Follow Your Heart was the appropriate meeting place, a natural foods restaurant that embraces yogi living, for my lunch interview with Janette Ramirez, this month’s featured yogi.
Thrilled to celebrate the completion of her 200-hour yoga teaching certification, Janette radiated with passion for the practice as she reminisced when her yoga practice began in 2011, her first class with us at North Hollywood YMCA. Through the years, she discovered her favorite yoga pose, Warrior 2, became her progress meter on her yoga journey. “I remember you (Michelle) used to always correct me because I would over-arch my lower back. I was all over the place—physically and mentally.” Over time and much practice, she re-trained her spine to find its upright direction in Warrior 2 and steadied her focus in yoga on and off the mat. Similarly, she found grounding during major life transitions and awakened her desire to learn more about yoga and pursue teaching it.
With a dreamy smile, she described the moment when she knew she had fallen in love with yoga. In Costa Rica on our yoga retreat, practicing walking yoga in the warm rain, our group gathered in a circle at the beach, “It felt very peaceful,” Janette remembers, “Yoga makes me realize what I want from life. It got me by my feet and (rooted me) down (to earth). Yoga is my medicine. With yoga, I have a balanced life. If I have a balanced life, I’m healthy.”
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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.
Michelle not only teaches 'yoga', she embodies it fully with her heart and soul...
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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