Michelle Star Yoga And Healing Arts LLC

Michelle Star Yoga And Healing Arts LLC

Best of 2022
1 employee
37 years in business

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You will feel safe, relaxed and centered as well as stronger, more flexible and calm in these classes. As a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor with over 30 years' teaching experience, Integrative Yoga Therapist and Reiki Master Advanced, and experienced Tarot Reader, I will lead you to connect with unacknowledged parts of yourself and share my compassion with lifetime of accumulated skill as a seasoned professional to help you be the best you can be. I have taught in 5 states, taught for 5 years for employees at the Cleveland Clinic, including for the Clinic's study on the effects of Yoga on chronic pain, at many corporations and wellness centers.

I have a firey passion for Yoga and the results that can be achieved when practiced consistently. I love seeing the glow on students' faces after relaxation (Savasana) where they have dipped into their inner landscape and pulled out their sense of calm into their daily lives.

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Cleveland, OH 44135
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Students frequently contact me by phone and we become familiar with each other through our initial contact.  However, at times, we will meet in person and make sure we are a match. I'm not for everyone and I feel it is good to meet before entering a classroom scenario. Often I will review breathing techniques and answer questions so that the new student will be comfortable upon starting. Introductions are made at the class and everyone is friendly.  Egos are left outside!

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I graduated with an AA degree, major in physical education from Lorain County Community. I embarked on a Yoga practice in 1970 and after 15 years of practice, began teaching in 1985. Later I received my Yoga month-long training and teacher certification from Kripalu Yoga and Health Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1995 followed by certification by Joseph LePage of Integrative Yoga Therapy in 1997.  I also received my Reiki Master Advanced training and certification in the late 90's. I have other certifications to teach special needs children, but I only work with adults now.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My home studio class pricing structure is as follows:

Monday and Friday morning "Rise and Shine" classes 7-8:30 a.m.:  $120 for 10 classes, $65 for 5 classes, $15 for 1 class.

The Thursday evening "Back to Basics" class 6 to 7:15 p.m.:  $10 per class.  Some students pay $40 for the month for convenience.

I also teach a Monday evening class 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Gunning Recreation Center (16700 Puritas Avenue, Cleveland 44135), where students gift the instructor with $5-$10 per class.  

How did you get started teaching?

In looking for a dance class, I found the Dance Education Center in Elyria, OH and began classes there. I was awarded a 6-month scholarship by my instructors and they subsequently encouraged me to take Yoga in the class at the studio. I had never heard of Yoga back then (1970) but finally acquiesced and joined my teachers in class.  I was hooked because I needed relaxation and healing and have practiced ever since.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with all ages, types and sizes of students! I taught high functioning autistic students at the Children's Developmental Center in Amherst, able and autistic children at my Yoga Center when it was open in Middleburg Heights, teens, adults and seniors.  This is my 9th year teaching active seniors Yoga and Chair Yoga at the Wellington Town Hall (I grew up in Wellington).  I've taught sessions of Chair Yoga at LifeWorks of Southwest General in Middleburg Heights for people with health conditions that make it difficult to get down on the floor. I have also worked with adjudicated teens and emotionally troubled teens at Common Ground Center for Renewal outside of Oberlin. I have also taught Yoga for nurses, doctors, employees of the Cleveland Clinic and lawyers in law firms where I used to work!

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

We just started the Monday evening classes at Gunning Recreation Center last week (11/14/16) and we had a group of 30 participants!  We had a great time, wobbling, catching our breath and regaining composure for many brand new to Yoga.  It was great!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for a teacher that fits well with you personality-wise, if you don't like your teacher, you most likely won't like Yoga.  Find a place fairly close to home (I'm preparing to offer online LIVE classes, stay tuned!), and find an instructor that has compassion and wisdom. You'll know if you interview each other. Attend classes with a willingness to keep an open mind and allow yourself to be guided in someone's capable hands.  You'll love it!

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

1) Do I feel safe to open up around this person?

2) Does this instructor have the patience and compassion I need to feel comfortable?

3) Does this instructor have the training, expertise and experience to provide a full, Yogic experience (as opposed to a few weekends of fitness Yoga).