About the Founder

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mandukaCalled the Yoga Pastor, Michelle holds Certifications with the American Council of Exercise is a Registered Yoga Trainer with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 200/500 level, a R-YFMT, Registered Master YogaFaith Trainer, and Manduka Brand Ambassador.

Sheis an international speaker and author of Stretching Your Faith, as well as a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. As a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Trainer, Michelle has been instrumental in aiding with the restoration of those who suffer from trauma, intense anxiety or depression into healing and freedom. She travels around the world aiding in the rescue efforts of human traffick victims. She has studied with Eric Walrabenstein as a stress-interdiction specialist through the BootStrap Certification Program.

See her story and heart for Traffick Survivors HERE


Michelle Thielen began studying and practicing yoga in the late 80’s  while professionally dancing in Portland, Oregon where she was born and raised. Eventually the love of yoga and it’s numerous benefits led her into instructing and sharing the wonderful gift of yoga with others, but it was her passion for Christ that led her to YogaFaith. She attempted yoga trainings , even a Christian yoga training, but nothing was quite comprehensive enough.

God had better plans! YogaFaith was born out of a 21 day fast that Michelle embarks on at the beginning of  every year. God led her to Mark 12:30. “Worship the Lord with all your might, with all your strength, with all your being.” This is YogaFaith. We are simply worshiping the Lord with our whole being. Acts. 17:28 Says that in Him we move, we live, we breathe, and we have our being. Whether we are washing dishes, lifting weights, taking a zumba class, or simply stretching, we glorify our maker with everything He has given us.  Romans 12:2 reminds us to take our everyday coming and goings, and offer it up as worship and prayer.

She has been instrumental in helping others heal through yoga and faith, but it Is God that is glorified in the true transformation of people. There have been hundreds of miracle healings and testimonies of surrender and restoration through YogaFaith classes, retreats and International Teacher Trainings.IMG_2967

God shows up differently and amazingly every class, but people are getting healed and finding true wholeness, joy,  restoration, forgiveness, and other things that have been buried for years, God comes in and He completely heals! He heals emotional, spiritual, and physical pain, and so much more. God can use anybody, like ordinary me, and He can use anything, even yoga.

YogaFaith has allowed Michelle to not only share the gift of yoga, but most importantly, the love and healing power of Jesus Christ. Christ is being taken to the ends of the Earth through YogaFaith as people find a space to intimately worship and spend time with Christ, it just so happens to be on a yoga mat. Michelle’s message of redeeming biblical principles for the glory of God and her testimony can be found throughout the pages of her newly published book, Stretching Your Faith, which included a 90 minutes instructional video for everyBODY, the beginner to the advances student.

 When you incorporate the very breath that the Holy Spirit breathed into you

when your life was created (Gen. 2:7), the amazing, intricate body that Christ formed in the womb (Ps 139:13),

 the perfect spirit that you are (John 14:17),

the eternal soul that you will possess forever (Ps.6:5)

 and when you meditate on Him as His Word repeatedly tells us to do (Ps.1:2),

 all of these together is YOGAFAITH; this is true worship

 like you may have never experienced with your Creator before.

  Our whole body was made to glorify Him! (Mark 12:30)

YogaFaith has classes, workshops, and Teacher Trainings to equip others to spread Christ to the Earth. Classes and Trainings are not just to learn about being a yoga instructor,  you will be equipped if that is your desire, but YogaFaith teacher trainings will deepen your walk with Christ and allow you into a new space with Him. This is about true and lasting transformation. YogaFaith is one of the only Christian Schools in the World recognized by the Yoga Alliance. We are a Registered Yoga School, RYF, upon completion you may become a Registered Yoga Trainer with the Yoga Alliance as well as obtain your Registered YogaFaith Trainer Certification.

You will learn to walk beside Him everyday so that you can have true Wholeness, true Joy, true Peace, and be blessed. Then you will be able to be a blessing, not only to those around you but God can use you mightily throughout the Earth!

Prayerfully consider a teacher training, your life will never be the same!

Jesus First, yoga second.