Teachers

The first time Emilie practiced yoga was on a date in 2007. While her date is long gone, Emilie’s relationship with yoga is going strong.  

Emilie is endlessly fascinated by the human body and inspired by movement and breath. She is an energetic and playful instructor whose mobility and strength based classes challenge and nurture the body and spirit. A yoga teacher since 2009, Emilie has over 3000 hours of diverse teaching experience that includes schools, athletic teams, private and corporate clients. In addition to facilitating workshops for teachers and students, Emilie leads 200- and 300-hour yoga teacher training programs she created for yoga studios across the US. 

Lauren is a yoga and meditation teacher, certified in Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin styles. She first found yoga asana as a college athlete, looking to balance her training and conditioning with stretching and recovery. However, as her practice grew, and as she was exposed to different styles of teaching, she discovered the clear connection between mind and body, and yoga and holistic wellness. Aside from her formal teacher trainings, she has taken courses in the foundations of Ayurveda, women’s wellness in yoga, as well as yoga for stress and anxiety. The latter two are her primary influence in the majority of the classes she offers today. In addition to teaching yoga, Lauren is currently studying to be a Nutrition Therapist Master through NTI in order to expand her services in holistic wellness practices. When Lauren is not teaching or studying, she’s likely to be found trail riding with her horses, mountain biking/ hiking with her husband and two dogs in the warmer months, snowboarding on winter weekends, or diving deeply into a good book.

Deborah (Deb) Sussex from Durango.  As a certified teacher with the Mindful life Program and certified Creativity Coach, I find deep meaning through shared knowledge and experiences.  Supporting others as they rise to their potential is a cornerstone of purpose in my life.  My background is diverse and involves working as a professional outdoor educator on wilderness expeditions, being a self employed photographer and life long artist. I prioritize learning, tending to friends and family and being active in the out of doors, all of which involve mindfulness and meditation!

Melissa started as a Pilates student about 10 years ago to compliment her running, strengthen her core and “other muscles she didn’t know she had.”  She quickly fell in love with the mind / body connection she experienced from Pilates and the strength she gained which helped improve her running!  After taking classes for several years, she decided to become a certified instructor through the Lagree method.

Melissa recently moved to Durango from Dallas, in 2020 and has been a Pilates instructor for 6 + years.  She graduated from college at Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Marketing.  Melissa has always been passionate about health, fitness and nutrition.  After having a baby and leaving corporate America, she decided to follow her passion for fitness and nutrition and help others reach their health and fitness goals.  Melissa went back to school to become an Integrative Nutrition Coach, Master Sports Nutrition, Certified Personal Trainer and Mindset Coach.

Melissa loves working with others and encouraging them to step outside of their comfort zone, while motivating & helping them to reach their health and fitness goals.

Jolie obtained her BS & MS in Health Promotion and Wellness from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (yes, she is a cheesehead and only and always a Packers fan). Her graduate work was with the Becoming An Outdoors Woman (BOW) program. She spent many years paddling canoes and backpacking ranges throughout the US and Canada. She still paddles (SUP) and loves lake life. She has traded in her backpacking boots and running shoes for mountain biking though. Jolie loves staying active AND pressing the PAUSE button with mindful and restful movement and meditation. She completed her yoga teacher training with Yoga Durango in 2015 and has practiced yoga for 20 years.

Jolie’s yoga practice and teaching is to seek the uncovering of mindful movement and body awareness and smothering it in “secret sauce”, the awareness of the breath.

Allison is an Army Nurse who found her passion for teaching yoga while deployed in Afghanistan in 2012. In Afghanistan she used yoga to find the calm amongst the chaos, and she shared her yoga teaching talents with her fellow soldiers. Through yoga, Allison found balance in her personal and professional life. In 2014 she visited Dharamsala India where she spent 1 month participating in a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification. Allison enjoys teaching Vinyasa and Hatha yoga. She loves to get creative, incorporating flow with breath and spending time in poses to PAUSE and relax. 

Jane has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She has experienced firsthand yoga’s ability to heal and transform. As a lifelong learner and self proclaimed yoga nerd, she is currently interested in bridging the gap between the yoga asana she has spent years studying, and the movement education she is currently passionate for, which is smart and sustainable for all humans.

Jane’s education resume includes the two year Advanced Studies Program at the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco, Sara Klein’s Ashtanga Inspired 200hr yoga teacher training, and her current musing, Detour Method 2.0., a functional movement based yoga teacher training.

Jane is excited to share her movement offerings with the community, as it aligns with her “out of the box” mindset, yet stays rooted in practicality and accessibility. Her classes are upbeat, challenging, and fun.

Speaking of fun, when she’s not dissecting the intricacies of internal hip rotation, you can find Jane dancing in her kitchen like no one is watching, hiking with her dog Moz, or riding her mountain or gravel bike all over southern Colorado.

Derya moved to Durango from Boulder, Colorado in January of 2021 to enjoy all the beauty and activities that this special town has to offer. Derya loves to spend time outdoors with her husband and their two fur babies, Hazel and Rufus. 

Derya is dedicated to contributing to her community and to her own continued growth and learning. She loves connecting with people and believes in educating her community on better health through better movement. Derya also teaches restorative yoga, which she loves to share with others and see the changes and benefits they gain from the practice.  

Derya is a physical therapist and owns Essential Physical Therapy. She started her own clinic so that she could incorporate a whole body, whole person approach as well as spend more time with her patients.

After falling in love with yoga through music, Kara finds joy in low and slow AND quick and strong flows with rhythm and reason. Finding intention every time she hits the mat, Kara hopes you find your flow with her thoughtful sequencing. 

Tamlin’s love of yoga started as a young girl practicing with her father in their living room. 
In 2004, after the death of her father, she took her first yoga class. She immediately felt at home on her mat and found her yoga practice to be profoundly healing and grounding. 

Since that first class, she has had the great privilege of exploring many different methods, styles and teachers of yoga and in 2011 she completed her 200-hour teacher training through Yoga Durango. 

Tamlin has taught all-levels vinyasa, restorative, Ashtanga, private, and group classes. She believes all people can benefit from the healing powers of yoga and considers it an honor and a privilege to be able to share this ancient technology with her community. 

In addition to yoga, Tamlin enjoys snowboarding, SUPing, biking and hiking with her husband, two children and dog Bodhi as well as snuggling up with her kitties and a good book. 

Jim has been a passionate yoga practitioner for more than 20 years, beginning with a community education yoga class in New Jersey. After moving to Boise in 2007, he started taking yoga classes several days a week, finding that yoga helped calm his busy mind, relax chronic back stress and improve his strength. In 2012, Jim decided the best way to share this new found passion was to teach yoga himself. A lifelong fitness nut, Jim found a yoga certification program that combined the essential elements of yoga with an emphasis on fitness, the YogaFit program. Jim is also a certified Health and Wellness coach, with a strong belief in helping people learn to live longer, healthier lives through an emphasis on fitness, active living, mindset, healthy eating and stress management.

Jim loves connecting with people and helping anyone, from beginners to more experienced yogis, incorporate yoga into their healthy lifestyle. His approach emphasizes the mind-body-spirit connection. Jim’s yoga classes help students build strength, balance and flexibility, while connecting breathing and mindfulness with the vinyasa flows and light meditation.

When he’s not indulging his yoga passion, Jim spends most of his time outdoors, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and biking the river trail. He’s also a former Zumba instructor and still dances around the house and whenever he can in his wife’s classes. After recently deciding to retire from his math teaching career, Jim is looking forward to expanding his health and wellness coaching practice and offering more yoga classes in his beloved Durango community.

Judy has over 10 years experience in leading Vinyasa Flow classes, Yin Yoga, Meditation and Yoga Philosophy classes. She is devoted to creating a sacred space in which you can channel energy towards transformative, life affirming means. This is done through intention, dedication conscious breath, movement and meditation. Her classes are taught safely in an unhurried, exploratory manner with attention to alignment and thoughtful sequencing. She encourages all students to practice, with kindness, compassion, peace and love. Encompassing an appreciation for all life.

PAUSE

Founded in 2021 by Jolie Ensign, PAUSE, is an intimate boutique yoga & pilates studio based in Durango, CO.

Do you have questions about our yoga studio or the classes we offer here?

pausedurango@gmail.com

(218) 235-9404

1305 Escalante Dr, Ste 202 (Purple Cliffs Wellness Center above Sunnyside Farms Market in Purple Cliffs Wellness Center)
Durango, CO 81303

Monday
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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