Jodi Petlin is the owner of Shanti Yoga Studio in Whitefish, Montana --- which celebrated its 10 year anniversary in Whitefish in June 2016. Jodi travels internationally leading retreats and trainings. She co-created and led the first 200 hour (Yoga Alliance registered) yoga teacher training program in Whitefish, Montana. She has trained and continues to teach many of the yoga teachers in the Flathead Valley. She integrates a blend of teaching styles into her classes and is skilled at working with students of all levels and abilities. Jodi's other passion and expertise is her work as a certified career & transformational life coach. She incorporates her business background as a former Vice President of a large record label in NYC and her graduate education in Spiritual Psychology into her work.
Stuart has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga consistently since 2011. Having a Vipassana meditation practice for several years prior, Stu found Ashtanga to be a potent combination of mindfulness and therapy for the physical body. The method has systematically enabled him to overcome a serious spinal injury, while building a strong mental and spiritual foundation.
Recently Stuart was authorized to teach Ashtanga Yoga Level 1 by my primary teacher, R. Sharath Jois at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. It is Stu’s honor and privilege to share this method with others. He is forever grateful for the teachers he has had along the way, including Geoff Mackenzie, Magnolia Zuniga, and Noah Williams. He continues to practice under their guidance when possible, and will continue to return to Mysore India to study with his primary teacher SharathJi at KPJAYI.
As a former gymnast, Kirsten was initially drawn to yoga in 1997 for the physical aspects of the practice. As life led her ‘on and off’ the mat, she learned that a regular yoga practice brought a sense of grounding and peace to her often hectic life. Through teaching, she hopes to share the many benefits of yoga with others. In the winter, you will also find her teaching cross country skiing, or chasing her family down the runs of Big Mountain!
Ingrid began yoga in 1999 to counter stress, treat injuries, and create balance in her life. She knows that the power of a well-rounded yoga practice heals the body and shifts the mind, cultivating peace and gratitude that embraces all aspects of life. Ingrid’s teaching is also influenced by the many recreational activities she enjoys in beautiful Northwest Montana.
Leaving a corporate life for a more independent and outdoor-focused one, Jen traded her fast-paced San Francisco life for community-minded Whitefish.
Seeing yoga as a strong transformational tool, Jen took a leap of faith and followed her heart into the Shanti RYT 200 training in 2016, gleaning all she could from her mentors.
As each day of practice comes, she learns that courage, presence and joy make for a beautiful and open life - her teaching here at Shanti hopes to impart the same message for her students and peers.
Between delicious cups of coffee and being ever-humbled by the power of the natural world that surrounds us, come share in a class to open your body, mind and heart!
Twenty years ago, by the influence of her older sister, an Iyengar instructor, Nancy stepped into the world of yoga. Her journey has evolved through numerous detailed ashtanga series, to bhakti(devotion) style vinyasa classes to a more mindfulness and compassion based practice. She completed her 200hr certification in 2012 through BhodiYoga international in Spain, a Buddhist based yoga training. Nancy is also a Certified Ayurvedic Practioner, since 2006. She weaves the wisdom of Ayurveda in accordance with the seasons into her hatha flow classes. Nancy also leads insight meditition and attends silent vipassana retreats yearly. Look for her seasonal balancing Ayurveda-Yoga series and learn how appropriate diet, lifestyle and self care practices can keep you in sync with the rhythms of nature. She is currently completing her massage therapy program. Nancy lives far west of town in the quiet forest with her husband, 3 cats and 20 chickens!
havilland Brooke O'briant
Havilland O'Briant has always been interested in women's health and wellbeing, but found her passion in empowering women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period during her travels in Bali and in India, in which she was able to shadow and assist midwives for the very first time (including the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year, Robin Lim). While working toward earning her Associates of Science degree, she shadowed and interned with midwives Jeanne Tremper (CNM), Carrie Corbett (LM, CPM), and Heather Holman (LM) while working as a doula on the side. In addition, she completed her 200 Hatha yoga teacher training at Shanti Yoga in Whitefish. Degree in hand, she then pursued Vinyasa-based training in yoga for pregnancy in New York City at the Prenatal Yoga Center (85 hours). When Havilland is not working as a doula or as an assistant to the Fern Creek Midwives, she enjoys running and hiking through Glacier National Park and the trails of Whitefish.
Astrid Santana, 500 hour ERYT, has been a student of yoga since 1996, and has been teaching professionally since 2009, leading multiple yoga teacher trainings as well as many regional and international retreats. Astrid is known for her ability to weave humor, storytelling, and yoga philosophy into her classes, bringing ancient wisdom to contemporary practice in an accessible and inviting way. She has studied in the Pranakriya and Anusara traditions and has taught more than 10,000 hours of classes, harmoniously incorporating anatomy, alignment, pranayama and meditation into asana based public classes. Yoga has helped her to become stronger, braver, more open and more free in her body and in her life, and she strives to create classes that will allow her students to do the same. In the summer, you can find her ranger-ing in Glacier National Park, and occasionally exploring her yoga practice in the backcountry!
Shauna absolutely loves sharing yoga with the Whitefish community. When she first started practicing Yoga, she had a high-stress lifestyle and was trying to balance a demanding career and motherhood. Undeniably, Yoga provided her with many physical benefits, but what kept her coming back for more was the mental she would experience on the mat. What she's learned throughout years of personal practice, training and teaching is that the benefits of Yoga can be carried off the mat and into your daily life. In Shauna's classes, she like to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness, great music, heartfelt inspiration and a dose of humor to help you deepen your practice. She teaches to all levels and focuses on alignment, strength, and flexibility. Her hope is that you step off your mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.
Kent Larsen has studied and practiced yoga since 1987. He has taught yoga since 1991 and together with his wife Connie he owned a yoga studio in Sweden from 2007-2017. He started with Paramahansa Yogananda’s Raj Yoga and then went on to hot Yoga, Sivananda Yoga and Pathabi Joi’s Ashtanga Yoga. Since 2003, he has regularly attended workshops in classic yoga at the Kaivalyadhama institute in India, primarily under the senior teachers Sri O. P. Tiwari and Dr. Ganesh Rao.
Kent’s approach to teaching yoga is ”start where you are”, accept who you are, and become more and more aware of what that means, with the help of yoga.
Erin Burke-Webster, CIYT, is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Intro I & II level. She loves working with all ages and abilities and is currently studying in the Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics Program in order to pursue her passion of helping individuals address specific health issues through yoga.
Erin has a well-rounded approach and strives to make her classes educational, inviting and above all, fun! The use of props, attention to alignment, and clear instruction, build confidence and knowledge of yoga within every student. Along with the physical practice of postures, Erin also includes philosophy and breath work throughout her series to give the practitioner a well-rounded experience of yoga.
Jen completed Shanti Yoga’s Satya Yoga 200 hour Teacher Training program in 2017. She is a devoted student of Yoga and has personally experienced the profound benefits of practice, in body, mind and spirit. In recent years, her intention with Yoga has been to create consistent space in her life to bring strength, balance, clarity, reduce stress, increase patience, and to cultivate presence and an open heart to life as a mother, wife, friend, and dual small business owner. The transformational potential in Yoga intrigues her as she sees this as an important tool to grow spiritually, and in living with mindfulness, inner peace and happiness. Jen looks forward to sharing the yogic teachings and helping others open up to their optimal self through their yoga practice. Jen also is a Massage Therapist and weaves her knowledge of anatomy and energy into her classes. Off the mat, you can find Jen in her garden, in her kitchen creating healthy, organic meals, and spending time in the beautiful mountains with her husband and her ultimate presencing guru, her 6 year old son.