Michelle Rousseau

Santa Barbara, CA
United States

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Michelle has played sports all her life and loved each one, but never had experience the mind-body connection until she found yoga. Originally starting yoga to supplement her running regimen, she immediately felt a deeper connection with yoga and was hooked. After about a year of serious practice, she felt India calling her by name, and did a 200 hour teacher training in Ashtanga Yoga in Goa, India.

Michelle’s style is typically Ashtanga-based, incorporating postures from the Ashtanga Primary Series as well as a few Second Series Postures. She teaches to all levels offering modifications and opportunities for students to go further. In addition to Ashtanga-based classes, Michelle loves to teach Vinyasa Flow.

Since she is an athlete, she is familiar with the needs of other athletes when it comes to limitations and problem areas (hips, shoulders, etc). Michelle loves to develop sequences and classes that are geared toward these issues, but can teach yoga for anyone. She especially loves to teach strong vinyasa flow classes that challenge her students and cleanse and tone the body and mind.

Also a student pursuing graduate studies in psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, she is drawn to the connection between mind and body as well as the way in which yoga directly addresses issues of the human psyche. Michelle’s goal is to eventually combine her passion for yoga and psychology to help people from many different approaches to be their best selves as it is her strong belief that mental and physical health are intimately related.


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