meet our founder
For the last fourteen years I have been fortunate to work in yoga studios and I have witnessed the radiating effects of practicing mindfulness, compassion and developing our collective awareness. I believe that we can alter the course of humanity for the better, and simultaneously create long-lasting change; via one studio at a time. Thrive Yoga Studios foster the development of living yogis and we work to apply the principles of yoga to our daily lives. Our practice permeates all avenues of how we teach, lead, interact with and run our personal and professional lives.
I have been blessed to step out of the norm and truly live as a yogi-preneur. Thus far it has been the greatest adventure of my life; full of taking risks, facing fears, accepting challenges, developing patience, adapting to environments, and evolving to live into my highest potential. Thank goodness for my yoga practice! I have become intimately aware that it’s not about the summit, it is about each individual’s journey to thrive, to live a meaningful life, and to do “work” that benefits all beings.
It is my life’s work to further the purpose of Thrive Yoga; “Thrive Yoga Studios serve thriving communities through equipping humanity with enriched practices and the tools people need to live meaningful, expressive, joyous lives.” I hope that at some point, you can join us and choose Thrive Yoga as your yoga hOMe. I would personally love the opportunity to practice, train and travel with you! Until then, stay connected with us and remember as Krishna said, ““It is better to do one’s own dharma imperfectly, than another’s perfectly.”
Brittany (Phelps) Romano
Our Leadership Team
Brittany Romano, Founder + CEO
Brittany Romano has an adventurous spirit and a love for the outdoors. She is an avid runner, skier, dirt biker and yogi. Brittany is fanatic about integrating the principles of yoga in all of her adventures including her businesses. Brittany has an extensive background in health and wellness including a Master’s Degree in Public Health. She began teaching yoga in 2008 and she opened her first yoga studio in Crested Butte, Colorado in 2017. By 2019 Brittany grew to three studio locations and in 2020, she found devoted new owners for each location. She then converted her brand into a licensed brand known as Thrive Yoga Studios. In 2021 Thrive Yoga Studios expanded to Gunnison, CO, Frisco, CO, Eagle, CO and two locations in College Station, Texas. Brittany is currently working on the opening of three additional locations and continues to work on furthering the purpose of Thrive Yoga Studios through improving brand awareness, creating franchise and real estate development opportunities, building the brand support team, opening new studios, and converting existing studios.
You can contact Brittany at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Woodward, director of Operations
Sarah Woodward is the Thrive Yoga Studios operations manager. She is excited about spreading the Thrive Yoga love far and wide through trainings and retreats. Sarah bounced between many states and countries before settling in mountains of Summit County, Colorado. She has years of experience as a marketing coordinator, a wine specialist, and an English teacher. However, it was her management role at a Boulder yoga studio that prepared her step into the Thrive Yoga family. Sarah believes that yoga fosters more growth than any other practice and hopes that all who feel called have the courage to explore the path. She is grateful to work alongside Brittany as a leader of the Thrive Yoga Studios yoga teacher training program.
Outside of the studio, Sarah enjoys frolicking in the snow with her dog, trying to speak French, and experimenting in the kitchen.
You can contact Sarah at email@example.com
olivia reed, Marketing Manager
Olivia is an elopement photographer by weekend and a marketer by weekday! Along with capturing couples in love, she is passionate about helping small businesses accomplish their marketing goals. She has loved coming to classes at Thrive Yoga and is so excited to be involved in the community.
You can contact Olivia at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thrive Yoga Owners Community
Sofia Chay had the vision of providing every person in Eagle County with a place to nurture full body vitality for their own mental, physical, emotional wellbeing and longevity. You can find Sofia at the studio working to cultivate community and connection through moments of presence, reflection, playfulness, and inner healing. Learn more about the Vitality Collective here!