Maureen and Natasha teach yoga and Pilates, respectively, in Ouray, CO. Collectively, the two have been practicing, studying, and teaching for nearly 30 years. In addition to offering weekly and monthly classes at various locations in Ouray and Ridgway, both are available for private and small-group classes by appointment. Whether you’re a local, a seasonal resident, or a visitor to Ouray, you’ll find an ideal class that fits your schedule.
Maureen has been practicing yoga for 20 years, first working with Kripalu Center graduate Kamakshi Hart in Washington, DC, who taught her the value of bringing laughter to the studio. She received her 200-hour teaching certification with senior Iyengar teacher Nancy Stechert at Yoga Tree in Hotchkiss, CO, and has studied with Manuso Manos. Her classes focus on proper alignment and stability and stress the benefits that can be achieved by experiencing the intricacies of each pose. She believes that yoga is accessible to all and welcomes everyone from beginners to seasoned practitioners to her classes.
Natasha found her passion for Pilates just over two years ago working with Ridgway instructors Jill Jordan and Michelle Kodis. Between teaching more than 30 dance classes and 100 children each week, rehearsing and acting as Artistic Director of Weehawken Dance, and living with somewhat severe scoliosis, Natasha needed something to help maintain her body, mind, and spirit. Pilates did all of this for her, and she became hooked! Natasha is pursuing her Pilates certification through Balanced Body with Annette Petit in Telluride, CO; she anticipates being fully certified in mat, reformer, trapeze table, cadillac, and tower in early 2017. In addition to teaching and practicing Pilates, Natasha loves to travel, hike, dance, wear her pointe shoes, “play” on aerial equipment, eat good food, and drink fine wine. Natasha is a certified ballet instructor, pursuing her training in New York through the American Ballet Theatre. In 2012, Natasha completed her National Training Curriculum certification in all levels of the program. Natasha is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Kate Kissingford received her Yoga Teacher Training in 1996 from Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Kate was a Core Faculty Yoga Instructor at Omega Institute from 1996 to 1999. She taught for a decade in Denver where she became the go-to teacher for students looking for a yoga practice that incorporates physical practice (asana) with a good dose of compassion, curiosity, and emotional well-being. Kate’s teaching includes elements of Kripalu Yoga, Iyengar, Anusara, Restorative, Vinyasa, and Hatha Yoga. Kate thanks all her teachers, past and present, who have contributed to her experience of yoga as a practice of love in action. She can’t wait to share this practice with you! Please join Kate for her wonderful new class, Yoga from the Inside Out, on November 24 at 9 am.
Sandy Hennessy began doing yoga at the age of 49 and has been practicing for 22 years. She has taught for 18 years and graduated from the San Francisco Iyengar Institute, studied in India, graduated from three Sarah Powers teacher training programs, and has studied with many others. Her classes are gentle and provide her students with an uplifting yoga experience. In addition to offering mini-workshops periodically throughout the year, Sandy offers occasional weekend workshops.
Mairi is a passionate yoga student and teacher. She recently returned from India where she completed her 500-hour yoga teacher training; before this, Mairi attended a variety of workshops and trainings to dive deeper into all that is yoga. Since completing her 200-hour yoga certification in 2012, Mairi has remained curious in her offerings as a yoga teacher and is currently exploring Sound Healing with a beautiful set of Himalayan Singing Bowls. While Mairi focuses on sharing traditional Hatha Yoga, she brings an element of flow to her teachings. Mairi develops balance, strength and stability in her students, so they too can reap the benefits of their practice off of the yoga mat. To further complement her students’ practice, Mairi incorporates meditation and breathwork techniques in her classes. Mairi honors the roots of yoga and also respects modern techniques and research, and loves to offer practices such as yin yoga. Mairi is looking forward to offering a Rise & Shine Yoga class on Friday mornings, November 16 and 30, at 7:30 am.
Brittney has been practicing yoga for more than 11 years in the Iyengar tradition. She has practiced and shared many branches of yoga and finds her love for Iyengar yoga to be her true passion. Her desire to share the gift of yoga with others for its healing principles and focus on the art of proper body alignment has her continuing to study and develop as a student herself. Brittney received her 200-hour teaching certification at the Center for Yoga of Seattle with senior Iyengar teacher Richard Schachtel and continues to study under influential teachers like Manuso Manos, Nancy Stechert, and Brenda Flemming. Although Brittney has relocated to Durango, plan to attend her classes when she is visiting Ouray.