E-RYT 500, YACEP
Honest, inspired, quirky, and sincere, Courtney embodies a style of synthesized awareness of the body and mind through a natural and relaxed presence. Years of simultaneous study of the body and mind processes in the fields of visual communication and holistic practices have created her unique and multi-disciplinary approach to her work.
As a movement teacher, she is regarded for her anatomical expertise, humor, and physically powerful, graceful approach to movement practices. She offers an intuitive, pragmatic and light-hearted approach to living from the heart, and emphasizes exploring the idea of sustainability in every part of life. Her philosophy as a teacher is to help students access, trust, and understand their natural inner resources for wellness through personal investigation of the processes of body and mind.
Initially introduced to meditation by way of a sports psychologist in 1997, she began practicing yoga in 2001. In 2008, she graduated with a Masters in Design from the acclaimed Central Saint Martins and began working as the in-house designer and marketing assistant for Reininger Winery until 2015. Over the next several years Court worked freelance projects with non-profits, private labels, and local small businesses creating print, advertising, branding, and marketing campaigns. She moved to New York in 2011 to pursue design, found a second home at YogaWorks Upper West Side as a student, and was quickly offered a job as an advisor for the studio.
Following her foundational certification from YogaWorks, she studied and apprenticed with master Ashtanga teacher and YogaWorks Co-Founder Chuck Miller. She completed advanced teacher training under the guidance of Jason Crandell, whose trainings and workshops she was fortunate to assist during and after graduation. Inspired by her time at YogaWorks NYC, she built Revolver Yoga Studio in Walla Walla, Washington, the first in its breadth and scale for the city, and taught thousands of hours of public, one-on-one, workshops and teacher trainings and navigated a small business while continuing to train and practice, most recently completing her Yoga TuneUp certification and intensives with her current teacher, Tias Little. She currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with her partner and fellow teacher, Laura Williamson.
The best way I can describe Courtney's yoga style is with the old saying, "Give someone a fish and they will eat for a day; teach someone to fish and they will eat for a lifetime." In class, Courtney will give me a fish to meet my immediate need (like a reminder to notice, or a strong physical practice to clear my head, or an eye-opening physical adjustment), but her greatest gift has been teaching me to fish for myself. The more I went to her classes, the more I found myself practicing yoga outside the studio, both on and off the mat. Through her methodical physical and spiritual guidance, practice has become not just something I do, but part of who I am.
— Eleanor Schroeder, RYT