Hi! I'm Michelle. I have been studying the human body since I was four years old (according to my parents, at least), when I was found studying my mother's "Grey's Anatomy" book hiding in our office closet. It was clear I was fascinated by the body, and that innate passion led me into the sciences, eventually pursuing a western medicine track of study. I followed a focused course through college and into my master's level education, obtaining a Master's in Physician Assistant.
My first fore into the magnificent world of mind body medicine was through the path of yoga. The mind body practices I fell in love with on the mat led me into a 200 hour training with Core Power Yoga in 2009, fueling my passion for the power of challenging asana matched to breath. As my practice deepened, I found myself increasingly interested in the ways in which yoga affected the subtle bodies. I acquired additional training in yin yoga and yoga nidra and began a personal journey with Bhakti Yoga.
"...experiences of physical and emotional healing..."
Beginning in 2016, I became intensely interested in experiences of physical and emotional healing, especially in the realm of pain, I'd had during my personal practice and was fueled into a period of deep exploration into the mind body connection. My journey began with a training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, studying body based psychotherapy for trauma patients. Many of the practices I learned in that training resembled yoga, and within the year, I found myself studying the philosophy of yoga and its integrated approach to healing through an 800 hour yoga therapy certification program with Inner Peace Yoga.
My involvement in this training has opened my eyes to the amazingly holistic healing capabilities of yoga and has opened doors to so many other arenas of research previously unknown to me in western medicine. My fascination with the human body only expanded as I began to study (and truly geek out about) concepts such as the polyvagal theory, heart rate variability, vagal toning, proprioception, and interoception. It has truly been a gift. The yoga therapy training offered me the opportunity to study with teachers such as Maria Mendola, Nischala Joy Devi, Chinnamasta Stiles, Amy Weintraub, Neil Pearson, and Jai Dev Singh. I find I am constantly amazed by what this practice offers. And as science begins to understand why yoga heals, my heart is full in seeing it overflow into the western medical world. My desire is to continually add fuel to that fire.
There were times in my journey that I contemplated abandoning western medicine due to what I saw as gaping holes in it's ability to offer true healing. But, as my studies continue, I realize this fact exactly is why I need to remain committed to both. Integrating these therapies is my passion. I believe in western medicine, and I believe in mind body healing. All routes are valuable and should be honored.
My current offerings are centered around mindful movement and the use of breath and meditation in approaching complex issues such as chronic pain, anxiety and depression, recovery from surgery and cancer related treatments, and general empowerment. The body mind is an amazing and inspiring thing! But, regardless of all the knowledge to be gained, my continued studies of this amazing practice have taught me that the root of its healing capacity is simply this, the practice; the embodied experience it cultivates, the remembering of who you are. This is where true healing happens.
2004 BA Exercise Physiology University of Colorado Boulder
2008 MS Physician Assistant, RFUMS
2009 RYT-200 hr, Core Power Yoga
2010 Yin Yoga Certification, Core Power Yoga
2015 Level I Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
2016 Inner Peace Yoga Therapy Level 1
2017 Inner Peace Yoga Therapy Level 2
2018 Inner Peace Yoga Therapy Electives and Mentorships
2019 Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy
2019 Pain Care Yoga Therapy
2009-2019 Physician Assistant, Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery
2009-current Yoga Teacher
Yoga For Breast Cancer
Mind Body Medicine
WHAT IS EMBODIED HEALTH?
Through coming into awareness of the intricate connections between the body and mind, we are empowered by understanding our role in experiencing our innate health and wellbeing. With awareness comes choice; we then choose to let go of patterns that interfere with our wellness, and cultivate those that enhance it.