Kore Hanratty

Kore has been devoted to the study of yoga since 2006. She first discovered yoga while studying abroad in the Gambia, where she had brought one health magazine containing a simple sun salutation flow.

She found that yoga helped to calm fears and strengthen her body and mind through challenging times abroad.

Kore has had the privilege of studying with incredible teachers throughout the United States and Canada. She completed her 200- hour yoga teacher training certification at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga in British Columbia, Canada in 2012, which she describes as an incredibly inspiring and nurturing experience. She is trained in traditional hatha and classical Ashtanga yoga systems, and finds strength from Forrest, Jivamukti, Yin, and Restorative practices as well. She is also a certified Street Yoga teacher and has taken additional trainings in teaching yoga to 50+ and Yin yoga. Her influential teachers include Gianna Carotenuto (Seattle), Reno Muenz (Vancouver, BC), Ryan Leier (Saskatoon, SK), and Tina James (Whistler, BC). Most recently she has discovered the joy and benefits of practicing pre and postnatal yoga after giving birth to identical twin girls in 2014.

Kore is drawn to yoga for its ability to rediscover hidden truths about ourselves, challenge us beyond our comfort zones, and connect to our highest potential as human beings. She emphasizes safe alignment and core support in her classes, while allowing students the time and space to discover their own abilities.

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What’s your favorite yoga pose at the moment?
It’s a tie between figure-four back release pose (also called thread- the-needle) and Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance). The lower back and hip release in figure-four cannot be beat! In Pincha Mayurasana, I love playing with balance and different leg variations, and going upside-down can be exhilarating!


Describe a moment during a yoga practice that rocked your world.

About 5 years ago, I was in a workshop with Ryan Leier in Vancouver, BC. We were going through a challenging backbend sequence at the end of class and everyone was popping up into wheel after wheel. I couldn’t do wheel, so I was popping up into bridge after bridge. After about 10 of those, I looked up and saw Ryan standing over me and he told me to grab his ankles. He said, “Girl, you’re strong!” and helped me press up into a powerful (and strong!) wheel pose.

 

What’s your favorite place?
My family’s off-the-grid cabin in Quilcene, WA. I love to do yoga on the deck, make music by the campfire, and get away from the busy-ness of the world.

 

What is your favorite color?
Green. It reminds me of the beautiful landscape we are surrounded by in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Whom do you admire?
I admire great teachers (there are too many to name), those who listen, and those who are brave.

What traits in others are you attracted to?
I am attracted to honesty, quirkiness, humor, and humility.

What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?

My parents hosted a pretty kickass wedding for my (now) husband and I on Lake Crescent on the Olympic Peninsula. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

 

Favorite book:
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach.

 

Besides yoga, loves….
My beautiful daughters (Olive & Fiona), my family, music (making it and listening to it), cooking, traveling, teaching, collaging, eating a good meal with friends, trying new things.

 

Favorite thing about Twist Yoga?
Its authenticity—the teachers are themselves, the yoga is grounded, the people are real.

 

Anything else you’d like to add?
I’m thrilled to be a part of the community at Twist!