I definitely paused before hitting the “register” button for Michelle’s Sensual Movement and Pole class. I have always really appreciated and respected Michelle’s strong presence and healing energy in the yoga room, but I just didn’t know if I was ready to try sensual movement. It only took one class for me to love this new practice in a way that I totally, 100% did not expect. Michelle has created a safe, nurturing space to explore what holds us back from embodying spirit and to find empowerment in body movement. Her vulnerability and truthfulness about her own experience is extremely comforting and makes the class approachable to beginners and more advanced students. I have also appreciated the series format which fosters community building among the women in attendance every week. As a result of the work I have done with Michelle, my personal yoga practice is evolving to incorporate much more of the movement that my body wants and needs, and not what is simply prescribed. While the physical work can be challenging, each class has options so that there is always an element of choice and permission to follow what your body needs on a particular day. I leave each class feeling stronger and more comfortable in my own skin.