college. Yoga was a natural transition from her dance background, flowing and creating
movement through self expression. Abby continued a dedicated practice for the next 6 years,
then started her journey at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health during the summer of 2016
where she received her 200 hr YTT. Abby enjoys teaching a variety of different styles of yoga
including Kripalu flow and a slow flow restorative class. Kripalu flow focuses on breath and
alignment while building heat. Her slow flow restorative class invites students to slow down
while working on flexibility and mobility. All of Abby’s classes start with intentional pranayama
and meditation, as well as allowing time for meditation at the end of class. She incorporates
aromatherapy as a tool to arrive presently on the mat. Abby is fascinated with the mind-body
connection yoga allows by cultivating mindfulness as a way to heal on a mental and physical
level. She is most passionate about providing a safe space for students to explore this concept
of meditation through movement.
Alex Bierut, RYT-500, is a Yoga Instructor/Yoga Therapist trained in-residency at the Amrit Yoga Institute from 2014-2017 and a Therapeutic Thai Bodyworker trained in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Alex moved to Bozeman in November 2017 from his previous occupation at the Amrit Yoga Institute to teach Yoga and build a bodywork clientele through his expertise in ancient energetic and alignment-based yoga and Traditional Thai Bodywork. Alex's Yoga-teaching style is accessible to all practitioners emphasizing correct alignment, asana as meditation-in-motion, and Amrit Method Yoga Nidra. His public classes intent to challenge students in a controlled meditative way that breaks free from the pop-culture mold of "yoga as exercise" and returns the practice to its roots as the physical and energetic science of health and well-being.
My love affair with yoga really began once I realized how much it positively impacted all my other hobbies. I’ve felt the impacts in my focus, injury prevention, summer and winter activities. My background and training is in a Bikram style hot yoga and I am a true believer that everyone can find a yoga style that works for them.
Peace, Relaxation and Bliss throughout life is my goal for everyone! Yoga is a great way to empower yourself to create your highest potential, no matter your activity level. My yoga instructionfocuses on symmetrical joint stability and mobility to facilitate doing all the activity you want for as long as you want, without injury. I am a practicing physical therapist and understand what it takes to keep joints healthy and injury free. Teaching here at the Spire is a wonderful way for me to combine my long time activities and passions of rock climbing and yoga with overall wellness and health.
I have been a certified 200 RYT Instructor since 2011 and studying for my 500 ERYT. Certifications are with Yoga Alliance and Yoga Fit. I teach Hatha Vinyasa Alignment flow, Power yoga , and Restorative yoga.
I am Board Certified Physical Therapist working in an Outpatient setting for the last 12 years and enjoy integrating yoga into my practice.
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Kaitlin began practicing yoga while attending college in Florida in 2006, exploring different styles on and off for 5 years. During the next few years yoga became a constant as she moved from the Caribbean to Maui, back to the Virgin Islands to Portland, OR and finally home to Montana. As the landscapes, cultures, and experiences changed she was able to turn to yoga for a grounding connection and a way to find depth with her fitness, flexibility, and spirituality. Being drawn towards the flow of vinyasa style yoga, she completed her 200-hour training with Corepower Yoga of Portland, Oregon in August of 2014.
A native Montanan, Kaitlin has a natural love for the outdoors where she can be found running and biking backwoods trails, rock climbing, hiking, skiing, rollerblading, playing volleyball and disc golf. She brings laughter and light to her classes and is inspired and humbled by her students.
Kate was born and raised right here in Bozeman, MT. She grew up skiing with her dad, practicing yoga with her mom, and participating in all the outdoor activities Bozeman has to offer. Kate spent some time in Bellingham, WA attending college then returned to Bozeman to finish her degree. In 2013 she graduated from MSU with a B.S. in geology. During her final year of college, Kate attended a nine-month 260-hour yoga teacher training through Nancy Ruby’s Yoga Motion (Yoga Alliance recognized), completing her certification in June of 2014. She enjoys sharing her love of yoga with the community!
I started a dedicated Astanga practice in 2011 while exploring other styles of yoga. In 2013 I completed a 200-hour YTT on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii that took a unified yoga approach, which focused on blending yoga styles, relaxation techniques, and meditation. My yoga practice continues to evolve depending on the activities and events taking place in my life. For me yoga has become a tool for gaining greater focus and body-mind awareness, as an athlete and in life. Yoga has become a lifestyle as I take the lessons from the mat into the community. Returning to my mat has helped me remain playful and curious. I love learning about the body through movement and sharing the gift of yoga through teaching. Most of my teaching experience is in vinyasa and restorative styles.
MacKenzie’s intention for each class is to create an environment in which students are able to open up, have a little fun and heal their bodies and minds. Most of her work is in mentoring teachers and working with beginning and intermediate yogis to help them develop a practice. MacKenzie holds a 200RYT though Yoga Motion, a Medical Exercise Specialty and an ACE personal training certification. She also has formal training and certifications in Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki, and meditation.
After pursuing a career in traditional Western medicine, life threw several curve balls, and pointed Meesh in the direction of yoga. She began her personal practice as a source of injury management/prevention, but ultimately cultivated a deeply physical+spiritual practice; yoga became her medicine- for both the body and the mind.
She earned her 200-hour teaching certificate at YogaWorks with Lesley Fightmaster. There, she studied the rich culture of Krishnamacharya's yoga lineage, focused on Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, and the teachings of Desikachar.
Meesh teaches a practice focused on proper alignment, pranayama, and the spiritual aspects of yoga. She believes there is no particular "right way" to practice yoga and that our practice can be both fun and intense. Whether you're looking for a way to deepen your meditation/connection to yourself, or to crosstrain for other athletic endeavors, she would love to be part of your yogi journey!
As a yoga practitioner, I’m largely focused on the physical health benefits that come from a regular yoga routine. After years spent sitting in a car driving to and from skiing and climbing destinations, I found yoga in 2010 and realized how much of a profound impact a regular yoga routine could have on how I felt in my day-to-day life. Not only did I feel better with significantly less aches and pains, I also saw immediate improvements in my climbing and skiing.
Steve is a practicing Doctor of Chiropractic here in Bozeman and has been a climber and yoga practitioner for many years. Because research demonstrates profound improvement with yoga for physical and mental health, he became a yoga instructor to provide therapeutic yoga to patients in his clinic and the community. He brings therapeutic principles to a playful yoga class, here at Spire, that incorporates the inward journey that is the intention of yoga.
Terra has been practicing yoga for over 14 years and is an E-RYT 200, RYT 500 with
Yoga Alliance. She specializes in creating an inspiring, unique practice that allows
students a safe space to feel whole and content in body, mind, and spirit. She completed
her 200-hour training at the Maui Yoga Shala in 2014 and her 300-hour training at the
Yandara Yoga Institute in 2018. She believes that a powerful yoga practice can be crafted
for any individual, regardless of their age, experience or physical ability. By focusing on
uniting breath and movement, students will experience a dynamic Vinyasa flow in her
classes. The goal is to allow for healing and personal transformation, breath by breath.
She is passionate about continuing her yoga education by being a lifelong student, and
has studied with many teachers including Nat Kendall, Eddie Modestini, Adam Ballenger
and Desiree Rumbaugh.