Teachers 2017-11-09T14:51:17+00:00

Meet the Team

Michele Lawrence
Michele Lawrence Owner, (ERYT 500, C-IAYT)
Michele 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.
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Sheryl McGourty
Sheryl McGourtyOwner
Sheryl discovers great joy in the experience of being embodied. Sheryl began a steady yoga practice 15 years ago and her initial training was in Nasik, India at www.yogapoint.com in 2005. Her dedication to yoga ignited while teaching middle and high school however, the earliest seeds were planted through a passion for dance. Sheryl has always been a teacher in some capacity. With a background in experiential education, she was guided to a path of working with people, holding space and facilitating healing.
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Deb Buck
Deb Buck
Deb enjoys fusing devotion, strength, integrity, and grace in order to inspire contagious enthusiasm in service to Mother Earth, Community and Self.
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Amber DeHerrera
Amber DeHerrera
Amber has lived in Southwest Colorado for the last 19 years and has been rooted in the Durango Yoga community for over 10 years.
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Nicole Dohm
Nicole Dohm
Nicole moved to the southwest from the high desert of Grand Junction in 2010. She is passionate about exploring the natural world around us through skiing and hiking.
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Lindsay Dozoretz
Lindsay Dozoretz
Lindsay started on her yoga path early – lying in Savasana on her family room carpeting in her mother’s yoga classes after kindergarten.
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K-Lea Gifford
K-Lea Gifford
K-Lea Gifford is Iyengar Certified at the Junior Intermediate Level 2 as well as certified with International Association of Yoga Therapists. She started practicing in 1983 and has studied in Pune, India with the Iyengars several times. She enjoys working therapeutically as well as specialty classes such as pregnancy, restorative, and back care needs.

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Heather Hooten
Heather Hooten
Heather’s yogic journey started right here in Durango over 16 years ago. Not knowing the true benefits of yoga, she used only asana to stretch her body, and never imagined she would someday be teaching others.

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Joy Kilpatrick
Joy Kilpatrick
is a certified Yoga Therapist & 500 hr registered Yoga Teacher, Thai Yoga Bodyworker, Wholistic Fitness™ Trainer and LifeStyle Coach.
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Sarah Klein
Sarah 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.
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Ivy Lau
Ivy LauMEd, MS, RYT, OTR/L
Ivy is a writer, teacher, and therapist dedicated to unwinding the stories hidden in our bodies. A former 3rd grade teacher, current occupational therapist and lifelong poet.
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Megan Lott
Megan 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.
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Damiane McMillen
Damiane McMillen
Damiane has been practicing yoga, meditation and pranayama since 1998. She is a certified yoga instructor, RYT 500, Natural Therapeutics Specialist and Ayurvedic Practitioner.
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Wendolyne Omaña
Wendolyne Omaña
Wendolyne 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.
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Joan Pope
Joan Pope OTR/L, MS, certified Iyengar Yoga instructor
Joan began her yoga practice in 1994 while in graduate school for occupational therapy at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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Josh Rosenthal
Josh Rosenthal
Not realizing at the time, Josh’s first introduction to yoga was trying to yoke his six foot two inch frame and inquisitive, contemplative and wondering mind into a seat on a United airlines flight.

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Lily Russo
Lily RussoE-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.
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Karen Soltes
Karen SoltesLCSW, E-RYT, Certified iRest® Yoga Nidra teacher and senior trainer, C-IAYT
Karen holds Masters degrees in both Clinical Social Work and Education and has worked in a variety of therapeutic and educational settings over the past 35 years.
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Lynn Wickersham
Lynn Wickersham E-RYT 200
Lynn’s journey on the yogic path began in 2001, a few years after the traumatic loss of her mother. Through dedicated study and consistent practice, Lynn navigated through a period of deep grief and discovered the powerful healing qualities of yoga and meditation.
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Brady Wilson
Brady Wilson
Brady was born and raised in Colorado, has lived happily in Durango for the past thirteen years.
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