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.
Claudia balances body and mind through yoga – and teaches to share those benefits. Her love of dance and movement influences her study of yoga. Claudia practiced yoga throughout both of her pregnancies and has particular insights into how yoga relates to pregnancy, delivery, and realigning the body/mind after pregnancy. Prior to teaching yoga, she taught Montessori Pre School. Claudia lives in Whitefish with her husband, two young children, and two crazy dogs.
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 meditaiton 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!
While the physical aspect of yoga is what initially attracted Cyndy in 2001, its deep transformation of her life experience has sustained her consistent practice. She enjoys sharing the many benefits of yoga – and she strives to encourage and empower individuals to listen to and learn from their breath and their body. Cyndy knows that a well-rooted foundation is essential on and off the mat … or on-board: a recent addition to her repertoire includes paddleboard yoga! Attention to breath, core awareness and strong foundational principles constitute her teaching style whether in the studio or afloat.
Shauna believes a happy life is built upon the foundation of balance and not the pursuit of perfection. Her philosophy is that each and every one of us is 'enough' and our imperfections are what make us unique - and once we understand that, we create balance and harmony in our lives. She takes this philosophy to the yoga mat, and through her vigorous and uplifting style of Vinyasa, you will flow toward spiritual and physical balance.
Shauna is a Montana native who fell in love with the Flathead Valley when she moved here 10 years ago. She's also a Safety Engineer and proud mama to two amazing kids. And, when life allows for it, you may find her on her paddleboard or enjoying a good book.
She received her 200-hour RYT(r) certification from Shanti Yoga Studio in Whitefish.
Prakash Kaur’s (Debbie Huntington) love of Yoga has been a life long passion. She was first introduced to Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan in 1992 and transformed by the teachings of asanas pranayama, mudras, movement and mantras. Her love and sharing the science of how we can move through subconscious blocks, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually has brought a natural happiness, strength and grace to many who attend her classes and workshops. Some of her past experiences has included working in environmental research and professionally skydiving. Today she loves being a grandmother, hiking, skiing, painting; practicing all forms of yoga, life coaching, and is a licensed esthetician that practices Ayruvedic facials.