If you've taken Michelle's classes here at CAMP, you've likely left thinking two things: 1) Wow, I love her creative sequencing! and 2) Why does she look so familiar? This Zoe Saldana lookalike is always impressing us with her innovative and unique classes- she loves taking our Root Flow sequence and making it her own. But how does she do it? And what does she do outside of CAMP Yoga? Read on to find out.
Where did you grow up?
I'm a Tampa native.
Where did you complete your Yoga Teacher Training?
What drove you to want to teach?
My very first yoga class ever I didn't know what the heck I was doing- I wore socks through the whole practice and I couldn't keep up at ALL. Somehow even with all of that I left thinking to myself, "I want to teach and share yoga with others one day". I've always been drawn to meditation and the breath so, I think it was the connection of breath, body and mind that I was attracted to. It was such a powerful discovery/moment, and I knew I had to share it!
How do you prepare to teach before class?
Mornings are not my thing, but I do teach a lot of early morning classes- usually hot ginger tea and silence on the way to CAMP. Once I'm there a few Surya A's to wake up my body.
What do you want new yogis to know?
Take your time, move at your pace and be patient with yourself. Our bodies are all unique and like no other, so really focus on the alignment and feeling of the pose, not so much the look.
Where do you get your sequencing ideas?
I follow (more like stalk) my favorite teachers on IG and different yoga sites. If something looks fun and feels good I try to incorporate it into our Root Flow sequence.
What else do you do for work?
I work as a Social Worker in the Case Management Department at Tampa General Hospital.
What was your dream job when you were little?
To be a teacher. I loved my second grade teacher (think Lauren B.) and I wanted to be just like her!
Did you ever go to summer camp?
No, my mom worked at an Elementary School so she would take me to work with her and I would be a "teacher's assistant" every summer.
What do you love about working for CAMP?
I love all of the instructors' energy and passion for what they do. Everyone puts a lot of hard work and effort into their classes, and the delivery really shows that. I love being a part of such a fun, motivating and dedicated group!
Favorite class to teach: Power Flow & Chill - best of both worlds
Favorite pose to practice: Dolphin pose in attempt to get into that forearm stand.
Favorite CRG restaurant: Ciccios
Favorite method of relaxation: Finding a quiet spot outdoors (poolside usually)
Favorite vacation spot: I'm a Cali girl at heart. Hiking and ocean wins.
Favorite yoga apparel: Spiritual Gangster
Favorite yoga Instagram: @menatyoga You're welcome ladies.