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, RYT200
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!
Charlotte O'Brien, RYT200
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, RYT200
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, RYT200
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, RYT200
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, RYT200
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, RYT200
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!
Sue Persia, MS, OTR/L, RYT200, RYT500, AYS
I had no idea how much yoga would shape my life when I attended my first class over 20 years ago. Practicing yoga allowed me to feel at home in my body in a way that I couldn’t fully comprehend or express at the time. It also opened my eyes to our amazing capacity for change. Initially I experienced this mostly on a physical level. My fascination with healing through movement led to a graduate degree in occupational therapy. Gradually, a steady practice of yoga and meditation led me to experience energetic and spiritual shifts as well. Seeking a deeper understanding of these subtle yet powerful shifts led me to yoga teacher training. I am so honored that both of my professions offer me an opportunity to support others as they use yoga and movement to transform their lives. Yoga teaches that everything we need already exists within us; it also provides us the tools we need to more regularly experience this perennial perfection within our daily lives. It is this physical, emotional, and spiritual shift that allows us to participate in our lives with more joy and meaning. As a registered yoga teacher with additional certifications in kid’s yoga, perinatal yoga, and Ayurveda, it is an honor to share the wisdom of these traditions with all yogis big and small.