Teachers

Lindsey Zimmerman, RYT-200, AHC and Studio Owner
I first found yoga as part of a journey toward self-healing and quickly found that the yoga tradition speaks to my very soul. Yoga has changed my life in such profound ways that I knew I had to share my passion for this practice with others.  I love that yoga has something to offer absolutely everyone; there are no prerequisites and your practice will always meet you exactly where you are. In my teaching, I strive to help my students feel successful whether they are taking their first or five hundredth class. My goal is to encourage students to connect with themselves on a deeper level, cultivating a sense of peace and joy that they can carry off the mat and in to their daily lives.
Alaina Andrews, RYT-500
Alaina is a born and raised Fort Myers native and Florida State University graduate with a passion for sharing the life changing benefits of yoga with others. She received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification in 2010 and has been teaching ever since. She is also a certified “Kidding Around Yoga” instructor for kids and just graduated from an additional 300 hour yoga training. Her classes are based in the vinyasa style incorporating breath work, flowing asanas (postures) & meditation techniques to help reduce stress, increase energy, and live a more balanced life. Each class is adapted to the needs of the individual students within the class with modifications given as needed. Come learn how to flow, relax, and let go in one of her classes.
Alex Wilson, RYT-200
When I first discovered yoga, I honestly didn't like it very much. I thought it was hard, and I didn't like doing things that were hard. Luckily, a few years after that first class, I was able to find my way back to yoga, and through regular practice, develop a deeper connection with myself.  As a teacher, my goal is to share yoga with anyone who wants it. My teaching style is focused on creating a practice that's challenging but fun. We'll play with balance, work on fundamentals, and spend time building up to more challenging postures. But most importantly, we will use yoga as a means of cultivating awareness, inner peace, and developing deeper relationships with our true selves.
Ann Merli, RYT-200
In 1996 I found myself on a yoga mat for the very first time. As my life’s journey unfolded over the last twenty years I’ve left my mat quite a few times. Those times off my mat left me restless and unfocused and each time coming back to the mat allowed for balance and inner peace. As a massage therapist and Reiki master my journey has been full. My life’s work incorporates both the physical and spiritual, loving all things that bring us closer to the Divine. I love that yoga allows for both of these at a much deeper, more profound and personal level. I am grateful that my move to South West Florida has brought my yoga practice to my daily life. My intention is to practice yoga with anyone who is willing to join me in this deeply healing path that brings together all the powerful elements of body, mind and spirit both on and off the mat.
Atali Connor, RYT-200
Atali began her yoga journey in 2007. Always passionate about movement and after years of experiencing the practice of yoga work wonders in her own body and mind, she decided it was time to share its powerful benefits with others. In 2015, Atali became a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.  Her classes are an empowering blend of strength, flexibility, balance and self-love. She believes in living your practice off the mat and encourages students to stand in their strength, cultivate courage amidst difficulty, and allow space for healing and peace. In addition to yoga, Atali is an AFAA certified group fitness instructor and pre/postnatal fitness specialist.
Charlotte O'Brien, RYT-200
I often tell my classes the goal of asana is not to just twist and bend our bodies in awkward shapes but to be able to breath comfortably in those shapes. Through skill based alignment, pranayama (breath) and meditation you begin to open up the body and mind, creating space for new thoughts, ideas and experiences. My goal as a yoga teacher is to provide a fun and safe environment for practitioners of all levels to step onto the mat and explore the deeper aspects of the self. By matching movement to breath and refining your awareness you begin to bring your mind, body and spirit into harmony.
Christine Santaniello, RYT-200
Christine received her 200 hour yoga teacher training certification with Yoga Alliance In 2013 and has been teaching ever since.  Christine began her yoga journey in Brooklyn, New York where she first was deeply inspired to dedicate herself to her practice and teachings of yoga. Her purpose is to encourage students to open themselves up to the endless possibilities of positive change in their lives, by finding balance within the mind, body and spirit.  Christine's practice and teachings can be described as an eclectic blend of various styles of yoga with an emphasis on breath, alignment, playfulness and creativity.
Elizabeth Spear , RYT-200
I started my yoga practice in 2010 and it has changed my life in so many ways. I have discovered a place deep inside myself that is always joyful, confident, content and at peace no matter what is happening in my life. It can be hard to hold on to these feelings when life gets crazy but that is one reason I will always practice yoga. I have a bachelors degree in the science of health & wellness and a strong passion for helping others find true health in mind, body and spirit. Yoga is great for the physical body but it is so much more. It helps create a calmer mind, little by little, still the chaos and distractions. I'm so excited to be able to share my knowledge of yoga with others, helping them experience positive life changes as a result.
Emi Wall , RYT-200
I went to my first yoga class with my grandmother at age sixteen and was first intrigued with the different shapes I could make with my body. I am extremely grateful to have learned so much about this practice since then, and to be continuing to learn every day. Yoga makes me feel GOOD and I think we should all do a little more of what makes us feel good, so I have made it my mission to spread that goodness to others.  I received my 200-hr certification in 2015 in OM yoga, which combines vinyasa yoga with the principles of Tibetan Buddhism and places a concentration on alignment. 
Jean Klein, RYT-200
I am so happy to have the opportunity to teach at THRIVE. My classes will meet you where you are physically and leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. We will use breath to create space to move deeper into the asanas. My intention is for you to have fun yet be challenged to move closer to your personal goals. You will leave with a feeling of accomplishment in your practice and in your life.
Karina Wong, RYT-200
My yoga journey started back in 2013 when I began to practice on and off at home using DVDs from the public library. It wasn't until I stepped into a yoga studio for the first time that I really fell in love with the practice. I loved the sense of community, acceptance, and support that I immediately felt when I walked into the studio. I was able to experience for the first time what yoga is all about, and ever since then I have been hooked. As a teacher, my goal is to share with students all the great benefits that the practice of yoga brings to the physical body and the mind. In my classes students will be able to explore and get to know their bodies and become familiar with the connection that the breath has with the body, and the mind, while remaining curious about their own yoga practice. I am here to guide and empower my students and let yoga work its magic!
Kiersten Koza, RYT-200
Kiersten began her yoga journey in 2006, starting with home videos and eventually finding her way to group classes. After years of a "surface-level" practice, tragedy brought her to her mat in a whole new way. Since 2013 her practice has deepened and evolved, leading her to to fulfill her desire of sharing the precious gift of yoga with others. In 2015 she received her 200 hour yoga teacher training certification with Yoga Alliance. Her goal is to share the gift of mindfulness and awareness that can be cultivated through the practice of yoga. She strives to find what feels good in her own body and encourages students to do the same. Her approach to teaching is through empowerment, support and self-love. 
Morgan Roessner, RYT-200
My relationship with yoga began 17 years ago when I attended my first class. I signed up for a 6-week course for expecting mothers and quickly noticed how the practice invited more body awareness to my already changing body. From that point, I was convinced that yoga was magical. Yoga’s ability to ground us, create inner space, bring peace of mind, excite the imagination, and convey sound guiding principles that help us navigate the wonder-full, and sometimes, challenging waters of life has fascinated me ever since.  My goal for each class is to guide you through a set of postures that help to cultivate qualities of openness, groundedness, stillness, peace, and joy. I will always encourage you to honor your personal practice because I believe we all have an inner guru full of wisdom that we can turn to for answers of all kind. We will work on quieting the mind and strengthening the body so that our inner wisdom can not only be heard but also felt. My highest hope is that our time together grounds us more deeply into the present moment, tunes us into the divine wisdom of our body and soul, while developing a healthy, yet, flexible practice that draws us ever more close to our true nature.