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Slow down, breathe, and move...

The Slow Life Experience is one that encompasses the body; yoga and mindful movement encourages us to slow down, breathe, and experience our body in both stillness and movement. Stepping onto the yoga mat or flowing through intentional Qigong movement is the ritual of slowing down life. String together enough of these experiences and you will have cultivated the Slow Life Experience in all facets of your life.


Michelle combines western psychology, yoga therapy principles, and somatic practices in all of her programming. Michelle's style of teaching yoga and mindful movement practices is person-centered; empowering each individual to discover their own safe way of being in their own moving experience. Yoga and movement are not a one-size-fits-all application, rather each individual body is unique and deserves respect regardless of gender, shape, size, color, or ability. Michelle believes the practice of yoga has no room for competition; there is no need to compete with others or yourself. Yoga instead is the practice of acceptance. Acceptance of where you are, here and now, in your body and your life. As a student, Michelle will encourage you to feel rather than to think, to be rather than to do.  In her classes, yoga postures have little to do with aesthetics and everything to do with the internal experience.


Michelle specializes in teaching Yin Yoga, Slow Flow Vinyasa, Qigong-inspired Yoga, Somatic Practices for Emotional Regulation, and Adaptive Yoga for those living with disability, chronic or life-threatening diseases. Michelle has worked with all abilities from professional athletes to persons with spinal cord and brain injury. Michelle's classroom teaching is always and intentionally trauma-informed. Having served on faculty for Yoga Center of Minneapolis and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Japan while also providing several yin yoga teacher training and trauma-informed yoga training courses in the U.S., Japan, and Taiwan, she is still offering training for yoga teachers who are looking to expand their skills. 


Michelle provides yoga/movement programming for retreats, events, and combined with her other offerings such as forest therapy, creative explorations, and tea. 

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