Lynn E. Wickersham, M.S.
~Yoga Therapist In-Training (IAYT accredited school)
~Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500)
~Yoga Educator (YACEP)
Lynn’s academic and professional background are firmly rooted in science. She has worked diligently for over 20 years as a wildlife ecologist, with an emphasis on reproductive ecology of Neotropical migratory songbirds. She co-founded Animas Biological Studies with her husband in 2008 and remains involved with a variety of field studies and conservation efforts in the Southwest. Lynn is proud to have also served for 10 years as the Statewide Project Manager and Editor for The Second Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas.
Lynn’s journey on the yogic path began in 2001 while in graduate school and while grieving the devastating loss of her mother to cancer a few years earlier. Her first yoga class brought an immense sense of peace, a state of being completely lacking in her life at that time, and she was immediately hooked. Over the next several years she navigated through periods of stress, emotional pain, and deep grief, and through her dedicated study and consistent practice of yoga and meditation, she allowed herself space to heal and transform her grief. This process ultimately led her to the path of sharing yoga with others. Her life was forever changed after completing a residential yoga teacher training program at the Yandara Yoga Institute in 2009. Since that time, her home practice has expanded to emphasize Bhakti and Kundalini Yoga, as well as Classical Hatha Yoga. She has taught group and private yoga of various styles since 2007, and is a proud co-owner of Yogadurango. Lynn also plays and teaches the harmonium and applies sound energy as a tool for healing in her group classes and with private yoga clients.
In 2017, Lynn embarked on a new yogic path, an 800-hr professional training in Yoga Therapy with Inner Peace Yoga Therapy. To date, she has completed almost 700 hours of training and is on track to for certification by the International Association of Yoga Therapy in 2020. Her teachers include Nischala Joy Devi, Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa, Laura Kupperman, Marisa Laursen, Michele Lawrence, Durga Leela, Maria Mendola, Neil Pearson, Antonio Sausys, Jai Dev Singh, and Amy Weintruab. Lynn’s areas of specialty include grief, chronic pain, neurological disorders, and mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. She works one-on-one, applying the tools of yoga to address the individual’s health concerns and empowers her clients to take an active role in their health and wellness.
B.S. Wildlife Biology – Colorado State University, 1996
M.S. Biology – Arkansas State University, 2002
SPECIALIZED YOGA TRAINING
200-hr Teacher Training – Yandara Yoga Institute, 2009
500-hr Teacher Training – Inner Peace Yoga Therapy, 2017-2018
800-hr Teacher Training – Inner Peace Yoga Therapy, 2017-2018
Pain Care Yoga Certification – Pain Care U, 2019