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I’m Michelle Johnson. I teach yoga in and around Carrboro/Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Yoga has transformed my life and I feel honored to be able to share my love of yoga with this community. I am passionate about individual and collective transformation. Moving in our bodies through the practice of yoga, becoming still in our minds with the practice of meditation, and learning to control the breath through pranayama, leads to transformation physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.  I teach a power flow/vinyasa flow style class to connect people in their bodies.  People show up on their mats choosing the poses and shapes and learning to find their edge in a pose and I encourage them to figure out how they want to relate to their edge.  I often ask people to notice ease in their bodies or to understand where they are feeling free. These lessons from our yoga practice will support us when we are off of the mat.  I love it when people leave the yoga class feeling freer than when they stepped on to their mats. Please let me know if you have any questions, feedback, or requests. If you are interested in taking a class check out the schedule and I hope to see you very soon!

  

My dedication to teach and practice comes from a desire to help myself and others understand, feel, know, and embody that we are enough as we are.  In addition to teaching yoga I am a clinical social worker.  In my private therapy practice I work  with people who have been disembodied by trauma and oppression.  We live in a world where we are told we are broken, damaged, and no good. We are conditioned to feel like we aren’t enough and that we are deficient in some way.  My goal as a yoga practitioner and a psychotherapist is to empower people to move back into their breath and bodies and to shift from a place of believing that we aren’t enough to a place of empowerment. We are amazing beings and we need to live fully into our power. Yoga teaches us how to do this; how to live into our power.  Yoga allows us to notice when we feel strong on the mat, when to take a break and allow rest and recovery in childs pose, and when to push a little further than we think we can and discover something new. My inspirations include my partner Jeff, my dog Bella, all of my yoga students, my various teachers, my clients, Bell Hooks, Tara Brach, and Pema Chodron.

I am an ambassador with the Africa Yoga Project. I’ve made a lifetime pledge to raise $100,000 and donate it to this project which is changing Kenya.  For more information about the project and our fundraising efforts visit: 

www.tinyurl.com/MJKenya2013

Photos Credits:

Heather White http://www.wanderandscrawl.com/

Scott Chelmar, and Jeffrey Herrick