Yoga, Pilates & Healing Collective

Yoga, Pilates, & Chiropractic Studio 

We are proud to offer the Mancos community a beautiful studio to come together and practice Yoga and Pilates. Located at 121 Grand Avenue, The River Studio is a peaceful, professional and beautiful studio which looks out on the Mancos River. We Currently offer Yoga Classes and Pilates Classes. We pride ourselves on offering classes with highly trained, talented teachers. Whether you are brand new to yoga and pilates or a seasoned practitioner, please come join us for a class ~ we welcome you! We look forward to supporting you in your journey in health.

Teachers at the River Studio:

Kim Cox

Kim CoxI was introduced to yoga 25 years ago but it was not until 2010 that I started a consistent practice, one which served as a stress reliever from my busy life as a working Mom with two young children. Yoga along with pranayama and meditation opened a whole new world for me. I was able to quiet my mind and delve into a place of calmness and be present for the first time in my life. I have always been athletic but yoga helped me gain more strength and flexibility than I have ever known as well as a deep appreciation for my body. The yoga philosophies I have learned have resonated with me deeply and have aided in my self- development and spiritual growth. In yoga, you “start where you are” there is no pressure, no competition, you take a small step towards where you want to be which eventually leads to transformation on all levels.

I completed my 200 hour Prana Vinyasa YTT, developed by Shiva Rae and led by Monica Mesa and Lily Russo, in 2016. I am deeply honored to help others find their own quiet centers, opening the mind, body and spirit to all that is, one pose and breath at a time. I am a practitioner of the ancient healing technique of Red Hat Qi Gong and work for the Tribal College Journal, a non-profit magazine that promotes higher education in Indian Country. When not practicing yoga, you will find me hiking in the beautiful canyons of the Four Corners, mountain biking, cross country skiing and hanging out with my family.



Nikolle Embree

Nikolle Embree Nikolle started her journey in Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Jazz at the age of 4 in Durango, Colorado. She continued practicing this art until the age of 18, when she became a Certified Professional Ballroom Instructor specializing in American Smooth, Latin (Rhythm), Swing, and Country. She eventually competed professionally in various national dance competitions.

As her love for teaching grew she found that many students turn to dance as a method of healing, a form of movement meditation, or an escape from stressful situations. She decided to learn the healing technique of Reiki and incorporate this into what she would like to offer her students should they desire an additional form of relaxation or healing method.

Her newest found love has been for yoga, and all of its many benefits. This has been a great path to incorporate her passion for dance and her desire for helping people, to all come together in one practice.


Hannah Gerres

Hannah Gerres Hannah Gerres has an endless curiosity of people and the human body. Her passion for movement began at early age where sports and her love for the outdoors grew strong, continued through the years and led her to receive a B.S in Physiology. Hannah spent the next ten years running her own personal training and nutrition program on the East Coast and in NZ.
After spending time in India studying meditation, Hannah started to see the value and success in mindful movement practice. She returned to the states and that is where Pilates found her. She soon realized after self teaching her classes for a year that this was her calling and received her Advanced teacher training certificate through the renowned classical Pilates Center of Boulder CO. Hannah has been teaching internationally in France, India, and London, where her knowledge of anatomy and movement has grown.
In Hannah’s own words...
Play is the highest form of research." Albert Einstein stated. What better topic of research than you! I challenge my clients to stay curious, to appreciate where they are in their own journey of self-discovery and I am committed to their own versions of success. Joseph Pilates intention in my words was to help create a world where life is lived to its fullest expression, enjoying everything with "zest and pleasure" as he so often states. I will hold you accountable and I hope you hold me there as well. You will learn the transitions, how to move your equipment, the order, and yes you will have fun. Finding the joy and playfulness in this work will bring a deeper connection to you, your body and mind. Not only will you see the benefits of Pilates in your physical structure, you will live it in every daily task you do!


Julie Hartline

Julie Hartline I am a yoga nerd. I love breaking down poses, talking alignment, and supporting people to thrive in their bodies and lives. My nerdiness stems from 600+ hours of training as an Anusara yoga teacher. Anusara is a style of yoga that weaves alignment-based instruction with the expansive nature of the heart. And while my roots are in Anusara yoga, over the last nine years I have branched into other yogic concentrations including Yin, restorative, therapeautics (injury-specific instruction), and women-centered practices.

I welcome students to come as they are (beginners to advanced practitioners) and encourage a desire to move deeper into authenticity- body, mind, and spirit. The seat of the teacher is a responsibility I approach with humility and respect. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to share my passion for this practice with the Mancos community.


Heather Ireland

Heather Ireland I took my first yoga class at Fort Lewis College in 2009, but it wasn't until I moved to Denver in 2011 that I really started to explore different styles and develop my physical practice. I loved the changes that I began to see in my body and quickly noticed my various aches and pains associated with an active lifestyle start to fade. Through the hours spent on my mat, I learned to find peace and calmness in my mind, which eventually seeped into every aspect of my life. I wanted to help others find that same peace and happiness that I had found, so in 2014 I completed a 200 hour Hatha yoga teacher training at Yoga Pod Lodo in Denver. While working full time as an Environmental Scientist and supporting my husband through grad school, I worked as a substitute yoga teacher in addition to teaching a class occasionally at a women's homeless shelter.

Now that we have relocated back to southwest Colorado, I am beyond excited to join the wonderful community down here and spread my love of yoga. In every class that I lead, I strive to link body and mind together through movement and breath. I hope you'll come join me and discover for yourself just what yoga can do for your life!


Nick Manning

Nick ManningNick took his first Kundalini yoga class in 2015 while in Amsterdam teaching, and was immediately hooked. The power of the poses, breath work, mantras, chanting, and deep inner work all combined to create the balance of the physical and spiritual aspects yoga that he always sought.

Born and raised in Durango, CO, Nick found my way back to the SW in 2018 after years traveling and working abroad. In the act of holding still and growing roots he was also able to make the dream of becoming a Kundalini yoga teacher a reality through a 9-month training in Albuquerque, NM. He loves the places where movement and spirit collide and we find ourselves uniquely ourselves at the same time we are something far, far greater! Nick currently lives in Mancos, CO where he works from home managing international education programs in over 22 countries, snuggling with his two prized rescue dogs, and building a magical home of love with his partner.


Lily Russo

Lily Russo, CPTLily 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. Her teaching style is influenced by Prana Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, and others. 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. Lily can be reached at: 847-819-2039 and at her website link here.


Dana Thompson

Dana Thompson Dana Thompson is a lover of nature and avid world traveler who discovered yoga and meditation while working and living on a small farm in New Zealand in 2009. She was immediately drawn to the practice of yoga as a way to connect her mind, body and spirt. It also helped her to realize the interconnectedness of all beings and all of nature. Dana has taken many trips to India, studying various styles of yoga and finally took her yoga teaching training in Nashik, India in 2012. Dana furthered her experience last summer on a four month hike across the Rocky Mountains, which allowed her to truly experience the magic that Mother Earth has to offer. She is also currently studying Buddhism as a way to deepen her understanding.

In addition to teaching yoga classes at private offices in Durango, she has been teaching chair yoga to seniors for four years, as a way to make yoga practice more accessible to those who may have trouble getting on the ground. She loves teaching yoga as a way to help others find connections within themselves, with others and with nature.


Meet the Owner

Katherine Dobson

Katherine Dobson, OwnerKatherine is the founder and manager of The River Studio in Mancos, Colorado. Originally from New England, she moved to Colorado in 1992. She attended Colorado College and then earned a masters degree in Environmental Leadership at The Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado.  Following school, she and her best friend moved to South America for several years where they worked as backpack guides and owned a cafe and coffee shop in the Peruvian Andes. Along with her deep love of nature and working outside with people, Katherine also loves working with people in their internal world ~ their bodies. She had a therapeutic massage practice in Durango for 15 years, incorporating deep tissue therapy and thai massage. 

Now a realtor, specializing in SW Colorado, Katherine is following her other passion of land, homes and creating beautiful spaces! To contact Katherine about buying or selling a home, please visit her website at

Katherine loves living in Mancos, off the grid, with her husband and big furry dog. She has dreamed of having a place where the community can come together around movement, wellness and yoga.  She invites you to stop in to the studio, say hello, try a class and find the joy of movement! Cheers ~

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