Flourish Instructors

ERIN SMITH  My yoga journey began while I was attending the Aveda Institute. Aveda is derived from the word Ayurveda. As I studied Ayurveda at the institute, there was much talk about yoga . I decided to go and try a class and well, the rest is history! Walking out of my 1st class, I remember feeling a sense of peace and calm, yet I was alive with an energy that I had never felt before.  Years later, these same feelings keep me returning to my mat as a student and as a teacher. My yoga practice continues to guide me through the challenges and joys of life. I enjoying teaching and attending warm and hot vinyasa as well as yin. My teachings are inspired by my students, my teachers, the world around me and the experiences of my own life.  Off my mat, I enjoy spending time with my family and our dog Sanibel. You might find me walking and hiking the parks, bike riding or paddle boarding. My husband Jonathan and our 2 sons, Sullivan & Sawyer are quite the adventurers, so you might find me zip lining through the tree tops or learning to slackfline in the woods.  Namaste

ERIN SMITH
My yoga journey began while I was attending the Aveda Institute. Aveda is derived from the word Ayurveda. As I studied Ayurveda at the institute, there was much talk about yoga . I decided to go and try a class and well, the rest is history! Walking out of my 1st class, I remember feeling a sense of peace and calm, yet I was alive with an energy that I had never felt before.

Years later, these same feelings keep me returning to my mat as a student and as a teacher. My yoga practice continues to guide me through the challenges and joys of life. I enjoying teaching and attending warm and hot vinyasa as well as yin. My teachings are inspired by my students, my teachers, the world around me and the experiences of my own life.

Off my mat, I enjoy spending time with my family and our dog Sanibel. You might find me walking and hiking the parks, bike riding or paddle boarding. My husband Jonathan and our 2 sons, Sullivan & Sawyer are quite the adventurers, so you might find me zip lining through the tree tops or learning to slackfline in the woods.

Namaste

ALLI STEINKE  Alli Steinke discovered yoga during her first pregnancy in 2008 and has never turned back from this life changing PRACTICE. After completing her 200 hr RYT early 2013 she continued apprenticeship at Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing for over 5 years. She is also the founder of the Fishers YMCA Water Yoga Program. This is an innovative practice combining yoga in the comfort of a heated pool allowing people who normally might not be able to practice on land enjoy the countless benefits of yoga. In addition she teaches prenatal, yoga for kids, offers Mommy & Me classes and assists YES to Vets (Yoga Education and Services for Veterans) under the guidance of Nancy Schalk. Her passion is sharing the light and love experienced through yoga with everyone she meets. Alli focuses on a fun and playful style that is inviting to all walks of life from young to old and everyone in between.

ALLI STEINKE
Alli Steinke discovered yoga during her first pregnancy in 2008 and has never turned back from this life changing PRACTICE. After completing her 200 hr RYT early 2013 she continued apprenticeship at Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing for over 5 years. She is also the founder of the Fishers YMCA Water Yoga Program. This is an innovative practice combining yoga in the comfort of a heated pool allowing people who normally might not be able to practice on land enjoy the countless benefits of yoga. In addition she teaches prenatal, yoga for kids, offers Mommy & Me classes and assists YES to Vets (Yoga Education and Services for Veterans) under the guidance of Nancy Schalk. Her passion is sharing the light and love experienced through yoga with everyone she meets. Alli focuses on a fun and playful style that is inviting to all walks of life from young to old and everyone in between.

OLGA KEEGAN   Olga’s youngest son, Ian, introduced her to yoga in 2013, the year before he left for college and emptied her nest. After 15 years of teaching Jazzercise fitness classes, she longed for something more to share with others. She fell in love with yoga philosophy, the fluidity and challenge of vinyasa class, the connection of movement to the breath, and the serenity she felt after meditation. Her spirituality has deepened since her yoga practice began. Olga’s background includes ballet, gymnastics and running. All these disciplines helped her learn to teach the intricacies of yoga asanas and the art of yoga flows with the added dimension of cueing proper alignment and placement of the body for a safe, comfortable practice. Her classes infuse yoga philosophy and offer fluid movements that integrate the breath and mind while challenging the muscles and body. Like a dance, she enjoys being creative when preparing her vinyasa flows. Olga’s flows are journeys to gradually prepare the body, mind and spirit for a peak pose at the end of class with emphasis on the journey not the destination. While her classes are challenging, poses are merely suggestions and students are encouraged to listen to their bodies and their own truth. Olga and her husband, Don, love to travel and explore the world. Don is a musician outside of his full time job and he occasionally plays for Olga’s classes. They have 4 children: Taylor, Luke, Ian and Alaina. When she is not practicing yoga, Olga has a busy real estate career.Kat Dora Kat started practicing yoga while in college. Being involved in dance and athletics her whole life, she was drawn to the physical nature of yoga. However, she soon discovered that yoga not only provided a challenging and balancing workout, but also a challenge and balancing for her emotional and spiritual self. In 2013-2014, she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program through Shamrock Wellness, under the direction of Eric and Linda Banter. She continues to enjoy discovering her journey and seeing her students’ journeys unfold through yoga.

OLGA KEEGAN
Olga’s youngest son, Ian, introduced her to yoga in 2013, the year before he left for college and emptied her nest. After 15 years of teaching Jazzercise fitness classes, she longed for something more to share with others. She fell in love with yoga philosophy, the fluidity and challenge of vinyasa class, the connection of movement to the breath, and the serenity she felt after meditation. Her spirituality has deepened since her yoga practice began. Olga’s background includes ballet, gymnastics and running. All these disciplines helped her learn to teach the intricacies of yoga asanas and the art of yoga flows with the added dimension of cueing proper alignment and placement of the body for a safe, comfortable practice. Her classes infuse yoga philosophy and offer fluid movements that integrate the breath and mind while challenging the muscles and body. Like a dance, she enjoys being creative when preparing her vinyasa flows. Olga’s flows are journeys to gradually prepare the body, mind and spirit for a peak pose at the end of class with emphasis on the journey not the destination. While her classes are challenging, poses are merely suggestions and students are encouraged to listen to their bodies and their own truth. Olga and her husband, Don, love to travel and explore the world. Don is a musician outside of his full time job and he occasionally plays for Olga’s classes. They have 4 children: Taylor, Luke, Ian and Alaina. When she is not practicing yoga, Olga has a busy real estate career.Kat Dora
Kat started practicing yoga while in college. Being involved in dance and athletics her whole life, she was drawn to the physical nature of yoga. However, she soon discovered that yoga not only provided a challenging and balancing workout, but also a challenge and balancing for her emotional and spiritual self. In 2013-2014, she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program through Shamrock Wellness, under the direction of Eric and Linda Banter. She continues to enjoy discovering her journey and seeing her students’ journeys unfold through yoga.

ROSA O’CONNOR   Rosa began her yogic journey several years ago. Having enjoyed different forms of exercise over the years, Rosa was feeling the desire to explore a deeper discipline. Going to classes sporadically and using videos seemed to be resonating. It wasn’t until her “guru” said to her, “You need a teacher, Mom!”, that she got serious about expanding her knowledge of the practice. In 2007 she completed her 200 hour teacher training guided by the renowned Nancy Schalk. Yoga conferences & workshops with master teachers continue to enhance Rosa’s knowledge and desire to share her passion for the ancient art with others.  Rosa’s intension is to help the student tap into the physical, mental & emotional realms of the being. Modifications are offered to compliment different body types and needs for all ages of practitioner.  Gentle, yin, hatha, slow flow and vinyasa are systems of yoga that Rosa teaches.  Her classes are a creative presentation of a combination of asana (postures), appropriate for all levels of experience; as well as meditation and pranayama (directional breathing). These limbs of yoga are intended to bring a calming, peaceful, nurtured sense to the mind, body and spirit.  May you be blessed by the many uplifting benefits of the practice!

ROSA O’CONNOR

Rosa began her yogic journey several years ago. Having enjoyed different forms of exercise over the years, Rosa was feeling the desire to explore a deeper discipline. Going to classes sporadically and using videos seemed to be resonating. It wasn’t until her “guru” said to her, “You need a teacher, Mom!”, that she got serious about expanding her knowledge of the practice. In 2007 she completed her 200 hour teacher training guided by the renowned Nancy Schalk. Yoga conferences & workshops with master teachers continue to enhance Rosa’s knowledge and desire to share her passion for the ancient art with others.

Rosa’s intension is to help the student tap into the physical, mental & emotional realms of the being. Modifications are offered to compliment different body types and needs for all ages of practitioner.

Gentle, yin, hatha, slow flow and vinyasa are systems of yoga that Rosa teaches.

Her classes are a creative presentation of a combination of asana (postures), appropriate for all levels of experience; as well as meditation and pranayama (directional breathing). These limbs of yoga are intended to bring a calming, peaceful, nurtured sense to the mind, body and spirit.

May you be blessed by the many uplifting benefits of the practice!

JONATHAN SMITH  My yoga journey began when my wife Erin talked me into going to a class by myself. She had been practicing yoga for about 10 years and I would always see her come home with a smile on her face. I was curious to see if the same would happen to me on my first class. Let’s just say that I came home humbled that first evening. I had no idea what I had done that first night to be so sore the next day, but I could not wait to go back and do it again. She went on to get her yoga teacher training certification and decided to fully commit to yoga being her full time gig. I saw her living out her dream of living the yoga life and life was good. In 2014, I was diagnosed with an extremely rare and aggressive form of cancer and my life was turned upside down. I turned to yoga to help with my rehab from surgery and all of the chemo and radiation treatments. It was during this time that I truly understood how yoga can change a person’s life. I credit yoga and the instructors at Flourish for helping me survive through the most challenging mental and physical turmoil I had ever been through. With this new found respect for what yoga did for me, I entered into the yoga teacher training at Flourish in the fall of 2016. I wanted to share with others the gift that yoga gave to me. I do enjoy all styles of asana, yin, gentle, warm, and hot yoga. But it is the practice of the other 7 limbs of yoga that brings everything together.

JONATHAN SMITH
My yoga journey began when my wife Erin talked me into going to a class by myself. She had been practicing yoga for about 10 years and I would always see her come home with a smile on her face. I was curious to see if the same would happen to me on my first class. Let’s just say that I came home humbled that first evening. I had no idea what I had done that first night to be so sore the next day, but I could not wait to go back and do it again. She went on to get her yoga teacher training certification and decided to fully commit to yoga being her full time gig. I saw her living out her dream of living the yoga life and life was good. In 2014, I was diagnosed with an extremely rare and aggressive form of cancer and my life was turned upside down. I turned to yoga to help with my rehab from surgery and all of the chemo and radiation treatments. It was during this time that I truly understood how yoga can change a person’s life. I credit yoga and the instructors at Flourish for helping me survive through the most challenging mental and physical turmoil I had ever been through. With this new found respect for what yoga did for me, I entered into the yoga teacher training at Flourish in the fall of 2016. I wanted to share with others the gift that yoga gave to me. I do enjoy all styles of asana, yin, gentle, warm, and hot yoga. But it is the practice of the other 7 limbs of yoga that brings everything together.

JESSIE FRISKNEY  Jessie found yoga when her husband gave her gift certificate to a local studio. From her first flow she was hooked and wanted to share her passion for yoga with others.  As a practitioner, Jessie loves teaching not only the physical benefits of a regular practice, but also sharing the mental benefits too. A diverse yogini, she finds beauty in the fluidity and mindfulness of a soulful vinyasa-flow for beginner, intermediate or advanced students. Jessie also works with baby boomers to see limited mobility as an opportunity to find a new flow in their lives with gentle chair yoga and pranayama techniques.  Jessie is a wife, mother and avid traveler. When traveling, she often finds that the best part of the trip is finding a yoga studio and enjoying some time on the mat with the locals - proving that yoga is the same in any city, country or language.  Jessie completed her 200 RYT at CITYOGA with Nikki Myers, Marsha Pappas and Dave Sims. In June of 2015 Jessie received her SUP Yoga Certification from Stoked Yogi with Amelia Travis. She is also a PaddleFit Level 1 Certified Coach. Jessie is currently an E-RYT200 designation with Yoga Alliance.

JESSIE FRISKNEY
Jessie found yoga when her husband gave her gift certificate to a local studio. From her first flow she was hooked and wanted to share her passion for yoga with others.

As a practitioner, Jessie loves teaching not only the physical benefits of a regular practice, but also sharing the mental benefits too. A diverse yogini, she finds beauty in the fluidity and mindfulness of a soulful vinyasa-flow for beginner, intermediate or advanced students. Jessie also works with baby boomers to see limited mobility as an opportunity to find a new flow in their lives with gentle chair yoga and pranayama techniques.

Jessie is a wife, mother and avid traveler. When traveling, she often finds that the best part of the trip is finding a yoga studio and enjoying some time on the mat with the locals - proving that yoga is the same in any city, country or language.

Jessie completed her 200 RYT at CITYOGA with Nikki Myers, Marsha Pappas and Dave Sims. In June of 2015 Jessie received her SUP Yoga Certification from Stoked Yogi with Amelia Travis. She is also a PaddleFit Level 1 Certified Coach. Jessie is currently an E-RYT200 designation with Yoga Alliance.

LAURA BLAKELEY  My yoga journey began a couple years ago after my family moved to a new city. I was searching for a workout that not only helped my body physically but also helped me mentally. I attended a yoga class at my local gym and I have been in love with yoga since! After being involved with intense trainings for triathlons and many different running races, I was amazed how yoga made me feel after the class was done. Not only did I feel like I got a great workout, but I also felt almost euphoric. It was such a great feeling then and it has changed my life. After taking classes and practicing for a year and a half, I decided I wanted to take my yoga journey to the next level and become a certified yoga teacher. My yoga practice continues to guide me through all of lifes challenges and joys and i'm so grateful of its benefits. It gives me so much joy to teach and grow all of the students who come to their mat and i'm humbled I get to share all of the rewarding benefits yoga has to offer!

LAURA BLAKELEY
My yoga journey began a couple years ago after my family moved to a new city. I was searching for a workout that not only helped my body physically but also helped me mentally. I attended a yoga class at my local gym and I have been in love with yoga since! After being involved with intense trainings for triathlons and many different running races, I was amazed how yoga made me feel after the class was done. Not only did I feel like I got a great workout, but I also felt almost euphoric. It was such a great feeling then and it has changed my life. After taking classes and practicing for a year and a half, I decided I wanted to take my yoga journey to the next level and become a certified yoga teacher. My yoga practice continues to guide me through all of lifes challenges and joys and i'm so grateful of its benefits. It gives me so much joy to teach and grow all of the students who come to their mat and i'm humbled I get to share all of the rewarding benefits yoga has to offer!

JACLYN McTAGGART  For the first time in my life, through yoga, I found intense healing, renewed strength & energy, confidence & joy and I realized I needed yoga in my life, every day! So, I took a leap of faith and I joined my aerial yoga instructor for a week-long lifestyle retreat in Costa Rica. The one week turned into 6 weeks as I decided to stay in Costa Rica to obtain my 200h Vinyasa Yoga Instructor license as well as study energy, chakras, plant-based diet, & daily meditation.  When I am NOT doing yoga… I am a mother of 3 children (ages 16, 11, & 8) & 2 dogs. I am a Pediatric Nurse with my RN, BSN since 2006 and experience in ER/ICU/NICU/PICU at both Riley & Peyton Manning Children's Hospitals. I love outdoors, adventure, social gatherings, community events, music, and reading books!

JACLYN McTAGGART
For the first time in my life, through yoga, I found intense healing, renewed strength & energy, confidence & joy and I realized I needed yoga in my life, every day! So, I took a leap of faith and I joined my aerial yoga instructor for a week-long lifestyle retreat in Costa Rica. The one week turned into 6 weeks as I decided to stay in Costa Rica to obtain my 200h Vinyasa Yoga Instructor license as well as study energy, chakras, plant-based diet, & daily meditation.

When I am NOT doing yoga… I am a mother of 3 children (ages 16, 11, & 8) & 2 dogs. I am a Pediatric Nurse with my RN, BSN since 2006 and experience in ER/ICU/NICU/PICU at both Riley & Peyton Manning Children's Hospitals. I love outdoors, adventure, social gatherings, community events, music, and reading books!

JEN XANDERS  My journey crossed the path of yoga around 1995 as I looked to create a healthier lifestyle. It has been an ever evolving and changing experience that has deepened and enriched all aspects of my life. I began the practice of yoga to get stronger, and somewhere along the way realized yoga can heal not only the body but also settle the mind. It has changed and enriched every aspect of my life and relationships. I find this practice to be a metaphor for life that helps us hone the tools that we need to not just survive our hectic lives but to live them and love them!  As a teacher, I look to encourage students to reconnect with their bodies and intuition; helping them realize how powerful, loving and happy they are beneath all the junk they don’t need. My teaching style is physically challenging and a compilation of every teacher and student I have had the joy of practicing and studying with. Expect to sweat, smile and let go of the outside world.  When not teaching or practicing yoga, you will find me passionately spending time with my amazing and inspiring husband, Mike, and twin 14 year-old girls, Sophie and Amelia. Fitness and health is a family affair with my triathlete husband and a daughter with one tri under her belt already! In my free time (ha) you may find me on a soccer field, or at track meet… or searching new functional movements hacks, doing yoga on my paddleboard or working in my garden, tending our hens or cooking!  Peace. eRYT 200 since 2007 and eRyt 500 lululemon amabassdor since 2012

JEN XANDERS
My journey crossed the path of yoga around 1995 as I looked to create a healthier lifestyle. It has been an ever evolving and changing experience that has deepened and enriched all aspects of my life. I began the practice of yoga to get stronger, and somewhere along the way realized yoga can heal not only the body but also settle the mind. It has changed and enriched every aspect of my life and relationships. I find this practice to be a metaphor for life that helps us hone the tools that we need to not just survive our hectic lives but to live them and love them!

As a teacher, I look to encourage students to reconnect with their bodies and intuition; helping them realize how powerful, loving and happy they are beneath all the junk they don’t need. My teaching style is physically challenging and a compilation of every teacher and student I have had the joy of practicing and studying with. Expect to sweat, smile and let go of the outside world.

When not teaching or practicing yoga, you will find me passionately spending time with my amazing and inspiring husband, Mike, and twin 14 year-old girls, Sophie and Amelia. Fitness and health is a family affair with my triathlete husband and a daughter with one tri under her belt already! In my free time (ha) you may find me on a soccer field, or at track meet… or searching new functional movements hacks, doing yoga on my paddleboard or working in my garden, tending our hens or cooking!

Peace.
eRYT 200 since 2007 and eRyt 500
lululemon amabassdor since 2012

MEG FABER  Meg Faber brings her passion for yoga into teaching an energetic yet beautifully peaceful class. Meg’s objective is to offer a yoga experience as a complete exercise and workout program for the body as well as the mind. Meg has been practicing yoga for years and has taken her love for this form of total health and awareness and physical training, and turn it in to a career. She received her yoga teacher certification with the exceptional instruction of Ann Miller and Dona Robinson, and she has completed the YTT 200 hour course. Meg also has studied dance throughout her life including through her college studies. She also has a B.A. in English. After spending many years in corporate human resources assisting corporate executives and employees find balance in the workplace, Meg now directs her energies to the restorative power of yoga by teaching it to and sharing it with others. Meg’s class merges the yoga styles of Hatha and Vinyasa (Vinyatha)

MEG FABER
Meg Faber brings her passion for yoga into teaching an energetic yet beautifully peaceful class. Meg’s objective is to offer a yoga experience as a complete exercise and workout program for the body as well as the mind. Meg has been practicing yoga for years and has taken her love for this form of total health and awareness and physical training, and turn it in to a career. She received her yoga teacher certification with the exceptional instruction of Ann Miller and Dona Robinson, and she has completed the YTT 200 hour course. Meg also has studied dance throughout her life including through her college studies. She also has a B.A. in English. After spending many years in corporate human resources assisting corporate executives and employees find balance in the workplace, Meg now directs her energies to the restorative power of yoga by teaching it to and sharing it with others. Meg’s class merges the yoga styles of Hatha and Vinyasa (Vinyatha)

KELLY BLAND  My yoga journey began over 12 years ago in a local class led by a physical therapist/yoga teacher. I came to yoga looking for the fitness and found something much better. I found a studio in Indianapolis and drove over 2 hours multiple times per week to experience yoga. Since moving to Fishers and finding Flourish I have completed my 200 hour YTT in 2016. I love Vinyasa and more recently discovered Yin yoga. I hope to encourage students to find balance of Yin and Yang through these 2 styles of Yoga. As I am also a nurse I like to incorporate the benefits to the physical body in my classes. I encourage students to tune into their bodies through breath, asana, and meditation. Yin has given the opportunity to further explore the effects of postures on the subtle body as well. I am currently participating in a Yin certification program. I love being with my family, sharing yoga, traveling, and reading.

KELLY BLAND
My yoga journey began over 12 years ago in a local class led by a physical therapist/yoga teacher. I came to yoga looking for the fitness and found something much better. I found a studio in Indianapolis and drove over 2 hours multiple times per week to experience yoga. Since moving to Fishers and finding Flourish I have completed my 200 hour YTT in 2016. I love Vinyasa and more recently discovered Yin yoga. I hope to encourage students to find balance of Yin and Yang through these 2 styles of Yoga. As I am also a nurse I like to incorporate the benefits to the physical body in my classes. I encourage students to tune into their bodies through breath, asana, and meditation. Yin has given the opportunity to further explore the effects of postures on the subtle body as well. I am currently participating in a Yin certification program. I love being with my family, sharing yoga, traveling, and reading.

STACEY SIMPSON  My yogic journey starts many years ago, through the ebb and flow of life; with all the change, the challenge, and so much joy, yoga has been a foundation to keep me grounded and steady. In 2007, I was diagnosed with cancer and my steady grounded life became a little rocky and unpredictable. The added restrictions or limitations of my life-style, eating habits, and mental well-being were surprising. My general sense of safety was shattered. After several months of surgery, recovery, and stir-craziness, the doctor released me to yoga. I was completely over the moon! To get back to the mat and begin feeling “normal” sounded like heaven. Oddly, looking back I can’t remember my first ever yoga class, but I can remember that first class back to the mat after the doctor’s approval. The simple sense of peace and happiness filled every fiber of my heart and soul. It was like returning hOMe.  A decade later, I had a great teacher remind me “Everyone has a different path to follow. We are all unique and special.” This inspired me!!! We all take different roads to find our way. And daily I am reminded, life is full of infinite opportunity, if you are willing it can lead to boundless potential and endless possibilities. Like flying your first Crow, if you are willing to let go of the ground, you will soar!  I completed my RYT200 in 2017 and I am actively working towards my RYT500 certification to personally deepen my understanding of this ancient moving meditation. I love vinyasa! I love the simple connection of breath and movement it is empowering, centering, and extremely calming. My hope is my students will find the same sense of joy in their journey as I found in mine. Namaste.

STACEY SIMPSON
My yogic journey starts many years ago, through the ebb and flow of life; with all the change, the challenge, and so much joy, yoga has been a foundation to keep me grounded and steady. In 2007, I was diagnosed with cancer and my steady grounded life became a little rocky and unpredictable. The added restrictions or limitations of my life-style, eating habits, and mental well-being were surprising. My general sense of safety was shattered. After several months of surgery, recovery, and stir-craziness, the doctor released me to yoga. I was completely over the moon! To get back to the mat and begin feeling “normal” sounded like heaven. Oddly, looking back I can’t remember my first ever yoga class, but I can remember that first class back to the mat after the doctor’s approval. The simple sense of peace and happiness filled every fiber of my heart and soul. It was like returning hOMe.

A decade later, I had a great teacher remind me “Everyone has a different path to follow. We are all unique and special.” This inspired me!!! We all take different roads to find our way. And daily I am reminded, life is full of infinite opportunity, if you are willing it can lead to boundless potential and endless possibilities. Like flying your first Crow, if you are willing to let go of the ground, you will soar!

I completed my RYT200 in 2017 and I am actively working towards my RYT500 certification to personally deepen my understanding of this ancient moving meditation. I love vinyasa! I love the simple connection of breath and movement it is empowering, centering, and extremely calming. My hope is my students will find the same sense of joy in their journey as I found in mine. Namaste.

COURTNEY BRAY  Yoga has an amazing ability to uplift and rejuvenate one’s spirit. I have witnessed the benefits of this practice in my own life—presented in countless ways! Energy. Strength. Grounding. Thoughtfulness. Surrender. And list goes on! These life-uplifting elements have created a personal passion for sharing the yoga practice with others. Engaging my classes in mindful breath work, invigorated asana, and intentional living, we ”Flow” in the ultimate goal to connect more wholly within ourselves and the universe. Let your light shine! Om Shanti

COURTNEY BRAY
Yoga has an amazing ability to uplift and rejuvenate one’s spirit. I have witnessed the benefits of this practice in my own life—presented in countless ways! Energy. Strength. Grounding. Thoughtfulness. Surrender. And list goes on! These life-uplifting elements have created a personal passion for sharing the yoga practice with others. Engaging my classes in mindful breath work, invigorated asana, and intentional living, we ”Flow” in the ultimate goal to connect more wholly within ourselves and the universe. Let your light shine! Om Shanti

MIKE FIN   Mike began practicing yoga in 2007 as a means of augmenting his existing fitness regimen. He soon discovered that the physical benefits, while considerable, were only part of what yoga had to offer. In 2010 he completed the Yoga Alliance 200 hour teacher training certification at Invoke. Mike finds that yoga helps him handle the stress associated with work related travel which has taken him to every state except Alaska. This same travel has allowed him to pursue his yoga practice in a number of states. Mike is grateful for the teachers, classmates and students that have and will continue to inspire him.

MIKE FIN

Mike began practicing yoga in 2007 as a means of augmenting his existing fitness regimen. He soon discovered that the physical benefits, while considerable, were only part of what yoga had to offer. In 2010 he completed the Yoga Alliance 200 hour teacher training certification at Invoke. Mike finds that yoga helps him handle the stress associated with work related travel which has taken him to every state except Alaska. This same travel has allowed him to pursue his yoga practice in a number of states. Mike is grateful for the teachers, classmates and students that have and will continue to inspire him.

ANDREA BALLARD  Andrea discovered yoga after a serious bout of Post-Partum Depression with my first daughter. She was hooked after her first class and started a regular practice for 2 years before committing to a teacher training. She completed her 200hr with Barb Badger and Marsha Pappas; she loved it so much; she finished her 500 hour Yoga Alliance Cert as well. Since then, she has studied and trained with Sri Pattabhi Jois , Suddha Wexler, Gary Krafsow, Sean Corn, David and Doug Swenson, Rolf Gates, Dr. Rudolph Ballentine, Justin O’Brien, Collette Crawford, and Marsha Wenig to name a few. Andrea is accomplished in many styles of yoga including Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga; and has been teaching Prenatal Yoga over the past seven years. ” I have seen so many friendships flourish from class and what an honor to see these beautiful babies brought into this world!!”

ANDREA BALLARD
Andrea discovered yoga after a serious bout of Post-Partum Depression with my first daughter. She was hooked after her first class and started a regular practice for 2 years before committing to a teacher training. She completed her 200hr with Barb Badger and Marsha Pappas; she loved it so much; she finished her 500 hour Yoga Alliance Cert as well. Since then, she has studied and trained with Sri Pattabhi Jois , Suddha Wexler, Gary Krafsow, Sean Corn, David and Doug Swenson, Rolf Gates, Dr. Rudolph Ballentine, Justin O’Brien, Collette Crawford, and Marsha Wenig to name a few. Andrea is accomplished in many styles of yoga including Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga; and has been teaching Prenatal Yoga over the past seven years. ” I have seen so many friendships flourish from class and what an honor to see these beautiful babies brought into this world!!”

HALEY FRISCHKORN   I love yoga! There. I said it. Like all beautifully complex things, I believe the more I learn, the more I realize how much there still is to know! Yoga is, for me, a process of discovery. Each day I come to my mat, I learn something about myself. But after 17 years of practice, I think the best thing I've learned is to pay attention! Sometimes this means I need to concentrate on my physical practice (as you may hear me say in class-- "this balance pose is just a party trick-- the concentration it takes to stay in the pose, that is a life skill!"), but other times, when I'm attentive, I know I need just to breath, to be still, to listen, to rest. Yoga has taught me this. And, as my favorite poet, Mary Oliver once wrote, "To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work." So each day I get on my mat, I pay attention, and I learn something new. And as a teacher, I get to share this always new and amazing, infinitely unfolding practice with my students-- and be a small part of their journey as well! What's not to love about that?!

HALEY FRISCHKORN

I love yoga! There. I said it. Like all beautifully complex things, I believe the more I learn, the more I realize how much there still is to know! Yoga is, for me, a process of discovery. Each day I come to my mat, I learn something about myself. But after 17 years of practice, I think the best thing I've learned is to pay attention! Sometimes this means I need to concentrate on my physical practice (as you may hear me say in class-- "this balance pose is just a party trick-- the concentration it takes to stay in the pose, that is a life skill!"), but other times, when I'm attentive, I know I need just to breath, to be still, to listen, to rest. Yoga has taught me this. And, as my favorite poet, Mary Oliver once wrote, "To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work." So each day I get on my mat, I pay attention, and I learn something new. And as a teacher, I get to share this always new and amazing, infinitely unfolding practice with my students-- and be a small part of their journey as well! What's not to love about that?!

STEPHANIE COLE   Beginner to Teacher in less than a Year  My Yoga Journey began just a little over a year ago. I was going through a rough time in my Corporate job and abandoned my exercise routine and returned to a poor diet due to stress eating. Over a year ago, my unfavorable decisions in my health and nutrition choices caught up with me in a profound way. In that moment, I decided to take charge of my lifestyle again! I found a nearby studio that I fell in love with (Flourish) and took a few classes. I saw that there was an upcoming class for beginners and since my practice thus far had been sparse, I decided to take it and get a better feel for yoga. The beginner class taught the basics of poses and the foundation of yoga. It was a good session to get an introduction to yoga but I found myself craving more. I knew I needed a positive change in my life, and I needed a new outlet to help with the stress I was having at work. I also wanted to make a change in my overall wellness at home. When the 6 weekcourse on yoga introduction ended, I heard about the new Teacher Training that was going to happen at Flourish. I wrestled with the fact that I had only been taking yoga for about 2 months consistently at that point and had never had a steady practice before this. My inner critic was alive and well telling me all the reasons I shouldn’t sign up for this class. Why would I think that it was a good idea to jump into Yoga Teacher Training when I barely had yoga in my life before this? What if everyone in the class has taken yoga for years and outshines me? What if I look foolish not knowing every pose that the teacher could call out? What if I am not enlightened or positive enough to teach yoga? Then I realized that the very questions that were telling me not to do it were the very questions telling me I needed to sign up. I need to get these negative thoughts out of my head! I need something like yoga to teach me to not let my inner critic hold me back. I jumped in with my heart leading my way instead of my head and it was the best decision I ever made.  I did not take Yoga Teacher Trainer to become a teacher. I took it to realize that I can change my world for the better. I took it to get a deeper understanding of myself and my surroundings. I took it to build a practice that I will have with me forever and to pass along to my family. My journey was filled with self-discovery, building great friendships, finding a genuine support system, and finding a practice that helps me cease the day and constantly see the light. I am grateful every day that I decided to follow my instinct and jump in. Through the training, I changed every aspect of my life, my expectations, and my general attitude. I have a long way to grow but with continual dedication to my practice, I know I will be happier and aware of every moment. Too often we take moments for granted, but the main thing I took away from my Training was to breathe in every moment we can. To relish in the happy moments and to understand the negative ones and then send them on their way.  Soon after I graduated training, I knew I had to teach. I had to pass along all of this beautiful knowledge that I had obtained. When I am in a studio teaching yoga, I have never felt better. I feel like I am giving a gift to people every time I teach which warms my very soul. I never thought I would be here and especially in such a short time but what I always remember is not to let anything hold you back, including yourself. I am now a teacher at Flourish where this journey all began a year ago and I couldn’t be more honored. I hope to see everyone in class.

STEPHANIE COLE

Beginner to Teacher in less than a Year

My Yoga Journey began just a little over a year ago. I was going through a rough time in my Corporate job and abandoned my exercise routine and returned to a poor diet due to stress eating. Over a year ago, my unfavorable decisions in my health and nutrition choices caught up with me in a profound way. In that moment, I decided to take charge of my lifestyle again! I found a nearby studio that I fell in love with (Flourish) and took a few classes. I saw that there was an upcoming class for beginners and since my practice thus far had been sparse, I decided to take it and get a better feel for yoga. The beginner class taught the basics of poses and the foundation of yoga. It was a good session to get an introduction to yoga but I found myself craving more. I knew I needed a positive change in my life, and I needed a new outlet to help with the stress I was having at work. I also wanted to make a change in my overall wellness at home. When the 6 weekcourse on yoga introduction ended, I heard about the new Teacher Training that was going to happen at Flourish. I wrestled with the fact that I had only been taking yoga for about 2 months consistently at that point and had never had a steady practice before this. My inner critic was alive and well telling me all the reasons I shouldn’t sign up for this class. Why would I think that it was a good idea to jump into Yoga Teacher Training when I barely had yoga in my life before this? What if everyone in the class has taken yoga for years and outshines me? What if I look foolish not knowing every pose that the teacher could call out? What if I am not enlightened or positive enough to teach yoga? Then I realized that the very questions that were telling me not to do it were the very questions telling me I needed to sign up. I need to get these negative thoughts out of my head! I need something like yoga to teach me to not let my inner critic hold me back. I jumped in with my heart leading my way instead of my head and it was the best decision I ever made.

I did not take Yoga Teacher Trainer to become a teacher. I took it to realize that I can change my world for the better. I took it to get a deeper understanding of myself and my surroundings. I took it to build a practice that I will have with me forever and to pass along to my family. My journey was filled with self-discovery, building great friendships, finding a genuine support system, and finding a practice that helps me cease the day and constantly see the light. I am grateful every day that I decided to follow my instinct and jump in. Through the training, I changed every aspect of my life, my expectations, and my general attitude. I have a long way to grow but with continual dedication to my practice, I know I will be happier and aware of every moment. Too often we take moments for granted, but the main thing I took away from my Training was to breathe in every moment we can. To relish in the happy moments and to understand the negative ones and then send them on their way.

Soon after I graduated training, I knew I had to teach. I had to pass along all of this beautiful knowledge that I had obtained. When I am in a studio teaching yoga, I have never felt better. I feel like I am giving a gift to people every time I teach which warms my very soul. I never thought I would be here and especially in such a short time but what I always remember is not to let anything hold you back, including yourself. I am now a teacher at Flourish where this journey all began a year ago and I couldn’t be more honored. I hope to see everyone in class.

FATIMAELIZA GONZALEZ   A Floridian native, I started practicing yoga when I felt brave enough to attend a class at Lululemon with some friends in 2016. I was always told I should try it out and practice, due to having some anxiety and stress issues, but was always too scared to try- which thinking about that now is just a silly thought. My first class was taught by one of the teachers at Flourish; After that class I kept going back to Lululemon to practice once a week and what I always enjoyed was how I felt after practicing asana. I fell in love with yoga. In 2017 I wanted to learn more about yoga and dig deeper into the practice. I didn’t really know what to expect but I knew I wanted to do this for me, and did it. It was by far one of the very best experiences I have ever had! My training was done through Flourish, where I became a 200 hour RYT in 2018. During my flows I try being creative, building strength and hoping you take away something you can use off your mat with you everyday while having fun music in the background. I enjoy helping others in whatever way I can, as well as learning from the many amazing people I encounter. During my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors with my loved ones, brunches, reading and traveling. I hope to see you!

FATIMAELIZA GONZALEZ

A Floridian native, I started practicing yoga when I felt brave enough to attend a class at Lululemon with some friends in 2016. I was always told I should try it out and practice, due to having some anxiety and stress issues, but was always too scared to try- which thinking about that now is just a silly thought. My first class was taught by one of the teachers at Flourish; After that class I kept going back to Lululemon to practice once a week and what I always enjoyed was how I felt after practicing asana. I fell in love with yoga. In 2017 I wanted to learn more about yoga and dig deeper into the practice. I didn’t really know what to expect but I knew I wanted to do this for me, and did it. It was by far one of the very best experiences I have ever had! My training was done through Flourish, where I became a 200 hour RYT in 2018. During my flows I try being creative, building strength and hoping you take away something you can use off your mat with you everyday while having fun music in the background. I enjoy helping others in whatever way I can, as well as learning from the many amazing people I encounter. During my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors with my loved ones, brunches, reading and traveling. I hope to see you!

GRETA SNELL   I first came to my mat as a way to strengthen my body, but I quickly found that it was my ticket to healing my mind, body, and spirit. As a result of that realization, I set out on a personal journey toward self-transformation, self-love, and self-awareness while also prioritizing my physical health. I’ve been an avid yogi since 2012 and earned my RYT200 in 2018 as a way to better share what has become my true passion — YOGA, from asana to pranayama to meditation and beyond. I truly believe our body is the most intelligent and intuitive teacher we have, and yoga is simply a set of tools to help us turn inward, listen and learn from it. In my classes, you can expect a high-energy asana practice with an emphasis on meditation in motion. I love a fiery flow paired with an energetic playlist, but I also hope each student leaves the studio with clarity of the mind and spirit .

GRETA SNELL

I first came to my mat as a way to strengthen my body, but I quickly found that it was my ticket to healing my mind, body, and spirit. As a result of that realization, I set out on a personal journey toward self-transformation, self-love, and self-awareness while also prioritizing my physical health. I’ve been an avid yogi since 2012 and earned my RYT200 in 2018 as a way to better share what has become my true passion — YOGA, from asana to pranayama to meditation and beyond. I truly believe our body is the most intelligent and intuitive teacher we have, and yoga is simply a set of tools to help us turn inward, listen and learn from it. In my classes, you can expect a high-energy asana practice with an emphasis on meditation in motion. I love a fiery flow paired with an energetic playlist, but I also hope each student leaves the studio with clarity of the mind and spirit.

LIZA HYATT   My yoga journey began in mid-life when in 2014 I began attending yoga classes at Flourish with my teen-aged daughter. I discovered that yoga brought me more peace and helped me release chronically held stress from my nervous system in immediate and lasting ways, unlike any other form of stress-relief I had tried. I continued attending classes at Flourish after my daughter went to college. In 2016, I visited Kripalu for a retreat and experienced Let Your Yoga Dance, which combines gentle yoga and chakra-based movement that is both playful yet deeply spiritual. I am not a trained dancer but found this form of movement meditation so enlivening that I was inspired to become a certified Let Your Yoga Dance instructor, completing my training in 2018. In 2019, I graduated from the 200-hour yoga teacher training at Flourish. I am also a board-certified art therapist and licensed mental health counselor as well as a certified clinical musician who plays Celtic harp to assist others with stress and pain relief. In addition to offering monthly Let Your Yoga Dance classes, I provide live harp music periodically for Yoga Nidra classes at Flourish. In both my personal yoga practice and my creative service in community, I combine creative arts experiential practices for healing and spiritual growth with yoga.

LIZA HYATT

My yoga journey began in mid-life when in 2014 I began attending yoga classes at Flourish with my teen-aged daughter. I discovered that yoga brought me more peace and helped me release chronically held stress from my nervous system in immediate and lasting ways, unlike any other form of stress-relief I had tried. I continued attending classes at Flourish after my daughter went to college. In 2016, I visited Kripalu for a retreat and experienced Let Your Yoga Dance, which combines gentle yoga and chakra-based movement that is both playful yet deeply spiritual. I am not a trained dancer but found this form of movement meditation so enlivening that I was inspired to become a certified Let Your Yoga Dance instructor, completing my training in 2018. In 2019, I graduated from the 200-hour yoga teacher training at Flourish. I am also a board-certified art therapist and licensed mental health counselor as well as a certified clinical musician who plays Celtic harp to assist others with stress and pain relief. In addition to offering monthly Let Your Yoga Dance classes, I provide live harp music periodically for Yoga Nidra classes at Flourish. In both my personal yoga practice and my creative service in community, I combine creative arts experiential practices for healing and spiritual growth with yoga.