved my life. The movement, the breathwork, the meditation - all continue to give me a place to rest into the reality of my experience and find growth and healing in the present. This beautiful, ancient practice ignited a passion deep within me to teach, to help guide others toward their own personal truth and highest sense of self.”


Courtney sold her home and yoga studio down south and followed her intuition westward, landing in Montana during the summer of 2021. Seeking a place of inspiration and solitude to finish writing her first book, she quickly fell in love with the wild landscape and community of like-minded souls she found in and around Whitefish and started planting her roots. 


Courtney has been practicing yoga for over a decade and has been teaching for the last 4 years after completing her RYT200 at Five Points Yoga (Athens, GA). She is also certified in Thai Yoga Bodywork under Michael Sitzer (Asheville, NC) and is currently working toward her RYT500. Her classes are a combination of fluid movement, technical alignment and creative transitions paired with intentional breathwork and spiritual teachings rooted in the ancient traditions of yoga. 


An avid hiker and lover of poetry, Courtney also enjoys chasing the Aurora Borealis and jamming out to bluegrass & folk music.  She lives with her two children – her rescue huskies Nya & Luna.


Amanda Jenkins

Primal Flow & Buti® Yoga Teacher

Amanda has found balance in her life by uniting her love of the outdoors with her love of yoga. 


Originally from the East Coast, she’s taught yoga around the Flathead since 2018.


Although she’s been practicing since 2000, discovering Buti® Yoga ignited a passion to share yoga with others.


Since completing her initial Vinyasa 200 hour, Amanda has been certified in Buti® Yoga, Primal Flow, and Yoga Medicine’s “Yoga for Athletes” program, completing training with and being mentored by well-known instructors from around the country. In 2021, she published the book “Go From Hustle to Flow: Yoga + Mindset Practice to Release Overwhelm, Cultivate Peace, and Redefine Success.” She lives in Whitefish with her husband & two kids.


Her upbeat classes allow you to listen to your body, cross-train for your sport, focus on alignment, tap into the parasympathetic nervous system (“rest and digest”), tone the core, and heal from injury. Prep for or recover from your outdoor adventures with asana (yoga poses), pranayama (breathwork), and less-than-typical elements including shake therapy, fascia disturbance, and primal movement. Amanda is known for her music-driven flows and modifications to suit all body types and ability levels.