Morrighan MacGillivray

Morrighan M.

Berkeley, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Do you want to move through the world with more power and ease? Are you looking for personalized yoga or Pilates classes in the comfort of your own home? I offer one-on-one, duet or small group classes in your home or office (or even outside!) - all levels welcome.

Especially useful for:

- tailored guidance to deepen movement practice, or complement other training/sports
- stress relief and relaxation
- rehabilitating after an injury
- individualized injury prevention and strengthening tips
- dealing with physical conditions/limitations
- improving posture
- trying it out one-on-one before going to a yoga/Pilates studio

I am a professional dancer, certified STOTT mat Pilates instructor and Vinyasa yoga teacher (200hrs), with 5 years teaching experience. I have worked with a wide range of fitness levels, ages, backgrounds, from professional dancers to elderly care-home residents. I love tailoring sessions to meet the unique holistic fitness needs and goals of each client.

About Morrighan M.

I am a professional dancer, yoga and Pilates teacher, therapeutic expressive arts educator, and somatic psychotherapist in training. I'm interested in all things holistic movement, creativity and healing!

I have been practicing yoga and Pilates for a decade and both were hugely healing to me physically, emotionally and psychologically, and very supportive during my professional dance training and career. I started teaching Pilates matwork while completing my STOTT matwork training in fall 2015, and taught mat Pilates in various contexts in London (privately, studios and gyms, corporate, special populations) for 3 years. I also completed my 200hrs Astanga-Vinyasa Flowyoga teacher training in early 2017, and have been teaching yoga since then. I also have experience teaching creative/expressive dance, and have been teaching some form of movement since 2014.

I have dual US/UK citizenship and grew up in the Highlands of Scotland before moving to London, England to pursue a career in contemporary dance. I studied, lived and worked there for 8 years and relocated to California in 2018.

In addition to my Pilates and yoga certificates, I hold a BA in Dance Theatre and a MA in Dance Performance, and I recently completed a dance & expressive arts therapy and embodied leadership program at Tamalpa Institute in Kentfield, Marin County. This fall I'm going back to graduate school to study an MA in Counseling Psychology – Somatic Psychology at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA.

My long-term career goal and personal vocation is to help survivors of trauma gain empowerment and embodiment through movement and embodiment practices, somatic psychotherapy and expressive arts therapy.

As a yoga and Pilates teacher, I am passionate about supporting each student to find more ease, power and connection as they move through their practice; and I know that this will ripple outwards beyond the mat in positive and transformative ways.

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Alison
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Morighan taught my husband and I pilates for over a year coming to our home every week. She is a great teacher, patient but enthusiastic and keen to push us just the right amount. Really helped me increase my understanding of pilates technique by tailoring our classes to our particular needs. We miss her!

Posted Oct 1, 2019
Gascon, C.
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Exceptional skills and professionalism!
Morgan is able to individualize the plan to help your specific needs for you to maintain and reach your goal & sustain it even after the lessons.
She cares for her student with passion and listens to how her students progress and challenges you to meet your full potential safely!
Highly recommended and we enjoyed the in home service, affordable yoga in the comfort of your own home.

Posted Oct 1, 2019
Raj
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Morrighan is very dedicated in providing a well planned yoga lessons. She assessed our needs and used engagement in formulating our sessions. After doing sessions with Morrighan, our strength increased and back pain was reduced and almost gone. She is truly an exceptional teacher.

Posted Sep 30, 2019

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Education

MA Performance: Contemporary Dance
Sep 2013 - Sep 2014

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

BA (Hons) Dance Theatre
Aug 2010 - Jul 2013

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

200hrs Astanga-Vinyasa Flow yoga
Mar 2017

Sampoorna Yoga, Goa, India

STOTT Pilates® Matwork
Jun 2015

One KX, YMCA, London

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