BROOK SKILLMAN (ERYT-500, IAYT YOGA THERAPIST, RYS 200)
Brook Skillman, Jīvitaya's founder, is a Holistic Physiotherapist, International Yoga Therapist, and Wellness Educator. With an education in Kinesiology, Yoga Therapy, and Rehabilitative Pilates, she provides Yoga Anatomy, Biomechanics, & Injury Prevention courses for various Yoga Teacher Trainings and Immersions. She is also a certified Continuing Education Provider and shares her knowledge globally.
Brook's unique teaching approach is based from 15 years of sadhana, teaching experience, and education in Ashtanga Mysore, Hatha, Vinyasa, Tantra Yoga and Vipassana. She has trained and taught in USA, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bali, Java, Vietnam and India immersing herself in Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine along the way. She always holds a sacred and safe space by integrating anatomical focus, energetic anatomy, and injury prevention while using her ability to tune in with her students in order to empower and support each student's unique journey. Brook teaches privates and semi-privates for beginners, intermediate, and advanced practitioners customizing the practice specifically for the practitioner.
Currently Brook is operating Jivitaya Yoga & Wellness studio in Shelby, Montana, providing continuing education courses and teacher trainings immersions, facilitating various teacher trainings globally, and welcoming new baby Jaia Akila into the world.
BETHANY KEYSER (RYT 200)
Originally from the East Cost from a small rural town in Pennsylvania, Bethany now considers herself a Montana lover. She has lived here now with her husband and two children for 6 years.
She had heard of the many benefits of yoga and only stretched for high intensity fad workouts that never stuck. She now believes yoga translates to life in every aspect. "I went to one of Brook' s first classes and have been hooked ever since!"
Bethany loves art, reading, hiking and fishing. Her family and friends are very dear to Bethany being so far from family, she's happy to raise her children in a small community. She loves working with children as she sees that they are our future and can change the world. "I love working with children and enjoy my job as a teacher assistant at the Head Start here in Shelby. Children, just like yoga, help me slow down from the fast pace hectic world and enjoy and truly learn about life."
She's currently finishing her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Jivitaya Yoga School. "Yoga makes me so happy and if I can make that happen for someone else that would just be amazing. The benefits are endless."
CHRISTAL BRIDGE (RYT 200)
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. With a background in dance, primarily ballet, she grew up loving movement and connecting with the body. She found yoga after having two children and realizing that she wanted to get moving again. Christal fell in love with yoga instantly. She recognized that yoga was about self improvement, patience, and loving your body for what it can do. She decided that she wanted to share this message and practice it with everyone.
NIKKI STAPEL (RYT 200)
She hails from the Midwest! Nikki grew up on a small Wisconsin dairy farm. She moved out to Montana 12 years ago to the Rocky Mountain Front where she fell in love with the beauty of the earth!
Nikki first started yoga from a friends recommendation to do along side her HIIT workouts. She soon shed the mindset that yoga was "just stretching" Her first few studio practices became a beloved safe place to let go of the stress from this face paced world and learn to be in the moment. Her practice evolved by integrating a home practice realizing the power of yoga spreads to all aspects of life:mind,body, and spirit.
Nikki loves family, hiking, camping, being on the water, cooking, skiing, gardening, driving John Deere tractors, and all things outdoors!
"Its so great no to have to be "perfect" in your poses but to come just as you are. Yoga is teaching me to let go, allow whatever life is showing and giving you, and to love yourself for you you are! I'm not sure where my yoga journey will take me in life but I want to spread the awareness in your body and life, gratitude for all things, love for the world, connection to your body, and involvement in your own healing that yoga provides."
MICHELLE BEEBE (RYT 200)
Michele Beebe loves to teach Yoga. She has practiced since 1975 when she took her first Yoga class as a physical education requirement at Flathead Valley Community College. She became a certified group fitness instructor in 1989 and implemented Yoga into her fitness classes. In 2002 she was asked to teach Yoga and has been teaching since. She holds numerous Yoga and fitness certifications but the one she is most proud of is the 200 hour instructor certificate from Shiva Rea’s Samudra Global School of Yoga.
Michele teaches for Yoga Hive in Kalispell and also teaches at her own studio, Om Yoga in CutBank. Michele’s dharma or calling is to humbly share the healing, empowering practice of Yogawith anyone who wants to learn it. She has taught classes in a jail, an EMS building and other places that are not typically thought of as Yoga venues. Her love of helping people find their way to healing is manifested in her full time work as a nurse practitioner, to her belief in Ayurvedic Medicine and chakra balancing, and in the Yoga classes she teaches. Michele believes strongly that Yoga helps people resonate and vibrate at a higher frequency and
because of this, Yogis and Yoginis will save the world.