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.
I know from experience that we learn best in an encouraging, fun atmosphere where the body’s language is honored, and its boundaries are respected. I believe learners of all ages and abilities benefit from a safe, relaxing and joyous environment. Our bodies have given us the greatest gift: the physical vehicle to intimacy with life. We honor that commitment with breath, movement and rest.
I use all the abilities I have learned in martial arts, swimming, yoga, astrology and philosophy to create thoughtful, enjoyable classes to deepen your relationship with the only one who said they would stay with you from your first to your last breath: your amazing body. We will explore ways to develop comfort, wellness and balance with breath, movement, mind and spirit.
(CYT (Astanga) – Brown Institute, Dayton, OH 2001, YTT with Angela Farmer 2003, Created Lunar Yoga 2015, Holotropic Breathwork with Stan Grof and Diana Haug 2015, RYT (Classical and Restorative) Siddhi Yoga, Rishikesh, India 2021 and studying for my Ayurveda certification now!)
Ravi Devpriya Kaur
Ravi is a non-binary, queer teacher with a passion for self-empowerment, community, and the healing power of nature and plants. They still believe in magic. They are an herbalist, an RN, a paramedic, and a health educator. They hold teaching certificates in Oula. One, 200-hour YTT, Trauma-Conscious (TCYM-T), and Yoga for Social Justice. Their practice pays particular attention to self-knowledge, empowerment, and chakra balancing, world healing through radical self-love, and the compassionate processing of trauma. Ravi is also an avid gardener, rock climber, hiker and backpacker, skier, and kayaker/rafter. They are originally from the East Coast, but call Montana home. They live with a dog, a fish, dozens of plants, and no fewer than 1000 books.
I started doing yoga in 2015 when I lived in Cameroon. I used a hand-me-down mat and a yoga book my sister sent me. My studio was my mud brick house and my fellow yogis were the kids in village who taught me about life.
When I came back to the states, it felt so fancy to go to a studio with my own yoga mat. My favorite was hot power yoga and that is when I decided to do yoga teacher training in Missoula in 2017.
I broke my arm in 2018 and could no longer do the hot power yoga I once loved. I learned to love and appreciate restorative yoga, slow yoga and mindfulness.
I love the practice of yoga, on and off the mat. It has proven to be one of my strongest coping skills when life gets tough. Yoga principles align wonderfully with the kind of person I strive to be. Like many others I struggled during COVID to maintain my yoga practice. I am happy to be getting back to teaching and practicing on a regular basis.
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.