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.

Have Integrity
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.

Cultivate Positivity
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:  Studio Owner & Lead Instructor

Erin Colleen Geraghty is a dynamic teacher who leads with heart, strength, and shows how to transmute pain and suffering into love and compassion.

She believes that those who have suffered and started to take the step through their own darkness can be great alchemists. “I teach emotional alchemy. Anyone can do this work, but those who have compounded sorrow have the strongest reasons to go inward. Those are my people.”

Erin is a 500 E RYT, a certified life coach and established podcaster, author, yoga studio owner, and has led retreats, certifications, trainings, and workshops nationally and internationally for more than a decade.

She is a sought after presenter as her passion, charisma, humor, and ability to really see people as well as navigate deep subconscious patterns gives her a unique and incredibly valuable skill set rarely found in one package.

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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.



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!



“Joy is human nature’s default state. Along the way in life, that state can get clouded.  It is within our power to clear that debris and allow our Joy to shine fully.”

Derrick has been a wellness practitioner since 2004 when he started in Massage School. He first discovered yoga through that experience and although his practice was inconsistent, the love he felt for Asana and its philosophies were very present.  After adding Physical Therapist Assistant to his knowledge base, he decided to commit to a more consistent yoga practice which eventually led him to Thrive’s Yoga Teacher Training in 2021.

Derrick draws on his life experiences, on and off the mat, cultivating a unique yogic practice. By combining the intellectual knowledge of Anatomy and Kinesiology, combined with the intuitive Asana blending in a nest of yogic philosophies, his class will leave you feeling balanced and restored.



Amanda came to yoga teacher training on a journey of self-discovery, not planning on teaching, but realized she loved sharing the gift of yoga with others, especially children. After receiving her certification, she began teaching at Thrive and a local elementary school, where she could share tools helping the next generation be better equipped.  Amanda’s playful teaching style is welcoming for all levels, focusing on body positivity and an inclusive environment.  She gladly offers modifications to poses, making yoga achievable for everyone, regardless of flexibility or fitness level.  The icing on the cake is her guided meditations during Savasana as a sweet reward for all your hard work.



Matt Murphy, RYT-200 at Thrive Yoga & Fitness


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.


LAURA KITCHING: Studio Manager

Laura, a native Kentuckian and UK Alumni, initially turned to yoga after being thrown a curveball diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in 2010.  Her awareness began to shift toward self-care and healing her body naturally, which continues to be a primary focus in her life.  By the end of 2018, she took a leap of faith, left a stressful career in Real Estate, and enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training at Thrive Yoga & Fitness on a journey of self-discovery.  She embodies the mind of a student and is continuously expanding her knowledge.  After completing YTT in 2019, she gladly accepted our Studio Manager position and never looked back.  She frequently attends classes with her fellow students, and is happy to support our Thrive Community in any way she can!   




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.