As a lifelong athlete, Michelle has always loved the myriad ways that joy can be experienced through movement. Yet it was not until first practicing yoga that she finally discovered the power of embodiment and mindful movement. Initially yoga was just for stress relief and supplementation to her active lifestyle, but it was hard for her to ignore the spiritual connection and the call to deepen her practice .
After about a year of serious practice Michelle felt India calling her by name and did a 200 hour teacher training in India. Ashtanga’s discipline and focus on subtle energies continually influence Michelle’s practice, but her teaching style has softened through practice and experience. She has recently completed her 500 hours with Michelle Mazur, focused in the tradition of Viniyoga and yoga therapy which strives to tailor the practice to an individual’s specific needs. Experience in these traditions has led to her practice and teaching style to become a unique fusion of strength and discipline that is approachable for everyone, and built upon a foundation of the soft yet transformative nature of the breath.
Michelle also has her masters degree in somatic psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is drawn to exploring the connection between mind and body, between consciousness and the unconscious, and how this connection is is facilitated through directed awareness, mindful breath, and a relationship with the body.