Golriz is a clinical director for an adult day health care that focuses on mental health and addiction. She is also a psychotherapist in private practice in Encino. She attends our weekly yoga classes several times a week, often straight from seeing her patients. Among our first yogis to attend our Costa Rica Yoga Retreat in 2014, you'll often see her at one of our community events and retreats around LA. Here's what she shared on our interview:
M-- When did your yoga journey begin and how?
G-- I began doing yoga as exercise when I had health challenges 10 years ago.
M-- How does yoga benefit you?
G-- Through yoga, I not only overcame my health challenges, but became more fit than I'd been in decades. It also inspired a general well being approach to life that includes nutrition and lower stress.
M-- What insights or wisdom have you learned through your practice? What inspiration would you like share or pass on to others?
G-- Even more significant than promoting my health, Yoga helped me develop a close relationship with my body and my mind, which facilitated a deeper relationship with my love and with life as a whole.
M-- What's your favorite yoga pose and why?.
G-- Its tough to choose. Dozens of positions each taught me much. My latest achievement was the headstand. It helped me see the world through a different perspective, literally and figuratively, and gave me a sense of accomplishment. I also love side plank!
M-- Anything else you'd like to add, like a favorite experience/memory you have related to yoga.
G-- Any practice and life skill begs for a good representative.
Michelle embodies the best practices and deepest traditions from which yoga emerged yet she manages to make it practical and is a wonderful patient instructor. Her heart and energy are unique and contagious.
You also have to go on her yoga getaways! The one to Costa Rica was one of the most amazing and beautiful experiences of my life!
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!