“Yoga is the framework for self-observation and transformation.”
Through 15+ years of teaching experience and my own personal journey with yoga, I’ve come to believe that with the right instructor, the benefits of yoga can be made available to everyone, regardless of age or physical capability.
I also strongly feel that a “one-size-fits-all” approach is discouraging and can lead to injury.
Whether you’re brand new to yoga, recovering from an injury, have a chronic health problem, are pregnant, or are a seasoned practitioner looking to deepen your practice, we can co-create a practice that will nurture you, challenge you, and support your internal and external holistic growth.
Blending yoga, pranayama, and meditation, I deeply enjoy creating intelligent, mindful, safe healing experiences for my students.
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Michele Sapanaro is a yoga instructor, meditation guide and healing arts practitioner with 15+ years of experience. She coaches individuals to create customized practices that bridge the gap between where they are in their lives and where they want to be.
Her lifelong passion for health and fitness first became clear when she started taking dance and gymnastics as a teenager and experimenting with vegetarian cooking. Michele’s natural gifts as a teacher led her to fuse yoga, meditation, pranayama, and Reiki to transform her own health and life and then support others on their journey.
Michele’s yoga journey started in 2002, and her training began with Raji Thron’s Yoga Synthesis basic teacher training in 2004. In 2008 she went on to complete the 500-hour advanced teacher training at Yoga Synthesis. She now teaches group classes and workshops all over the world.
She holds additional certifications in Yin, Chair, Prenatal & Postpartum Yoga, and is a Certified Level 2 Reiki Practitioner. Michele began meditating in 2005, and is now a Certified Meditation Teacher. She holds certifications from the Open Heart Project and the Interdependence Project, and trains in the Shambhala Method on an ongoing basis. Michele is also a Childbirth Instructor, Birth Doula, Lactation Consultant, and End-of-Life Doula.
After moving to New York City from New Jersey in 2008, she continued to study and practice Ashtanga Vinyasa with Raji Thron and Evan Perry, and meditation with Ethan Nichtern. She’s completed both the primary and intermediate Ashtanga series and remains consistent in her exploration of the advanced series. She also studies regularly with senior Iyengar teacher, Carrie Owerko.
Michele blends her deep study of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, and Iyengar methodology to create a safe, intelligent, mindful practice. In 2014 she created a Yin Yoga Teacher Certification.
Michele’s greatest joy is sharing the gift of yoga with others.
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500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher
Yin Yoga Teacher
Chair Yoga Teacher
Prenatal & Postpartum Yoga Teacher
Open Heart Project Meditation Certification
Interdependence Project Meditation Certification
Ongoing Shambhala Meditation Training
Reiki Practitioner Level 2
Kula for Karma 2014
Developed Yin Yoga Teacher Certification