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
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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. She enjoys connecting and listening to the similarities of the human experience. Sheryl strives to honor the art of teaching in her classes by offering an experience that is inspiring, resonate, digestible and authentic. Sheryl has taken countless hours of trainings and workshops and finds value in recognizing the similarities of varying spiritual disciplines. She has additional training in prenatal, kids, and trauma-sensitive yoga. Sheryl also leads retreats both locally and internationally.
Sheryl has blended the sister sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda into her own life and helps others rediscover a true and balanced nature. She is a graduate of the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner (AHP) program through the California College of Ayurveda and shares her knowledge through seasonal cleanses, workshops, cooking classes, public lectures and individual consultations.
Sheryl finds grounding, strength and inspiration in connecting with the natural world. Her heart lights up through creativity, music, adventure, humor, leadership and community involvement but her most beloved pastime… being and laughing with her son, Cedar.
Deb BuckOwner, E-RYT 200, YACEP, 500 hr in progress
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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Deb enjoys fusing devotion, strength, integrity, and grace in order to inspire contagious enthusiasm in service to Mother Earth, Community and Self. She practices 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.
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
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Lynn’s journey on the yogic path began in 2001 while in graduate school and grieving the devastating loss of her mother to cancer a few years earlier. Her first yoga class brought an immense sense of peace, a state of being completely lacking in her life at that time, and she was immediately hooked. Over the next several years she navigated through periods of stress, emotional pain, and grief, and through her dedicated study and consistent practice of yoga and meditation, she allowed herself space to heal and transform her grief. This process ultimately led her to the path of sharing yoga with others. Her life was forever changed after completing a residential yoga teacher training program at the Yandara Yoga Institute in 2009. Since that time, her home practice has expanded to emphasize Bhakti and Kundalini Yoga, as well as Classical Hatha Yoga. She has taught group and private yoga of various styles since 2007, and is a proud co-owner of Yogadurango. Lynn also plays and teaches the harmonium and applies sound energy as a tool for healing in her group classes and with private yoga clients.
In 2017, Lynn embarked on a new yogic path, an 800-hr professional training in Yoga Therapy with Inner Peace Yoga Therapy. To date, she has completed almost 700 hours of training and is on track to for certification by the International Association of Yoga Therapy in 2020. Her teachers include Nischala Joy Devi, Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa, Laura Kupperman, Marisa Laursen, Michele Lawrence, Durga Leela, Maria Mendola, Neil Pearson, Antonio Sausys, Jai Dev Singh, and Amy Weintruab. Lynn’s areas of specialty include grief, chronic pain, and neurological disorders. She works one-on-one, applying the tools of yoga to address the individual’s health concerns and empowers her clients to take an active role in their health and wellness.
Lindsay started on her yoga path early – lying in Savasana on her family room carpeting in her mother’s
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Lindsay 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.
K-Lea Gifford is Iyengar Certified at the Junior Intermediate Level 2 as well as certified with
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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. More can be found on her website at https://www.k-lea.com/
Michelle’s personal yoga practice began in 2002 during a time of great personal change. As many find when they drop into yoga, it offered
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Michelle’s personal yoga practice began in 2002 during a time of great personal change. As many find when they drop into yoga, it offered her a place of solace and personal empowerment that she hadn’t expected. The practices she fell in love with on her mat led her into a 200 hour training with Core Power Yoga in 2009, after which she immediately began teaching in the Chicago area. At the same time as deepening her career in medicine as a physician assistant, Michelle also found herself diving more deeply into the healing arts through the application of yoga. In years to follow, she trained in yin yoga, yoga nidra, body based psychotherapy, and started a personal journey with Bhakti yoga. More recently, Michelle completed her 800 hour Yoga Therapy Certification through Inner Peace Yoga Therapy based in Durango, and now practices as a yoga therapist specializing in mind body approaches to persistent pain. It is Michelle’s firm belief that the multifaceted practice of yoga offers true healing when approached with curiosity and openness. Her classes and workshops mirror her personal practice, encouraging embodied awareness and reflection in the exploration of all aspects of being. When Michelle is not practicing yoga, she can be found helping patients in clinic or the operating room, playing outside, gardening, or spending time with family and friends.
Joy Kilpatrick trusts the bodies’ intuitive intelligence to be the entry point for healing and transformation.
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Joy Kilpatrick trusts the bodies’ intuitive intelligence to be the entry point for healing and transformation. Joy is passionate about sacredly serving others through a tapestry of healing art modalities while empowering them to live authentically. Joy’s love of learning has inspired her continuing education on the path of unity by becoming a certified Yoga Therapist with IAYT accredited Inner Peace Yoga Therapy program; registered Yoga Teacher, certified advanced Thai Yoga Bodyworker, Reiki practitioner and a student of NVC (Non-Violent Communication). Joy feels blessed to teach Kid’s Theatre, Yoga and Mindfulness classes to young people through Durango’s District 9-R Schools. To learn more about Joy and her offerings, visit: https://breathworkswithjoy.wordpress.com/
Sarah’s passion and enthusiasm for the practice of yoga shines through the minute you meet her. Her
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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.
Michele believes in yoga’s ability to heal and transform, and that yoga, regardless of one’s physical
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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.Michele started teaching yoga in 2005, has studied various yoga styles, yet is most drawn to the teaching and practice of Yoga Therapy. 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 thearpy sessions and a variety of classes including Yoga for Healing. 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 the founder and director of Inner Peace Yoga Therapy an IAYT-accredited 800-hour yoga therapy certification program.
Ivy is a writer, teacher, and therapist dedicated to unwinding the stories hidden in our bodies. A former
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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. Ivy’s interest in the intuitive healing power of our bodies began with her initiation to Reiki at the age of 16. Her therapeutic toolbox has since grown to include CranioSacral Therapy, Somato-Emotional Release, Rhythmic Movement Training, Brain Gym and Sensory Integration techniques. Ivy incorporates elements of these approaches into her yoga classes for a restorative-inspired practice that is mindful and varied. She received her RYT training with Devi Yoga for Women, and completed prenatal and postpartum training with Yo Mama Yoga, both in Boulder, Colorado. Ivy believes that the illusion of separateness is the root of much suffering, and created Yoga for Connection to provide an opportunity to interact with and support each other more deeply while practicing yoga together.
Luna first fell in love with yoga in 2007 when she began a daily practice while backpacking through the
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Luna first fell in love with yoga in 2007 when she began a daily practice while backpacking through the wild places of California on a college Eco-psychology course. For her, yoga is linked to deep healing, self love, connection with nature, and community. In 2009 she went to live and work at Mount Madonna Center, located in the Santa Cruz mountains, where she completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training. Since then she has assisted with the teaching of two other teacher trainings through Mount Madonna and taught at various retreats offered there. She has taught on the beaches of Maui in exchange for pineapples and in gym and studio settings in Santa Cruz, CA.Â She is passionate about spreading the messages of self kindness, reclaiming wildness, and listening to one’s own intuition in each pose. She has worked as a yoga teacher and counselor in eating disorder recovery, and believes that all bodies are beautiful and deserve love and care. Also a singer and a dancer,Â Lunaloves to let creativity emerge and step outside the box in her yoga practice and her teaching style. She is humbled by and grateful for the vast practice of yoga and how it embraces her body, mind, heart, and soul again and again.
Wendolyne Omaña, a bilingual/bicultural Yoga Instructor, Massage Therapist, and Social Justice
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Wendolyne Omaña, a bilingual/bicultural Yoga Instructor, Massage Therapist, and Social Justice activists, finds passion in speaking the language of gratitude; she sees Yoga as an opportunity for her to serve the greater good. Currently, she serves under-served populations in the La Plata County, honors the spirits of the plants and Earth elements during her offerings, and advocates for creating accesible alternatives to the less privileged communities. Wendolyne uses her extra time to volunteer as seat of Vice-Presidente of the board of Directors of the Colorado Immigrants Rights Coalition and to study Ayurveda/Ayur-yoga and the Anatomy of Yoga in Albuquerque, NM. Among others, her additional interests include Acupressure, Pranayama, Kundalini yoga, Tai-Chi, Qi-Gong, and the Neuroscience of crisis.
Wendolyne believes that through natural alternatives, one becomes capable of falling authentically in love with oneself, and simultaneously with the entire universe.
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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Joan 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 has been practicing yoga most of her life. Her initial practice of asana lead her to study all the other
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Lily 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.
Not realizing at the time, Josh’s first introduction to yoga was trying to yoke his six foot two inch frame and
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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. Returning years later he realized that his previous “breath linked movement” activities such as mountain biking, skiing, kayaking and working in the restaurant industry began to loose their luster. Stereotypically, his first real yoga classes were something his then girlfriend “liked to do” and he found himself opting for difficult and hot classes that presented a physical challenge. Slowly that inquisitive mind began to open up and Josh wondered if there was something more to this science of self discovery and realization. After several years of consistent dedication to the practice, Josh embarked on a teacher training program at Yogadurango in order to deepen his personal practice. He did not have the intention to teach however, his passion for yoga along with a desire to share that love won out. More recently, Josh has been inspired by the philosophy and mythology of yoga, thus he enjoys weaving in and incorporating all of the aspects of yoga into his class offering.
Sara’s love for yoga began in 2005. This love grew deeper upon meeting her teachers Tias and Surya
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Sara’s love for yoga began in 2005. This love grew deeper upon meeting her teachers Tias and Surya Little in 2007. Since this time, Sara has become certified and has completed over 600 hours of training with Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, NM under Tias and Surya Little. In addition, she has also received training in prenatal, yin, therapeutics and The Great Yoga Wall. Sara has over 11 years of teaching experience in the Four Corners Area and was the founder/director of Sage Yoga Studio before recently moving to Durango. She offers group and private classes to all levels with a fun, playful, and informative teaching style, often incorporating Ayurveda into her classes. Sara’s passion stems from the benefits of healing she has received during difficult times. She is an avid meditator and enjoys traveling and spending time with family. For more information please visit saratweedieyoga.com.
A 20 year resident of Durango, Brady received his first Yoga teaching certificate from Yogadurango’s 200-hour
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A 20 year resident of Durango, Brady received his first Yoga teaching certificate from Yogadurango’s 200-Hour Teacher Training program in 2010. He has been a yoga teacher ever since. Progressively studying locally and internationally, he has received consecutive certificates from the Pavones Yoga Center in Southwestern Costa Rica, and from Author and MD, Dr. Ray Long (The Key Poses of Hatha Yoga.) Brady teaches at least five classes each week at Yogadurango, Ska Brewery, and “In-House Privates” for employees of various local businesses. In addition to his local offerings, he serves occasionally as an assistant teacher for the Pavones Yoga Center’s 200 Hour Teacher Training. Brady believes in the intelligence of the body, and in each individual’s innate healing abilities. His yoga is based in breath, combined with conscious alignment, and mindful movement. Hosting annual, international yoga retreats in Colorado, Costa Rica, and Colombia with The Life Force Project, he is most passionate about offering his unique, rocky mountain yoga experience here at home, in Durango.