Melinda Lott, Owner
Melinda is the creative half of the duo that founded Thrive in 2015. With over 30 years experience in the graphic design world, and loads of experience with art direction, photography, print and project management, it became a crazy and exciting adventure to imagine and create something brand new. A place, where anyone who wanted to, would be safe and supported in planning and executing their wellness journey. The look and feel of the beautiful Thrive studio were the result of daring to dream. Second only to her very supportive husband, children and family, Thrive has grown to become the true expression of Melinda’s idea of the perfect environment to safely explore health and wellness. Her highly educated, talented and caring team make everyday worthwhile at Thrive. The best is yet to be…
In 2016, Melinda completed the courses of study necessary to earn her credentials from AFPA as a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Sports Nutritionist, Certified Weight Management Specialist and Certified Nutrition Consultant-Master Level. She looks forward to assisting her clients with unraveling food myths and challenges and creating real-food meal plans an recipes that are easy and nourishing.
Melissa, Studio Manager
Melissa has been with Thrive from our humble beginnings! She is a busy mom of four wonderful children and a licensed nursing assistant. She loves working with the elderly and has been told that her patients enjoy her calm and gentle nature.
In 2011, she attended her first yoga class, where she instantly fell in love with the group setting. She continues to enjoy yoga today, in both teaching class and in her own her personal practice. Melissa completed her 200-hour YTT training program in 2014. “I feel so much better with yoga in my life and love sharing it with others. My teaching style is generally low key, with an emphasis on good posture and relaxation.” Melissa is also an ACE accredited, Thrive Barre Instructor Training graduate.
Beth is the mother of two boys, a wife, a fitness enthusiast and nutritionist. She grew up loving and playing sports, which led her to getting her degree in Nutritional Science from UNH. After graduating, she began working in a fitness facility as a nutritionist, personal trainer and Pilates instructor for over 8 years. She spent some time pursuing her nutrition career, before joining Thrive and returning to her love of fitness. Beth is excited to share her passion and experience with others. She loves creating changing and challenging classes for her students. She teaches all levels, from novice to athletes, providing just the right amount of guidance and push! “I hope to see you in one of my classes soon!”
Jenn experienced her first yoga practice as a teenager, but was too full of teenage hubris to appreciate it. Jenn returned to yoga ten years later, after her marriage and the birth of her child. After pursuing a devoted personal practice for many years, she enrolled in a 200-hour (E-RYT 200) and then 500-hour (RYT 500) teacher training program with Arianna Gallagher (who was taught by yoga-greats B.K.S. Iyengar and Bikram Choudhry). Jenn is also a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YA CEP). As an Army Spouse, Jenn had the opportunity to travel across the country furthering her studies with a wide variety of teachers such as Dharma Mittra, Beryl Bender Birch, Rolf Gates, Angela Farmer, and most recently completed a year and a half in-depth study of the Yoga Sutra with Rama Jyoti Vernon.
An Amherst resident for the past 10 years, Shannon is an avid fitness and nutrition enthusiast. She is proudly the stay-at-home mother of two girls, age 11 and 13. She discovered Barre two years ago and instantly fell in love with the class. Becoming a teacher was something she longed to do and she received her ACE Barre Instructor certification at Thrive in March of 2017. Most recently, Shannon has completed Thrive’s 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. She is thrilled to be a part of the Thrive family and we are thrilled to have her!
Eden is a busy mom of two, a 15-year old girl and a 6-year old boy and has lived in Amherst for three years after moving from Pittsburgh, PA. Education and healing are central to who she is. She taught high school math before going to back to school to earn her doctorate to work with mathematics teachers around issues of racial and gender equity and access. Eden first practiced hatha yoga with her mom as a young child. She found yoga again in 1997 and did her first teacher training in Iyengar yoga in 1999 with Bob Glickstein. She also completed teacher training in 2002 in the Anusara and Ashtanga yoga traditions with Jamie Turner Allison and Beryl Bender Birch respectively. Eden enjoys blending these three traditions to bring focus to breath, healing body alignment, and finding that sweet spot between challenge and comfort. She feels playing, and sometimes falling gracefully, is an important aspect of yoga and tries to bring that spirit to her classes. Yoga has been a healing journey for Eden who has used yoga personally as an avenue to recover from fracturing her back, and from having shoulder surgery and a double mastectomy. Eden has even used yoga in schools with her math students and her mathematics teachers to build relationships and encourage risk taking.
Sarah lives in Amherst, NH with her wonderful husband, Tom and her German Shepherd rescue dog, DJ. She has a daughter Laura and son-in-law Timmy and four lovely grandchildren- Josh, Leah, Jacob and James. Sarah says that Laura and Leah enjoy yoga as much as she does! She is currently the Executive Director for the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services.
Sarah didn’t think she would end up teaching yoga! It happened slowly- At first she only intended to take the YTT class at Thrive as a way to improve her own personal practice. She then realized that, as a former paramedic, she might be able to help her fellow first responders (EMS/Police/Fire) to reduce their physical and emotional stress by introducing yoga to them as part of their overall wellness programs. As she worked toward completing her YTT, she began to gain more confidence in herself, and realized she could- and wanted to- teach on a regular basis. Sarah completed her 200 hr. training this Spring and is regularly offering classes at Thrive!
Alan first practiced yoga in Prague with his daughter’s friend, Laura Hall (a yoga instructor from Amherst, NH) in her family’s bamboo nursery.
He practices and enjoys a wide range of yoga traditions and styles, including Kundalini, Jiva Mukti, Shakti, Yin and Hatha. Alan strongly believes in learning, exploration and having fun during yoga practice. Classes should incorporate the unexpected and the magical.
He complete his Thrive YTT 200 training in the spring of 2018, and will be teaching classes at Thrive this fall. In his free time, Alan enjoys cycling, kayaking and gardening and playing with his dogs (4)! He is married, with a daughter teaching and living in Prague, CZ and a son finishing up a graduate program in Boston.
Dwight found a path to Yoga in search of building core strength, flexibility and personal growth. The foundation on this newly found path brought the transformational journey that only deepened over time. Exploring various Yoga practices and philosophies led to Kripalu and eventually teaching. Reiki training, Ayurvedic practices and a healthy lifestyle supports Dwight’s intention of helping others find freedom in self care, inner harmony and growth. Dwight’s passion is deeply rooted in exploring the many different facets of Yoga, blending traditions in Kripalu’s Vinyasa and Jiva Mukti into spirited practice and mind body awareness.
As a certified Kripalu YTT 200 and Kripalu Vinyasa instructor Dwight assists clients in their own practices, emphasizing form in flow, tying Pranayama (Breath), Asana (Postures) and Dhyana (Meditation) into a joyful mind/body experience!
Rebecca has been practicing yoga for 15+ years. She believes in the true benefits of yoga – physically, emotionally, spiritually and would like to make practice available for for clients of all ages, body types, and level of ability. A recent graduate of Thrive Wellness RYT-200 teacher training program, she enjoys teaching with a more gentle/restorative approach. Rebecca works as an Ophthalmic Technician, and enjoys spending any free time reading, crafting, kayaking, spending time with family and friends. Rebecca will be offering Yoga Fundamentals, Candlelight Yoga, Strength Stretch and Refresh, and Restorative Yoga.