If you are reading this page, you probably already have an image of what yoga is: a series of twisty poses, an athletic achievement for the impossibly flexible, or a perfectly quiet mind that you might never hope to achieve. Yoga is none of these things. Yoga is for YOU. If you are alive, you can do yoga. Let me explain.
Traditional yoga is not focused on achieving a certain pose, but rather on creating a livable, moveable and breathable body, and a clear and focused mind.
Building a livable body: With proper training and practice, yoga has been shown to lower blood pressure, ease anxiety and depression, decrease sensation of pain, improve concentration and more. In addition, the student gains flexibility and strength, and also improves posture, circulation and breathing capacity.
Yoga is for EVERY body: Yoga is not for the perfect body; it is for every body. Michelle works with each student to assess his or her particular patterns of posture and movement, and to design a program that re-establishes balance and ease in the body. The body is different at different life stages, and care is taken to address and prevent injury. The result is a practice that builds up muscles and joints through a thoughtful progression rather than causing breakdown through repetitive stress injuries.
The Yamuna® Method
A revolutionary and comprehensive approach to body sustainability at every age. The Yamuna® Method teaches lifelong solutions to enhance flexibility and movement, without exorbitant cost, and you can use the methods any time and anywhere.
Yamuna® Body Rolling (YBR) starts with just a ball, your own body weight and gravity. It’s that simple. Inhale, exhale, sink and roll. Starting at the origin of the muscle, YBR uses traction to release chronic tension and compression and to restore length and space in the body.
Michelle will guide you through specific routines to increase your range of motion and build strong muscles while freeing restrictions in all parts of the body. The Yamuna® method teaches you to problem solve and self-heal so your whole body will function better.
YBR uses balls of varying sizes and firmness to create different effects on the body. The balls act like the hands of a therapist, working from the muscle all the way to the bone. The unique softness of the balls allows them to get into those hidden areas and work every part of the body effectively.
Our feet are the foundation of our whole body, and yet they often get little attention until they become a source of pain. Whether you experience plantar fasciitis, bunions, weak ankles, knee issues or other discomfort, Michelle will utilize the tools of Yamuna® Foot Fitness to retrain your feet and restore them to full functionality.
Your feet have many reflexology points that connect to muscles all over the body. Yamuna® Foot Wakers have “nubs” that serve to stimulate these reflexology points, which “wakes up” tired muscles. This will improve posture, alignment, gait, flexibility, strength and circulation.
The ancient art of Thai Yoga is based on the idea that vital energy, also known as prana in Sanskrit, flows through a series of channels in the human body. It is believed that stress and disease are caused when there are blockages to this flow. Blockages may be caused by many things, including physical and emotional stress and tension.
Utilizing a technique of gentle compressions, rocking, and yoga-like stretches, Thai Yoga Bodywork acts to release these blockages and restore balance to the body. As a result, the recipient is able to relieve body stiffness, gain overall flexibility and promote greater balance in the muscles and organs of the body. Thai Yoga interacts with the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems to enhance the body’s own natural healing ability.
Thai yoga is a perfect complement and may be combined with other modalities, such as yoga and the Yamuna® Method, to release chronic tension and stress. This will enable an overall feeling of blissful ease in the mind and body.
Additionally, Thai Yoga can be taught to couples as a wonderful way to deepen a relationship and increase loving exchange of non-verbal communication.
Having an active lifestyle is a great start on the path toward overall well being. Another critical wellness component is nutrition. Integrating a body, mind and spirit approach, Michelle works with you to develop holistic health, incorporating ancient wisdom from both Ayurveda and yoga, as well as a contemporary knowledge of nutrition.
A typical health consultation will include an individualized assessment of problem areas and goals. Michelle will then work with you to develop an overall approach for diet and lifestyle, including food choices, breathing and physical exercises to improve digestion, and relaxation techniques to manage stress. Together, this plan will provide you with the knowledge, motivation, and confidence to attain your goals, change your body, and transform your life.