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 an ambassador for Roots Tribe Yoga. The last three 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 my own yoga apparel and supply line.  As an artist, fulfilling another one of her dreams:  illustrating and writing yoga books for children.

Niki Markoff

     Niki and her husband Alex, have four children and together run a youth camp in Maryland.  Niki loves Teton Valley and is an absolute gem to add to the staff of Hummingbird Yoga.  Niki discovered yoga in 2008 when a friend gifted her an introductory week of unlimited yoga at a local Bikram studio. After one class, all the aches and pains from years of competitive sports disappeared and she was hooked. Her love of yoga has evolved from not just an appreciation of the physical benefits but to a transformation of the mind and spirit as well. Niki uses verbal cues and hands on adjustments to create a challenging and safe environment for all levels of student. Niki has taught yogis of all ages on a sailboat in the Caribbean Sea, on the beaches of Costa Rica, on playing fields at her hometown high school, on the city streets of Frederick Maryland and in the woods overlooking the Potomac River. She and her family recently moved to Driggs and she is looking forward to making yoga a bigger part of the Teton Valley community.  Niki is certified through Yoga Allinace, with a 200 hour RYT.

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.

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.  My 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 looking forward to sharing her gifts at Hummingbird Yoga in the near future, teaching meditation classes for stress reduction.  It is an absolute privilege to have her support and her talents.

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

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