Michelle R. Lehrman

200-Hour Certified Yoga Teacher
Schwinn-Certified Spin Instructor
March 22, 2021
 

I want to be held accountable.

I am not here to fix anyone. I am not here to make anyone better. I am not here to give you wisdom - I don't have it. I am not here to make money. I am not trying to become an influencer. 

I trained as a teacher to connect to other human beings.

In the past week, the studio where I trained has been indirectly involved in a report that I am deeply upset by. I'm not upset because I am in defense of the studio - I'm upset because I believe the report and I have personally witnessed some of the behavior. If you would like to read the story, you can do so here.

As a white woman, I acknowledge that yoga is not my culture. My ancestors did not create it. It is not part of my lineage.

Why am I telling you this? It's important to me that you know that I'm aware. I teach a physical practice that feels good to me and that I hope feels good to others. I don't use a lot of Sanskrit and I don't delve too deeply into the spirituality because it does not belong to me. Yoga is a personal experience for each of us and I like to stay on the broad side of it to leave space for the student.

I want to publicly commit to the following:
I will be held accountable and remain open to feedback.
I will NEVER appropriate another culture.
I will stand for others.
I will stand with others.
I will NEVER weaponize my white privilege.

This is a topic I care about. Please reach out if you have thoughts and/or if you want to have a conversation. I believe silence is just as damaging as negative action, and so I will not be silent.

In solitude,
Michelle

News!

3/12/21: I am so excited to cover for my friend and mentor, Terri Barnett, on Tuesday 3/23 at 8am. Visit terribarnettlive.com for more info!

3/10/21: We're outside this week! Join me Thursday 3/11, Saturday 3/13, and/or Sunday 3/14, all at 1pm.

2/21/21: All contributions to today's class went to Feed the People Dallas Mutual Aid. Thank you for participating - we donated $90!

11/30/20: I worked in the theatre industry for 15 years before leaving in 2019 to spend more time teaching. Many of my friends are out of work for the foreseeable future. So, I am truly honored to have been part of creating the Artists SurTHRIVING Catalog - a catalog of theatre professionals who make art and/or have a side hustle. As you make your holiday gift purchases this year, please visit the catalog and consider supporting these incredible artists!


10/26/20: I was so pleased to teach for Columbia Medical's intern "retreat" last week. 

10/2/20: I am so excited to be featured in Athleta's October #AthletaFitPro spotlight! Check it out!

10/2/20: I will be offering a FREE Zoom class at 7pm ET on Election Day. I hope I will be able to provide a healthy distraction before the polls close. The class will feature upbeat music, and you are welcome to bring your (non)alcoholic beverage of choice. I will have wine. The registration for this class is open.

I am very happy to be teaching socially-distanced outdoor yoga in Riverside Park. Check out my feature in I Love the Upper West Side and click HERE to register!
I’ve really missed taking classes at my gym these last several months—when it’s felt like I’ve needed the exercise, endorphins, accountability, and camaraderie more than ever. So I was intrigued when I saw on Nextdoor that Michelle was running a yoga class in Riverside Park. I’ve gone several times now and can say that she runs a terrific class that is very safely distanced (you can be even more than 6 feet if you want) and she really teaches to these times. Being in tree pose under the trees and under her peaceful instruction has helped me tune out some of the anxiety that is everywhere these days, and rejuvenated my love of the UWS by giving me a new routine in this new normal. -Margaret M.
I’ve been doing yoga in Riverside Park with Michelle for a few weeks now and I’m so glad to have found her! Classes are always socially distant and fellow attendees are pre-screened to ensure everyone’s safety. She does a great job adjusting to wherever you are in your practice and takes us through a custom flow to meet our needs. I’m grateful to have found such a kind, considerate and experienced teacher in the neighborhood. Highly recommend! -Luba T.

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