Special Events

Opportunities to Deepen Your Yoga Practice & Help Your Community


SUP Yoga
(Stand Up Paddle Board)

Katie Delaney, RYT 200

June 25 2019 6:30 PM -8:30 PM

Just in time for summer! Thrive Yoga and Wellness partners with Katie Delaney and The River Yogis to present a summer of Yoga on the water! You'll get 2 hours of your favorite practice...ALL on the WATER! Of course, you'll get to paddle around and explore a bit too, if you'd like. After signing up for a SUP class, you will receive a text message with directions to the meet up location. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 423-290-2326. 

The cost is $35 / class or you can get a 5 SUP Yoga class pass for $150 because these classes will be ongoing all summer long!

Gold members receive 10% discount!

About the Instructor:

Katie Delaney, RYT 200 HR is the creator of The River Yogis.

Yoga Nidra

Rebecca Ortega, RYT 200

June 28, 2019  6:30 -7:30 PM

One hour of Yoga Nidra is said to be as beneficial as 4 hours of deep sleep. Together, you will be guided through a bone-deep relaxation where you will relax every muscle of your entire body. Once you are in this dream-like state, we will walk through the chakras, set intentions, and create positive visualizations. You will leave class relaxed and at peace mentally, physically, and energetically.


About the Instructor:  

Becky Ortega, RYT 200, is originally from a little town called Placerville in Northern California. She has moved around for the past 7 years and visiting Australia, East Asia, Europe, and Jamaica. At every place, and through every up and down, yoga has been her anchor to keep steady through life.  She loves to share this practice, which has been a pillar in her life, with my community.

Hixson Friends Yoga Pop-up

Alicia Crout Whitley

June 29, 2019 9:30 -10:30 AM

Join us for a Summer of Pop ups across town!
At this event, Alicia Crout Whitley will lead us through a beginner friendly "hip hop" flow at our amazing community event sponsor, Jennifer Wilkerson Photography studio at 6503 Hixson Pike, Hixson, Tennessee 37343! This event is free to the public, but donations are accepted online and will go to our Thrive Yoga Festival.

So, if you're looking for something to do, your favorite Yoga Studio can keep you entertained, provide a fun, moving practice, introduce you to new friends (that just so happen to be neighbors!) and maybe raise a little money for a worthy local non-profit, Audubon Acres. We hope to see you there!

RSVP is requested, but not required.

About the Instructor:  

Alicia Crout Whitley is an up-and-coming graduate of our very own Teacher Training. She is under the guidance of Jennifer Dixon, RYT 500. 

Aerial Yoga Special Event

Rebecca Balch

June 29, 2019 6:30 -7:45 PM

Join Roe Balc for a super fun evening defying gravity, experiencing yoga in a new way, and just plain having fun.

This Aerial Special Event is sure to leave you feeling decompressed, destressed and de-lighted! Spend the evening practicing your favorite yoga moves enhanced by the feeling of decreased gravity with the use of our NEW, softer, stretchier, easier on the yogi Aerial Silks!

You will even get to learn a few circus poses too!

This class is always a thrill so don't hesitate, sign up today!

About the Instructor:  


Rebecca (RYT 200) began her yoga journey when she was expecting her daughter. In 2010, Rebecca discovered SUP yoga and aerial yoga. By day Rebecca is an engineer/assistant professor. Nights and evenings, you will find her on her yoga mat, paddle board or hanging from an aerial silk or trapeze. Yoga is a passion that she loves to share with anyone who wants to find their strength, balance, and peace. Yoga isn’t about the poses, but being present in the moment. Rebecca loves that yoga is something that we can all practice together wherever we are in our journey!

New Moon Magical Restorative Yoga +Light

Missy Crutchfield, RYT 200

July 5 2019 6:30 -8:30 pm

Join us for a New Moon Magical Restorative Event lead by Missy Crutchfield, creator of Yoga on Union (Y.O.U.). This class is part of our "Give Back, Get Restored" series. Join Missy as she leads you through a relaxing restorative yoga class that will leave you feeling refreshed and revived! Y.O.U. is a proud partner of Thrive Yoga and Wellness and our "Give back, Get Restored" signature series. Our Restorative Events support local non-profits. This upcoming class, we are supporting the Red Wolves Project. 

About the Instructor:

Missy Crutchfield is Co-Founder, Senior Advisor & Contributing Editor of Gandhi’s Be Magazine and she also co-founded the Gandhi Global Center For Peace with Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Arun Gandhi.

Forest Bathing and Yoga

Alicia Whitely

July 13 2019 10 AM- 11 AM

Forest bathing is a natural wellbeing therapy that uses the healing power of the forest. Being in a forest can help to reduce anxiety and boost the immune system, but has far more benefits.

So much more than just taking a walk in the woods. Forest bathing takes you to a different level of sensory awareness. You can enjoy the woods, use mindfulness and meditation techniques, and open your senses to nature. It can be a transformative experience, especially when combined with a moving yoga practice.

Thrive Yoga and Wellness is proud to present Forest Bathing and Yoga. You’ll get to experience the benefits of practicing both of these amazing and transformative arts with a community of nature-loving wellness enthusiasts. After your hour of forest bathing, you’ll feel rejuvenated, relaxed and ready to take on the weekend!

You won't need your yoga mat for this practice, just come prepared to get connected--with nature, yourself, and some of your favorite new friends!

About the Instructor:

Alicia Whitely is an up and coming yoga teacher trainee and is under the guidance of Jennifer Dixon, ERYT 500. 

SUP Yoga Teacher Training
(8 hour stand up paddle board yoga training)

Katie Delaney, RYT 200

July 20 2019 9 AM -6 PM

Stand up paddling has been around in one form or another for thousands of years. Throughout time, it has taken on many forms, from being used to hunt and gather, to today’s modern version of recreation paddling.

Certainly, it has easily grown to become of the most popular ways to get out on the water and have fun!

Like all water activities, there are inherent risks however.

This YACEP approved course for 8 hrs of Continuing Education Hours will teach you how to recognize and minimize those risks through proper technique and safety procedures. The goal is for you to be able to walk away from this class feeling confident in yourself and your ability to lead others in practice on the water.

Be prepared for a FUN, education-packed day full of discussions, hands-on learning, and skill-set practices. At the end of the day, each student will lead a 15 minute yoga sequence to the group on the water. In order to receive your Yoga Alliance CE’s, there will be a short test at the end of the class covering all of the lessons that were learned throughout the day.

In this course you will learn the following:

- A Brief History Of Flat Water Stand Up Paddling
- Paddle Board Construction – Overview
- Paddle Board Anatomy 101
- Guild’s Formula
- Paddle Anatomy & Care
- Safety Gear
- Extra SUP Gear
- Paddling Techniques
- How To Safely Fall
- The Sweet Spot
- Different Strokes
- Why Yin Paddling
- Safety Tips
- Towing & Rescue Principles
- Guiding
- The Float Plan
- Communication
- Reading The Weather
- Guiding & Teaching Tips
- Flow And The Quality Of Life
- Code Of Ethics

Gold members receive a 10% discount.

Current Thrive Yoga Teacher Trainees ask about your discount!!

About the Instructor:

Katie Delaney completed her 200 RYT in 2015, and received her Yoga Alliance accredited SUP Yoga training in the same year. Because of her love of the water, she immediately became the owner and operator of her SUP yoga company, The River Yogi’s the following year. She has been on the water since 2010 as a raft guide and white water kayaker. She is swift water rescue certified, and W-EMR certified. Her deeply rooted love for the the water and yoga is what drove her to begin her own sup yoga business, and she loves to share her knowledge and history with those willing to listen and learn. When she isn’t on the water, she is enjoying time with her family, or out exploring nature with her kids.

Crabtree Farms Yoga Pop-up

Alicia Whitley, RYT 200

July 20 2019 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Join us at Crabtree for some sweet farm yoga!

Alicia Whitley, teacher trainee through Thrive Yoga and Wellness, will lead a beginner friendly flow set to music. Alicia’s classes are fun, lively, and great for yoga practitioners of all levels.

Although this class is offered at the fantastic price of FREE, please register by emailing Melissa at mastin@crabtreefarms.org.  The class is capped at 10 participants.

***Please bring a yoga mat. As well, that morning Crabtree’s farmstand will be open.  A full array of sustainably grown veggies will be available for purchase.

About the Instructor:

Alicia Whitely is an up and coming yoga teacher trainee and is under the guidance of Jennifer Dixon, ERYT 500. 

Brewga: 80s Sing-along Edition

Alicia Whitely

July 26 2019 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us for an evening combining two of the best things on this planet: Yoga + Beer! BREWGA is here!

Alicia Crout Whitley is going to be leading this super fun, interactive less intense, beginner friendly yoga class where we will jam out to our favorite 80's tunes with the promise of some super delish tasty brews from our friends at Sigler's Craft Beer!

Your $15 minimum donation gets you 2 pours (yes, that's right you get TWO super awesome servings!!) of craft brew and an hour long beginner friendly, low intensity yoga session.

If you have some leg warmers and your old Aquanet, bust those puppies out and come flow with us! Proceeds help go towards our Thrive Yoga Festival

About the Instructor:

Alicia Whitley is an up and coming yoga teacher trainee and is under the guidance of Jennifer Dixon, ERYT 500. 

Intensive Yin Training 
(20 hr. yin yoga teacher training)

Nora Benian

August 9th-11th, 2019 Fri. 4-8 PM, Sat. and Sun. 10 AM-6 PM

Bridge the gap of an active life to a meditative life. While practicing stillness in postures / asanas with longer holds, one’s mind begins to quiet down and allow greater awareness and understanding of oneself to emerge. Yin yoga can be described as a stabilizing, de-stressing, feminine, and contemplative practice.

Yin yoga is based on the Taoist concepts of balancing the Yin and the Yang, the opposite and complementary principles in nature. With our busy lifestyles our bodies tighten up from mental tension and cause all sorts of ailments and lack of mobility leading to discomfort and pain. Yin yoga postures give an opportunity for deeper tissues such as connective and fascia to release long held tensions allowing for the Prana/life force to flow more easily through previously blocked areas increasing overall energy and well-being.
Yin Yoga helps us to play our edges, unwind, breath more consciously and turn inward. There is less instruction to listen to, much to discover within oneself and more peace to be found.
Yin yoga is a wonderful compliment to any other form of yoga or any other activity in our life.

Benefits of Yin yoga are:

• Calming and balancing to the mind and nervous system

• Regulates energy, balances hormones, deeper relaxation

• Increases mobility in the body, especially the spine and major joints

• Lowers stress levels, reduces anxiety, improves sciatica, TMJ tension and migraines

• Greater stamina, better ability to sit through meditation

• Better lubrication, protection and flexibility of joints and connective tissue

• Release of fascia throughout the body

This 20 hour Yin Yoga teacher training offers 20 CEU’s with Yoga Alliance and is a valuable addition to your teaching repertoire.

As a teacher you will learn:

• to help students ease agitation and promote relaxation

• explain organic and emotional/energetic benefits of postures

• suggest specific postures therapeutically

• assess comfort of your students

• develop an understanding of the healing process

• offer verbal cues and hands on adjustments

• to re-align and restore the root of imbalance

• to guide students through several sequences of yin yoga postures

Your investment is $450.  You can save $50 by signing up for the Early Bird Discount taking $50 off through July 10th.

You will meet at Thrive Yoga and Wellness.  Class times are:

Friday 4 pm - 8 pm

Sat/sun 10 am - 6 pm

As an added bonus, this amazing education is included in all new registrations for the fall 2019 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training program with Thrive Yoga and Wellness!!

Space is limited, so sign up today!

About the Instructor:  

Nora Benian is  a Certified Yoga Therapist visiting us from Canada!  She has an immense knowledge of the therapeutic benefits of yoga and is coming to share some of that experience and wisdom with us as a part of the 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training Program.  

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