Studio Owners & Teachers
Michele Lawrence (ERYT 500) believes in yoga's ability to heal and transform, and that yoga, regardless of one's physical ability, is available to all. As a way to balance out her active life, Michele first stepped on a yoga mat in 1999. It was not long after that she began to practice regularly; and while she could not quite put her finger on it, she was amazed at how much better she felt. For the first time, she began to live in and appreciate her own body. And, more importantly, she started to understand that she was much more than her physical body.
Michele started teaching yoga in 2005, has studied various yoga styles and has completed over 800 hours in teacher trainings. Through her own journey of Self-discovery, she has come to realize that yoga is a practice for all life situations. She leads retreats, teaches private yoga sessions and a variety of classes including Yoga for Grief, and Living Well Yoga for Cancer. Originally from New Jersey, Michele moved to Durango, CO in 2006. Along with her yoga teaching credentials, she also has an MBA, and has worked in large and small corporations for over 15 years. She still uses this skillset in her current endeavors. Michele is co-owner of Yogadurango, co-director of Yogadurango's Teacher Training program, and is also the director of Inner Peace Yoga Therapy an 800-hour yoga therapy certification program.
Sheryl McGourty from a very early age, has always enjoyed the experience of being embodied and feeling the joy that comes from physical disciplines coupled with grace. Sheryl began a steady practice of yoga 15 years ago. Her dedication to yoga was intially ignited to assist in relieving the stress of being a middle school teacher. Sheryl has always been a teacher in some capacity, working with people of all ages both inside and outside of classrooms. One of her greatest loves is connecting with people and hearing the similarities of the human experience. She strives to bring the art of teaching to life in her yoga classes. Her priority is connecting to her students, understanding their diverse needs and challenges while providing instruction that is inspiring and digestible for all.
Sheryl’s first official training was in Nasik, India at Yoga Vidya Dham. Since then she has taken countless hours of trainings and workshops and is open to learning from all styles and disciplines. She works to foster a community of self-explorers that goes beyond the walls of the studio. Sheryl also leads retreats and teacher trainings and is considered a “teacher’s teacher".
Sheryl McGourty has been blending the sister sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda into her own life and work for many years. Sheryl is a graduate of the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner (A.H.P.) program through the California College of Ayurveda and shares her knowledge through guided seasonal cleanses, workshops and public lectures. Sheryl is also the Director of The Living Yoga Project, a multi-dimensional expression of yoga brought to life through performance.
Sheryl finds her grounding and strength in connecting with the earth, from outdoor adventures to digging around in the dirt. Her most beloved pastime is being and laughing with her son, Cedar.