Yoga Instruction

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Michelle’s inclusive teaching approach focuses on making the practice of yoga accessible and fun for people of all body shapes and sizes, abilities and conditions, applying key alignment principles in combination with modified techniques and props.* She teaches group classes in the Chicago metro area on a weekly basis in addition to special event classes, workshops and teacher training sessions. She is particularly interested in teaching classic hatha-style yoga for:

  • Beginning/basic to intermediate levels 
  • Specialized populations, including plus-size, aging, prenatal and postnatal, and other students seeking a more accessible practice

Emphasis is on empowering students to enjoy a well-rounded, regular yoga practice that contributes to overall well being and inner peace through the development of greater awareness, strength, flexibility and balance in addition to a healthy outlet for stress release. Key yoga practice elements taught may include:

  • Relaxing/restorative beginning postures
  • Controlled breathing techniques
  • Calming/centering
  • Intention setting, incorporating yoga philosophy
  • Chanting and hand gestures
  • Gentle warm-ups
  • Active and mindful, flowing posture sequences, linking breath with movement
  • Some longer-held postures for increasing strength, balance and flexibility
  • Cool-downs and deeper stretches or twists
  • Silent or guided meditation
  • Final relaxation

Yoga props used to help students maintain better alignment and modify poses as necessary may include, for instance:

  • Block
  • Bolster/long pillow
  • Chair
  • Folded blanket
  • Strap
  • Wall

*PLEASE NOTE: Developing and engaging in a regular yoga practice may offer a variety of positive health benefits but should not be considered a substitute for medical attention, examination, diagnosis or treatment. Before engaging in the practice of yoga, please consult and follow the advice of a licensed medical physician for any health-related conditions or potential concerns.

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