If you asked high school Michelle if she would become passionate about fitness, she'd laugh and offer a resounding "absolutely not".
I hated gym class. I did everything I could to get out of it.
It wasn't until I began practicing yoga that I began to love anything physical. I needed the group for inspiration and accountability, and loved the freedom of my own mat. Several years after I began practicing yoga regularly, a colleague was talking about how much she loved spin class and I decided to give that a try. I had the same experience on the bike.
I find so much joy being in a group while simultaneously having the freedom to go at my own pace, either on my mat or on my bike. I encourage my students to challenge themselves and to take care of themselves in the same way.
In 2016, I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training. I immediately began teaching at the Athleta Flatiron studio. A year later, I was hired at Crunch (where my fitness journey began!). I was able to obtain my Schwinn certification at Crunch and have been teaching spin as well since 2018.
My goal is for each of my students to feel supported and empowered in their own personal journey. I am not here to fix anyone - we are all always growing together.