Ralph started practicing Yoga about 10 years ago and Blossom, about 20 years ago. The lovely married couple have been attending Michelle's classes since spring of 2011. For them, yoga helps to deal with everyday stresses, especially when they were gainfully employed--Ralph, a CPA and Blossom, a Child and Family therapist. Now since they've retired from their practices 3 years ago, (Ralph, age 94, and Blossom, age 83), yoga helps keep their bodies and minds active. "Yoga and meditation has a calming effect and helps us to look forward to the future with anticipation," exclaims Blossom, "We learned to take time out each day to truly meditate and to clear our minds of cares and stresses, so that we can then proceed forward with our daily lives with renewed hope and energy. "
Their favorite pose is "anything that doesn't require tying our old bodies in knots," jokes Blossom. They add, "The most encouraging aspect of yoga is that ultimately, each person decides what and how he or she is capable of doing. It isn't a competition or a sporting event where one is judged by how flexible or graceful or how quick and intelligent one is. "
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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!
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.
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Michelle is by far one of the best instructors I've ever had, period. Patient, clear in her explanations and demos, and so encouraging...
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.
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I'm so grateful to have met Michelle! Her kind energy opened up my interest in pursuing yoga and meditation. She is such an incredibly light and soul. She starts with grounding ourselves through mindfulness and breathing exercise. She brings the most authentic energy to the class by sharing the history and understanding behind poses, names, and techniques. I truly appreciate her work and impact on my well-being!
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!
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