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About Firefly Community's Founder,
Carrie Lehtonen


I got my wake-up call at 31 years old when I survived a heart attack.


At the time, I was working hard, climbing the corporate ladder, in a stressful Human Resources job that didn't inspire me. I was caught up in the common belief in our society that the measure of your life is how busy you are, and how accomplished you are in your career. Even though I was in good physical shape as a triathlete, I felt disconnected from myself. I was stressed out, and unsure of what I really wanted in life.

During a 60-mile bike ride with friends, I experienced symptoms that at the time I had no idea had anything to do with my heart. I explained away all of the discomforts and kept riding. In the last 10 miles, I started to feel pressure in my chest. It wasn’t a sharp pain, so I wasn’t alarmed. I rode the rest of the way to my friend’s house, where the sensation continued to get worse, causing my friend to insist that we go to the emergency room. 

After waiting for over an hour to see a doctor, they ran various tests, all of which failed to indicate anything wrong. Finally, the doctor looked at my file and said, “You have a family history of heart disease?” Hearing those words, I was certain that there was a problem with my heart. Seeing the look on my face, the doctor said, “it’s probably nothing, but we want to rule it out.”

A blood test showed that my heart was in distress. They called in the cardiologist who found a blood clot in my coronary artery. I would not have survived the night had I not gone to the hospital. I was 31 years old, and had just survived a heart attack. After a stent and four nights in the hospital, I was sent home with multiple prescriptions and told I could go back to work on Monday.

My near-death experience opened my eyes to the fact that I needed to change. I wanted my life to be full of passion, adventure, love, and laughter. 


After connecting with the American Heart Association, and learning more about heart disease - the #1 killer of all Americans and 80% preventable with lifestyle changes - I decided something needed to change.


Too many people die from heart disease, and I believe we can change that! I wanted to help others get off the hamster wheel, and lead healthier and happier lives.


I embarked on a long journey that included education in nutrition and life-coaching methods to become a holistic health practitioner, moving to a plant-based diet, and starting a yoga practice. As an inflexible athlete, I never thought yoga would be my thing, but it was exactly what I needed. I dove head first into yoga, and over the years have taken over 650 hours of training in multiple forms of yoga and education in human anatomy.


I started health coaching and teaching yoga while I was still working full time in HR. My path wasn't always easy, and I found myself slipping back into old habits. But, along the way I picked up tools and resources that helped me connect to myself, find my way, and stay on track.


In 2018, I left my corporate job to focus full-time on operating Firefly so that I could reach more people, and help them connect with themselves, others, nature and food. 

My mission is to help you ignite your inner light, and start doing what you are meant to do now, rather than waiting until some day in the future.


I wholeheartedly agree with Howard Thurman: 

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

At Firefly, we want you to ignite your inner light, so you can thrive and shine at your brightest. 

We want you to have fun. To be healthy. To feel fulfilled in all areas of your life. To be passionate about your work AND play. To have loads of energy, a strong heart, clear mind, and unmistakable glow.  

Firefly provides services and events for individuals, wellness leaders, and groups.


We lead and coordinate yoga and wellness retreats and events internationally and domestically to ignite your inner light, and provide a supportive community and resources, such as a holistic wellness coaching program and group and private yoga classes so you can thrive when you return home.

Firefly serves the corporate community by offering onsite and virtual yoga classes, and wellness, mindfulness, and stress management workshops.  

Firefly Community's Values

  • Community – Community is in our name for a reason. We believe that being in community supports its members in being authentic, and living their passion and purpose, because they have support and a sense of belonging. Community extends to being a good citizen, and more broadly to a sense of social responsibility for all of humanity. We are committed to the good of the group as a whole. 


  • Connection – Firefly values helping you connect to yourself, others, nature, and food. Through our services, we want to help our clients develop a deeper understanding of mind, body and spirit, ignite their souls, and provide them with opportunities to connect with other people, get out in nature, and improve their relationship with what nourishes them. 

  • Compassion and Kindness – We believe that all beings are worthy of attention and affirmation. To us, being kind and compassionate means to authentically be there for others, listening intently or just sitting with them and silently supporting them. We have a deep concern for the wellbeing of all, and aim to nurture them on their journey.

  • Curiosity, Open-Mindedness and Love of Learning - We are interested in exploring new ideas, activities and experiences, and have a strong desire to increase our knowledge. We take an interest in, and are open to, new experiences and thoughts, and have a natural desire to build knowledge. We have a passion for learning, a desire to learn for learning’s sake.

  • Zest and Passion for Life and Work – We approach life in general with excitement and energy, and commit to tasks or activities wholeheartedly. We are excited to get up in the morning, and live life like an adventure. We make time for play and general silliness, and have fun! We wholeheartedly believe in the work that we do, and are passionate about helping others to ignite, thrive and shine!

  • Social Responsibility and Sustainability – Firefly believes in operating in a way that benefits society, supports and protects rights for all, and minimizes our impact on the environment. We adopt policies that promote the well being of society and the environment while lessening negative impacts on them. We strive to provide an inclusive environment, where all feel welcome. We promote volunteering, making changes that benefit the environment, engaging in ethical labor practices, and engaging in charitable giving.

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"I literally just had one of the best weeks of my life! Thank you for your guidance and support throughout this journey! Thank you Thank you!!" - Becky, yoga retreat participant


"I have been doing private yoga classes with Carrie in my home for some time and have really enjoyed the experience. Private sessions are a great opportunity to focus on your unique needs with a customized class each and every time. This was perfect for me as I was a yoga novice and had specific things I wanted to learn as well as focus areas. I look forward to our class each week - the yoga is great and Carrie is a pleasure. I would highly recommend that you reach out to Carrie and take an introductory yoga class to experience this for yourself." - Irene, yoga student


"Carrie - you are a true gem! Thank you for such a transformative experience!" - Melissa, yoga retreat participant


"I've been taking classes from Carrie for two years. She is an excellent and diverse yoga instructor. She has always been very sensitive to the needs of the class, and to those of individual students. I am an older athlete that has concentrated a good portion if my fitness time in the gym going various resistance based training methods. Through Carrie's methods, my flexibility, my resistence to injury and quickness to recover has greatly improved. I am true believer that strength, endurance, balance and flexibility training are the secrets to slowing down the effects of aging, all of which you get in Carrie's yoga classes." - Steve, yoga student

"I have had the benefit of attending yoga classes taught by Carrie at two companies in Broomfield over the past several years. Her patience and skill in leading these classes is quite amazing. She always sets a very relaxed mood using her fun, but peaceful personality, appropriate music, and readings on yoga and meditation. She is very attentive to individual students, being mindful of their limitations and needs for alternative or adjusted poses and props. Her Yin classes especially have helped me tremendously with back issues and muscle soreness from surgeries, exercise, and sitting at a keyboard for 8-10 hours a day. She has a very deep knowledge of yoga and its affect on the body. Thanks, Carrie." - Craig, yoga student 

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