Montana’s only Certified Curvy Yoga Teacher, came to yoga as a tool to help manage chronic pain. After receiving her first certification as a yoga teacher, she continued on to study with Anna Guest-Jelly, founder Curvy Yoga, and briefly with Lanita Varshell, of A Gentle Way Yoga. Both of these women had a huge influence on the style of teaching Robyn uses in her classes. Robyn focuses on bringing yoga to your body, the one you have right now. Using props, specialized sequencing and techniques to make classes accessible and enjoyable for everyone, no matter size, shape, or ability.
Angie Gifford’s approach to yoga is a slow-flow practice focused on mindful movement. She aims to create a laid-back, warm and welcoming space that is non-intimidating and open to all, allowing students of all levels to honor their bodies and find the balance between breath and movement, body and soul. Angie has been practicing yoga for more than a decade and received her Registered Yoga Teacher certification after completing the 200-hour teacher training program at the Lotus in Helena, Montana. As a Helena native, she is an outdoor junkie and believes being in nature is just as important as time on the mat — you can often find her taking her yoga outside on Helena’s trails and bodies of water.
Patricia shares her love of yoga by consistently holding regular classes where students can grow and nurture their yoga practice. Patricia teaches a gentle Iyengar (alignment based) style yoga where she encourages participants to slow down, listen to their breath, and their body. Her classes are safe, relaxed, non-judgmental, and light-hearted.
Patricia began her yoga journey in 2001 while teaching in a small community in Kansas and received herE-RYT 500 hour teacher certification from The Yoga School of Therapeutics with Suzette Scholtes in Kansas City. Patricia has had the pleasure of studying with master yogis including Doug Keller, Aadil Palkhivala, Judith Lasater, and Paula Self.
Patricia feels blessed to have the opportunity to teach at Gentle Healing Wellness Center where every BODY is welcome.
Jill believes yoga is everywhere and for everyBODY! Her classes connect breath and mindful movement to release tension and find balance. She began her yoga adventure six years ago and completed her 200-hour YTT at the Lotus in 2017. She has also studied trauma-informed yoga, accessible yoga and yoga nidra. Truly a “yoga nerd”, her focus is on creating a lifelong sustainable asana practice while discovering the yoga in day-to-day life. When not on the mat, Jill finds her bliss camping, hiking, walking and spending time with family.
LeAnn is new to teaching yoga after completing 200 hour YogaNerd RYT Training with Barbara Denowh in March 2019. She is an endurance athlete (triathlon and ultra running) and finds joy in the contrast of more kind, gentle, and playful movements of the body in yoga asana. She is an explorer of poetry and interested in all things neurobiology. In yoga, LeAnn believes in exploration of the subtle movements to create neural pathways for movement variation. She is a movement optimist and believes there are many wonderful ways to move your body. Also, LeAnn loves yoga blocks- for strength, for stability, for assistance, for challenge, for movement variety, for play, for all the things.
Julia is thrilled to be part of the Gentle Healing team. Julia has been practicing yoga for over ten years and in March 2019 completed 200-hr yoga teacher certification. Julia is also a teacher and practitioner of theatre, a history nerd and mother. Being human is hard work and we can all benefit from both the restoration and strengthening elements of yoga. Julia is excited to turn her attention to flow work and exploration of the poses.