Love. Life. Yoga.
Michele is in love with yoga and the art of sharing it creatively, in all areas of life…on and off the mat.
She grew up dancing and teaching in Baltimore (studied at Baltimore School for the Arts), then moved to L.A. in 1998 after receiving a degree in Fine Arts and Dance from SMU in Dallas, TX. While living in Los Angeles, Michele had the privilege of studying with some of the finest teachers on the planet. She completed her first training with Erich Schiffmann and knew immediately that the lifelong journey of yoga was calling her name. She also completed trainings with Maty Ezraty (Ashtanga) and Lisa Walford (Iyengar) at YogaWorks, Saul David Raye, and did her apprenticeship with the gifted Therapeutics teacher, Jasmine Lieb.
In 2002, Michele co-founded Muv Dance and Yoga, an innovative arts organization that brought Yoga and Dance to hundreds of LA public schools, creating spaces for children to shine.
She created the Yoga for the Classroom DVD, reviewed by Yoga Journal: “Amazingly, Michele is genuinely warm & encouraging…& manages to not only show the kids a fun time, but to teach them something about alignment & the benefits of yoga.”
Over the last decade, Michele has developed “Shake Your Shakti,” a Hip Hop Yoga Method that offers a style and space for people to experience high levels of joy, freedom, connectedness, and health.
Michele has currently landed in Maryland where she is a proud mama of two lil’ yogis, teaches classes and workshops, leads retreats locally and internationally, and adores creating events to bring communities together to help promote peace on the planet. She has been teaching yoga and dance for over 20 years and shares a bit of sunny California in all of her teachings. Her passion for nurturing the spirit, moving creatively, uncovering freedom in our body, and exploring the depths of this ancient yoga practice in an accessible way, are the foundations for her teaching. Michele addresses individual student needs within her group classes and always incorporates space for personal expression, the healing art of touch, therapeutic work, and Thai Yoga massage.
“You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars.”