About

Founder/Owner:  Ruth Graupner.  208-317-0994.  79ruthg@gmail.com

May all of your dreams come true! May you discover your destiny!

Hummingbird Yoga has been created for the love of yoga, love of life, and the breath!  The journey through experiencing classes is designed to bring motivation to the mind, inspiration to the heart, and is dedicated to the soul.  Inhale love for yourself. . . . . exhale love for others, inhale compassion for who you are. . . . . exhale compassion for others. . . . . inhale peace in your spirit. . . . . exhale peace for humanity, inhale joy for life. . . . . exhale joy to the world!

Why Hummingbird Yoga?  Life is so similar to that of a beautiful hummingbird.  The hummingbird is known as a messenger from heaven and a stopper of time.  It symbolizes love, joy, and beauty.  Always seeking out the sweetest nectar, they remind us  to forever seek out the good in life and the beauty of each day.  The sweetest nectar is within each one of us.  The core of our very existence.  Our light, our love, our nurturing spirit.

Our Instructors:

Ruth Graupner, Founder

Ruth and her husband, Fred, are blessed to be raising their five children in the majestic, Teton Valley.   Fred is a wonderful support and encouragement to all of Ruth’s ventures in life.  Ruth grew up in Teton Valley, and has been enjoying the benefits of yoga for over ten years. A 200-hr-RYT through Yoga Alliance, and a 40 -hr certified ambassador for Roots Tribe Yoga. The last four years she has been volunteering in the public schools, bringing her love of yoga to grades pre-K – High School.  Ruth recently received a grant, offering income for her volunteer hours in the schools.  She enjoys teaching Vinyasa Flow, Hatha Yoga, Restorative, Hot Yoga, Power Yoga for Athletes, Anusara Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga, and Hummingbird HIIT.  Ruth teaches with a dedication to alignment, a compassionate heart, overflowing exuberance, and the desire to empower others to step into their highest potential with grace. Her own practice has become her backbone through discovering the joy and art of teaching yoga combining enthusiasm for life, and the nourishment of the breath for beginners, athletes, elderly, pre-natal, mommy/baby, and kids of all ages.  Ruth is a lover/seeker of beauty, life, art, yoga, music, and fitness.  Always seeking to make a positive difference in the world around her.   Dynamic, always hopeful, looking at life as a never ending adventure!   Ruth is currently creating/designing Hummingbird Yoga apparel and supply line.  As an artist, fulfilling another one of her dreams:  illustrating and writing yoga books for children.

 

Bria Gillespie

Bria is a positive, uplifting, delightful woman!  A fantastic addition to the Hummingbird Yoga staff.  She completed her 200 hour YTT in Missoula Montana in 2017, with Sarva Rasa Yoga, and has been interning with them since then. As part of her internship, Bria has acted as an assistant educator and mentor to teacher trainees at two 200hr trainings where she taught classes as well as helped trainees build confidence while teaching, refine their cues, conduct pose studies, and understand anatomy as it pertains to yoga. Her yoga training is primarily in alignment based Vinyasa and Hatha yoga with major emphasis placed on anatomically correct cueing, safe sequencing and yogic philosophy. Academically, Bria has a strong background in anatomy and physiology, with a love of incorporating aspects of that into her yoga classes.  Come enjoy a class with Bria as her love for life fill the classroom.

Emily Bedell

     Emily began her personal yoga practice 16 years ago as a competitive dancer in high school.  She was immediately drawn to the exploration of physical movement.  She found yoga to be just like dancing.  In 2007, Emily moved to Jackson to teach at a special needs school where she met my husband, Nick.  In 2014, they married in front of Mormon Row in Grand Teton Park.  They decided to call the Tetons their home and moved to Victor.  Shortly after moving, she found her dream job as a kindergarten teacher.   As Emily’s yoga practice deepened throughout the years, so did my desire to learn more.  She studied at the Teton Yoga Shala in Wilson, and received her 200 hour certificate in Ashtanga.  She enjoys sharing yoga and since has started a free yoga program for teachers in the school district.  Being a kindergarten teacher and having studied yoga for more than a decade led her to begin her children’s yoga certification in the spring of 2017.  Emily teaches family yoga and children’s yoga, ages crawling – teens, as well as adults.  Her children’s yoga program includes the fundamentals of yoga (breath, poses, meditation, and relaxation) with original music and games that are developmentally appropriate.  On her down time, Emily likes to practice yoga, ski, cross-country ski, mountain bike, paddle board, and read.  Come enjoy a class each with with the beauty, and energy that Emily has to offer.

Lori Lloyd

Lori Lloyd and her husband, Ryan, have moved to Teton Valley, for the beauty and the blessing of small community.  Lori is a Chinese Medicine practitioner in Driggs, who specializes in the treatment of stress disorders, including anxiety, depression and insomnia. She has studied meditation with many disciplines including Buddhism, Ayurvedic, and other mindful practices.  Her work through Neuro Emotional Technique and acupuncture are in incredible asset to Teton Valley.   Lori is sharing her gifts at Hummingbird Yoga , teaching a meditation classes for stress reduction.  It is an absolute privilege to have her support and talent.

Cynthia Clausen

Cynthia Clausen has a M.S. in Biology and has taught for over 20 years at the college level, including health and nutrition. About 13 years ago she and her husband moved to Teton Valley, where they enjoy raising their  boys.  Cynthia continues her passion, interest, and knowledge in nutrition, health, fitness and sport, through coaching individuals like you.  Cynthia has earned 3 health coaching certificates, in addition to her education and teaching background have inspired her to help hundreds of women realize their full potential and make peace with their bodies.  Cynthia lived with undiagnosed Celiac Disease for most of her life so she knows what it is like to crave sugar, gain weight, lack energy, and be utterly confused about what to do.  She knows what it’s like to feel stuck.  Having felt that way for a long time, AND THEN I HEALED.  Now she feels amazing and vibrant and looks forward to sharing that experience with as many people as she can through Nutrition and Health Coaching.  We are pleased to have Cynthia on a weekly basis at the studio starting in June.  Please come and join in on the classes she will be teaching May 8 and 22, Tuesdays at 9:45 a.m.

website:  www.cynthiaclausen.com

phone:  208.270.2284

Tracy Baumann

After raising two boys in the midwest and spending nearly 20 years in the education field, Tracy headed west, telling family, friends and neighbors, “the mountains are calling and I must go.”  She landed in Victor almost five years ago and never looked back. She feels honored and blessed to call Teton Valley home.

Unbeknownst to her, Tracy’s journey with the Tibetan singing bowls began many years ago with her love of meditation and kirtan.  More recently she awoke after falling asleep to the sounds of the singing bowls on YouTube and knew she needed to purchase a bowl and explore that path.  Shortly thereafter she ended up buying an entire set of bowls, and has been in heaven ever since.    

Tracy is tremendously grateful for Natalie Brown of Sounds Heal Studio (Cedar Rapids, IA) for Natalie’s mentor-ship, generosity, support and kindness.  Tracy has also completed several courses with the Academy of Sound Healing.

Tracy has been gracing us with the singing bowls in the Restorative classes both with Ruth and Emily and will be offering her talent joining in with Lori’s meditation class as well.  Look for her Mindfulness class coming this summer, during our weekend workshop, June 15-16.

Jan Bolsterman

Jan is a Neuro-Movement practitioner helping adults and children who have many types of injuries such as sports, birth, disability, brain, ageing issues, or athletes wanting higher performance.

Jan asks you, “Do you really know how you move?”
In her class, you will do movement lessons very slowly, allowing you and your brain to become very aware of the feeling of the movement, and take the time to become conscious of how the movement is unfolding in your body.
When you stand at the end of class you may feel very different on your feet and in your skeleton. You may find that some of your movement has become easier, less painful, more graceful. You may also find more flexibility and strength.
This class welcomes all from those struggling with movement to the uber athlete.

 

Hummingbird Yoga Studio located in Teton Valley.  47 South Main Street, Driggs, Idaho.

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