Yoga Therapy adapts the practice of Yoga to the needs of people with specific or persistent health problems not usually addressed in a regular group class. Yoga therapy can assist with many problems, including:
- Addressing long-standing muscle tension and chronic pain
- Recovering from injury
- Dealing with depression and anxiety
- Transforming grief
- Recovering from cancer and cancer treatments
- Managing stress, including PTSD
Yogadurango has several instructors who are Certified Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) who work privately with clients
Lynn Wickersham, M.S., Owner, Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), E-RYT500
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 2020, Lynn became a Certified Yoga Therapist after completing 3 years of study through Inner Peace Yoga Therapy. Her 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. Lynn also offers small group yoga programs for people in pain or grieving the loss of loved ones.
Michele Lawrence, C-IAYT, ERYT 500
As a Yoga Therapist, Michele applies Yoga techniques and practices to help individuals facing health challenges at any level manage their condition, reduce symptoms, restore balance, increase vitality, and improve attitude. Her specialties include working with individuals who face depression, anxiety, chronic pain, cancer and grief, although she sees people with a wide range of illnesses and injuries.
“Michele brings wonderful insight and thoroughness to her practice in Yoga Therapy. My time with Michele has benefited me in a couple of significant areas – She has guided me in successfully working through some very specific injuries that were at the time limiting what I could do in my desired practice while also bringing a holistic perspective around how yoga can serve and be an integral part of my life.” – Eric M.
“Yoga for Healing has been a wonderful tool in my emotional and physical journey through grief and autoimmune issues. I continue to benefit from this class with the tools presented to us that support better health on a daily basis. I look forward to this class each week as a way of sharing space with others as a community. I always leave with a sense of renewal.” – Mary E.
“If you are looking for a rehabilitative method that will offer you more than objective and repetitive clinical physical therapy then Yoga for Healing is for you. No matter what disease or physical difficulty (condition) you are working with you will find this healing environment inclusive and accepting. All poses are carefully chosen to allow for your specific requirements in your healing process. Alternative postures are frequently offered to assist with physical limitations you might encounter. All is done gently with focus on breathing and assisting your body to heal. Even more, you will find your fellow participants supportive and encouraging. It is this kind of community support that promotes the positive energies that provides the psyche the positive energy to assist the body in healing.” – Suz C.
Joy Kilpatrick, ERYT 500, C-IAYT
Joy’s entry into the Dharma Stream of multi-disciplined yoga began at a very early age. The lessons continue to this day through an amazing lineage of various teachers, circumstances, challenges and joys. Her intention in life is to sacredly serve others through the healing modalities of Yoga Therapy, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Breathing Exercises, LifeStyle Coaching, and Svadhyaya (self-awareness). Joy meets each individual in their current condition and honors their unique healing and spiritual journey while empowering them to live wholeheartedly and authentically. Joy is a certified Yoga Therapist with IAYT, registered Yoga Teacher, certified advanced Thai Yoga Bodyworker, Reiki practitioner and a student of NVC (Non-Violent Communication). She is also a Wholistic Fitness™ Trainer and LifeStyle Coach. Joy is also a contributing Yoga writer for various magazines and teaches FamilyTime Yoga and Kid’s Mindful Yoga classes at various locations and schools in Durango.