About Us

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 O’Driscoll

©reallifephotographs-61-bwMaureen has been practicing yoga for nearly 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 Payette

Weehawken StaffNatasha 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.

Sandy Hennessy

SandySandy 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.

Brittney Aherns

BAhrensBrittney 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.

Brittney will next be teaching an evening  restoration class on Thursday, July 19, at 6 p.m.