Welcome our new teacher, Michelle!

michellemorrisMichelle will offer flow 1 on Mondays (starting July 3rd, 2017) from 9:45-10:45am.

Michelle’s yoga journey began by taking a friend’s class that had become a yoga teacher. Each time she took her class she felt at peace, uplifted and inspired and always left with a feeling of being relaxed and refreshed. She often thought while taking her friend’s classes that she herself would love to become a teacher and help others feel the same way.

 Michelle has grown up in a background in dance and gymnastics. She had never really given up that part of her life over the years. One day while playing, she thought she might have torn a muscle in her leg/groin area. It turned out to be a herniated disc in her back. She was devastated and for years she could no longer stretch and move the same. Michelle began a home yoga practice and one day the pain that she had dealt with for so long disappeared like a miracle. That was the defining moment where she decided she definitely wanted to share the gift of yoga.

 Michelle then became a certified 200 RYT in Oct 2013 and later received her 500 RYT certification in August 2016. Teaching yoga has become her passion and her intention is to always teach with excellence, inspire and bring forth positive light and energy to all. Michelle strives to add value and to help make a difference in the lives of others. She aspires people to be their best selves and to reach their highest potential. Michelle provides encouragement and support to her students by offering suggestions of self-love and worthiness. She guides her class to find their own heart’s desire while leaving her students feeling recharged and rejuvenated after taking her class.

 

Breathing

Kaminoff 1-1-14I was extremely fortunate to be able to spend a week at Rancho La Puerta a couple of weeks ago, taking in the constant magic of the place, and participating in a week of classes taught by Leslie Kaminoff. Leslie has been a revolutionary and iconoclastic yoga teacher for many years, extremely well-versed in the history of yoga and integrally involved with its development over the last thirty years. A student of Krishnamacharya’s son, T.K.V. Desikachar, Leslie teaches an “individualized, breath-centered” yoga deeply rooted in the wisdom of our own bodies. He is a co-author of the authoritative book, Yoga Anatomy, now in its second edition, and brings a life-long passion for anatomy, and real experience in the dissection of the human body, to the traditional practice of asanas, pranayama and kriyas.  He now usually teaches just experienced yoga teachers, so I was extremely lucky to have this kind of personal contact with him. I am also pleased to report that he plays a mean game of basketball, and enjoys a glass of tequila when available. Here’s a picture after he and I had consumed such a glass, maybe two.

 

Pilgrim 21-31-13I should add that a highlight of the week was spending New Year’s Eve with Leslie, his partner Lydia, and respected Raja yogis, Michele Hebert and Mehrad Nazari. During the evening, we were also joined by the remarkable Phyllis Pilgrim. She’s too young for me, but I love me some Phyllis Pilgrim. She’s taught yoga, meditation, writing and many other skills at the Ranch since 1981, and I always enjoy her “basic” yoga classes. Anyway, it turns out that both she and Leslie knew Indra Devi quite well. Devi was a famous student of Krishnamacharya and basically brought yoga to California, particularly Hollywood, in the late 1940s. She later established an arshram in Tecate, which can still be seen on the morning walk to RLP’s organic gardens.  Anyway, it was just a pleasure to see these two together, sharing anecdotes and other contacts.

 

We are going to our best to host Leslie at Inside/Out for a three-day seminar some time in 2015 (he’s booked until then).  Will keep you posted.

Christmas gift cards – Do you know someone who might need or want a little yoga?

 

Lady yogaWe are offering a Christmas gift card special. For a new student and during the month of December, you can purchase a 10-class pass for just $50. All classes must be used by March 31, 2014, and they are not transferable. We can handle the purchase by mail (P.O. Box 7378, Winter Haven 33883) or at the studio. Turn somebody you love on to yoga!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunrise Yoga

Misty will be offering classes at 6AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She is a creative teacher, and brave soul, to explore these hours. The sun comes in nicely in the studio, directly from the east, and here comes another strong morning energy into the space. Will it become a routine? What about a regular morning sit? (The co-op has a shower and changing room in the back, bring your own towel!)