Is this your story too?
 

 

β€œIn death, we are not defined by what we did or who we were but by what we meant to others. How well we loved and were loved in return.” 

― Allison Pearson, I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother

When I first read that book, I laughed out loud and said "this is me." Over and over and over...But the reality was that it wasn't funny. I opened a retail store, built a house and had three kids under the age of seven ALL AT THE SAME TIME!!! What was I thinking? I thought I could manage it all. I started taking yoga classes sporadically and found that I felt like a new person immediately after. I cried several times during savasana. I always "sent out my dedication or intention" to myself. To find balance and peace. Yet, it wasn't working for me. I was at the end of my rope. I had a housekeeper, nannies, drivers for the kids etc. It was so hectic! However, I thought if I quit and became a SAHM (stay at home mom) I would think of myself as a failure. What would I tell my kids? Why did I go to college and work so hard ? To stay home and bake pies and do laundry?? For a long time those questions lingered and I just couldn't give up my career. 

 

Then, it hit me. Maybe it was all the self help books I was reading, maybe it was my yoga teacher and her words of wisdom. Something clicked and I decided none of it mattered if I wasn't the best me I could be. I didn't want to be defined by what I did, I wanted to be defined by how much I love, and give, and care for my family. My family is my greatest accomplishment.

So, in 2013, I sold my store and started my journey. In 2015, I finished yoga teacher training, and in 2017 I finished wellness coach training at Mayo Clinic.

Now, I teach people how to create space for joy, mindfulness, and live a less stressful life. Thank you for visiting my site and feel free to reach out to me via email michelle@michellekyoga.com or on social media 

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