Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist & Teacher Trainer
E-RYT 500® and YACEP®, Yoga Alliance
800 Hour Yoga Therapist Training, YATNA – Yoga As Therapy North America
800 Hour Preventive and Rehabilitative Therapist, PRTcm, Bateman Institute
500 Hour Viniyoga Foundations Program for Teaching & Yoga Therapy, American Viniyoga Institute
500 Hour Yoga Therapist and Teacher, YTT, Bateman Health SystemSM, Bateman Institute
200 Hour Embodied Anatomy and Yoga, School for Body-Mind Centering®
200 Hour Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga, School for Body-Mind Centering®
Yoga Nidra Teacher Training Level 1, Richard Miller
Restorative Yoga Training with Cheri Clampett & Arturo Peal
Somatic Educator, Manhattan Feldenkrais® Professional Training Program
Dolphi Wertenbaker M.D. private mentor
Kevin Kortan is the originator of Evolutionary Yoga™, an integrative and innovative approach that unites Yoga, Somatics, and Embodied Education. He is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Teacher, Movement Therapist and Educator, Yoga Teacher Trainer, Yoga Therapist Trainer, Mentor, Experiential Anatomy Teacher, and Dance Teacher. Evolutionary Yoga™ is taught in the spirit of the T. Krishnamacharya & T.K.V. Desikachar lineage. Kevin is a graduate of the American Viniyoga Institute, led by Gary Kraftsow, and completed the Viniyoga Foundations Program for Teaching & Yoga Therapy, 500 hours. Evolutionary Yoga™ is particularly influenced by the work of Moshe Feldenkrais. Kevin graduated from the 2002 Manhattan Feldenkrais Professional Training Program and worked as a practitioner for over a decade. Kevin has trained to teach Yoga Nidra with Richard Miller. He also studied the in-depth courses Embodied Anatomy & Yoga, as well as Embodied Developmental Movement & Yoga offered by The School for Body-Mind Centering®. Kevin continues to immerse himself in deep study, recently completing another Yoga Therapist Training through YATNA – Yoga As Therapy North America – based in traditional yoga therapy (yoga cikitsā) in the Viniyoga lineage of T. Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar. This training is accredited by IAYT, The International Association of Yoga Therapists. The main faculty of this Yoga Therapist Training was Dolphi Wertenbaker, M.D., Chase Bossart, M.A., and Amy Wheeler, Ph.D.
During his career as a professional dancer, Kevin danced with several companies and toured internationally with the world-renowned Trisha Brown Dance Company. His teaching has brought him around the world to Europe, Asia, and across the United States. He has taught at many leading yoga studios, health clubs, dance festivals, and colleges. Kevin has been a teacher trainer in the 230 & 300 hour Yoga Study Teacher Training Programs™ at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis for over a decade. Kevin is on the faculty of Yoga Well Institute and is teaching in the 1,000 hour Yoga Therapist Training, hosted by YCM. Praised as a “master of translation” and “an excellent teacher who makes his classes challenging for the experienced, yet understandable for the beginner”, he enjoys working with people from all walks of life. Much of Kevin’s teaching is done one-on-one in private sessions, designing home practice in the time-honored tradition of adapting yoga for the individual. He is well known for being a mentor teacher to people who are yoga teachers and yoga therapists. He has Yoga Therapy & Teaching practices in New York City and Minneapolis.
Kevin would like to extend deep gratitude to his mentor teacher Dolphi Wertenbaker M.D. with whom he studies privately. Dolphi is a master teacher who studied directly with TKV Desikachar beginning in the 1970’s. Dolphi’s mentoring is a guiding light for Kevin.
Kevin was a boy soprano and in his late teens and early 20’s sang professionally before he focused on his professional dance career. In recent years, he has experienced great joy through his study and teaching of chanting – the veda-s, the yoga sūtra, and other forms of chant. He has been composing his own chants and helps many people find freedom through their voice (despite what your choir teacher may have said about your voice!). One of his great loves is synchronizing movement and chanting through an approach he calls Mantra In Motion.