About Us

WE STRIVE TO:

PROMOTE

Promote vibrant communities by teaching individuals how to learn–the signals of their own bodies, the lessons hidden within pain, and how to be proactive about their own health.

MEET

Meet each person where they are on their healing journey and work to build lasting relationships.

CREATE

Create a sanctuary where all people feel safe and supported.

SUPPORT

Support the movement community of Durango by bringing in high-level professionals for master classes and teacher trainings.

With over fifteen years of professional teaching experience, we offer only the highest quality instruction to our community. We have studied under Master Teachers in the modalities of Yoga, Pilates, and the GYROTONICⓇ method and have applied these systems to our professional dance careers. As passionate teachers and lifelong students, we are curious about where classical methods like Yoga, Pilates, and the GYROTONICⓇ method intersect and where they stand apart. We aim to carefully integrate our training and offer a blend that emphasizes experiential anatomy, creative imagery, and rhythmic breathing and movement.

Owners

Affiliate Teachers

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Kimberly McKnight

Studio Soma

About Jen

Owner, GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS®, Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy

About Katie

Owner, Second Generation Pilates Educator, Certified Yoga Instructor, Intuitive Bodywork

Katie earned a BFA in Dance and a BA in Journalism/Latin American Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2007.  It was at NYU that Katie began her initial studies in the Pilates Method with first generation Master Teacher, Kathleen Stanford Grant.  Upon her graduation, Katie became Mrs. Grant’s Teaching Assistant for one year and continued to study with her mentor until Mrs. Grant’s death in 2010. She received her Pilates certification through Lana Halvorsen at BodyCraft Studio in Brooklyn, NY. She is a PMA registered teacher, and in 2018 she complete Cara Reeser’s “Kathy Grant Heritage Training Program”. 

Her love for learning the body through movement, story, and therapeutic education inspired her to study Feldenkrais, Klein technique, Body Mind Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Thai Massage, Deep Tissue Massage (Shen Tao Studio, NYC), Butoh Dance, and Contact Improvisation.  She’s trained in Traumatic Release Exercises (www.traumaprevention.com) and is currently training to become a certified somatic coach under the tutelage of Susan Aposhyan’s BodyMind Psychotherapy Course. In 2020 she completed Gil Hedley’s 8-day Integral Anatomy Dissection Course. 

Katie has been a devoted yogini since she was 14; she studied the Iyengar system and the Primary Ashtanga Series until she moved to New York City, where she balanced her professional dance training with a dedicated practice with teachers including Genny Kapular, Allison West, Amy Mathews, and guidance from the Jivamukti Yoga Center.  In 2008, she traveled to Kerala, India to study at the Sivananda Yoga Center, and in 2012, she received her 200-hr. teaching certification through Levity Yoga with Peter Sterios. She currently studies Shadow Yoga with Scott Blossom. 

After ten years of dancing and writing professionally and teaching abroad, Katie returned to her hometown of Durango, CO in 2012. Here, she continues to dance as a member of 20Moons Dance Theatre and pursue her athletic passions in the wild of the San Juan Mountains.  Fluent in Spanish, she is an advocate for immigrant justice and co-leads empowerment retreats for the Spanish-speaking community around the Four Corners. She is also a published journalist and is currently working on her memoir “My Own Private Gonzo”.

About Nan

Pilates/Igoscue/CST

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About Kimberly

Pilates Instructor

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Kimberly is the owner of Durango Pure Pilates, an offshoot of Mind’s Eye Movement Pilates, LLC, established in 2003. With more than 16 years of teaching experience, her initial introduction to the Pilates Method was inspired by a search for relief from chronic back pain which she suffered from the age of 18. Through her own journey, she developed a passion for sharing this extraordinary path to experiencing a freedom and joy in movement.

Kimberly received her certification as a Classical Pilates instructor from the world-renowned Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado, and remains faithful to this traditional Pilates Method as originally developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1920’s. She enjoys bringing her own unique and seasoned approach to the needs and goals of her clients and offers highly personalized instruction.

Kimberly also brings to her practice a fundamental belief and background in Jungian Depth Psychology. Based on distinguishing the typologies of the psyche – the ways by which individuals experience life (thinking, feeling, intuiting, sensing), Kimberly broadens her Pilates practice by offering assistance to those impassioned by personal growth. Becoming familiar with her clients’ typology, she is able to help her clients explore how these express themselves through the body. By encouraging a parallel path (a mind-to-body connection), clients may enter into a creatively inspiring discovery of their unique self. Kimberly’s passionate belief in this process offers a deep and spirited approach to this journey of self-discovery.