thrive yoga and fitness - bradenton, fl

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Yin Yoga, Thrive

Sunday Morning Yin Yoga at Thrive

Sundays were made for relaxing, recharging, and preparing for the week ahead. What better way to start the day than an hour-long Yin yoga class?

This 10:00 a.m. class is fairly new to Thrive Yoga and Fitness and is led by 25-year yoga veteran and recent yoga teacher training (YTT) graduate Elizabeth Jensen. The studio space is open and welcoming, decorated simply with a few wall murals and a warm and relaxing color scheme.

Today’s class size was perfect, with seven attendees split almost evenly between men and women. We prepared for class by choosing a blanket and a block from the prop-area and relaxing into a comfortable seated position.

Connecting with Our Breath

Elizabeth began the class by leading us through a breathing exercise called Humming Bee Breath. It’s an ancient practice that is designed to calm the mind and reduce stress. We began by covering our eyes with our fingertips and gently plugging our ears with our thumbs. Together, we inhaled deeply, hummed as we exhaled slowly and completely, and repeated for several minutes.

The result is an interesting vibrating sensation and an almost “trippy” reverb inside your head. By the time we finished, my mind was calm and clear and I was ready to focus on the practice ahead.

Yin Yoga, Explained

Yin yoga is different from almost any other type of yoga. It’s a simple and quiet practice but is much more challenging than it looks. In Yin yoga, you hold your pose, or asana, for three to five minutes at a time. This creates a deep stretch that targets the joints and connective tissues. If done consistently, the practice can increase circulation and improve flexibility.

The blankets and blocks are used as needed to ensure that you are able to hold the position comfortably for several minutes. I quickly learned that this is not the time to try to look cool or push too far out of your comfort zone. Simply finding stillness and holding onto it was far more challenging than I could have imagined.

Embracing Discomfort

Today’s class was focused on a series of hip-opening poses. Elizabeth explained that many people hold stress and tension in their hips and that during the practice we may find ourselves feeling frustrated or uncomfortable. Consciously opening the hips creates depth, flexibility, peacefulness, and opens up space to accept positive energy.

During class, Elizabeth came around to offer gentle adjustments. She encouraged us to embrace discomfort while being conscious to avoid any actual pain. In Yin yoga, she said, the pose actually begins in the moment when you really want to get out of it. The essence of Yin yoga lies in finding the edge of your comfort level and gently settling in until you can push the slightest bit further.

During our well-deserved Savasana, Elizabeth came around and closed the class with a gentle face and neck massage and the application of some essential oils. In my opinion, this class was absolute perfection. If you haven’t experienced a Yin yoga class for yourself, I highly recommend it.

Elizabeth will be leading a Body Positivity, Presence, and Empowerment workshop at Thrive on Saturday, July 19th. I’m incredibly excited to attend and explore this topic from a yogic perspective. You can learn more and register by clicking HERE.

Thrive, Beach Yoga, Anna Maria Island

Thrive Beach Yoga

It’s hard to find words to describe the magic that happens when conscious breath and movement combines with the absolute best that Mother Nature has to offer. Thrive Beach Yoga on Anna Maria Island offers an experience unlike any other.

Located on the north end of the island near the Sandbar Restaurant, the class is nestled in a cozy clearing surrounded by sea grass. It attracts a diverse crowd of both men and women of all ages and skill levels.

Thrive Beach Yoga: A Little Piece of Paradise

The beach yoga class I attended was led by Kayla, who also teaches Vinyasa yoga in the studio on Friday mornings. We worked on a hip-opening series, balancing, and sun salutations. It was an all-level class, with suggested modifications that allowed each participant to make the practice his or her own.

Starting class in the early morning helps to avoid the summer heat, and a steady Gulf breeze kept us cool and comfortable. The hypnotic sound of crashing waves made it easy to relax, let go, and turn my focus inward.

The soft sand beneath my body, smell of salt air, and gorgeous view created an experience that was both incredibly peaceful and exhilarating. Some of us were even lucky enough to catch a glimpse of dolphins frolicking in the water as we played with movement on the mat.

By the end of the practice, I was filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude. I am thankful for living in a place where so many people dream of vacationing, for having the ability to practice yoga and connect with my body, and for being surrounded by 25 other souls who shared in this awesome experience.

Join in on the Fun

No previous experience is needed to enjoy beach yoga. Simply throw on some comfortable clothes and join in on the fun. A sheet or tapestry works better in the sand than a yoga mat, and you will want to bring a bottle of water.

Thrive Beach Yoga is a donation-based class offered every Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Keep up on the latest news by following Thrive Beach Yoga on Facebook.

Thrive Yoga, Blog

Rediscovering Yoga and Learning How to Thrive

NOTE: This is the first in a 12-part guest-blogging series about the Thrive Yoga Fit Experience.

It’s no secret that a consistent yoga practice provides amazing benefits for the body, mind, and soul. For many years, I was lucky enough to experience the advantages of practicing yoga every day.Unfortunately, the stress of work and other obligations took over and my yoga practice eventually fell to the wayside.

One day I took a step back and realized that I had lost a piece of myself. I started noticing that my body felt heavy, it was harder to keep my balance, and I was no longer as flexible as I used to be. Shallow breathing and a chaotic monkey-mind are now a way of life. I miss the way my practice made me feel, and it’s clear that now is the time to make a change.

My Personal Yoga Challenge

I’ve partnered with Thrive Yoga Fitness in Bradenton and challenged myself to rediscover my yoga practice with patience and consistency. For the next 30 days, I’ll be completely immersing myself in the Thrive yoga studio experience. I will be pushing myself out of my comfort zone and attending as many new classes, workshops, and community events as possible. Good, bad, or ugly, I’ll be sharing my experience every step of the way.

Why I Chose Thrive Yoga & Fitness

Studio owner Erin Geraghty welcomed me with open arms and explained her vision of creating a space that is so much more than your typical yoga studio. Her passion and enthusiasm were evident from the first moment we met, and it’s clear she’s poured so much love and energy into making the studio warm and inviting.

While advanced students are welcome here, Thrive’s classes are about so much more than crazy yoga poses and Lululemon pants. Erin’s vision includes offering an array of classes that appeal to various skill levels, body types, and personal preferences.

Something for Everyone

At Thrive Yoga Fitness, you will find a variety of classes including Hatha, Vinyasa, Yinergy, Gentle Flow, and Restorative. The studio offers both hot yoga and non-heated classes as well as out-of- studio experiences like beach yoga on Anna Maria Island and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga in Palma Sola Bay.

I invite you to join me as I embark on this exciting journey to connect with myself, rediscover my yoga practice, and learn how to Thrive. Be sure to join the Thrive Yoga Fit Community on Facebook. Here you will be able to keep up on all the latest blog posts and be the first to know about upcoming events and other exciting news.


The Journey Starts with You: Island Retreat

The Journey Starts with You: Island Retreat

There’s a difference between a journey and a vacation. A journey is demanding. A vacation is relaxing. A journey required we connect to ourselves and others. A vacation, both are optional. A journey requires our full attention in all earnestness with consistency. A vacation is a chance to check out.

I’m not into vacations so much. I want to sink my teeth into something. I want to feed my soul. I want my evolution. This is why my latest journey was to the Amazon Jungle surrounded Shamans, mosquitos, and 21 other hungry souls.

My journey within was painful. The universe knows I understand pain and so, it was my teacher. The lesson though was not that life is pain. For sure, that’s a part of it, but the real lesson was that journeying through it is one of the most rewarding experiences in life and it changes you.

When you are faced with challenge do you choose to run away? Perhaps it has been your pattern for so long that you don’t realize you do it. That was the case with me. But when you decide to consciously sit with it an travel through using the body as a vessel, the pain starts to dissolve. It’s like waking up from a dream. It’s jolting, but you can pinch yourself and feel alive.

Is it hard? Probably. Is there pain? Maybe. Is it worth it? Absolutely. You are worth showing up fully for yourself.

This is why I do retreats. We hold space for the inner journey. The good news is that you don’t have to travel to the Amazon to get it, we have it right on Anna Maria Island. Join me for a life changing yoga retreat May 15th-18th or May 18th-21st.

Who would you be without your pain? Are you ready to find out? Join us.
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10 Reasons why Yoga Teacher Training is Right for You

(Even if you don’t have the desire to teach yoga)

Many people approach me about yoga teacher training usually say something like,
“I’d love to, but I’ve only been practicing for a short while,” or “I can’t do
arm balances yet,” or even, “I’m so inflexible, how the heck can I teach this?
You DO NOT have to be an elite practitioner to take a yoga teacher training. In
fact, you don’t even have to have the desire to be a teacher. I’ve compiled a
list of the top 10 reasons why Yoga Teacher Training might be for you.

1. You have been practicing yoga long enough to develop a craving for something more.
If you have thoughts like, “there’s something to this yoga stuff,” or “I crave more of this deep understanding of soul connection my teacher talks about,” then yoga teacher training might be in the cards for you. In my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification, my favorite part was the talk about connection with inner being. I enjoyed the poses for sure, but I really craved to make a connection with the deeper part of me, and the training helped me connect.

2. You feel stuck in your life or you are in transition.
In Chinese, the word Crisis also bears the same meaning as Opportunity. Learning the deeper parts of yoga helps us to navigate life more skillfully and peacefully. The experience rapidly accelerates your personal growth journey. When we apply the tools we learn in training to our lives off the mat, we find we are not so shaken by circumstances and in fact, we flip them around and use them as positives in our lives.

3. You have a calling inside of you to help other people.
You know this itch if you have it. This is for the Empath, the Nurturer, the Philanthropist. The best part about learning the depths of yoga is that you also heal yourself in the process. So if you have always been the one in your family that wants to help, yoga teacher training provides your with tools to do so.

4. You find that you understand the world through physical intelligence.
I was one of these people. I understood concepts more if I experienced them through my body. Everyone is different, but in some people the body’s ability to understand is greater other more orthodox methods of learning. By taking yoga teacher training I was able to hone in on my special gifts and that has expanded out into body work and the ability to connect with myself better on a mental and spiritual level.

5. You have been thinking about it for a while.
Thoughts are powerful my friends and intuition can navigate it’s way by using our thoughts to nudge us in the right direction. If the thought keeps popping in your head to take a yoga teacher training, but you convince yourself out of it over and over again, it’s time to listen. What you get out of our yoga teacher training will FAR exceed any reasons why you think you can’t do it.

6. You can do more than you think you can.
You’ve heard this before. You know it’s right. But, I get it, it’s scary. As Marian Williamson says, “it is our light not our dark that scares us most.” We are afraid to be that shining light, but our playing small does not serve the world. If under that fear exists excitement and freedom, that’s your soul speaking dear. Listen.

7. You want to cultivate a deeper sense of compassion and unconditional love for yourself.
The first two limbs of the 8 limbs of yoga we are introduced to the Yamas and Niyamas. These are Yoga’s ethical practices and observances. The first thing we start to do in yoga teacher training is learn to love ourselves and shower ourselves with compassion. You will start treating yourself different and as a result your relationships will become stronger and deeper, your understanding of the world shifts, and love starts to pour from your words and actions. Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make.

8. You want to connect to your soul on a profound level.
Yoga is not a religion, but when practiced enough with understanding of the 8 limbs, it does become spiritual. This causes us to seek less outside of ourselves and we start to realize our own power to be everything we need for ourselves. We become the change we wish to see in the world.. Yoga teacher training not only provides the tools for that process, but also shows you how to ground yourself during the process so even as you shift, you learn how to take care of yourself and others as you grow.

9. You want to lead a healthy, well-balanced life.
The yoga teacher training at Thrive Yoga & Fitness  includes modules on Nutrition, Life Coaching, and natural healing modalities such as Reiki and Acupressure. We go past yoga, which is healing in itself and we teach you about many complements to help you further integrate a healthy lifestyle and learn to teach these techniques to others if you choose.

10. You want to learn how to heal yourself and others.
Yoga is an ancient science and has medicinal healing qualities. Taking yoga teacher training deepens your understanding of the energy systems everyone has locked in their bodies. Through practice and technique, you learn how to unlock them, balance them, and turn your body into a healing machine.


If you find yourself nodding your head at any of these reasons and are ready to experience personal growth both on and off the mat, then fill out the form below for more information or contact

We begin April 21st 2017 and we are accepting no more than 10 people. Contact
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YTT 2017

  • Thank you so much for trusting me in your journey. My heart is like a well that overflows for seekers of truth and knowledge. I also want you to know that I love to share the aspects of my journey within each class I teach. I have learned to open my authentic self to the world with all its wounds, imperfections, and beauty. I can tell you it's quite liberating and I highly recommend it!

    This experience will change your life. I look forward to growing with you.

    With Deep Love and Gratitude,
    Erin Geraghty, RYT-500
    Yoga Therapist and Owner/Trainer of Thrive Yoga & Fitness
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Couples Yoga

Love is such an amazing feeling. It starts with us and then it radiates outwards in our actions and words to our loved ones. Imagine connecting on a deeper level with your partner. Really seeing each other with all the outer layers dropping away and remembering why you fell in love in the first place. That’s what V-Day is all about.

At Thrive we love Valentines Day. I think it’s because we now have  great excuse to give more hugs and love to our students and clients. We can always choose love to flow through us, and it’s always a great choice. Valentine’s is just a day when we can really go all out and show how much we care.

If you haven’t ever experienced our Partner Yoga Workshop at Thrive, you have to try! We include an hour of whimsical partner poses, followed by 30 minutes of deeply relaxing restorative postures to help melt away any stress. These postures are beginner friendly, but modifications and progressions will be given as you will be under the care of  a very skilled Yoga Therapist.

After class we follow it up with champagne, strawberries, and chocolate and enjoy the loving energy we have created. For $45, you can’t beat this deal.

Sign up and save your spot today. Click here to sign up! 


Yoga Teacher Training Retreat!

Yoga Teacher Training Training Retreat 

Anna Maria Island Escape: Island Retreat
May 15th-18th      or      May


There is an amazing power each of us has inside. The mind is a creation machine. The body is a vessel. If we learn how to join the two, our spirit comes alive. We shed suffering from our past and create space for passion, creativity, and love to pulse through us. For a lot of us though, we get so caught up in our lives, there’s little opportunity for these forces to funnel through us.

The Anna Maria Island Retreat is meant to give you just that. We want you to unwind and come alive, recharge and refocus, release and create. And while you’re at it, learn the depth of yoga from a yoga teacher training perspective. Best of all, this retreat is very accessible to beginners. The only requirements are an open mind and a desire to go deeper spiritually.

We include teachings on meditation, chanting, pranayama, asana, as well as yoga philosophy and ethics.

Guided by Erin Geraghty, certified life coach and yoga therapist, this 3-day mind, body, spirit, all-inclusive retreat is meant to purge any toxic beliefs and habits and replace them with unconditional self-love, confidence, and passion. Plus we give you 2 options to fit your schedule! Join us either May 15th-18th or May 18th-21st (or you can do both!)

Everyday we will start with yoga and meditation led by Erin and followed by a delicious healthy breakfast of fresh cleansing juices, smoothies, and fresh herbs and teas. Afterwards we begin our group study of “The Yamas and Niyamas.” These texts will help you profoundly shift your perspective and manifest your dreams and desires.

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We will also dive deep into conscious and subconscious, mental and emotional patterns in our group coaching sessions. Erin, certified Life Coach reaches the core issues that keep you repeating the same self-sabotaging behaviors and replaces them with productive new beliefs that will continue to grow and flourish throughout the retreat. These sessions are incredibly powerful and uproot the causes of why you aren’t living your dream life.

Most evenings you’ll be pampered and treated with our own private chef, who will prepare our meal, appetizer, entree and dessert, as we kick back, relax, and enjoy the sunset. The meals are healthy gourmet and meant to entice your taste buds while healing the body as we continue to cleanse and nurture ourselves.

The retreat also includes energetic and spiritually cleansing sessions such as Reiki healing, gong and chakra cleansing, and meditation. These modalities will help to further purge and uproot any physical, mental, or emotional toxins we may have from a vibrational and spiritual realm.

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The retreat also includes fun activities so we can process our cleansing and come present and of course, enjoy the beautiful island we are staying on! We have activities planned such as paddle board yoga, a burn ceremony, and more.

Every day has something new and powerful involved, but the schedule during the retreat would look something like this:

8:00am Yoga & Meditation on the beach
9:30am Breakfast Smoothie and Juice Bar
10:00am Group Study (Yoga Ethics)
11:30am Gong Meditation and Chakra Cleansing
1:00pm Salad Bar Buffet
2:00pm Group Study ( Life Coaching)
3:30pm Tea Time, Snacks, free time
5:00pm Yoga & Meditation
6:00pm Reiki Healing Circle
7:00pm Dinner provided by our private chef

And the accommodations are fabulous! We have a gorgeous house with a huge back patio right on the river. It’s the perfect space for us to heal, cleanse, and draw closer to our true essence. Plus, every room has a king sized bed! 

The total cost of this retreat is $1299 with accommodations or $950 without accommodations and for double occupancy it is $2200 (price is for both people).

To secure your spot, a $550 deposit is required at the time of booking, and the remaining fees will be due by April 15th.

So if your life needs a wave of cleansing, inspiration, and profound transformation, join us for this intimate and exclusive retreat.

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There’s only 10 total spaces available with accommodations and an additional 4 spaces available without accommodations- and they are filling up fast!


Yoga Teacher Training

I have been so busy interviewing applicants for yoga teacher training. It’s so rewarding, exciting, and with each new person who enrolls I feel another layer of my heart opening.

You see, when you go through a yoga teacher training, you kind of expedite your spiritual evolution. It’s a wild ride. The first two weeks are usually blissful, with a mix of soreness from discovering new muscles in your core and shoulders you didn’t know existed. By the third week, you’ve settled in and you realize that yea, this is no joke, I’m really changing. Week four and five are usually the most challenging. This is when Erin goes into the little private room to counsel as it’s typical that some students are thinking they bit off more than their yogini systems can digest.
Usually around week 7, my students go through a profound shift of consciousness, connection, and new understanding, and by week 8 to 9, you really start to grasp what yoga is and by the end of the course, you recognize that this was one of the most challenging, life changing things you have ever done and you thank God that you went for it.

My student is interested in spiritual evolution. My student believes that there is something bigger than themselves in this world and wants to be a part of it. My student has a craving to scratch that deeper itch that yoga has given you a taste of.
My student is hard working and knows it is time to change in a huge way.

Is it scary? Hell yes. Is it worth it? More than you can ever know.

Are you my student? Get in for an interview. We begin April 21st 2017 and we are accepting no more than 10 people. Contact

I’m waiting.




New Gong Vibrational Cleansing Workshop

mariankrausphoto-31Rejuvenation and transformation are the best words to describe this workshop. I (Erin) personally got to try this meditation along with the support of my tribe. I saw as each attendee of the retreat put their feet inside of the bowl and the sense of peace that washed over them. I watched as the layers of tension dissolved and a glow appeared on the surface of their skin. When they finished they appeared to float over into the yard as Edward said, “Be sure to ground yourself!” To see that kind of transformation before my eyes was amazing and of course I told Edward, “We have to have this at Thrive!”

We start with a special heart opening gong meditation. The heart chakra helps to connect the above to the below so we can use our body as a vessel to process undigested emotions, traumas, and uncomfortable feelings. People after the experience use words like, “Freedom,” and “Clarity” to describe their experiences with the gong.

In this 90 minute workshop, we will wring out any negative energy and help to create space for the energy you do want in your life like joy, love, and compassion. Join Edward Russell Reiki Master/Gong Practitioner on December 3rd at 1pm for this VERY limited spaced workshop. We are only accepting EIGHT people for this workshop so everyone can get the attention they need to cleanse and heal.

If you have never explored the  the benefits of sound therapy with meditation, you will want to join in on this workshop to address and release blocks in the energetic, physical, and emotional systems of the body.  Please be sure to register ahead of time to save your spot.

We hope you will join us at this special workshop and we are honored to have you share this space with us. CLICK HERE to Register


Yoga Brunch Club!

YogaBrunchClub_draft01Yoga brunch club! It’s like the breakfast club except for more yoga. We recently took a survey at thrive and one of the overwhelming responses was that our community wants to get together more. So every month we will have the yoga brunch club featuring different menus at different restaurants so we keep it interesting and we get to know other local businesses and each other!

Basically it will be a a once a month event with a set rate of $25 with proceeds going to the Recovery Upgrade Program at Thrive ( a program that helps addicts in recovery establish full and meaningful lives). Every month we will have an all levels yoga, followed by brunch at a local restaurant. It will be all inclusive and you’ll be able to get to know the faces and names of the people you practice next to at Thrive Yoga & Fitness. This month our local restaurant will be ENRICH BISTRO located on Manatee Avenue in Bradenton. The tuition includes a specialty made set menu, juice, coffee, or tea, tax, tip, and of course, your Yoga class!

We are so proud and honored to be a part of your life and yoga at Thrive, as our regular students know, is so much more than just making ourselves into a pretzel. It’s a way of living, connecting, and interacting with the world from an authentic place. We love you and we are so excited to put on this event every month.

To register online you can CLICK HERE to save your spot. We do have limited space so sign up soon!