I’m Michelle Johnson. I teach yoga in and around Carrboro/Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Yoga has transformed my life and I feel honored to be able to share my love of yoga with this community. I am passionate about individual and collective transformation. Moving in our bodies through the practice of yoga, becoming still in our minds with the practice of meditation, and learning to control the breath through pranayama, leads to transformation physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I teach a power flow/vinyasa flow style class to connect people in their bodies. People show up on their mats choosing the poses and shapes and learning to find their edge in a pose and I encourage them to figure out how they want to relate to their edge. I often ask people to notice ease in their bodies or to understand where they are feeling free. These lessons from our yoga practice will support us when we are off of the mat. I love it when people leave the yoga class feeling freer than when they stepped on to their mats. Please let me know if you have any questions, feedback, or requests. If you are interested in taking a class check out the schedule and I hope to see you very soon!
My dedication to teach and practice comes from a desire to help myself and others understand, feel, know, and embody that we are enough as we are. In addition to teaching yoga I am a clinical social worker. In my private therapy practice I work with people who have been disembodied by trauma and oppression. We live in a world where we are told we are broken, damaged, and no good. We are conditioned to feel like we aren’t enough and that we are deficient in some way. My goal as a yoga practitioner and a psychotherapist is to empower people to move back into their breath and bodies and to shift from a place of believing that we aren’t enough to a place of empowerment. We are amazing beings and we need to live fully into our power. Yoga teaches us how to do this; how to live into our power. Yoga allows us to notice when we feel strong on the mat, when to take a break and allow rest and recovery in childs pose, and when to push a little further than we think we can and discover something new. My inspirations include my partner Jeff, my dog Bella, all of my yoga students, my various teachers, my clients, bell hooks, Tara Brach, and Pema Chodron.
I am an ambassador with the Africa Yoga Project. I’ve made a lifetime pledge to raise $100,000 and donate it to this project which is changing Kenya. For more information about the project and our fundraising efforts visit: www.tinyurl.com/MJKenya2013
Michelle has a lovely style of teaching. She is gentle but challenging and encourages her students to look within themselves while exploring their world through Yoga. Her enthusiasm is inspiring and her ever-present smile, and warm and loving presence welcome her students “home” with every practice.Michelle has been a consistent model, teacher, and mentor to me in my practice – she demonstrates a life filled with compassion for herself and for others. I feel graced to learn from her and to practice with her.
-Mary Reiss, yoga teacher
Michelle’s teaching provides room for her students to connect body, mind, and spirit. She creates a safe space for students to challenge themselves—both by pushing their bodies and by being kind in their self-talk.Michelle has the special gift of making a sophisticated sequence seem simple and accessible. Over and over again, I’ve seen her capably craft a wonderful experience for a room full of various levels, helping everyone feel welcome, complete, and happy. Her clear instructions are encouraging to both the newcomer and the advanced student, and her teaching helps a wide range of students learn, grow, and develop.
– Sage Rountree, Co-owner of Carrboro Yoga Company, and Expert in Yoga for Athletes