We've had awesome teachers who have come and gone, moved out of state, & headed to grad school, but the below four rockstars have been with Team Thrive since we opened in September 2019. We all offer something a little bit different in our teaching styles - but our love for yoga and our love for the Thrive community are the same!
Summer has been practicing yoga since she was 13. A 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher ("RYT", trained by Jaya Yoga School), Summer has a deep love for movement and a curiosity for all things yoga philosophy and practice, having studied the lineage of the Bihar School of Yoga founded by Satayanada Saraswati. As a former competitive dancer trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary and modern dance, Summer loves dynamic movement of the body, mind, and spirit – and it shows: her innovative sequencing is sure to rock your world.
Kristi has always been on the move. It started with ballet, tap, and modern dance for nearly 10 years growing up, then it became a passion for running. When, in the thrall of law school, running - her go-to stress relief - became too hard on her knees, she found a butt-kicking yoga teacher at the local gym (Jesús, bless him) and has never turned back. A 500-Hour RYT (trained by Evolation Yoga), Kristi can gush for a good while about the transformative powers of yoga. Her personal, top yoga loves include Prana Flow (created by Shiva Rea) and Hot Yoga (“26 & 2”), two styles that have a particularly amazing way of getting you out of your head and into the challenge of the moment. Kristi’s classes are like her: warm, lighthearted, and fun.
Katie has been practicing yoga for 15 years. As a 200-Hour registered teacher (trained by CorePower Yoga), she was so excited about teaching that she continued on after her teacher training and took CorePower’s Extensions Program, gaining 50 additional hours of teaching experience. She has taught classes everywhere from community parks to hot yoga studios to chiropractic offices to local gyms. In Katie’s teaching, she’s mastered the art of immediately and continually bringing you into the present moment – from wherever your mind happened to wander. Katie is a transplant to the Pacific Northwest and has lived and traveled all over the world. She loves to travel, play with cameras, and grow food. She is putting down roots in Kitsap County to be near her family.
“Stay curious” are the words Katie lives by in her practice, whether it’s exploring new movement or finding stillness in meditation. It’s that curious perspective that led her to find yoga at a young age. As a former high school athlete, she credits yoga with shifting her mindset from competition to connection. A 200-Hour registered teacher (trained by Yoga Den), she taught for two years in Tallahassee, Florida before moving to Bremerton in 2017. As a copywriter for a yoga and fitness platform in Seattle, she’s immersed in all things yoga. Her slow, soulful flows will help you create space, build deep strength, and get lost in the movement.