Teaches Hot Vinyasa
HOT VINYASA is the class that made me fall in love with yoga. While some Bikram influences have crept in there, I try to stay true to my roots. The sequencing is simple, not easy. Sun salutations, warrior sequences, balancing, back bending, and floor series. Music accompanies our practice and the room is heated to 1000. Come as you are, all are welcome.
A Q & A with Michelle!
1. What was your primary inspiration for becoming certified as a yoga instructor?
I loved the practice and wanted to engrain it into my life forever. I felt that completing my teacher training would do that for me. At the time I became certified, I was only 18 years old and painfully shy. I wasn’t sure if I could teach, but I did know that I wanted to deepen my practice. 10 years later I can tell you that I love to teach because it always brightens my day. I teach to share this healing practice with others. I teach because you not only touch other souls of others, but you also bring light to your own.
2. What is your favorite yoga posture when waiting in line?
Tadasana/ Mountain Pose, of course!
3. Which Superhero do you most identify with?
Can’t say I have ever really identified with any superheros.
4. When disturbed/angry/upset, what is the thing you think/say/do to calm yourself down?
I do one of the following. (1) go to yoga (2) run (3) breathe.
5. Favorite song/band/group?
6. Favorite food?
7. Whats your advice for a new student?
Be patient and kind to yourself. The practice takes time before it feels second nature. Everyone is too busy worrying about their own form, than to be critiquing you!
8. What is the first thing you think when you wake up?
9. What song best describes your life?
Right not the only thing coming to mind is “Itsy Bitsy Spider” (I have a 1 year old)
10. What is your guilty pleasure?
11.What motivates you?
My family and endorphins motivates me.
12. Name at least one special talent beyond teaching yoga.
I asked my husband this question (after all he does know me best), he stated: Vacuuming, calendaring, making perfectly normal situations painfully awkward, cooking, keeping life interesting.”.
13. Do you have any pets?
Griffin- My “first born”- he is supposed to be a pure bred toy schnauzer, but we have out doubts….. We think there is some poodle in there. He is 8 years old and the best dog ever.
14. Name the cities you’ve lived.
Cincinnati & Columbus.
15. What is your favorite smell?
16. Describe your first yoga class.
I fell into my first yoga class due to an injury when I was 16 years old. I was an avid runner and had run myself literally into the ground. My health was at an all-time low, physically and mentally. I couldn’t run so I figured that I would test out the new yoga studio that popped up down the street.
The class was small, maybe 4 people and I was the only new person. I had accidently chosen and “advanced class”. The instructor was an Indian man with a thick accent. Throughout the class I had no idea what was going on, the instructor referred to all the poses by their Sanskrit name. He hovered beside me the entire class (or at least is seemed that way). He physically “molded” me into each of the crazy yoga positions, telling me that I was young and this should be “no problem”.
After the class I was SO SORE. However, I figured the only way to get rid of the soreness was to go back, so I did.
After a summer of only doing yoga, I went back to running and took minutes off my time. My coach was so impressed with my drastic change, that the entire cross country team started doing yoga once a week.
17. Who was your celebrity childhood crush?
Jack Dawson (Titanic-Leonardo DiCaprio).
18. Words/Phrases you most overuse?
19.When is your birthday and astrological sign?
May 15th– Tauris.
20. Describe your favorite yoga shorts.
I’m a yoga pants type of gal.