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Our Team

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.


Lake Frederick

Lake (yes, like the body of water, and what a cool name amirite?!) is a 200-Hour RYT with a passion for making yoga accessible for all body types and skill levels. Trained by Uplifted Yoga Academy, Lake has been practicing for over ten years and teaching for the last two. Her yoga teaching style is compassionate, caring, and body-positive, informed by past struggles with her confidence and body image which yoga has helped her overcome. Trained in the Hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative yogic traditions, Lake is elated to join Team Thrive and share her yoga-love through our Gentle Yoga and Range of Motion classes. Beyond the mat, Lake is working towards a Psychology degree with ASU and plans to use her degree to weave together the mind-body aspects of both psychology and yoga.

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Sierra Hinrichsen

Sierra is a lifelong Bremertonian. She earned her 200-Hour RYT from the Yandara Yoga Institute after practicing yoga across the Kitsap Peninsula for 10 years. As a disability advocate who works in human resources, Sierra brings a nurturing approach to teaching yoga, informed by her passion for mental health awareness and for helping people discover the healing powers of yoga and breathwork. She encourages her students to make each practice their own and to prioritize what feels right for their body over what poses she may be cueing. Her slow, introspective classes will guide you to become better acquainted with your authentic self and to leave your worries at the door. In her free time, you can find Sierra immersed in a book, gardening, or spoiling her two cats - just as they deserve!


kristi millsap

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 rains

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.


katie williams

“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.


Tao Zheng

Tao is a 500-Hour RYT (200 Hours in Hot Power Fusion and 300 Hours in Vinyasa/Power Yoga, both through CorePower Yoga) who has been practicing yoga for ten years and teaching for over seven. Tao stumbled into yoga in the most relatable way ever: with a random Groupon deal. With zero experience in yoga, he survived his first 90-minute 26 & 2 class and then kept coming back for more. With his passion for hot yoga and his memories of navigating 26 & 2 as a novice yoga student, Tao wants to help every student find their personal edge between accessibility and challenge. Off the mat, Tao stays busy with his PhD program at the University of Washington School of Nursing and he loves to cook and spend time on his boat (google him and see how he combined both loves during the pandemic). 

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