I am grateful for the opportunity to bring together over 20 years of experience serving marginalized and oppressed populations, working in leadership development for Apple for over 7 years and teaching in a variety of capacities. Though I have a Masters Degree in Cultural Studies, am a certified Laughter Yoga Leader, am certified through the Himalayan Institute as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist and through the Yoga Alliance as RYT 200 I recognize that so much of my learning comes from simply being present with others. I am committed to holding space for people to be seen while I allow others to fully see me, wholly and authentically. I am committed to bringing all of this to the practice of yoga, from the yamas to asana while inviting in laughter and vulnerability. I am committed to being in my element while helping you live in yours.
Being present with people in their practice is a gift. We have been inculturated and often feel that our worthiness comes from our doing. However through deep personal connection we are able to connect to the truth. We are worthy simply becasue of our being. Through yoga and coaching we are able to tap into our passions, unique gifts, and live into our possibilities. Together we are co-creating and birthing a new world and the fact that I get to share this with others is the BEST!
I learned and gain clarity as to who I am
Michelle’s warm presence, knowledge, laughter, joy, authenticity, musical talents.And more make Michelle an outstanding teacher.
Michelle has brought me mountains of emotional healing in the short time I've spent with her. Her attitude, positivity, and passion for living an extraordinary life is so apparent in her practice. I have never had such an amazing connection with a yoga instructor, and anyone who is lucky enough to join her in a class will likely agree with me. She has inspired me to live a life as myself, and has helped me feel so confident in knowing that I AM ENOUGH. Thank you, a million times, for sharing your energy and soul. I will be forever grateful as I embark on my own spiritual journey.
Michelle has a generous presence and joyful spirit that brings depth and authenticity to all she shares and what she teaches. She is accepting, knowledgeable, bestowing, and open. A true pleasure to be in her presence and learn from her.
RYT 200 with The Kula Collective - Certification through Yoga Alliance
Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist with The Himalayan Institute
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader with Laughter Yoga University
MA Cultural Studies at The University of Washington
BA Global Awareness & Accountability at Ohio University
Certified Reiki Practitioner Level 1 & 2
Yoga Behind Bars Trauma Informed Yoga Training
Session rate between $60-$100 depending on location, duration and healing work. Discounts for multi-class packages.
I have never identified as a Yoga Teacher. This title just doesn't feel like a part of my identity. I am not a skinny, super bendy, woman who wears $120 yoga pants. This was my perception of a yoga teacher and I never wanted to be that. I am a bigger bodied, chocolate lover from Rural Appalachia, with really tight hamstrings that likes to wear the most comfortable, practical clothing. I did not want to be on a pedestal or known as a guru so I had no interest in becoming what I saw in so many other yoga teachers. My background in experiential education serving underserved youth and marginalized/oppressed populations, followed by years as a Manager of leadership & business develoment at Apple, then serving as Board President of a non-profit social justice organization that uses yoga as a tool for healing, I moved to a place that I simply wanted to deepen my own yoga practice. So, I did my 200 hours with an incredible school, taught my first class and suprisingly, fell in love. I realized that all that my previous work guiding trips in the wilderness, coaching people through ropes courses and helping people develop their skills for personal and professional development, was yoga. My strength in those experiences was that I held space for people to be seen and I allowed others to see me. Through radical honesty, radical vulnerability and a commitment to compassionate curiousity what we teach and learn on the mat, simply helps us live yoga in our daily lives. We are all teachers and we are all learners and that is the beauty of this practice.
Listen to the quiet whispers not the loud voices. No one knows your body better than you do. Listen to it. Within your body and with your intuition you know. Find a yoga teacher who has an energy that fits with yours. A teacher who is humble, open to recieving feedback and knows that they too are still learning. The yoga industry can be really icky at times and many folks who claim to be enlighted or "woke" propably don't have it figured out any more than you do. We are all on this path together. We each have different experiences and perspectives and are all both givers and recievers. When you find the teacher that feels right, it probably is. Our paths cross when we are ready to recieve the message or lesson being presented to us from that person at that time. Listen, trust, allow. If you want a partner in co-creating a new way of moving through the world, of being in your body and connecting fully with all of lifes experiences from grief to joy, suffering to peace, I would be honored to share a part of this journey with you. If you want a teacher who will yell and push you to sweat more, fight, work harder, get skinnier... I am not the teacher for you. No one knows better than you do. Trust yourself. You have everything you need inside of you already.
What are the sensations you most often notice in your body? What are the sensations you miss experiencing in your body? Where are the places in your body that you most frequently feel tension, stuckness, discomfort? What are the common thoughts that enter your mind? What are the emotions and feelings that are most present in your heart? Your spirit? What would it feel like to experience peace? Balance? Freedom? Strength? A deep knowing that you are enough? What are the limiting beliefs that you would like to be free from? What are you holding on to that is no longer serving you? What would it feel like to let that go? What are your unique passions, gifts and talents that you want to live into? What are your possibilities?