Hi my blog lovelies- I hope you’re having a great week. I know the year just started but I feel like my weeks and weekends are getting filled up already. This weekend is going to be jam packed. Ravens game, birthday dinner for a friend, hiking (because it’s supposed to be almost 70 degrees!). Life is good.
I want to introduce to you my dear friend and fellow yoga teacher Michelle Cagan. She is not only one of the sweetest and kindest people I know, but she is also a fantastic yoga teacher, spin and Pilates instructor, and a Lululemon Ambassador here in Baltimore. Here’s my spotlight post on Michelle!
1. How does yoga help you to express who you are and who you want to be?
Living a yogic lifestyle has allowed me a greater understanding of how to reach my potential. I simply aspire to live a spiritual life and be the best person that I can be. My biggest inspiration is my family, and I want to be a good example for my children.
Through yoga, I have learned first and foremost that it is ok not to be perfect, and that I NEVER will be. Being awake in the present moment, on and off my mat, is essential to living a most gratifying life.
3. What’s your favorite pose? Why?
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana- One Legged King Pigeon
I enjoy the surrender, stretch and openings of the pose. It typically comes toward the end of the asana practice, and marries the balance of effort and non-effort. Also, the variations are challenging and fun.
4. What inspires you?
Honesty, kindness, and generosity of spirit are important, but mostly my children inspire me!
5. How did you get into yoga and what made you want to become a yoga teacher?
After practicing on and off for several years, a vigorous power vinyasa flow brought me to a regular practice. My Mother had passed away very suddenly leaving me feeling lost, depressed and extremely confused. After such a huge wake up call that life is precious and fleeting, yoga channeled my energy and feelings toward making my life and my family life better. Yoga improved my life in more ways than words can express and I wanted to share my passion with others through teaching. Being a part of the yoga community allows us to feel that we are not alone and can be there for each other. That is what drew me to teach.
I taught Pilates and Spinning prior to teaching yoga. I believe that teaching yoga is my calling, and now incorporate its teaching in all of my classes.
MAC Timonium 930am Spin 60 and 10:45am Pilates
Charm City Yoga Midtown 12:30pm-1:30pm $6 Community Hot Vinyasa
MAC Timonium 10:30am Vinyasa Flow
9:30am-10:45am Charm City Yoga Pikesville Hot Vinyasa
12:30pm-1:30pm $6 Charm City Yoga Midtown Hot Vinyasa
MAC Harbor East 9:30am Spin 45
MAC Harbor East 12:15pm-1:15pm Power Vinyasa
Make sure you Like Michelle on Facebook
And she’s also teaching a wonderful heart opening workshop at Charm City on Sunday Februrary 10th. Click here to register (it’s towards the bottom).
I hope you enjoyed my interview with Michelle! I will have one next week for you as I have a few lined up. If you want to contribute your yoga story or experience please feel free to send me an email at email@example.com. I’m hoping to have one more post for you this week. Happy Wednesday!