Phil Castle, The Business Times
Analii Cunningham considers herself foremost a teacher whether she’s leading classes in yoga or movement or helping clients improve their physical and emotional wellbeing.
And for some clients, even the smallest movements or changes in position can make big differences in decreasing pain and strain and increasing mobility, she said.
“What we really do is educate people,” said Cunningham, executive director of the Movement Education Center in Grand Junction.
Cunningham has expanded on those efforts with the relocation of the Academy of Yoga to the center. Cunningham also hopes to bring to market a video instruction library subscribers can access online.
Cunningham brings to her venture more than 30 years of study, training and experience. She holds a degree in dance from the University of Colorado, but also has earned certifications in yoga, kinesthetic movement and BioSomatics.
She founded the Movement Education Center to bridge what she see as gaps among yoga, strength training and medical therapy methods.
The center offers classes in yoga and movement, including instruction that focuses on the spine, hip and core as well as the pelvis.
Cunningham also collaborates with health care providers and therapists in helping clients recover from injuries and illnesses.
Cunningham has developed what she calls a micro-movement concept in which she teaches clients to identify and release seemingly insignificant restrictions that restore natural function and access and in turn build strength.
The operation at the Movement Education Center is expanding with the addition of Monica Cullinane and the Academy of Yoga.
Cullinane has served as the yoga program director at the Academy of Yoga in Grand Junction since 2003. She’s a registered yoga teacher and trainer who brings to her duties more than 25 years of practicing and teaching yoga. She’s also a certified health and nutrition coach and graduated in 2010 from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City.
In addition to leading classes, workshops and teacher trainings at the center, Cullinane leads private sessions and retreats.
Cunningham said she believes she’s creating the right alliances and combining the right resources to grow the center.
Meanwhile, Cunningham hopes to grow the center in another way by bringing to market a video instruction library subscribers can access online.
The library will offer a comprehensive presentation of the micro-movement approach. Individual videos target specific regions of the body and address issues related to those regions. Subscribers will have the ability to customize their libraries and access the videos online or through mobile devices.
Cunningham has identified what she sees as a target market in the videos for older adults who’ve enjoyed an active lifestyle, but have been hindered by an injury or surgery and need help to recover. That market is growing rapidly as the baby boom generation ages, she said.
Cunningham brings to her venture an entrepreneurial bent, but still sees her role as a teacher who educates people.