Education & Certifications
- Authorized GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Pre-Trainer
- Certified GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Trainer
Colleen has been teaching in the dance, exercise and Pilates industry since 1997 and was first introduced to the GYROTONIC® method by her longtime Pilates Master Trainer Barbara Huttner in 2002. Colleen immediately saw how the work revealed muscular imbalances and compensations that she had been dealing with as a dancer and athlete. Colleen began her teaching journey in the Gyrotonic method after certifying in the Gyrotonic method with Sebastian Plettenberg and the Gyrokinesis method with Karen Mullen.
Colleen introduced the Gyrotonic method to the Vail Athletic Club as well as helped to bring the work to Pilates studios in Bozeman, MT and Jackson, WY. She's been on staff at GYROTONIC®/White Cloud Boulder as well as at The GYROTONIC® Movement Center in Seattle, WA under Authorized Master Trainer Karen Mullen. She has also managed the Vail Athletic Club's Movement Studio and was the founder of GYROTONIC® Vail, the Vail Valley's first and only dedicated Gyrotonic Studio.
In 2013 Colleen relocated back up to Jackson Hole, Wyoming with her husband and 3 dogs. In Jackson Hole Colleen owns and operates MoveWell - A Mind-Body Fitness Studio that offers the GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® methods.
Currently when not teaching or immersing herself in movement education courses Colleen continues to dance as well as enjoy a variety of mountain sports including nordic/skate skiing, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, trail running and climbing. Colleen and her husband, Cody, also own the Teton Pines XC Ski Center where she teaches XC skiing (both classic and skate).
Education & Certifications
*Certified Level 2 GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Trainer
*Authorized GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Pre-Trainer
*GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Level 2
*Specialized Equipment Certified- Jump Stretch Board, Leg Extension Unit, Archway & Gyrotoner
*Therapeutic Applications Courses - Pelvic Girdle, Scoliosis, Hip Replacement and Osteoporosis
*Workshops: GYROTONIC® Applications for Golfers, Pathways of the Shoulder, Hip and Spine, GYROKINESIS® Lotus Blossom
*PMA Certified Pilates Instructor
*PSIA Nordic Ski Instructor
*BA Political Science and Dance Univ. of Montana
I have been a student of Colleen's first in a Pilates program for a few years and then for the last 6-7 years as a Gyrotonic student. Colleen is a very professional teacher who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She has been a diligent student of the Gyrotonic program, and is now authorized to instruct at the highest levels. She is a joy to work with and makes the sessions something I always looked forward to. I am also impressed by what Gyrotonic offers. Having been developed by and for professional dancers, the instructor uses equipment to put students through a wide range of movements designed to strengthen core muscles, stretch the entire body and help offset the ravages of time. It's been great preparation for my skiing, biking and golf and I recommend it highly for everyone, athletes and even couch potatoes.
I have been the fortunate beneficiary of 5 years of Gyrotonic sessions with Colleen Downard, and I have restored much lost flexibility to my body, and have also eliminated frequent lower back discomfort. There is nothing more satisfying than having a Gyrotonic session after a hard day of skiing or 18 holes of golf.
I have been a satisfied client of Colleen's for over 5 years. My body shape, posture, strength, flexibility and overall feeling of wellbeing have been transformed under her professional and supportive guidance. I think that Gyrotonic is an incredibly powerful discipline, especially in the hands of a skilled practitioner like Colleen. I cannot recommend her more highly.
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