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

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.

 Contact Michele to find out more about individual Yoga Therapy sessions or call 970.946.8961.

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.  For more information and testimonials visit: visit:

K-Lea Gifford, Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, C-IAYT.

K-Lea grew up in a Yogic household and as the daughter of a Yoga instructor, has held a long-time interest in health and healing. She graduated in 1986 from Florida State University in psychology and communications then attained her certification as an Advanced Alaya Process Practitioner, (body-centered transpersonal psychotherapy), in 1993. She started studying Iyengar Yoga in 1988, while pregnant with her daughter, and acquired her Junior Intermediate II certification in 2006. K-Lea continues her trainings annually in Yoga therapeutics with Senior Level Iyengar Instructors and maintains a long-time practice of seeing clients privately in Durango, Colorado. K-Lea sees clients in personalized private sessions who face challenges with back care, minor injuries of neck, shoulders, and knees, pregnancy and conception, MS, cancer, obesity, arthritis, Parkinson’s, and more. K-Lea also works with professional athletes recovering from injury or preparing for their event. She is well versed in Yoga Kurunta and woodenware propping. For more information visit

Wonderful teachers of all styles! Clean studios with a good vibe! Punch passes that work with all classes! It’s the dharma down place in DRO!

Ann Drakeley