Marisa Haga - Owner
Marisa began studying Pilates in her early teens as a method to support and compliment her dance training. She continued her Pilates study through college and after graduating completed her certification with STOTT Pilates, a leading program in the contemporary Pilates approach. She earned her BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington and taught dance and Pilates around the Seattle area for several years before moving back to her home state of Colorado. In addition to Seattle, Marisa has taught at studios in Ridgway and Telluride Colorado as well as New York City.
She teaches a comprehensive approach to Pilates that emphasizes biomechanics and proper anatomical alignment, and is passionate about integrating mindfulness into movement. She often draws upon her studies of dance, Feldenkrais, and Laban/Bartenieff to inform her sessions and classes. She is also certified in Yamuna Body Rolling and is completing her certification for Yamuna Foot Fitness. She has found this technique extremely powerfully in helping clients realign their bones, release muscular tension, and get in touch with the intricacies and patterns held throughout the body.
Rhonda Unkovskoy - Owner
As a Pilates partitioner and Certified Instructor, I am continuously inspired by the benefits I have felt for myself and been fortunate enough to see in my clients. 11 years to committed practice and instructing has shown me the remarkable way Pilates re-educates and heals the body.
Trained and certified through Pilates Sport Center based in California, my training philosophy is one that preserves the essence of the Classical technique Joseph Pilates embodied with his original works, and blends today's progressive scientific knowledge and principles of proper body mechanics. I encourage my clients to become active participants in their own well being. Together we explore mindful movement, full body integration, ideal alignment, balanced musculature and breath!
I enjoy working with clients of all ages and physical conditions. My intention is for each client to leave my session or class feeling energized, stronger and more centered, empowered to meet the day with those qualities to do what they do best!
Lori is a certified Classical Pilates Trainer. She studied and received her certification through the Streamline studio in Salt Lake City and completed her apprenticeship hours at the Minds Eye Movement Studio in Durango. Her teachers studied at the Boulder Pilates Center under the branch of Romana Kryzanowska, one of Joseph Pilates' proteges.
She started her personal Pilates training in 2012 after incurring a back injury playing hockey. She fell in love with the methodology of Pilates and the study of the human body as an incredible machine. She practiced as a professional engineer for the last 12 years and has been a sports enthusiast all her life. Her love of sports range from basketball, volleyball, running, mountain biking, downhill, x-country, and skate skiing, hockey, paddle boarding, hiking, etc...Unfortunately, playing hard comes with its fair share of injuries, however each injury has provided her a deeper understanding of her body which has helped her when working with other bodies.
With her engineering mind, she looks at the body as a mechanical machine with levers (bones) and pulleys (muscles) and determines where and which pulleys are being overused and which ones may not be working at all. She has found a place where both her love of problem solving and body movement can combine to help people move more efficiently reducing pain, and play harder for longer. Pilates is her tool for a strong foundation, which allows her to continue to move and play in all other aspects of her life in an efficient, pain free way.
She wants to help people develop a strong, uniformly supported body so that they are primed for what ever activities the day may bring whether it is sitting at a desk all day, ripping down some single track, or out on the slopes.
Priscilla began practicing pilates 12 years ago. The profound and transforming benefits pilates provided over the years influenced and propelled her to complete training and certification through the Pilates Sport Center based in California. With past work experience as a pediatric orthopedic nurse at Children's Hospital in Boston, MA (where she was born and raised), and with years of competitive running, triathlons and cycling, and with raising two highly competitive athletic children, Priscilla is passionate about the lifelong practice of pilates.
Priscilla's intention is to encourage others to integrate the principles of pilates into everyday life by increasing and enhancing strength, flexibility, body awareness and mechanics. With combining the principles of breath, concentration, center, control, precision and flow, the goal is to reduce stress and heal the body from injury and to feel a general sense of well being and energy at any stage of life!
Kristie began her career with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company as a professional dancer and teacher while attending college. She graduated from the University of Houston in 1995 with a BS in Psychology and minor in dance. After experiencing a fractured foot, physical rehabilitation involved Pilates. Kristie experienced the positive effects of Pilates and became certified in 2001 by the PhysicalMind Institute. Pilates certification involved apprenticeships in Houston, Texas and classes in Austin, Texas. She has a passion for training and helping people recover from their injuries as well as teaching first time students. Kristie moved to Durango in 2012 with her husband and two children and their new Great Dane, Ruby. Kristie is also an avid CrossFit athlete.
K-Lea is Iyengar Certified at the Junior Intermediate Level 2, as well as certified with International Association of Yoga Therapists. She started practicing in 1983 and has studied in Pune, India with the Iyengars several times. She enjoys working therapeutically, as well as teaching specialty classes such as pregnancy, restorivie and back care needs.
Emily began practicing Pilates four years ago by accident after taking a mat class that fit her schedule. The introduction was the beginning of a transformative experience. Studying Pilates not only allowed Emily to regain the strength and physique she had before having children, it also re-ignited her passion for mind-body wellness. Emily recently completed her teacher training through STOTT Pilates, a leading contemporary Pilates program. She is currently working through her apprenticeship requirements here at Pilates Durango under the guidance of Marisa Haga. Emily hopes that through teaching Pilates she can assist others in their journey of self-care and discovery.