Michelle Phillips

Teacher

Michelle came to yoga after her Active Release Therapist recommended it to her to help heal a repetitive strain injury she had developed after years of working long hours. She took her first Modo class in January 2008 and she remembers feeling such a release. She felt relaxed, peaceful and happy. She was hooked and started practising regularly. In the beginning, she had pain in her arms and wrists and suffered from regular headaches. Eventually all those symptoms disappeared.

Michelle completed her Modo training in July 2009, followed by Yin training in August 2011 and Restorative training in May 2012. She’s attended many “Hands-On Adjustment” workshops and continues to learn from teachers, students and especially life. People who knew her before her yoga journey will tell you she’s a completely different person now; lighter, softer, happier. These are the deeper gifts she has received through her practice.

Accessibility resonates strongly with her. When you come to her class, she wants you to feel welcomed, included, and to feel like you can access the practice regardless of your physical, mental or spiritual starting point. To that end, she loves using blocks, straps, towels, blankets, bolsters; whatever props are at our disposal. She’s a big fan of the “how” of yoga so she’s a technical teacher who demonstrates. Although she loves the Sanskrit names for yoga poses, her teaching comes from her own everyday life experience. Apparently, you must also have a sense of humour when in her classes; people tell her she’s funny.

She practices yoga because of her passion for healthy living from the inside out. She teaches yoga to help others transform into the best versions of themselves. Come out to class. She’ll meet you where you begin.