Our Bend Beyond Team
All of our instructors are certified to teach Bikram method 26/2 hot yoga and are continually working to expand their knowledge by attending workshops, other yoga teacher trainings, working with senior teachers, and self-study. Our instructors will keep you safe as they help you grow in your yoga practice. Every one of us is passionate about sharing this life-transforming practice. We truly LOVE what we do and cannot wait to share it with you!
Kristyn Birrell, DIRECTOR
Kristyn, a Bozeman native, started Bikram Yoga in late 2007 in an effort to help prevent and heal running related injuries. One month into her practice she decided to do the 60-day Challenge – while training for the Boston Marathon. She not only got hooked on the yoga, but also set a new PR. She believes athletes in any sport can benefit from a consistent Classic Hot Yoga practice. From the beginning of her practice, Kristyn always dreamed of going to teacher training so that she could devote her life to sharing this life-transforming yoga with others. On December 5, 2009 her dream was realized when she graduated from Bikram’s Teacher Training in Las Vegas. In 2013, she continued her yoga education, becoming certified by Tony Sanchez to teach his Master Core (Core 40) series, and brought her dream of devoting her life to sharing yoga to full fruition when she purchased the studio from founders Chris and Rebekah Bunting. Kristyn attempts to bring intensity, encouragement, and compassion to all her classes, and hopes to inspire students to transcend the limits set by the mind and bend beyond... When she’s not in the HOT room, Kristyn can be found outside…running, hiking, biking, paddle boarding…or inside curled up in front of a fire with a good book, ginger tea, and dark chocolate.
Putter found Bikram Yoga (or did it find him?) on February 1, 2003. Inspired by Timothy Tate (Archetypal Psychotherapist) and a challenge that sounded like, “You need a yoga practice…or you will be left behind,” his search began. First YogaMotion (Nancy Ruby), then Iyengar (Greg Jahn), Ashtanga (Randa Chehab), and more (Erich Schiffmann). But everything changed in his first Bikram class. The postures, sequence, lineage, heat, mirrors, teachers and community continue to inspire and keep him coming back for more. He completed Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles in the spring of 2014. When not practicing or teaching, he likes to hike the mountains near Bozeman, ski Bridger Bowl, visit the local hot springs, and read about Bikram, Bishnu Ghosh, and Paramahansa Yogananda.
Amy attended her first Bikram Yoga class in the Spring of 2008. She'd been practicing other forms of yoga since 1997 and was invited to Bikram Yoga by a friend. While she left class unsure if she'd return, she did, in fact, the very next day and has been coming regularly since. In 2009, she practiced through her entire pregnancy of her second child, even practicing the morning she went into labor. Six months after her daughter was born, Amy started training for the Montana Asana Championships in order to go deeper into her practice - not so much physically but mentally. She competed in three Montana regionals, becoming two-time Montana State Champion. Amy went on to compete in the National Asana Championships in 2011 and 2012. In fall of 2012, with her supportive husband stepping up to run a household, Amy went to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training. She spent the nine weeks in LA studying and maintaining her focus, and began teaching immediately upon her return home. No longer feeling the pull to compete, Amy describes teaching as an extension of the physical asana practice. Her teaching style is straightforward. She tries to connect the experiences students have "on the mat" to life "off the mat," believing the practice is a mirror of one's life. In her free time, Amy loves to practice yoga. She also loves spending time with her family whether it be skiing, hiking or simply jumping on the trampoline.
Beth took her first Bikram Yoga class on Oct. 8, 2003 and immediately became a “Bikram Yoga Groupie.” She started Bikram Yoga for neck and shoulder pain. Her first attempt at Eagle Pose was a disaster! Beth graduated from Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in June 2010. As a Bikram Yoga teacher Beth believes in focusing on your inner stillness and strength, learning to work with your breath, and practicing together as a group to build a collective energy as a class. In 2014, Beth became certified by Cheri Clampett with the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco, California to teach therapeutic yoga, a blend of restorative yoga, gentle yoga, breath work, hands on healing and guided meditation. When Beth is not teaching or practicing yoga she is a professor at Montana State University in the Department of Health and Human Development. She conducts sexual and reproductive health research with indigenous populations in Montana and Greenland. Beth loves the smell of rain in the summertime, the sound of sled dogs howling on a late winter night in the Arctic, and eating red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.
Kate started practicing yoga when she was a graduate student trying to decrease the stress of writing a dissertation and avoid the discomfort of sitting at a computer for many hours. After practicing Ashtanga, Anusara, and Iyengar yoga for a number of years, Kate discovered classic hot yoga in the Bishnu Ghosh lineage in 2009. She graduated from Evolation Yoga’s teacher training in 2011, and hopes to encourage a dedication to alignment and mindfulness in her yoga students. When she’s not in the yoga studio, Kate is likely to be in the woods or at MSU, where she’s a writing and rhetoric professor.
Lyndsey first started practicing Bikram Yoga in 2011 at her home studio in Ashburn, Virginia. She was 16 years old and working her very first job as front desk staff at the studio, when she took her first class. At that point, Lyndsey had been doing ballet intensely for about 10 years, so the transition into yoga felt natural and she immediately fell in love with the practice. The yoga was challenging and had a lot of similar aspects to ballet, but it made Lyndsey feel more confident and strong than ballet ever did. It made her appreciate a healthy body and all of the things it could do for her…not to mention that after every class she felt amazing and at ease.
Two years later, Lyndsey decided that she wanted to help people find the peace, health, and self-acceptance that Bikram Yoga had helped her create in her own life. After graduating high school, while all of her friends went on to regular colleges and universities, Lyndsey went to Los Angeles to attend Bikram’s Yoga College of India Teacher Training-Fall 2013! After graduating TT, Lyndsey taught full-time at her home studio in Virginia and later went on to teach and travel for 10 months up and down the East coast of Australia.
Lyndsey’s goal as a teacher is to bring energy, joy, and humor to all of her classes while also providing technical and physiological insight into each of the 26 & 2. She loves teaching, loves yoga, and loves the yoga community that surrounds her.
Aside from yoga, Lyndsey enjoys being in nature, drinking coffee, reading, traveling, hiking, long boarding, SCUBA diving, making art, music festivals, and thrift shopping!