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 for over 14 years and developed the body work system, Tension Pattern Release TPR which releases musculo-skeletal pain patterns quickly and effectively.
She is also a Life Coach, and Podcaster (Check out her podcast, Thrive Yoga Fit Transformational Coaching free on itunes, google play, and spotify), and author.
She is nationally certified in Personal Training and a E-RYT 500 Yoga instructor and LMT in training.
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 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.
Laura Kitching, 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. During YTT, she dug deep using the 8 Limbs of Yoga for physical and emotional transformation. She embodies the mind of a student and is continuously expanding her knowledge. After receiving her RYT-200 certification in 2019 and inspired by her instructors, Erin Geraghty and Angela Simone, she was eager to share the power of yoga with others. She offers beginner friendly, alignment based Vinyasa flow classes with yogic philosophy woven throughout, helping her students improve their health and quality of life.
“I teach because I want students to find emotional peace and physical health”
Cori Hatley began practicing yoga in 2014 and it’s been an essential part of her life ever since. “I had hit rock bottom emotionally. Every minute felt like a struggle and the only place I could find peace was on my mat. I’ve changed so much since then, but yoga has consistently been the most important tool for keeping myself sane and centered.”
After moving to Bradenton from San Francisco in 2018, Cori continued her home practice but didn’t have a studio to call her own. In January 2020, she started looking for yoga teacher training programs in the area. “As a full-time (and totally stressed) student pursuing a physics degree, I needed to reconnect and expand my practice beyond what I was able to do on my own so that I could continue to grow in other areas of my life.” After interviewing with Erin, Cori signed up for the 200-hour YTT at Thrive. She’d found her new yoga home.
Though she was driven to deepen her personal practice, she hadn’t expected to discover her passion for teaching others. As a teacher, Cori strives to hold space for her students to experience what always brings her back to the mat: a sense of relief from emotional burdens, acceptance of what is, and trust that everything will be okay.
Corinn Sprigler, an RYT 200, brings a playful and spunky attitude to her classes that encourages her students to find lightness in their practice by exploring their body and breath. She is passionate about hot vinyasa, guiding people to strength & beauty in their bodies.
Jean Gurucharri, RYT200, 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.
I came to my yoga teacher training knowing I wanted to teach. I knew I wanted to share how yoga made me feel. I began doing yoga as something to do with my mom when I was younger, not knowing how crucial it would be later in life. I had tried all the fad workouts, diets, trends, etc. to get my anxiety and body image issues under control. I revisited yoga many times, and it finally stuck in 2015. I’ve been practicing ever since. Yoga has helped me connect to my body and mind in ways that I never thought imaginable.
Dedicating my time to mindful practice has opened new doors to exploring all of my pros and grows. Learning how to love myself has been one of the best part of yoga, and I love that the journey (of both yoga and practicing self love) never ends! During my training I learned that yoga means something different to everyone, and I fell even more in love with it and my passion grew to share this practice with others. I am so humbled, at the opportunity to teach and share this journey with each and every one of my students (including my mom – how cool is that).
Crystal is a Registered 200 Hour Yoga Instructor and a Certified Kids Yoga Instructor. Crystal 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.
Matt Murphy RYT200 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 Cohen is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with a focus and passion on 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.
Joel is a martial artist and much more besides; he’s been everything from a US-Army vet, an EMT-Firefighter, and a highly specialized nursing professional in the Bradenton area. He also now teaches martial arts with Matt and Erin at Thrive! Joel earned his Karate black belt several years before earning a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and has come full circle in his fighting-arts journey to rediscover some of the striking lessons he learned in his earlier journey as a karate student. Now that he has an entirely new context for fighting and its many ranges and conditions — given his grappling mastery — he has been developing his own deeply thought-out philosophy regarding kicks in modern martial arts and self defense, as one particular and current area of focus; accentuating what works in the modern world, and investing in those technical areas. He is an author of systems, and that systematic approach to martial arts has served him well as a student and as a teacher.