Meet Your Teachers
Deb Buck Through teaching yoga and plant medicine, Deb enjoys fusing devotion, strength, integrity, and grace in order to inspire contagious enthusiasm in service to Mother Earth.
As a yoga teacher, Deb finds full enjoyment through which yoga combines strength, flexibility, breath and mindfulness, Deb embraces yoga practice as something that can nourish our spiritual way of life and facilitates pathways back to our true nature. Her specialty is to encourage students toward self-exploration through their connection to nature and exploring how yoga practice can be a metaphor for how we choose to be in life. She loves to blend the teachings of the plants, our relationship to the natural world and the physical practice of yoga. Deb teaches yoga at Yogadurango in Durango, CO. and travels to teach in different states and countries periodically. She has trained with the amazing teachers through Yogadurango and with Indira Kate Kalmbach at the Pavones Yoga Center in Costa Rica.
As an herbalist, Deb has an incredible devotion for facilitating the transmission and reception of plant medicine in the oral tradition. Her curiosity drives her to dig deep, to embark on the adventures of creating relationships with our plant relatives and to seek out those that had the knowledge, the wisdom keepers. She has learned with Elders/Wisdom Keepers from around the globe. Deb’s dedication in her work is to facilitate the transfer of the messages of the Earth and the voices of the plants to create space for building lifelong relationships with the plants. She has been working intimately with the plants for 10+ years building, learning, teaching and practicing. Her daily intention is to continue to learn to live more harmoniously with all sentient beings. Deb is a mother to a wonderful son.
Amber DeHerrera, born and raised in Colorado, Amber was introduced to the mountains as a young girl and naturally finds her heart and soul anchored here in Durango. She finds her connection with nature, the earth, body, mind and spirit by taking long hikes, running, and mountain biking with her little dog Frankie. The beginning of her journey began right here at Yoga Durango almost three years ago and then this summer she completed their 200 hour Yoga teacher training program. Drawn to all types of Yoga, Amber embraces the transformations that can occur when intertwining Yoga and life. Inspired by many local and visiting teachers, Amber has found the weaving of spiritual teachings and the expression of the heart to have a strong presence in her Yoga practice and teaching style. Her practice reflects a love for music,Vinyasa Yoga, and the power of intention and devotion. Her hope is that each time we come "home" to our Yoga mats we will have an opportunity for healing, learning, forgiveness, gratitude, and grace.
When she is not practicing Yoga, Amber works as a Registered Nurse at Mercy Regional Medical Center. She has also studied Nutrition and Exercise Science prior to nursing which has given her a good foundation and understanding of health, the body, and movement.
Nick Gould's yoga path began in 2010 when he decided to take his personal training and professional mountain biking to the next level. He was looking for a way to balance bike racing and DJing personally, as well as expand his knowledge as a fitness instructor; yoga seemed like a perfect fit. Strength and flexibility were at the forefront of his interest, but after stepping onto the mat, he soon found the practice taking him much deeper spiritually. Yoga gave him an escape from his yang driven life, and his mat provided him space to slow down, breath, and connect to himSelf on a deeper level. Nick uses yoga as a tool to aid in recovery from racing, heal injuries, and keep his mind, body, and soul balanced in order to live a healthy, fulfilling life. He has dabbled in all things yoga, but his heart lies in teaching (and practicing) energetic, dynamic vinyasa flow practice. Combining fast-paced movements with alignment cues, Nick's classes will challenge even the most experienced yogis. Being a professional DJ, it was only natural for him to start DJing yoga classes. Uniting people through music and yoga is a passion of DJ Niko. His live sets take students on a musical journey combining rhythm with movement, taking your practice to a deeper level.
Aama Harwood has been pursuing yoga as a means to strengthen spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional well-being since 2009. She began practicing when she was fourteen years old as she found yoga to be a way to move through this world in an authentic way. In 2014, She studied with Marianne Wells in Costa Rica to receive her 200 hour RYT certification in Hatha yoga. Aama’s classes are designed to intertwine spiritual thought along with artful and conscious movement. It is her belief that yoga supplies a physical canvas we can apply our lives to; finding areas that need adjustment on and off the mat. Her passion is to assist people to heal on every level and it is her mission in life to make health and greater body awareness accessible to everyone.
Joy Kilpatrick is a certified Yoga Therapist & 500 hr registered Yoga Teacher, Thai Yoga Bodyworker, Wholistic Fitness™ Trainer and LifeStyle Coach. Joy also teaches Kids Yoga and offers FamilyTime Yoga Classes. Joy has been featured in InStyle Magazine with Oscar Winner Marlee Matlin, and wrote and instructed a “Quick Fix: Power Yoga Workout” DVD, which aires on Gaiam TV. She also contributes articles on Yoga for various magazines. Joy’s passion in life is to sacredly serve others through various healing modalities while empowering them to live authentically from their Essential Self.
To learn more about Joy, visit: BreathWorksWithJoy.com
Sarah Klein 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. She is continuously moved by the role yoga can take in the process of healing. Sarah is also a health and nutrition coach and owner of Whole Health Lab, to learn more about Sarah check out her site www.wholehealthlab.com
Michelle Hemingway, MD received her BS in Biochemistry and BA in Psychology from the University of North Texas. She graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1986 and completed her internship in Family Medicine at the University of Massachusetts. She is a life-long student of Buddhism and Eastern spirituality and her relationship to medicine is informed by and deeply rooted in the spiritual domain. She moved to Durango in 2010 and discovered the power of yoga. Upon completing the Yoga Durango Yoga Teacher Training (YTT 200) in 2013 she strongly resonated with yoga nidra as a potent healing tool for the whole person and especially the nervous system. She has discovered the power of Yoga Nidra in helping truly relax the body, mind and spirit to help bring both physical and energetic body awareness to the healing process.
Damiane McMillen has been practicing yoga, meditation and pranayama since 1998. She is a certified yoga instructor, RYT 500, Natural Therapeutics Specialist and Ayurvedic Practitioner. Damiane studied for two years at the Ayurvedic Institute with Dr. Vasant Lad and was fortunate to be invited to the Guru Kula Program, an advanced study working with Dr. Lad and his clients. She has been a volunteer for the Art of Living Foundation since 2000, teaching stress reduction workshops that include yoga, pranayama and meditation. Her passion is to inspire others to continually return to balance, wellness and happiness using the ancient wisdom Yoga and Ayurveda.
Hana Lewicki did her first Sun Salutation while on a NOLS course in 2007. She continued to develop a home practice and attended a Ashtanga retreat in India before receiving her Yoga Teacher Certification from Yandara Yoga Institute in 2012. During her training, she studied asana, meditation, philosophy, pranayama, and mantra from expert yoga instructors Shane-Christopher Perkins, Sarasvati Young, and many guest teachers. She was immersed into the yogic lifestyle so that she could experience the inner stillness from which body, mind, and spirit grow. Hana's teaching style in based on Vinyasa Flow while special attention is given to sequencing, alignment, individual anatomy, partner poses, and HAVING FUN. Hana is a Yoga Alliance Registered Instructor and hold an additional certification from Karma Kids Yoga. The wonderfully fun and enthusiastic teachers at Karma Kids Yoga taught her to effectively teach yoga to youth using animated poses, music, games, storytelling, art, and more! It brings Hana great joy to create a space for practitioners of all ages to engage creatively with body, mind, and soul.
Wendolyne Omaña, the granddaughter of a traditional Mexican 'curandera' or folk healer, has pursued diverse trainings over the past ten years that have kept her in service to Mother Earth and the divine feminine in all beings. In 2015 she was led to the path of yoga through the lineage of Prana Vinyasa, right after her graduation she co-created a unique offering in Durango called "Yoga En Español" in order to make yoga accessible to a more diverse demographic. Wendolyne finds passion in serving and speaking the language of gratitude; she sees yoga as an opportunity for her to serve the greater good. Currently, she serves as a family advocate for under-served populations. Wendolyne uses her extra time to volunteer for human rights organizations and to study Mayan massage therapy. She believes that through yoga, one becomes capable of falling authentically in love with oneself, and simultaneously with the entire universe. She is very excited to share her spirit of love, and the transmissions of the elders with you.
Joan Pope, OTR/L, MS, certified Iyengar Yoga instructor, 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 Russo (RYT 300) has been practicing yoga most of her life. It has been a tool of transformation, health, and empowerment since her teen years. Her initial practice of yoga asana lead her to study all the other facets including pranayama, meditation, and yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda, as well as other influential disciplines, primarily Buddhism, the Tao, and plant medicines. Through these studies she has come to an understanding that all systems of life are intricately interconnected, and 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’s goal is to impart her love of these practices on her students, so that they may use them as tools towards achieving mental calm and clarity, as well as physical strength and grace. She attended the Shambava School of Yoga in 2008 for her initial training, and in 2015 completed a Prana Vinyasa training led by Monica Mesa, developed by visionary Yogini Shiva Rea. As a frequent traveler, she’s been blessed to have studied with many incredible teachers around the world. She crafts classes based on the needs and abilities of her students, the time of day and year, and her intuition around what is energetically calling for attention in the moment. Her other work as an independent artist allows her to channel her life force energy built through these practices into colorful works of creation. She is open to all mediums, especially painting, mosaics, ceramics, and textiles. With her husband, she leads Fire Walks, another transformational tool of self empowerment. More information on her teaching can be found at facebook.com/yogaflowlilyrusso, and her artistic endeavors at www.lilymosaics.com
Lynn Wickersham (RYT 200) has been practicing yoga and meditation since 2001 and has studied a variety of yoga styles including Iyengar, Hatha, Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Yin Yoga. A former fitness instructor, Lynn initially turned to yoga to increase her flexibility and reduce stress; but, through regular practice, she experienced not only yoga's physical benefits but also deepened her connection between mind, body, and spirit. Lynn received her formal yoga training in 2009 at the Yandara Yoga Institute, Baja California Sur, where her practice blossomed as both a teacher and a student. She believes that the practice of yoga is a journey into the self, which leads to compassion for others, attunement with the environment, and personal contentment. It is her intention to guide students along their own journey to realize the physical, mental, and emotional benefits that yoga has to offer.
Outside of her yoga practice, Lynn is a professional wildlife biologist, primarily conducting avian research and monitoring in the Four Corners region. She lives and plays in Durango with her husband John, and together they enjoy backpacking, skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities.
Katie Walsh, RYT, Calming Kids Certified Instructor, and MA/Ed. has been practicing yoga for 17 years. A former fitness instructor, competitive runner and cyclist, Katie sought out yoga due to injuries and a quest for spiritual fitness. Katie's primary practice is rooted in Anusara Yoga, which she is fortunate and grateful to be guided by master teachers Desiree Rumbaugh, Christy Burnett, and Christina Sell. Katie continues to develop her practice and instruction by attending workshops with Seanne Corn, Rusty Wells, Tias Little, Richard Freeman, John Friend, Noah Maze, Regina Zwilling, and Scott Blossom. In addition, she has attended Kripalu Yoga Institute with Shiva Rea and Kundalini master, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. A breast cancer survivor, Katie believes strongly in the gifts, lessons, motivation, and well-being that the discovery of yoga offers. Katie is an educator of 25 years, teaching elementary and middle school students in Arizona and Colorado. She is an ambassador for the Calming Kids program, focusing on yoga principles and anti-bullying education. Katie is recognized throughout local school communities for sharing her knowledge, enthusiasm, and love of yoga and kids. Katie also teaches toddlers for Durango Pediatric Associates. The most rewarding aspects of her teaching, Katie finds, is watching her students/gurus grow in their own personal and physical transformation. Katie believes that the challenges that occur on the mat often parallel those in everyday life. Through her practice and teaching of yoga, Katie has found that transforming ourselves is a process rather than an event. Katie also believes that through the consistent practice of yoga that we begin to acknowledge our true grace and connection to self, others, and our communities.
Originally a Durango native, Katie takes advantage of every outdoor activity that the San Juan Mountains offers. She instructs weekly hot vinyasa classes and kids yoga classes.
Brady Wilson, born and raised in Colorado, has lived happily in Durango for the past thirteen years. A childhood student of aikido, Brady’s spiritual development began at a very early age and was nurtured throughout his life through exposure to chi gung, Dzogchen, Tibetan Buddhism, and various Native American traditions. His father first taught him Trikonasana when he was twelve years old, and his curiosity for yoga was spawned! A natural born athlete, Brady balanced his spiritual life in modern culture with a career in professional snowboarding for the majority of his adolescence.
Having practiced at the Yogadurango studio since its beginnings under the careful guidance of Michele Lawrence, Sheryl McGourty, and Kim Self (among many other wonderful instructors), Brady completed Yogadurango’s 2010 Teacher Training Program and gained tremendous insight into the ancient and honorable tradition that is Yoga. Taking every possible opportunity to deepen his own practice and understanding, he is eager to share what he is learning with the greater community.
A Dancer, Poet, and all-around outdoor enthusiast, Brady is very aware of the importance of maintaining the body and mind for optimal performance in this long and often challenging life. He believes with yoga we learn to care more deeply for ourselves, and become better equipped to care for those around us, enriching our families and communities, and eventually effecting positive change in greater world in which we live!