My intention is to welcome people where they are and skillfully guide them as they remain present to their yoga journey. Your heart’s always been open, yoga helps you remember. – Michelle
In 1996, I first fell for the delicious experience of expanded inner freedom, strength and calm that yoga provides. As a yoga teacher, it’s a pleasure and honor to guide students in the practice that’s enriched my life. I’m deeply grateful to my teacher Meg Byerlein for linking me to Yoga’s teachings at Heart-level. Douglas Brooks, Wendell Berry and my son are other important influences in my teaching, along with each moment of Life.
Since 2002, I’ve studied and practiced alignment-based yoga, primarily Anusara Yoga. I completed 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2006 and have been teaching yoga for eleven years. In 2012, I earned my 300 hour certification at Desert Song and completed Anusara Teacher Training with Meg.
I have a Masters degree in sustainable natural resources/geography and teach these topics in the Maricopa community college system. My reverence for earth’s wonders such as desert canyons, birds, wilderness and my love of hiking infuses what I offer. Earth is a great teacher of grounding and resilience and the interconnectedness of us all. Our shared humanity inspires me. “What moves in any ocean moves through us.” – Hafiz
For me, it’s important to always keep learning. I continue studies in the areas of yoga philosophy, yoga therapeutics, mantra, myth, and sustainable solutions. Around the Valley I teach a variety of yoga classes including: workplace, restorative, seniors, chair, Hatha, and yoga for hikers. At Desert Song, I teach All Levels Yoga. My classes encourage awareness of what’s going on internally. I want students to leave class feeling like the work we’ve done together is both relevant and beneficial.
Yoga helps us remember the home that exists within each of us, at our essence. The practice reminds us that each moment is rich with possibility.
In the inclusive welcome of All levels, I aim to offer an optimal range of variations to make the class nourishing and appropriately challenging to all, from beginning-level to more experienced practitioners.
Michelle Pulich Stewart, Instructor
MS, E-RYT 200, CYI