To train, equip, resource and empower the body of Christ to fulfill their unique God given purpose; and to live successful christian lives through the power of the Holy Spirit!
To create a global community of Yoga Faith ambassadors and instructors who will fulfill the great commission of making disciples throughout the earth.
To provide a world class training experience for our students and to foster a culture of excellence in everything we do, so that our internal and external customers feel loved, supported, and encouraged to fulfill their unique God given purpose and calling.
What We Believe
At YogaFaith, we want to intimately connect people to Christ; mind, body, spirit and soul. We strive to train up world class leaders as well as redeem biblical principles for God’s glory. Our teachings are centered on the Bible, the complete and authoritative Word of God acts as our guide in all that we do and seek. (Mark 12:2832, Isaiah 61).
YogaFaith was born out of a 21 day fast that founder Michelle Thielen 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.
At the core of YogaFaith’s mission is our steadfast efforts to end human trafficking and modern day slavery in this generation. Our mission trips, fundraising, store products and event profits do directly to anti trafficking efforts; Raising awareness, rescue of victims, working with survivors and changing laws to protect the survivor and punish abusers. YogaFaith is also passionate about helping homeless, mental health, domestic abuse survivors, sexual abuse survivors, addiction, and recovery communities, as well as prison populations. Here we are Lord, send us.
YogaFaith celebrates our 9th anniversary in 2022!
Meet Michelle Thielen, Founder of YogaFaith
Called the Yoga Pastor, Michelle Thielen, R-CYAMT, is a speaker, author of Stretching Your Faith and traveling yogi who has been teaching somatic movement through dance and yoga for over 20 years. A student of Peter Levine’s Somatic Experience (SE), and Eric Walrabenstein’s therapy for psychological wounds, Michelle is passionate about helping the world heal from trauma to live a life of purpose.
As a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapist and meditation expert, 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 as well as raising awareness about the epidemic. She holds certifications with the American Council of Exercise, is a Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and founded the Christian Yoga Association in 2018, to build a bridge between faith-based yoga practitioners and educators.
She has 3 200-hour Certifications, 3 500-hour Certifications, Certified in Yoga Therapy with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and a Minister through Christian Global Outreach Ministries. Michelle has been the lead trainer of almost 200 Teacher Trainings.
See MichelleThielen.com for more information and scheduling.
YogaFaith Trainers and Lead Trainers, YF-LT
You can rest in knowing that your education will come from sound, biblical doctrine. All of our trainings are centered around Christ and God’s Holy Word, the Bible. YogaFaith’s Lead Trainers have extensive education, degrees, certifications, and Christ-centered degrees including PhD’s, Pastors, and other ministry leaders.
Immersion Trainers are experienced YogaFaith YTT instructors, ministry leaders and one or more of the following: YF Director, YF Ambassador, YF Master Trainer, or YF Lead Trainer with a current YogaFaith Certification.
If you are interested in becoming a Lead Trainer you must have a current YF Certification and have taught at immersion before. To become a YogaFaith ambassador you need to be a graduate of any of our programs with a current YogaFaith Certificate.
See more information on our Ambassador Page.