As a mama, friend, poet, teacher, and humble student of being-ness, Michelle has been merging her background in education, somatic therapies, yoga, psychology, and spirituality for the past 20 years. Her passion is offering experiential practices for students to explore the inner workings of the body, mind, and spirit. With a focus on embodied awareness, a deeper understanding of one’s physiology, and attention to one’s unique path Michelle brings a playfulness, and practicality to whatever subject she is presenting.
She began teaching yoga in 2001 after her first teacher training at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center. She continued her formal studies in Vinyasa Yoga with Shiva Rea and Corina Benner. Anodea Judith has been an inspiration and teacher in her exploration of the chakras. She has studied Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers, and pre-natal yoga with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. Jasmine Tarkeshi and Keith Borden of Laughing Lotus have been extremely influential in her deepening practices of creative sequencing, and bhakti yoga. Jennifer Welwood is a meaningful teacher on her path of psycho-spiritual inquiry, as well as Sally Kempton as an introduction to the path of meditation. The wisdom teachings along the Buddhist Path through Pema Chodron, and Tara Brach, and the poetry of the Sufi Mystics continue to nourish Michelle’s sojourn. She is deeply humbled by her many teachers along this yogic path, most especially her children to whom she accredits for her greatest wisdom.
Michelle completed a 1,000-hour program for massage therapy in 1999 in Tucson, Arizona which was the beginning of her love affair with the human body. She completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2012 and is a certified holistic mental health practitioner. She is currently in the HEART training with Organic Intelligence™, a unique theory and clinical practice of building human empowerment, resiliency, and compassion, studying with the masterful Steve Hoskinson.
Over the past 16+ years, Michelle has been offering skillful classes, heartful workshops, and both national and international retreats and has been running a private practice, Temple Love Yoga. Her classes are passionate and progressive, inspired by a long journey of showing up for life through all the blessings and inevitable chaos. She has a strong commitment to social action through years of volunteer work, fundraisers, and bringing awareness on and off the mat to the global impact of our personal choices.
Michelle lives the path of yoga as an everyday practice of weaving ancient wisdom with modern day living. Her view is one of continual commitment to a remembering of harmony, and whole-being health. Her offerings are with intent to bridge the tenets of yoga philosophy into daily experience inclusive of the mundane and those precious sparkling moments.
The integration of therapeutic and holistic approaches has a great potential to address the complexities of human suffering, and honor human strengths as people are reminded of their wholeness by working with and honoring their many parts, including their physical body and body sensations, their mind, inclusive of thoughts and emotions, their spirituality, and the consciousness that rests independent of all changing phenomena. Meeting and nourishing ourselves at the subtle levels of the body, heart and mind, we have the therapeutic opportunity to address underlying causes to our uncomfortable symptoms in our internal and external worlds. This practice will lead to a deeper, more intimate connection with ourselves, and in our relationships.
Michelle’s mission is to support individuals in the cultivation of integrated personal practices. In her private practice, Michelle helps her clients in finding emotional freedom and spiritual growth during difficult life transitions, and at times in which support can be paramount for desired shifts. A practice with Michelle will be an opportunity to see clearly into how our day to day practices impact us on many levels. She provides non-judgmental support and transformational experiences for people to return to vitality and wholeness. Michelle meets her clients and students with amazing empathy while holding them accountable to themselves with a style that is both bold and gracious, and full of love.
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You are a magical unicorn yoga goddess! I feel so empowered after our one-on-one session. Thank you for your guidance and support. -Kristen Nelson