Michael has been a student of Yoga since 1998, seeking relief from back pain related to scoliosis, and something like enlightenment. His teaching blends modern anatomy studies with metaphysics, Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa. Michael uses simplicity and breath awareness to draw students deep into the core of the body – the seat of meditative awareness and postural stability. He invites you to compassionately explore your boundaries in search of the middle-path.
Mike got more serious about his practice ten years ago, unable to touch his toes and doubtful that his back pain would ever go away. Having been born with scoliosis, he had back pain his whole life, arms that would go numb, and a prescription for massages that never really addressed the real issues.
“Physiotherapists told me the lower back, neck and shoulder pain I was experiencing would only get worse with the yoga I was practising,” Mike says. “When they advised me not to practice any yoga in the mornings, and definitely no backbends, I truly believed that I was destined to live in pain and mild anxiety and go through life with a hunchback.”
Inspired by the profound physical changes he witnessed in his best friend after three months in India studying Ashtanga Yoga with Pattabhi Jois, Mike started a daily practice. Through a combination of daily asana (posture) practice and putting the yoga principle of non-attachment into action, the practice slowly transformed him from the inside out. Of course, there were many unpredictable setbacks that came up along the way – all of which have been great opportunities for learning.
Mike continues to honour the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method founded by Pattabhi Jois and Krishnamacharya, arguably the two most influential Yoga teachers of the past hundred years, and studies with one of Jois’ most devoted students, Richard Freeman.
Now nine years into teaching Yoga full-time, Michael uses simplicity and breath awareness to draw students deep into the core of the body – the seat of meditative awareness and postural stability. He invites you to compassionately explore your boundaries in search of the middle-path.