Meet Your Teachers

Bio Pic of Deb BuckDeb Buck enjoys fusing devotion, strength, integrity, and grace in order to inspire contagious enthusiasm in service to Mother Earth, Community and Self. As a yoga teacher, Deb finds deep interest in Yoga as a rich path of transformation, awakening innate intelligence and healing through which yoga combines the practical with mysticism. Deb embraces the boundless yoga practice as something that can open paths of transformation and nourish one’s unique spiritual way of life. Her specialty is to encourage students toward self-inquiry through their connection to nature as well as exploring how yoga practice can be a metaphor for how we choose to be in life and in relationship. She loves to discover and continuously question how to embody the practice; how to really walk the talk and perceives Yoga as path towards wholeness. Deb teaches at Yogadurango in Durango, Colorado and loves to travel to teach in other states/countries. She has trained with the amazing teachers through Yogadurango and is currently in her 500 hour study with her teacher, Bhavani Maki, diving deep into the heart of Yoga Philosophy and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

 

Bio Pic of Amber Amber DeHerrera has lived in Southwest Colorado for the last 19 years and has been rooted in the Durango Yoga community for over 10 years. She strives to live the practice of Yoga on and off the mat and encourages students to do the same. She believes that each time we step onto our mats we have an opportunity to be present, to listen, and to see clearly the things that we would like to let go of and to open our hearts to living our wildest dreams. Amber's Yoga journey has led her to better health, self love, adventure, connection, service, and a desire to share this with others. She is trained in Hatha Yoga and leads a Vinyasa style class infused with Yoga philosophy, intention, and introspection. She also doesn't underestimate the power and importance of a great restorative Yoga practice to balance our busy lives. In addition to teaching Yoga, Amber works as a Registered Nurse at the local hospital. She also volunteers and teaches in Haiti on medical and surgical missions.  

 

Bio Pic of Lindsay Lindsay Dozoretz started on her yoga path early – lying in Savasana on her family room carpeting in her mother’s yoga classes after kindergarten. Following in her mother’s footsteps (only after leaving the house) Lindsay stepped onto her intentional path as a practitioner in 1997. She received her RYT-200 from Kripalu in 2008, and has since done advanced trainings at Laughing Lotus yoga studio in NYC, and studied with teachers around the world including Patrick Creelman, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, and Jim Harrington. She has done immersions in Ashtanga-Vinyasa, Anusara, Forrest, Kundalini, Synergy and Sivananda yoga and never tires of new learning. For Lindsay, yoga is the truest mirror, and the most intelligent, free way to dance with her inner self. Lindsay’s classes are heartfelt and intuitive, and develop as a natural extension of her own practice.

 
 

Aama Harwood Bio PhotoAama Harwood has been pursuing yoga as a means to strengthen spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional well-being since 2009. She began practicing when she was fourteen years old as she found yoga to be a way to move through this world in an authentic way. In 2014, She studied with Marianne Wells in Costa Rica to receive her 200 hour RYT certification in Hatha yoga. Aama’s classes are designed to intertwine spiritual thought along with artful and conscious movement. It is her belief that yoga supplies a physical canvas we can apply our lives to; finding areas that need adjustment on and off the mat. Her passion is to assist people to heal on every level and it is her mission in life to make health and greater body awareness accessible to everyone.

 

Joy Bio PicJoy Kilpatrick is a certified Yoga Therapist  &  500 hr registered Yoga Teacher, Thai Yoga Bodyworker, Wholistic Fitness™ Trainer and LifeStyle Coach. Joy also teaches Kids Yoga and offers FamilyTime Yoga Classes. Joy has been featured in InStyle Magazine with Oscar Winner Marlee Matlin, and wrote and instructed a "QuickFix Power Yoga" . DVD, which aires on Gaiam TV.  She also contributes articles on Yoga for various magazines. Joy’s passion in life is to sacredly serve others through various healing modalities while empowering them to live authentically from their Essential Self.  
To learn more about Joy, visit: BreathWorksWithJoy.com

 

Sarah Klein Bio picSarah Klein Sarah’s passion and enthusiasm for the practice of yoga shines through the minute you meet her. Her classes are upbeat, lighthearted and fun, aiding students to push themselves to their edge, but no further. She strives to lead a class in which individuals of all levels and yoga backgrounds feel comfortable and able to develop their own personal practice. Her mission is to assist others in finding a moving, breathing, meditation on and off the mat. Initially inspired by Ashtanga yoga, Sarah began her studies in 2008 with Larry Schultz, completing her first 200hr YAC. She then stayed with the school to complete a master’s level YAC Rocket training led by David Kyle. Sarah took the role as a leader in training teachers to be YAC through the It’s Yoga System. Inspired by the idea that anyone can do yoga, Sarah turned her studies to therapeutic yoga. She completed a training to specialize her to work with cancer survivors during all stages of recovery. Sarah runs The Yoga Mentorship Program for new yoga teachers and/or dedicated practitioners looking to dive deep with the support of an experienced eye. Sarah is also an integrative nutrition/health coach and owner of Whole Health Lab, and co-founder of the 30 Day Clean Living Challenge to learn more about Sarah check out her site www.wholehealthlab.com

 

Michelle Hemingway Bio picMichelle Hemingway, MD received her BS in Biochemistry and BA in Psychology from the University of North Texas. She graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1986 and completed her internship in Family Medicine at the University of Massachusetts. She is a life-long student of Buddhism and Eastern spirituality and her relationship to medicine is informed by and deeply rooted in the spiritual domain. She moved to Durango in 2010 and discovered the power of yoga. Upon completing the Yoga Durango Yoga Teacher Training (YTT 200) in 2013 she strongly resonated with yoga nidra as a potent healing tool for the whole person and especially the nervous system. She has discovered the power of Yoga Nidra in helping truly relax the body, mind and spirit to help bring both physical and energetic body awareness to the healing process.

 

Megan LottMegan Lott: After 17 years of dedicated practice, Megan completed her Dragon Rising yoga teacher certification with her yoga mentor Sean Tebor in 2014 in Santa Fe, NM. Dragon Rising weaves breath, healthy joint function, Chinese Meridian systems and myofascial trains into a mindfully dynamic and healing form of yoga. As a practitioner of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Megan finds yoga to be an invaluable asset for moving Qi and releasing fascia outside of the treatment room. She encourages her students to discover a practice that is personal and playful, inspiring them to recall a more primal and fluid method of movement. Her classes move in non-linear patterns that will have you dancing your way in spiral motions around the mat. These thoughtful sequences strive to tone and unlock alternating sides of the body in an effort to harmonize the meridians and uncover the core. Experience greater endurance, more sustainable flexibility and strength without constriction as you mindfully tap into your intrinsic movements.

 

Damiane McMillen Bio picDamiane McMillen has been practicing yoga, meditation and pranayama since 1998. She is a certified yoga instructor, RYT 500, Natural Therapeutics Specialist and Ayurvedic Practitioner. Damiane studied for two years at the Ayurvedic Institute with Dr. Vasant Lad and was fortunate to be invited to the Guru Kula Program, an advanced study working with Dr. Lad and his clients. She has been a volunteer for the Art of Living Foundation since 2000, teaching stress reduction workshops that include yoga, pranayama and meditation. Her passion is to inspire others to continually return to balance, wellness and happiness using the ancient wisdom Yoga and Ayurveda.

 

Hana Lewicki  Bio picHana Lewicki did her first Sun Salutation while on a NOLS course in 2007. She continued to develop a home practice and attended a Ashtanga retreat in India before receiving her Yoga Teacher Certification from Yandara Yoga Institute in 2012. During her training, she studied asana, meditation, philosophy, pranayama, and mantra from expert yoga instructors Shane-Christopher Perkins, Sarasvati Young, and many guest teachers. She was immersed into the yogic lifestyle so that she could experience the inner stillness from which body, mind, and spirit grow. Hana's teaching style in based on Vinyasa Flow while special attention is given to sequencing, alignment, individual anatomy, partner poses, and HAVING FUN. Hana is a Yoga Alliance Registered Instructor and hold an additional certification from Karma Kids Yoga. The wonderfully fun and enthusiastic teachers at Karma Kids Yoga taught her to effectively teach yoga to youth using animated poses, music, games, storytelling, art, and more! It brings Hana great joy to create a space for practitioners of all ages to engage creatively with body, mind, and soul.

 

Wendolyne OmaƱa Bio PicWendolyne Omaña, the granddaughter of a traditional Mexican 'curandera' or folk healer, has pursued diverse trainings over the past ten years that have kept her in service to Mother Earth and the divine feminine in all beings. In 2015 she was led to the path of yoga through the lineage of Prana Vinyasa, right after her graduation she co-created a unique offering in Durango called "Yoga En Español" in order to make yoga accessible to a more diverse demographic. Wendolyne finds passion in serving and speaking the language of gratitude; she sees yoga as an opportunity for her to serve the greater good. Currently, she serves as a family advocate for under-served populations. Wendolyne uses her extra time to volunteer for human rights organizations and to study Mayan massage therapy. She believes that through yoga, one becomes capable of falling authentically in love with oneself, and simultaneously with the entire universe. She is very excited to share her spirit of love, and the transmissions of the elders with you.
 

Joan Pope Bio PicJoan Pope, OTR/L, MS, certified Iyengar Yoga instructor, began her yoga practice in 1994 while in graduate school for occupational therapy at UNC-Chapel Hill.   When she discovered the many ways her daily yoga practice supported her, she wanted to share the benefits of yoga with others and began teaching in 1996.    Joan has studied with teachers from various traditions, but continually returned to Iyengar Yoga practice as she found its focus on precision and alignment very grounding as well as helpful in   keeping her back pain free.   Joan completed her 200 hour teacher training at Lighten Up Yoga in Asheville, NC.   In 2006 she moved from Boone, NC to Durango, CO and since then has taught yoga at various locations (i.e. Yogadurango, 4 Corners Yoga, Inhabit).   In 2013 Joan completed the  Iyengar Yoga assessment  and is now a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher at the Introductory II level.  Joan enjoys teaching Beginner’s  and students who have back pain or other joint pain  as she feels learning the precision and alignment offered in Iyengar yoga will assist students in practicing yoga safely no matter what style of yoga they choose to practice.  
 

Lily Russo Bio PicLily Russo (E-RYT 500) has been practicing yoga most of her life. Her initial practice of asana lead her to study all the other facets including pranayama, meditation, and Ayurveda, as well as other influential disciplines, primarily Buddhism and the Tao. She believes that practices which lead us to recognize our relations to our higher selves and to all other beings as well as the natural world create a life of harmony. As a teacher Lily is passionate about sharing these practices with her students, so that they may use them to realize mental calm and clarity, as well as physical strength and grace. She crafts classes and workshops based on the needs of her students, time of day and year, and her intuition around what is energetically calling for attention in the moment. More information at www.lilyrussoyoga.com; the Firewalks and empowerment trainings she leads with her husband at www.thehighpath.com; and about her other work, mosaic art, at www.lilymosaics.com
 

Lynn Wickersham Lynn Wickersham (RYT 200) has been practicing yoga and meditation since 2001 and has studied a variety of yoga styles including Iyengar, Hatha, Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Yin Yoga. A former fitness instructor, Lynn initially turned to yoga to increase her flexibility and reduce stress; but, through regular practice, she experienced not only yoga's physical benefits but also deepened her connection between mind, body, and spirit. Lynn received her formal yoga training in 2009 at the Yandara Yoga Institute, Baja California Sur, where her practice blossomed as both a teacher and a student. She believes that the practice of yoga is a journey into the self, which leads to compassion for others, attunement with the environment, and personal contentment. It is her intention to guide students along their own journey to realize the physical, mental, and emotional benefits that yoga has to offer.
Outside of her yoga practice, Lynn is a professional wildlife biologist, primarily conducting avian research and monitoring in the Four Corners region. She lives and plays in Durango with her husband John, and together they enjoy backpacking, skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities

 

Bio Picture of Brady Brady Wilson, born and raised in Colorado, has lived happily in Durango for the past thirteen years.  A childhood student of aikido, Brady’s spiritual development began at a very early age and was nurtured throughout his life through exposure to chi gung, Dzogchen, Tibetan Buddhism, and various Native American traditions.  His father first taught him Trikonasana when he was twelve years old, and his curiosity for yoga was spawned!  A natural born athlete, Brady balanced his spiritual life in modern culture with a career in professional snowboarding for the majority of his adolescence.
Having practiced at the Yogadurango studio since its beginnings under the careful guidance of Michele Lawrence, Sheryl McGourty, and Kim Self (among many other wonderful instructors), Brady completed Yogadurango’s 2010 Teacher Training Program and gained tremendous insight into the ancient and honorable tradition that is Yoga.  Taking every possible opportunity to deepen his own practice and understanding, he is eager to share what he is learning with the greater community.
A Dancer, Poet, and all-around outdoor enthusiast, Brady is very aware of the importance of maintaining the body and mind for optimal performance in this long and often challenging life.  He believes with yoga we learn to care more deeply for ourselves, and become better equipped to care for those around us, enriching our families and communities, and eventually effecting positive change in greater world in which we live!