Michelle is a devoted and enthusiastic student of Ashtanga Yoga. She is strongly committed to passing on the traditional method of Ashtanga Yoga as taught by her teacher, the father of this practice, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, of Mysore, India.
After her initial teaching certification, she continues to study with the top Ashtanga teachers in the world including Govinda Kai, Manju Pattabhi Jois, David Williams, David Swenson, Lino Miele, Tim Miller, Richard Freeman and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. After her last trip to India, studying directly under Jois and his grandson Sharath, she is ever more committed to bringing the truest form of this practice to her students. Her passion for Ashtanga is fueled by her intense personal practice and she feels that her time alone on the mat is her best teacher.
Michelle has the unique ability to work with students of all levels in an encouraging and compassionate manner, making her sessions both accessible and challenging. She has an eye for precise structural alignment and effective verbal cueing. Her teaching style is soft and focused, with constant attention and awareness being drawn back to the Internal Alignment, Ujjayi (Victorious) breath, the bandhas (internal energy locks) and the dristi (gazing points), the essence of the Ashtanga system.
In addition to her Ashtanga Practice Michelle is a Thai Yoga Bodywork Practitioner achieving her certification through two different schools.
Michelle is the founder of Yoga House, the first dedicated Ashtanga Yoga studio in Minneapolis area. We are honored to be one of her home studios.