Michaela originally came to yoga for its physical benefits. As a long distance runner, she was suffering from back and hip pain. Through regular practice, her body started feeling better and she found more ease in her running. In the process of the physical practice, she also discovered the mental benefits of spending time on her mat.
Michaela’s practice taught her to breathe through discomfort, to find her own power and to let go of the inner voice that was telling her “you’re not good enough”. But it wasn’t until Michaela was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2015 that she truly became open to the possibility of living life to the fullest potential. Her yoga practice has changed immensely after surgery and radiation but it has supported her through over a year of treatment and into recovery.
Michaela has been teaching yoga for 8 years and has received all of her training through Baron Baptiste. Before teaching yoga, Michaela worked as a personal trainer for several years, which enables her to teach from a strong background in anatomy and therefore keep students safe in their practice.
Michaela strongly believes in finding a balance of strength and ease on and off the mat. Through encouraging students to listen to their own bodies, they are able to find that balance between getting out of their comfort zones toward a place of growth on one hand but feeling safe to modify and take child’s pose on the other
Private Yoga Classes
"I began practicing yoga again after a 7 year absence from it. I have taken classes with most of the instructors and found them to be all very compassionate and helpful. I enjoy taking a mix of the gentle flow and regular flow classes to challenge my body. Windsor Yoga Haus has the perfect times and days for me to practice, which I love. Namaste!"
"I used to go to a chain yoga place and the classes were so crowded you couldn't fully stretch and relax. This is a nice change where I can relax and be completely in my yoga zone!!!! Love it!"
"Such a wonderful, welcoming, cozy, and accepting space. I attend Gentle Flow three times per week and look forward to it keenly. Were I not involved in fairly intensive catering at home I'd probably attend every day. Yoga stretches my body and soothes my soul."
"Michaela changed my view on Yoga. She made me feel confident (even though I'm a beginner) ! I'm hooked now! Gentle stretching after a double mastectomy is really helpful for range of motion."
"I met Michaela just days in to my cancer journey. I immediately began yoga with her as a way to calm my mind during the early days of uncertainty. Through my double mastectomy and now chemo, her yoga classes have remained the highlight of my weeks. Her own survivor hood boosts my spirits and helps me stay positive. I had never done yoga before I started with Michaela. She's a great teacher!"
"Michaela is an incredible teacher. She is a presence during a class that makes you feel safe, supported, encouraged and comes around to personally help you if you need it. She brings philosophy of life and connects it to you on your mat! It's like a horoscope she just gives you what you need to hear at that moment. I always feel revived, open and complete after her class."
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