"True teachers use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own." ~Nikos Kazantzakis
JILLIAN THORSON (ERYT-200)
Studio Lead / Instructor
I’m Jillian! I have been practicing yoga since I was in high school and instantly fell in love. I received my RYT-200hr in the summer of 2014 from HeartWork Yoga Studio in Northfield, MN. I graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and enjoy incorporating my knowledge about how the body moves physically and linking those movements with the mind, breath, and body. Over the years I have been trained in vinyasa, yoga sculpt, prenatal yoga, chair yoga and barre. Through it all, my true love has always been teaching a sweaty, upside down, make you question if you’re on the right side, power vinyasa flow. I crave the energy, the breath, and the laughter and I hope you will too!
After planting our roots in New Richmond in 2016, I founded Lift Bridge Yoga Co. with a goal of growing yoga in our community. Over the next 4 years, a community grew so strong that it couldn’t be uprooted. After closing the studio for a year in 2021 to focus on my family, I am excited to be part of the new journey that is Lift Bridge Yoga + Fitness!
Outside of teaching, I am a full-time mama to two beautiful little girls and our super loveable golden retriever. My husband (Adam) and I live in New Richmond and enjoy being a part of this “City Beautiful”
JACKIE CHILSEN MONTPETIT
Studio Lead / Instructor
I'm Jackie- I was born and raised in New Richmond, went to school for Exercise Science at UW-La Crosse, and then returned to this area with my husband in 2016. My fitness background ranges from coaching NRHS students to training Google employees to flowing with all of you here at Lift Bridge Yoga + Fitness!
Outside of the studio, you can find me canoeing, cross country skiing, or planning my next big international adventure. Whether in the studio or on the trail, I can't wait to connect with each and every one of you!
My classes guarantee to give you a great workout no matter what level you're at. I'll offer options to keep it low impact, bump it up to high intensity, and everything in between! I also work the magic behind many of the logistics of Lift Bridge. I do my best to make sure everything runs smoothly. Feel free to reach out to me with any ideas, concerns, or feedback; I'd love to hear from you!
AMY STEWART (RYT-200)
I enjoy spending time with my family, fur-babies and connecting with nature any chance I can get. Often you will find me curled up on the couch reading a soul nurturing book while enjoying a hot cup of wellness tea.
In the fall of 2017, I walked through the doors of Lift Bridge Yoga and experienced my first ever hot yoga class…. I was instantly hooked!
For me, Yoga opened up a whole new world around me. The more I practiced the more I realized the positive impact Yoga had on my life, in Mind, Body and Spirit. Through Yoga, I learned the Power of Self Love, Compassion for all living things (even spiders!) and Gratitude for the simple things life has to offer such as, the air we breathe and the lungs to do so.
I decided to further explore Yoga and got certified as an instructor and received my 200RYT in April of 2019. I am also certified in Reiki Levels 1 and 2 as well as Barre.
I look forward to sharing my love of Yoga with the community and hope to inspire others to incorporate Yoga into their daily life and ultimately see where the journey of Yoga takes them.
I fell in love with barre as a member of Liftbridge. Each pulse, and agonizing hold, brought me so much strength and excitement. Group fitness classes have that effect on me. I love the community, accountability, and fun that come from joining together in a common goal. I was craving a deeper connection with barre, so I became barre certified to share my passion with others.
When I am not teaching barre, I am teaching 2nd grade and trying to keep up with two active boys along with my husband Garret. You can usually find our family biking, fishing, skiing or at a sporting event.
Meet you at the barre!
COURTNEY ZIMMERMAN (RYT-200)
Hello! My name is Courtney, and I live in New Richmond with my husband, toddler and our rescue pup. Fun fact - we're expecting baby #2 in October!
We moved from St. Paul to New Richmond in 2020, and I'm excited to bring my teaching style to Lift Bridge Yoga + Fitness. I've been practicing various yoga formats for the past decade, and spent five years teaching and managing CorePower Yoga and other fitness studios in the Twin Cities area. I'm trained in Power Vinyasa, HIIT training and Yoga Sculpt, but Yoga Sculpt has always been my passion.
Outside of yoga, I work in marketing and love being outside with my boys! On the weekends we enjoy camping, spending time with family and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.
Teaching Style: In my classes, you can expect to sweat, laugh and not take yourself too seriously. The music will be loud, the weights will be heavy and class will fly by.