Michelle Messina has been teaching yoga and working in the health and fitness industry for the past five years. Her practice began in 2005 when she began taking Yoga as a compliment to her intense training sessions at the gym.
Immediately, she fell in love with the practice and began to notice true transformation in the way she felt and how she perceived herself and the world around her.
Michelle spent the next two years exploring different styles of yoga and developing her personal practice. In 2008, she began her first Teacher Training in NYC with yoga master Jhon Tomayo who taught the Atmananda Vinyasa Sequence.
Her training focused on the anatomy of the body and the correct alignment of each posture as well as encouraged the students to connect with their breath and maintain a calm easy state of mind.
During this training she was also introduced to Ayurveda (often referred to as the sister science of Yoga), Vegetarian and Vegan cooking, and other holistic therapies.
Upon graduation of the program she began teaching at SUNY Purchase Wellness Center where she shared her knowledge of yoga with fellow peers and administration.
As the Wellness Intern she developed programs to helps students and staff reduce stress and live a healthier lifestyle.
Completing her degree in Media, Society and the Arts she was awarded the Dr.Catherine Ziegler Award for her outstanding research and thesis on the Culture of Yoga in Eastern and Western Societies.
Since then Michelle has become a Reiki Master using energetic healing to help many clients relieve stress and reach optimal levels of health. She has completed a second training in the Yoga Works Method and worked as a head personal trainer at a thriving fitness facility.
Her classes are known for their clear instruction, detailed alignment, and fun challenging sequences. She accommodates all levels during her class and encourages students to work with props and modify according to their personal practice.
Currently, she enjoys teaching Yoga to children at Temple Beth Torah Pre-School where she developed the first childhood program for the nursery school.