Michael is currently attending Naropa University for his MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology. He is a Professional Level 500-hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher and the former Director of Yoga Teacher Training for Mind the Mat Studio. He received his initial 200-hour teaching certification from Yoga to the People in NYC and is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. Michael has also been certified in Thai massage bodywork with the Thai Institute of Healing Arts. He holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Boston University and has studied dance, the Alexander Technique, and Reiki energy-work. He draws on the range of modalities to broaden and deepen the yoga experience for his students.
I first experienced meditation without knowing it as a kid playing the drums. Occasionally I would land in “the pocket”, as musicians call it, and be completely absorbed in the moment. Years later, while living in New York City, I was dragged into my first yoga class against my will. Within that class my perspective shifted, though, and by the end I realized he had found a new home. It was the first time I had experienced quiet in the midst of the hectic, whirling, New York City environment. I’ve come to realize that sense of calm I experienced is actually our natural state and the practices of yoga can and do take us back home to ourselves.