Michelle Cordero, E-RYT500, RPYT

Certified Forrest Yoga Instructor

Michelle Cordero - Dance and Yoga, Berkeley, Oakland CAMichelle’s style is accessible to all.  An athlete and gym rat back in 1995, Michelle took her first yoga class and hated it.  Breaking a sweat while “standing still” felt like some ancient form of torture. Michelle eventually came to understand the yoga practice as different from traditional athletics yet equally essential for living a vibrant life.

Michelle has spent the last 20 years exploring several styles of Hatha Yoga in depth: Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Yogaworks, Vinyasa Flow and Anusara.  In 2002 she met Ana Forrest and was inspired by her style enough to fulfill the rigorous requirements to become a Certified Forrest Yoga Teacher.  She was recently invited by Ana Forrest to become a Guardian in Training, one of a select group of senior teachers who have pledged to carry the Forrest Yoga teachings into the future.

An insatiable and curious student, Michelle started studying pole dance in 2008, and she is now certified to teach through Felix Cane Inc/OC Pole Fitness.  Her Sensual Yoga classes, a fusion of dance, sensual movement and yoga, receive accolades from women of all ages.  In 2012, Michelle completed an 85 Hour Prenatal Vinyasa Training with Jennifer More and is now a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT).  Michelle is fiercely caring, thoughtful, funny and creative. She teaches Forrest Yoga, Deep Flow, Sensual Yoga/Pole classes in the SF Bay Area and beyond.

Today Michelle’s Deep Flow classes are a direct expression of her many years on the mat, including 14 years teaching. Michelle has three distinctly different yoga teacher trainings under her belt (Yogaworks 2001 – with Maty Ezraty & Lisa Walford, Forrest 2002, Shiva Rea 2004).”My Deep Flow classes combine vinyasa flow, Forrest techniques, core strength and breath awareness to help students of all levels develop greater strength, flexibility and inner awareness.  I enjoy creating dynamic yet mindful yoga classes that challenge on a multitude of levels.  My sensual yoga and pole dance classes are designed to be empowering and fun for all women.  We have to keep finding new ways to stay embodied, so why not try what I call yoga off the mat, around the pole.”

About Forrest Yoga and Forrest Yoga Guardians

Ana Forrest, creatrix of Forrest Yoga, celebrates the beauty of life and the power of spirit in her yoga. Trained in many different healing modalities including Native American medicine and ritual, Ana has been teaching yoga for over 40 years. Forrest Yoga uses intense pose sequences, breathe awareness and core strengthening to help students go deeper and find their Truth.  Learn more about Ana and Forrest Yoga at www.forrestyoga.com.

The mission of the Forrest Yoga Guardians is to create a stable, ongoing Forrest Yoga community that nourishes, supports, and strengthens The Hoop of the Forrest Yoga Teachers. Forrest Yoga Guardians have pledged to be Guardians and Mentor Teachers in order to continue the Forrest Yoga Legacy.  Studying with Ana and practicing this powerful style of yoga has changed my life. I feel compelled to share this good medicine, and I am proud to be invited to join this amazing group of mentor teachers/healers as a Guardian in Training.