Courtney Dutra

Courtney started attending yoga classes at the end of middle school as a way to transition out of competitive gymnastics.  Yoga introduced her to a kinder, more gentle, way of being. A first introduction to the ease that had been missing from her past as an athlete that was heavy in effort.  Through teaching and practicing yoga she began to find for the first time a beautiful balance that was missing from her past as a competitive athlete.

At Down Under Courtney completed all four phases of the Art of Assisting training program with Masaaki Okamura and Einat Peled-Katz.  She is grateful for the experience that she has had through assisting her teachers. Courtney loves the opportunity that assisting allows to directly connect with students on an individual level whether it be working under another teacher or in her own class. Assisting truly changed her teaching and personal practice in ways that she would never have expected. She enjoys sharing the skills that she has developed with others in hopes that they too can find personal value and growth through the art of assisting.  

Courtney completed her 200 and 300 hr yoga teacher training at Down Under School of Yoga in Brookline under the instruction of Natasha Rizopoulos. When not teaching or practicing yoga, Courtney can often be found painting.She began her painting studies at the Maryland Institute - College of Art in Baltimore, MD, where she developed the foundation of her art education. After two years she transferred to Boston University where she completed her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in painting. As with her teaching, her work is often fueled by relationships and history; Courtney loves the process of seeing, studying, and imitating.

Courtney currently lives, paints and practices in Cambridge, Massachusetts.