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, 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 also 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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Taylor Steen 

A free spirit full of fire, passion, inspiration and creativity, Taylor brings a unique sense of self expression and exploration to her yoga classes. Through asana, pranayama and meditation in combination with expression, movement, dance and art, Taylor holds space for students to tune into their creative side while exploring all aspects of the yoga path. With a Degree in Fine Arts and Performance Art, Taylor aims to explore how both creativity and yoga can be combined. Taylor is a yogi, kids’ yoga instructor, Residential counselor, mindfulness and meditation teacher, art teacher, artist and dancer. Taylor is passionate about sharing the practice of yoga with others and how this practice can change lives, just as it did hers.

 

Taylor started yoga at the young age of 16 when she attended a wilderness therapy program along with a therapeutic based schools for teenagers. Although this was a very intense time in Taylor’s life, she says the practice of mindfulness completely changed the way in which she viewed the world as a whole. “It was the first time in my life I had truly tuned in and simply felt; I felt the aliveness of the world, the people around me and most importantly, I felt the aliveness in my own being and how I was in control of my life path”. Taylor continued to dive deep into her yoga practice throughout college, exploring all the different aspects of the practice and went on to receive her RYT 200- Hour certification as well as a Kids Yoga Teaching Certification.

Taylor has taught to a variety of different populations including the Missoula Jail, the Missoula Yoga Preschool and currently she is running a yoga and mindfulness program for teens. Taylor believes Yoga is for everyone, no matter their walk of life. Taylor’s main goal is to share how yoga goes much deeper than physical postures and that Yoga is truly a way of life. When not in class you can find Taylor skiing at big mountain, running, enjoying life in the mountains, making jewelry, painting, writing poetry or dancing.

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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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Charlie Covey

After ten years in New York City, I finally moved back to my hometown of Whitefish! My journey from childhood in Montana to the mean streets of NYC had me criss-cross the country several times, living in Atlanta, Los Angeles and the British Virgin Islands before setting in New York to finish college. I picked up yoga while in school and kept practicing while pursuing an acting career.  I completed my 200-hour training in 2017 and quickly became a full time yoga teacher, working for companies like Lululemon, Alo and 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 a 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 and settling into life back in Montana- tons of hiking and lake time. Through quarantine I've been trying to become a better cook by making at least one new recipe each week, so if you have any suggestions for my next challenge please let me know! 

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Carly Swartz Westensee

Carly started teaching barre in 2012 in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Since then, she has taught in several cities across the United states, and obtained several certifications including aerial fitness, TRX and personal training. Carly frequently bounces back and forth from Whitefish to Billings where she is getting her doctorate in occupational therapy. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her fiance and two dogs, gardening, painting, and all the outdoor recreation northwest Montana has to offer!

Cat is the owner and trainer at Alpine Start Fitness. Cat is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise, TRX Certified, an Integrative Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a 200 hour RYT through the Yoga Center of Seattle.

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Cat Jenks

Cat Jenks has been teaching yoga for 8 years and is passionate about bringing movement that feels good into people's lives. Cat specializes in training mountain athletes and brings mobility and functional movement into her yoga teaching. Bringing a "flow state" from the mountains into the yoga studio.

Cat is the owner and trainer at Alpine Start Fitness. Cat is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise, TRX Certified, an Integrative Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a 200 hour RYT through the Yoga Center of Seattle.

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Meghan Leisak

Our fearless singing bowl and sound healing queen. More on her soon...

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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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Corrine Creighton

RYT-200, Certified Personal Trainer

“Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in.”

After a successful career as a personal trainer and spin/fitness instructor, Corinne found herself drawn to yoga for a more balanced approach to overall health and well being. She took her yoga teacher training with the Colorado School of Yoga, then followed it with Restorative Yoga Teacher Training. Combining her knowledge of the human body and how it moves, with the philosophy of yoga, then adding the meditative qualities of Restorative yoga, she teaches a unique style of Yoga. Her focus is on breath and mindful movement, which she combines with her passion for proper alignment to engage muscles you never knew you had. She believes that what you learn on your mat transitions to how you live life off your mat.

Corinne is a mother of two boys, and recently moved to whitefish with her husband from Colorado. She is Canadian born and will drop the odd ‘eh’ if you listen for it. Her love of animals, especially dogs, has her volunteering at the Humane Society. You can catch her in the great outdoors hiking, mountain biking, camping and Paddle boarding in the summer, then skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking in the winter.

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