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Joint Power
In a partnership of mutual respect and responsibility, teachers and students share the journey at Thrive. Empowering students with accountability for their own discipline and development, Thrive instructors support students in bringing their maturation and acquired self-knowledge to their mat. Familiar with students by name and needs, teachers seamlessly integrate individual instruction into the group teaching, creating a public class that feels both intimate and focused.

Shannan Donovan
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Shannan DonovanLove at first sweat, in 1996 Shannan Donovan wandered into a hot yoga class that set in motion a journey still unfolding. Transforming both her body and mind, Shannan committed to her calling in 2001 when she moved to Asheville, North Carolina and signed on for an intensive, yearlong teacher training with the highly respected vinyasa flow instructor Stephanie Keach. Renown for her non-dogmatic and comprehensive curriculum exploring the roots and traditions of yoga, including its many distinct expressions, Keach inspired Shannan to synthesize her studies and evolve her own style.

Eager to learn more, Shannan headed to Los Angeles to train with Bikram Choudhury and earn accreditation as a Bikram Yoga instructor. From Bikram, she continued adding to her Yoga Alliance hours, and her style, by studying with Shiva Rea, Seane Corn and Bryan Kest.

A word that means to develop gradually, the concept of evolving exists as the central tenet behind Shannan’s approach to her studio, her students, her self. Promoting the mantra —practice not perfect— Shannan’s manner balances playfulness with discipline, openness with boundaries, guiding with allowing, stretching with integration. Considering herself first-and-foremost a student, Shannan strives to daily discover and incorporate new insight and wisdom into both her personal practice and her role as a model and guide. Borrowing perspective from other teachers, her students, as well as philosophy and scholarship, Shannan continually experiments with the dynamic dialog between physical patterns of holding and release, inner truth, and the content and boundaries of our life experiences.



Hediyeh
Hediyeh

Upon graduating with a BFA from the Academy of Art, San Francisco, Hediyeh moved to Sonoma County where she has been inspired by many local teachers to share the magic of yoga. In 2007 Hediyeh received her 200 hour certification at the Ananda Seva Center in Bennett Valley, and in 2008 completed her prenatal yoga training with Jane Austin in San Francisco. She found herself deeply influenced by Ana Forrest, Shiva Rea and Anusara styles of practice. She finds everyday that she is a student of the endless depths of yoga, life and herself. Hediyeh’s intention is to create a space to feel perfect as you are. She teaches a musical vinyasa flow class with focus on the foundation of alignment in each pose and linking movement with breath.



Alexei
Alexei

Alexei began practicing yoga his sophomore year of high school because of an article he read in a Surfing magazine about the benefits of Yoga on surfing. It didn't take long for him to discover that the benefits stretched far beyond surfing and affected every part of his life for the better. In 1993 Alexei traveled to India to Study Yoga at the Sivananda Vedanta yoga center. Though certified in the Shivananda tradition his influences reach far beyond that lineage. Alexei has been teaching yoga since 1995 and has had the good fortune of studying with many wonderful teachers such as Yogi Steve North, Max Thomas, Joel Kramer, Rodney Yee, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, Shive Rea and Ana Forrest. Alexei's classes are Vinyasa based and are heavily inspired by the teachings of Ana Forrest. They are light hearted and fun loving yet challenging.




Danielle

Danielle Kelleher has been teaching yoga as a physical practice for 13 years. In the time she has been teaching she has remained constant in her love of Forrest and remained devoted to a light direct approach to her students. She believes that people come to their mats for many different reasons but hopes they leave feeling more self sufficient and confident in their body and life. Danielle's main teacher and inspiration is Ana Forrest, who reminds her that life and practice are ever evolving. She holds a Masters in Depth Psychology, which helps her approach every student as being unique, and she intends to bring broad perspectives and fun to the mat!




Jessica

Hello, my name is Jessica! I have been practicing yoga for seven years now. I have developed a wonderful relationship with Vinyasa Flow. My quality of teaching is gentle yet vigorous. I help to build endurance as well as teaching to meet the body where it is now. Yoga, I can't live without. I believe it is a way for many people to connect with spirit and to connect with their body's inner strengths. I'm still on the spiritual journey of yoga and I'm learning something new everyday. I hope to share that journey with many yogis of all levels. Namaste!




George

George began his yoga explorations 38 years ago while living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He had just graduated from Colby College in Maine with a degree in Religion and Human Development, when he began practicing yoga asana and meditation with Yamuna Zake (BodyLogic). Since then, George has continued his study of yoga with teachers including Ganga White, John Smith, Duncan Wong, Rodney Yee, Mary Paffard, Kofi Busia, Ana Forrest, and others. A synthesis of these styles and teachings provides the basis for George's emphasis on breath, alignment and flow.