Love Yoga Teachers

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Holly Purdy 

Founder / Owner / Yoga and Barre Teacher
E-RYT 500
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. 

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Suzy Aragon

Co-founder / Teacher/ RN
E-RYT 500
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...?

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Anna Bohacs

Studio Manager
E-RYT 500 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! 

 

Due to the transient nature of her partner's job, she has been 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Madeline Axtell

Yoga Teacher

"Between our heads and our toes, there are a million miles of unexplored wilderness."

 

Madeline practices yoga as a journey towards embodiment, a coming home to ourselves. She invites students into awareness of their physical body - through movement and wonder. Her degree from Penn State in Kinesiology and immersion in rhythm as a life long tap dancer, provide a strong foundation for her teaching. Madeline graduated from the Love Yoga 200 hour teacher training in 2022.

 

In her classes you can expect a welcoming of every body, a purposeful playlist, and intentional, creative movement. She loves teaching in the early mornings and will greet you with an energetic smile no matter if the sun is up yet or not.

 

When Madeline is not teaching yoga, she is likely at Spotted Bear Spirits [just a few blocks from Love!] where she works as the Tasting Room manager and Creative Director. Madeline is married to her best friend Keegan and has two mystical and delightful black cats.

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Charlie Covey

Yoga Teacher

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

 

His 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 him get comfortable in his own skin, and now he wants to help everyone feel more comfortable in their own body. In his classes, expect sweaty vinyasa flows and good vibes as you challenge and ground yourself in your practice.

 

Outside of the yoga world, he has his masters degree in applied exercise physiology.  He loves the outdoors- skiing, hiking, lake time, you name it. He is so happy to be spending time back in his hometown and loving all that Whitefish has to offer! 

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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. 

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Jaclyn Thompson

Sculpt/ Yoga 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.

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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.

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Bethanie Funderburk

Sculpt Teacher

Yoga has been a huge part of my life since I started practicing in 2013. Once I graduated and no longer played college basketball, yoga filled the void of missing basketball and became one of my biggest passions.

 

Outside of yoga, I enjoy running, hiking, reading, biking, the outdoors, and being with family and friends. I have a crazy dog named Fria who is my running buddy, and a wonderful husband named Brad who hates running, but is my sidekick in everything else. We met in PT school and are both physical therapists here in the valley. I’m originally from Missouri and moved to Montana in 2017 to enjoy the beauty and outdoors the state provides.

 

I am so grateful for the community and love that this studio provides. I love to lead a sweaty, challenging, and upbeat class. Hope to see you all on your mats!

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Amanda Person

Sculpt Teacher

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

 

Amanda (Mand) has a Pilates background, but was looking to teach something slightly different, with sprinkles of Pilates movement. She quickly jumped into the Warrior Sculpt training to challenge myself and my body - it was more than she ever expected. She left feeling inspired and the need to spread that inspiration to others.

 

She hopes to share her love of movement through fun music, laughter, and the occasional dance party! Can’t wait to see you! 

Maureen (Mo/ Momo) Cleary

Yoga Teacher

Mo believes yoga has within its many expressions the power to heal us. After almost forty years as a critical care nurse she made the decision to deepen her yoga practice. 

Her practices in yoga began in the 1960's with B.K.S. Iyengar approach - and evolved into and out-of a regular practice over the course of her life. She fell into the many distractions of work, family, self - leaving her practice behind several times, but always coming back to those habits she instinctually knew served her best. And yoga, as a living embodiment of true health, became what saved her from a life of chronic pain.

It was her decision to 'dedicate herself to a full year of regular and vigorous practice' that literally changed her life into one of a liberating and joyful experience.

She believes yoga can be accessible to everyone - with right approaches anyone can enjoy the benefits of yoga, become stronger and enjoy the benefits - physically, psychologically and beyond. 

What we learn 'on the mat' when we have courage and stamina - will teach you if you let it. 

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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!! 

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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.

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Shaun Naughton

Yoga Teacher

Shaun has been a teacher and trainer for over 20 years. He is multi certified in athletics, yoga, nutrition body work and wellness. Shaun grew up in Santa Fe New Mexico and spent 10 years in LA and another 25 in Mill Valley California. Shaun is an ex-triathlete, ultra-runner and professional coach and trainer. No longer taking clients, Shaun's classes will give you access to all those years of experience, in 75 minutes…bring water and an extra towel. 

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Tiffany Nitschke

Yoga Teacher

Tiffany is a Montana-native, lover of nature and connection to the land, and wide open spaces. She’s passionate about self-care through means of nutrition, movement, importance of internal dialog, and sustainability to Mother Earth. An adventurer through many modes, primarily cycling, and now YOGA as a means to build endurance, get strong, go further, arise to difficult mental challenges, and have a deep connection with friends and the community. She loves to travel and explore all this amazing world has to offer. She loves the mental and physical challenges that arise when pushing limits on and off the mat. Even more important, yoga is a practice to create stillness in the mind, to reduce anxiety, and to practice finding clarity.

 

Tiffany has been practicing yoga off and on for the last several years, but once she started going to hot yoga at Love Yoga, her practice became consistent. The heat accompanied with mindful movement and self inquiry had her hooked. Her practice quickly became a staple in her life. As she works through her own health journey, yoga has been a saving grace, aiding in healing. Tiffany completed her 200-Hour YTT at Love Yoga in 2022.

 

In her classes you can often expect to be physically challenged in yoga poses with intentional, powerful music to keep you flowing. In the sedentary, technology-driven society we live in, you can expect counter balancing self-care centered around chest & shoulders openers, along with hip mobility. She believes in the importance of human touch. When attending her classes, she will likely gift you with her healing energy through the power of gentle assists. She strives to bring a space for healing, deep connection, and space.

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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.

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Lacey Walsh

Yoga Teacher

After having her second child, Lacey fell in love with fitness via barre. Her interest in fitness expanded to SoulCycle and circuit training. On intermittent trips to Montana, she found Love and specifically yin yoga, which changed her life. At Love, her wellness focus shifted from body-improvement to energy-balancing, mind-wellness and slowing down to sit in the moment. Her deep appreciation of the Love community and offerings led her to complete Love’s YTT’s 200-hour training in 2022.

 

Lacey’s love of the arts, nature and meditation fuels her classes with bits of breathwork and poetry commonly found throughout. Her next step is reiki – in which she will be certified in October.

 

When Lacey is not in the studio, she can be found hiking, on the water, or with her family (musical-theater daughter, engineering-minded son, and three life-filling doggos – all of whom she is eternally grateful for).

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Madison Watson

Yoga Teacher

Bio coming soon! 

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Carly Swartz

Barre Teacher

Carly Westensee has always loved acrobatic activities! Growing up, she was a gymnast and then a competitive cheerleader in Louisville, KY. In college, Carly transitioned to an artist's lifestyle, getting her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky in Fine Arts with a focus in ceramics, sculpture and art history. Out of college Carly realized she was missing the connection with moving her body and she tried barre classes! It wasn't long before she was asked to teach. Carly first certified in barre amped method in Franklin TN in 2011, and then moved around the country certifying in several different barre techniques, aerial fitness, TRX, board yoga, power sculpt and was a personal trainer for 5 years.

 

Recently, Carly graduated with her doctorate in occupational therapy from Rocky Mountain College in Billings. She has been happily back at home with her husband, dog and baby ever since spring of 2020 when everything went virtual. Carly is back teaching at LOVE because she enjoys helping people connect their bodies to their minds, escaping daily stressors to get strong and release endorphins! All levels can participate as she is excellent with describing body positions and verbally cueing corrections. Carly enjoys skiing, mountain biking, gardening and painting in her spare time. She loves helping people get strong and avoid injuries so they, too, can enjoy favored leisure time activities. 

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Dayna Diamond

Yoga Teacher

Dayna always has a smile on her face and is ready to share her energy with the world. You can usually find her playing snowboards with her friends, ripping around on her dirt bike with her man, or hanging with her doggie.

She started her yoga journey while going to college in Denver. While living in Kauai, it became consistent and started changing her life. The Goddess like classes on the beach and the community that came along with it inspired Dayna to want to continue to learn more!

After to moving to Whitefish, Dayna found Love Yoga and started trying new classes. After belting out her first Om and her first chant she was hooked. She completed Love Yoga’s 200hr teacher training and Warrior Sculpt training.

You can be yourself in her classes. She wants to share the power of being you through laughter or even mistakes. Her favorite way to start a class is with chanting!

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Rebecca Ulizio

Musician

Rebecca is probably best known in town as a farmer at Two Bear Farm. Over the past few years, she has immersed herself deeply into the world of music. What started as some guitar lessons and a really shy voice has evolved into a complete love and devotion to ceremony, and the music that is a part of it. This past winter Rebecca attended a retreat in Mexico that introduced her to chanting and medicine music, and she discovered how healing music and vocal expression can be. It’s a part of all of our ancestry, and she is excited to dive deep and share her passion of song with you all!