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2017 Sunday yoga brunches

Mindfulness and self-awareness are key in Anna's teaching style of yoga. She was trained in Hatha yoga in 2012 and 2013 under Kathryn Nicolai in Michigan. Since her training, Anna has been greatly influenced by Vipassana meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh, and other various forms of mindfulness. Anna's goal as a teacher is to protect her students and to create space for self-exploration and challenge.

"Drink your tea slowly and reverently.  As if it is the axis in which the world Earth revolves."  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"You as much as anybody else in this entire universe, deserve all of your love and affection."  ~Buddha

anna kostka
2019/2020 self care sundays

Check out our monthly series for fall/winter.  Ninety minutes of all-level yoga/meditation taught by a different teacher each month.  Followed by a DIY workshop on a subject related to wellness, sustainability or homesteading and a wine/tea/apps potluck.  1-2:30 yoga class and 3-5:00 DIY workshop & potluck.   Make new friends & build community!  Pre-registration required.

Kevin blue

Kevin Blue is a Sagittarian free spirit on a quest to experience the evolution of life on
Earth. He is a 500 hr yoga teacher with the Kula Collective, and a Permaculturista. He is a
student of Energy Medicine Yoga and the School of Evolutionary Herbalism. He has practiced
permaculture throughout the America’s including the Temple of the way of Light and Paititi
Institute in Peru, and the Yoga Forest in Guatemala. His journey led him to the Forest where
his yoga practice evolved exponentially, encouraging him to answer the calling to teach.  He has studied with Toby Hemenway, Dave Jacke, Jerome Osentowski, Michael Pilarski, Marisha Auerbach and many others. Initially drawn to herbal medicine and yoga through a healing crisis, he found
permaculture to be the practical expression of ecological consciousness, a path to personal and
planetary healing and a way he could make a positive impact in the world. 

Rachel Esbjornson is the owner of REintegrative Massage and practices an integrative form of massage where she blends different modalities into each session. Her specialties include: Swedish, connective tissue, neuromuscular therapy, deep tissue, sports, prenatal massage, and CranioSacral Therapy.  Rachel is also a graduate of Salt Spring Centre of Yoga. She has been practicing yoga for over ten years and teaching for nearly eight years. Her training was in classical Ashtanga, however, she enjoys blending many different forms into each practice. Whether practicing yoga or massage Rachel believes in listening closely to what the body needs and responding with curiosity, intention, and care.  Rachel grew up in Bozeman, MT, but spent most of the past decade away. She’s excited to be back in her home state and enjoying Montana’s beautiful Rocky Mountains!

Becki Cook, owner of Architect by Nature, is a Flower Essence
Practitioner who is rooted in Alaska, raised in the Pacific Northwest and
grounded in Montana. Becki’s thirty years of experience as a teacher,
herbalist and renovator of organizations has inspired her life’s purpose. She
believes that when people co create with nature, they find their true home
within. She calls this “The art of simply being, You”

abbi mountain

Abbi Mountain is here to transmit joy and facilitate well being through all of her offerings. The core of her practice is to cultivate deep rooted connections- in the bodies we live in, the land we live on, and with one another in community. She works as a community herbalist, yoga instructor, and licensed massage therapist specializing in Traditional Thai massage and Barefoot Compressive Work. After graduating from massage school in 2003, she spent over a decade traveling the world, studying and practicing in ancient wisdom cultures with a focus on bodywork, meditation, herbal medicine, and birth work, along with permaculture design and organic farming. Abbi now lives in the Shield's Valley and frolics in the Crazy Mountains when not massaging the people.

margaret elliott

Margaret is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher who took her first class with her mom about 5 years ago and fell in love! She completed her training in Mystic, CT in 2016 at Mystic Yoga Shala, a Baptiste Yoga studio. Margaret places an emphasis on breath work and a focus on correct body alignment in order to create a flow that will be physically challenging for students, yet spiritually connected enough to leave anyone feeling inspired and empowered. She believes that yoga goes beyond what other workouts can achieve because the focus on self-acceptance infuses your spirit with positive energy and the linking of breath allows you to truly be in the present moment. She enjoys integrating relaxing props such as essential oils and lavender eye cloths into her yoga classes. Margaret loves learning and growing as a teacher by attending workshops and trainings and is excited to continue sharing yoga with others.

lauren king

Lauren King grew up on a farm in Belgrade, MT.  Since she began helping her mother in the flower garden, Lauren has nurtured dreams of becoming an herbalist.  Lauren’s currently a practicing amateur, learning from books, the folks around her, and lots of trial and error.  She’s excited to share what she’s learned and make DIY processes more accessible.  Lauren is also a 200-hr RYT teaching Hatha and Acro yoga, MSU student, and mother of one.  She loves writing and receiving snail mail, and most things homemade!

betsy stahlman

Betsy has been teaching buti yoga for 2 years. She found buti yoga in her 40s when she felt the need to get some more yoga and stretching, but still loved and wanted high intensity workouts. So buti it was! Buti yoga is a combo of power yoga, plyometrics and some tribal movements, with a rocking music beat anywhere from hip hop to tribal. It will tone your body using a spiral technique and lots of core work. Buti is amazing for women and men of all ages as it strengthens your body and pelvic floor. Many women after baby benift from buti especially if you have experienced diastasis recti.

jona & rick visser

Jona & Rick believe that the magnitude of appreciation and connectedness to the land we inhabit is amplified when we experience it, in season, through food and drink.  Inspired by the Montana landscape, they have a penchant for crafting delicious provisions with ingredients foraged from their terroir.  Rick honed his bartending and mixology skills in Brooklyn and San Francisco before moving to Montana.  Jona & Rick formerly headed up the bar program at Open Range in downtown Bozeman, and you can currently find them whipping up creative beer and wine-based cocktails at Little Star Diner.  

blair anne hensen

Blair Anne Hensen (MS, PCLC, NCC) is a counselor working both in private practice and at Counseling and Psychological Services at MSU. She specializes in family and couple relationships, identity development, life transitions, as well as anxiety and depression symptoms. Blair’s clients include teens, parents, individual adults, couples, and families. Together they work to reduce reactivity, build inner awareness of thoughts and emotions, and improve connection to oneself and others. 

Kristine Backes left a corporate communications career in 2010 to deepen her study of yoga, its sister science, Ayurveda, and other nature-based mind-body-soul care traditions, such as astrology. Her education included two journeys to India followed by several years as a partner in a natural health clinic in Portland. She returned to the Montana mountains in 2015 for a lifetime of learning directly from the natural world.  Kristine offers consultations, workshops and mentoring rooted in nature-based healing traditions. She loves to show people how to listen to their own wisdom by moving in closer harmony with nature, whether through diet, lifestyle, astrology, or other traditional methods of connecting with the natural world around us. Kristine is a registered yoga teacher and holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership.  Kristine has been a part time resident of the Livingston area since she was four years old and is thrilled to now call Livingston her full-time home.

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