Take a Forward Fold. Inverting stimulates your circulation, bringing blood flow to the brain and generally helps to reboot your internal systems, including digestion. It’s a great way of shaking things up when your body’s feeling stagnant or sluggish. If you have abnormally high or low blood pressure or glaucoma, you might like to consult with your doctor first, as you may need to keep your head above your heart to modify. Note: You do not have to touch your toes. If your back or hamstrings feel tight, simply bend your knees and keep your feet at least hip-width apart and parallel. Remember to take deep breaths during this pose. Want an added bonus that opens your shoulders simultaneously? Clasp your hands behind your back and stretch them overhead as you fold forward.
Inhale the aroma of organic pure peppermint oil. Better yet, place a few dots on your temples or your chest where you can smell it throughout the day. Be careful not to get it in your eyes, as the pure oil can be highly concentrated. According to aromatherapy, natural peppermint scent promotes clarity of mind and concentration, helps alleviate headaches, clears nasal passages and provides a plethora of other benefits.
Move through a few sun salutations with breath-led mindful movement. Activate your circulation, respiration and coordination, enjoying the benefits of embedded forward folds, spinal stretches and backbends and opening up your whole body while clearing your mind. Click here to watch my short video tutorial on the various sun salutations. Choose one that works for you.
Practice Alternate Nostril Breathing. This breathing technique balances the left and right sides of the body as well as your energy level. Click here_ to watch this 8-minute video tutorial, which takes you through this breath work, or pranayama. It’s also a good practice for mindfulness.
Massage your ears. (No, I’m not saying this just to watch you act like a monkey!) According to Chinese medicine, this stimulates energy centers. There’s a whole reflexology study and therapy centered on the ears! Gently fold and press your ear over its opening, and rub your thumb and index finger up and down the outer edges of and throughout your ear. Try it when you get drowsy driving in traffic to help awaken your senses.
Michelle truly lives out what she teaches. She is so much more than a yoga teacher - I learned this when I went on her exquisitely curated trip that she organized to Costa Rica this past June 2018...Hopefully like me, you'll be delighted by her effervescent love of movement, nature, and all people! -Rebekah B. (Los Angeles, CA) *See more YELP Reviews
Michelle clearly stands out with her beautiful and bright energy. I love how her practice and teaching encompass body, mind and spirit. She not only teaches yoga but lives and exudes it. -Marianne Manes (Los Angeles, CA)
Michelle not only teaches 'yoga', she embodies it fully with her heart and soul... -Christin M. (Los Angeles, CA) *See more YELP Reviews
Michelle is by far one of the best instructors I've ever had, period. Patient, clear in her explanations and demos, and so encouraging... -Jessica L. (North Hollywood, CA) *See more YELP Reviews
My first yoga class was with Michelle years ago. You can have the best (yoga pose) sequence and not teach from your heart. With Michelle, I also feel her passion when I'm in her class. I can see she loves what she does, and she inspired me to want to teach yoga, too. -Janette Guzman (Northridge, CA)
I’ve had dozens of instructors over the years, but Michelle is far and away the best yoga mentor I’ve ever practiced with. She epitomizes grace during these difficult times. Michelle has saved my sanity and my back while working from home, keeping me grounded with her sharing of yogic teachings and meditation techniques. Her repertoire of physical asanas is encyclopedic, and I’ve loved learning new poses and stretching my boundaries. Jump in, all. You’ve got this!