"The wave is born and dies, rises and falls, is high and is low, comes to be and passes away, is many and is one..." 
          -- Thich Nhat Hanh 

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About Michelle Morrison, RYT-500



Yoga has transformed my life and one of my deepest joys is sharing the practice with others.

I began practicing in the Iyengar tradition in my late twenties.  Coming to the practice during a period of recovery from major surgery, I appreciated the precision, accessability, and discipline of the Iyengar approach.  A few years later, I found the flowing sequences of vinyasa yoga to be challenging in new and exiciting ways.  Then, in 2003, I began practicing mindfulness meditation and Mindfulness Yoga, which brought greater depth and gentleness to my practice.    

I have taught yoga since 2004 and my classes reflect my ongoing yoga journey.  A typical class begins with foundational poses in which to explore healthy joint alignment and muscular action, followed by moving mindfully with the breath through flowing sequences that develop balance, strength and flexibility.  Yogic breathing exercises and meditation are incorporated to promote ease and insight.

My students, several of whom have practiced with me since 2004, say they appreciate my down-to-earth style, sense of humor, and compassion. 

I have taught in studio, private, corporate, and university settings.  I also organized and led two One Wave Yoga retreats in Maine.  

I currently teach private group classes in Cobble Hill (Brooklyn), and at a mid-size accounting firm and the CUNY Graduate Center (Manhattan). I offer private one-on-one and group instruction in Mindfulness Yoga, restorative yoga, and mindfulness meditation.

I look forward to meeting you!  

Michelle earned her RYT-500 certification at OM Yoga (Cyndi Lee) and RYT-200 certification at the Energy Center (Frank Boccio, Mary Flynn). She is also certified in Mindfulness Yoga (Frank Boccio), OM Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors (Tari Prinster), and Restorative Yoga (Jillian Pransky). Additional areas of interest include Ayurveda and therapeutic yoga for lymphedema and lumbar disc herniation. 

Michelle is a long-time member and facilitator of the Rock Blossom Sangha, a community of mindfulness in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh that meets in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  She is currently studying with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield through the Awareness Training Institute. 

 

About Mindfulness Yoga


Mindfulness Yoga is a complete integration of the physical discipline of yoga and the mental discipline of meditation. In our daily lives it often seems as though our body is in one place and our mind is wandering somewhere else, so that we are neither fully here nor there. As a result, we not only miss the present moment -- the only moment we have to be alive -- but we may also experience feelings of fragmentation, isolation, depression or anxiety: dukkha ("dis-ease" or "ill-being").  When body, mind, and breath become unified, as in yoga asana practice or meditation, we experience the opposite feelings of wholeness, expansion, freedom, or “flow": sukkha ("ease" or "well-being").  We are able to see more clearly into the nature of our joy and suffering, and into the joy and suffering of others.  When we experience these insights, then compassion naturally awakens in us.

Any form of physical yoga can be “mindful,” if it is practiced with sustained awareness and gentlenes. However, just like any activity, yoga can also be a means of distracting ourselves, comparing ourselves to others, or feeding our neuroses.  Mindfulness Yoga addresses these pitfalls and more, by weaving into the practice the Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness, loving-kindness, impermanence, interbeing, and non-self.  In this way, it can be a path leading to insight, peace, and healing.

A growing number of yoga teachers and students are recognizing the transformative power of mindfulness and compassion.  I am grateful to my own teachers for offering their wisdom and support, especially Frank Jude Boccio, Cyndi Lee, Michael Stone, and my root-teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh.