Teachers

Lindsey Zimmerman, E-RYT200, RYT500, CAP 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. I am also a NAMA certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, holding a degree in Vedic studies from Sai Ayurvedic College. My passion in life is for using my knowledge of yoga & Ayurvedic science to help my students & clients find health & wellbeing in their bodies and lives on and off the yoga mat.
Abby Myer, RYT-200
I began practicing yoga for the physical benefit, and very quickly discovered it was so much more!  A dedicated practice led me to teacher training with the goal of developing a deeper personal practice. It was after completing training that I felt called to teach so that I could share my passion for the beautiful healing benefits of yoga with others. My teaching style is alignment-based with an emphasis on utilizing the breath to bring balance to the body and mind, both on and off the mat!
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.
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.
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 Cato, 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. 
Mandi Carozza, RYT-200
Mandi is a devout yogi and has been practicing for 10+ years. She holds her 200-hour Certification as a Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga Instructor and her Reiki I Certification as an Energy Healer. From Heated Power Yoga to Gentle Hatha and everything in between, Mandi’s creative sequences, colorful cues and spiritual spin promise a unique yogic experience every time. As an avid adventurer, Mandi loves to incorporate yoga into her travels. Whether she’s trying out a new studio on the other side of the Earth or practicing her own flow on a mountainside, she’s always humbled by the positive impact travel has on her practice.
Sheri Craze, E-RYT200, RYT500, YACEP
Practicing since 2000, Sheri loves to use yoga as a tool to guide others through mental and physical growth. She received her Yoga Alliance 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification in 2016 and an additional 300 hour Body Matrix® Transformational Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga Teacher certification in 2018.  Sheri has completed numerous trainings and taught a variety of classes and workshops, including Myofascial Release via ball rolling.  Between 1995 and 2015, Sheri worked in the legal field, studying anatomy and orthopedic conditions, which allowed her a great understanding of body mechanics, developing her passion for instructing correct alignment in yoga postures.  Sheri is a Certified Life Coach with a focus on mindset mastery, as well as a Reiki Master, having studied meditation, crystals, and energy work since 1993.  Sheri's passion is facilitating massive transformation as her clients become better versions of themselves. Through awareness & self-discovery, all things are possible!