I started working with Michele in the spring of 2020, right in the midst of the COVID-19 shutdowns. It was really a perfect match from the beginning, with both Michele and the practice of JOGA. All who know Michele will agree that she is a ray of sunshine! She is understanding, kind, and compassionate to no end, and on top of that, she is an extremely skilled teacher with a deep knowledge of her trade. As a social worker in training, amateur 400 meter sprinter, and equestrian, I have benefitted both mentally and physically from Michele’s individualized instruction. Overuse injuries have limited me athletically for the past 4 years, but with the help of Michele and JOGA, I have dramatically increased my body’s ability to train hard, and more importantly, injury free.
One of the things that I appreciate about working with Michele is that she explains the science and reasoning behind each part of the JOGA practice. Our work together has led me to believe strongly in the power of JOGA to help athletes. Athletes will find that JOGA benefits their athletic performance because of its attention to balancing the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, building strength and stability, and protecting the joints and muscles that tend to be overstressed by traditional yoga. I was never able to do traditional yoga, but I find JOGA to be attainable for my body, while also being challenging and invigorating!
Our JOGA practice has been invaluable to me in terms of recovering from injury, preventing injury, and bolstering athletic performance. Through my recovery from my injury and into my training regimen, Michele has paid attention to the unique way that my body responds to each JOGA position. She gives me helpful corrective cues that allow me to correct my body’s imbalances and areas of tightness. Even though I am no longer part of a collegiate athletic program, and don’t have access to a gym because of COVID-19, I have been seeing personal bests and record mileage, and I feel stronger and healthier. I attribute all of these accomplishments to my JOGA practice with Michele.
I cannot recommend JOGA with Michele highly enough for athletes of all disciplines. It has been a game-changer in my athletic career, and in my life. I am excited for Michele to share her gifts with the world so that she can help others as she has helped me!