Thrive yoga and fitness hires only highly qualified, Yoga Alliance certified instructors so you can be sure you have the best experience possible.
We Teach True Yoga
We recognize the seat of the teacher as sacred and we are here to guide our students back to themselves. We know posture practice is just the tip of the iceberg and we incorporate elements of all the limbs of yoga when we teach. We reflect our evolving “mastery” of the yoga ethics by leading the example for others to see and hear.
We Are Mindful
With our ‘leave life at the door’ policy, Thrive Yoga & Fitness is always our happy place where we are able to focus on our students, their experience, and creating a warm and inviting atmosphere conducive to the yoga/healing journey. We treat everyone at Thrive with respect and kindness because we know that positivity creates more positivity. While at the studio our actions and words are always in the best interest of the community and studio.
We Are Compassionate
Have an open heart, be open-minded, listen genuinely, and be sensitive to what others are feeling with a true intention to understand their needs and where they are coming from. We do this with each other and our students.
Committed to Practice
We are committed to our yoga journey and we know that if we are not doing yoga practice ourselves, we are not teaching from a place of true wisdom. We leave it on the mat so we can show up fully in our lives, for our students, and for each other.
Earn the trust of others by communicating honestly, respectfully and with transparency. Give honest feedback and communicate efficiently. Have the ability to examine yourself objectively and use any constructive criticism to grow. If a situation arises – as they do – we communicate directly with the person involved kindly, respectfully, and clearly to avoid miscommunication. We are not into drama.
We believe in the healing power of love, compassion, and positivity. We believe that having a positive and motivating culture is of the utmost importance. We understand the power of a strong culture and the impact it has on every aspect of each other, students, and community.
Erin Geraghty is a multifaceted Yoga Therapist and Transformation Coach. She has been practicing yoga in 2004, and has developed the body work system, Tension Pattern Release, TPR, which releases musculo-skeletal pain patterns quickly and effectively. She is nationally certified in Personal Training, an E-RYT-500 Yoga Instructor and currently in training to also become a Licensed Massage Therapist.
Erin is a Certified Life Coach, and Podcaster (Check out her podcast, Thrive Yoga Fit Transformational Coaching free on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify), and author. She is a black belt in Shotokan Karate and has taught women’s self defense and cardio combat in Japan and the United States. She regularly teaches women’s self-defense workshops and programs with her partner Matt Murphy.
Erin’s teaching style is spiritual and very adaptable as she has experience with many different age and fitness levels and she makes a point to not just show moves, but to truly teach her students to savor each individual movement. Erin is very passionate about yoga and deeply values the ability of the breath to link the mind, body, and spirit.
If you would like to make an appointment for any of Erin’s private services, you can contact her directly at Erin@ErinCoach.com.
Angela started to practice yoga in 2003. Her interest grew from her very first class and first teacher, who inspired her to continue her yoga journey.
Angela completed a 200-hour teacher training program in 2006/07 with Lynn Burgess at Yoga From The Heart, and a 200-hour certification with Betsey Downing and Jaye Martin at Garden Of The Heart Yoga Center in 2011.
Today she continues to take workshops to expand her knowledge, inspiration and joy for this wonderful practice. She teaches a Hatha class offering cues and details in alignment making class challenging to the practiced yogi and accessible to the new student.
This self-healing practice provides health benefits on many levels and a path to inner peace and joy!
“I am so blessed and grateful for the wonderful Teachers and Students in my life that keep me inspired and enthusiastic to grow as a teacher and share this practice!”
Diana Hughes started taking hot power yoga in 2009 to keep her hamstrings lose for running. A few years later, when she GOT yoga, she decided she wanted to know more; the ways of postures and the deeper meaning of Yoga. She interviewed with Erin Geraghty and was able to enroll in the spring of 2019 YTT at Thrive Yoga & Fitness with the mindset of just going deeper into her practice and herself while gaining more knowledge of Yoga. About halfway through training, she discovered the need to bring herself forward and use her training, life experiences and love of helping people to step into the role of a Yoga Instructor. Since graduating from YTT, Diana has found that helping those that come to their mat with her heal from past traumas through Yin is where her passion is and has added certifications in Yin Yoga and Trauma Informed Yoga, to better her teachings. Her goal for every class is to create a safe place for her students to be present in the moment and have at least an hour of peace from all of life’s stresses and leave with a feeling of being grounded, centered and a little lighter inside.
Jean Gurucharri, RYT-200, fell in love with yoga many years ago practicing as a form of exercise, to stretch and become more flexible for improved performance in other sports. Her current path has led her to embrace yoga as a spiritual journey and a way of life. As a practicing RN for the last 30 years, she is an advocate for healthy living and enjoys sharing her passion for health and wellness with others. She believes yoga is for everyone and loves helping others find yoga’s healing powers for the mind, body and spirit.
Alexis came to yoga teacher training knowing she wanted to teach. She knew she wanted to share how yoga could make you feel with others. She began doing yoga with her mom when she was younger, not knowing how crucial it would be later in life. She tried all the fad workouts, diets, trends, etc. to get her anxiety and body image issues under control. She revisited yoga many times, but it finally stuck in 2015. Yoga helped her connect with her body and mind in ways she never thought imaginable.
Dedicating her time to mindful practice has opened new doors to exploring all of her pros and grows. Learning how to love herself has been the best part of yoga, and she loves that the journey never ends! During her training she learned that yoga means something different to everyone, and fell even more in love with it, reassuring her passion to share this practice with others. She is humbled at the opportunity to teach and share this journey with each and every one of her students!
Crystal, RYT-200, and a Certified Kids Yoga Instructor, started practicing yoga in 2018 when she found herself looking for natural ways to remedy her anxiety. As a mother of two young boys, she wanted to learn tools she could pass on to her children to help them as they navigate through life.
Crystal signed up for Yoga Teacher Training at Thrive Yoga & Fitness looking to deepen her yoga practice and to teach this healing practice to adults and children all over. Crystal dove deep into yoga and has developed tools necessary to guide you along in mindful yoga classes. Crystal is always the student, even when she is the teacher; constantly learning and eager to do so.
Natalie Ramsz, RYT-200, began her yoga journey in 2014 while searching for an exercise that she would enjoy. She became more dedicated to her practice in 2019 as more than exercise, searching for a way to connect the body with the mind and the breath. It was at this time that she was introduced to Thrive Yoga & Fitness, and the Yoga Teacher Training Program.
Natalie enjoys the athleticism in yoga, and the physical and mental growth that happens when you practice. She uses the on her mat to remind herself and those that are practicing with her that they are worth taking that hour for themselves. Every day is different. Every practice is different. We are all forever students, and we all on our own journeys. Photo credit: Taylor Art Photos
Dustin found yoga in 2013 when he attended his first hot yoga class. Looking to expand his yoga journey, he received his RYT-200 in 2019. Dustin has a very calming presence. His classes work on grounding and connecting with the self, letting go of the day’s thoughts, quieting the mind and coming back to the body and the breath.
Matt Murphy RYT-200 has done at least bite-sized yoga routines suited for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (like his hero Rickson Gracie) since his teenage years. However, he has recently expanded his practice to include a great deal of emphasis on yoga as an end unto itself rather than simply as a means for other athletic or restorative ends. He has also been a lifelong seeker of sorts within Eastern modes of sacred literature, spirituality and philosophy; especially those of the Indian subcontinent. His recent foray into yoga-instruction is rooted therefore in both the subtle dimensions of practice, as well as the pragmatic physiological aspects.
Matt also teaches martial arts at Thrive, drawing from his experience as a double black-belt in Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as well as his own ongoing practice of the fundamentals of MMA, Western Kickboxing (particularly for self-defense ends) and Folk-style Wrestling. He takes an analytical and scientific approach to the study of mixed martial arts and self-defense, hand in hand with competitive sport application.
Matt spends a lot of his time reminding both his yoga students and his martial artist athletes to be both strong and to flow… and also to always remember to breathe.
Patti, RYT-200, has a passion for the gentler side of yoga, meditation, and pranayama. Patti has been practicing yoga since the early 90’s, when, following a devastating illness, she became a disciple of Yogi Amrit Desai at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. That experience was a life changing one for Patti and she has never stopped learning and discovering the impact of the 8 limbs of yoga since that powerful training. After serving as Counsel and then General Counsel for several fashion companies, Patti then re-focused her career as a senior executive on marketing, real estate and business development. Patti has now turned her full attention to spiritual pursuits and wellness practices. She has become a serious student of A Course in Miracles, speaking at conferences, workshops and leading groups regularly, and she is an active member of the Unity Church in the Woods here in Bradenton. Patti is called to inspire and share her commitment to yoga with her friends, neighbors and community and is eagerly anticipating sharing these gifts with you!! Patti is the very proud mommy of her gifted son Matthew and Daisy, the Wonder Puppy, and lives her best life here in paradise with her partner Wayne.
In Nicole you get a fully trained Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher who has a passion for teaching Yoga, but she brings so much more to the mat than this certification. As a Chopra Center Certified Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor, Lead Trainer and key note speaker Nicole Skaggs guides high achievers to increase their performance, cultivate greater resilience and strengthen their voice as both purpose driven and spiritual leaders in their communities.
No one knows more about reinvention, leadership, and lasting personal, professional and business growth than Nicole Skaggs. Nicole was most recently the Broker Owner of Big Fish Real Estate, Inc. a firm that opened during the worst market in a generation, but preserved, and grew to be a well respected force in the market. After a decade of leading Big Fish, Nicole is now a Broker-Associate with one of the most respected full service firms on Anna Maria Island; Salty Mermaid Real Estate, LLC.
Nicole is also the founder Enlightened Tribe, Inc. a company that works with individuals and organizations to build cultures of greater inspiration, strength, professionalism and connection. Through speaking engagements, corporate trainings and Quantum Source Academy, Enlightened Tribe, Inc. helps individuals and companies embrace change, encourage innovation and build lasting and meaningful happiness.
Nicole’s powerful and practical experiential talks are part personal-development, part business mastery and always a deep dive of self inquiry. They inspire, empower, and guide people to achieve a greater impact through greater awareness, authenticity and action. Nicole has been a speaker/teacher for business leaders, individuals and for respected companies such as The Home Depot & Marriott Hotels. Nicole is a proud member of The National Speaker’s Association.
Her classes are always a moving meditation and frequently weave Mantra and Vedic Philosophy through storytelling throughout. She hopes to see you in a class soon.