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People think Yoga means always standing on your head or doing some pose. But the aim of yoga is to calm the mind. That's why it's called Integral Yoga, because we integrate everything; mind, body, and spirit.     ~Sri Swami Satchidananda

About Omkarra

About Michelle:

Michelle provides  peaceful instruction to explore and infuse your yoga practice. Her style of teaching calms the mind and energizes the spirit, restores your life with balance, strength, and serenity. Believing in a philosophical foundation that stems from the ancient teachings of yoga, meditation and prana (the breath), helping to create a yoga practice that is accessible to anyone who is open to intentional movement and growth. Omkarra is a Sanskrit word meaning an auspicious beginning and Michelle’s first Sanskrit name given to her from her teacher. The yoga path is a promise of success and prosperity of health and peace.


Michelle believes in the anchient traditions of yoga and on the levels of physical, mental, energetic, emotional, and spiritual. She instructs with the philiosophical and proven ways of those who set the path. Michelle continues to further her studies as she considers herself a student first. She incorporates new advances and knowledge that ensures a safe yoga practice, as she realizes that each pose can be different for each student. Her instruction is full of intention, meditation, spirit, a calmness, with parts that are wonderfully restorative. She believes that the joints are just as important as the muscles; and the mind and spirit are just as important as the body.  Believing in the importance of honoring transitions and change on her life path, now she teaches private sessions and workshops.



Her Journey:

Michelle MMichelle Maha Vidya Muttart E-RYT 200, started on her yoga journey in 2003. She fell in love with it immediately, the effects it had on her body at first, but she also began to notice how it made her feel good on the inside as well. A spark lit within her and she decided to learn more; and so the path was set in motion. She decided that she wanted to share her experience with others so in 2008 she studied with Sundari Finlayson at Integral Yoga’s Satchidananda Ashram and Retreat Center at Yogaville – Buckingham, Virginia. There she completed a 200 hr. therapueutic yoga certification for Yama Therapeutics.


Shortly after her certification process her path began to pull her towards opening a studio in Radford, Va  in 2008 followed by a second studio, Omkarra Yoga Christiansburg opening Oct. 1, 2010.  Between the two, she taught over a 1000 classes in the first 4 years.  More recently Michelle decided that her focus will be the simplicity of yoga and not that of  yoga business, opting to sell the studio.  She loves yoga and continues to share her love of this ancient system for health, just through different means.


Michelle attended the Yoga Journal Conference in Colorado in 2009 deepening her studies and had the opportunity to take classes with Gary Kraftsow a leading Yoga Therapist and the world renound D.K.V. Desikachar. In 2010 she fufilled a desire to travel to the birthplace of yoga, India. She did a Chakra Sadhana course there and learned more about the energy centers of the body and was initiated into the Satyananda Yoga tradition.   She was inspired even more in this trip to offer the true essence of yoga to those who wish to learn.



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