By Yasir El Mahdi
Meet Michele. Another amazing student who joined our200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. She first joined us in August of last year. She recently celebrated her birthday so we'd like to wish her a happy birthday. I got the pleasure to interview her for our March issue. Here's her answers ...
Who is Michele?
Hello everyone! I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and I am an entrepreneur at heart. I have focused the last 30 years in the salon and health industry helping others feel beautiful inside and out. However, I always knew that I was destined to do more and in March of 2020 I began my own healing journey from childhood wounds and narcissist abuse from a partner.
I realized that this was my passion and purpose is to help others get through similar things. I help women heal from emotional trauma and uncover the truth of who they really are so that they get aligned with what their soul has come here to do on earth.
During those three years, I invested in my personal development by becoming a Jack Canfield certified success trainer, Reiki master, podcaster and author. I have also been trained in RIM essentials, sound healing, and essential oils.
I am the founder of Goddess Healing Circle where I hold retreats and a monthly online membership. I also help women entrepreneurs become a magnetic force so that they can re-ignite the fire in their business.
How did you meet Alex?
I actually found Alex from her Facebook posts and was interested in the concept of yoga training along with being sober.
I immediately fell in love with her authenticity and vulnerability. Ironically a few months prior I was in Sedona and had a reading done. The lady had asked me if I had ever wanted to go to Bali and told me that I would be visiting one day. I thought to myself what were the chances of that? The universe is speaking to me so pay attention.
What inspired you to start practicing yoga?
I really enjoy trying new things, and was looking for something that provided relaxation along with a good amount of stretching.
Have you ever had any experience with yoga before joining the MLPC?
Yes, there is a local yoga studio where I did aerial and hatha yoga. I took some of Tommy Rosen’s free classes last month online. And I also spent a week in Costa Rica at Rythmia which included yoga, meditation, breathwork and Ayahuasca (plant medicine).
What’s your connection to the MLPC?
In August 2022 I took advantage of a few of the Sober Curious Sessions and free yoga classes then scheduled Coffee with Alex and decided to join the 100 Hour Deep Dive in September. I am also signed up to complete my 200 YTT.
How did you end up being so committed to yoga?
For me it has been a slow process mainly because I do so many other healing modalities. I am incorporating it more and more daily into my routine. I also wanted to be able to offer it at my retreats.
Did you face any challenges during the month of January?
Honestly, the only challenge that I had was needing more time on the clock every day. I took the whole month and basically hibernated and did a ton of self-care.
What are the biggest benefits you’ve reached from your yoga practice?
The body/mind connection has been huge for me. I really love to connect with my inner self on a deeper level.
"The body/mind connection has been huge for me. I really love to connect with my inner self on a deeper level."
What’s your favorite posture?
The Goddess pose for sure.
What’s your most difficult posture?
Anything that requires balance!
What’s your favorite type's of yoga? And why?
I love having the variety because I feel at times we need different types of yoga, depending upon the different stages of life that we go through. But if I had to pick, Kundalini yoga is my favorite because I think it is the most transformational. I really love the intensity and precise breathwork.
Any words of wisdom to those just starting out?
To never ever give up, and if you find something that fills your soul do it as much as possible.