Born in Manhattan and raised on Long Island, New York, I consider myself an Island Girl. I learned about my faith from my grandfather. He used to take me to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NY. It is in those early years where I developed a strong desire and inquisitiveness about God. Throughout my life, my faith was very strong but I must admit, I left it dormant for a time. Fortunately, life circumstances brought me to re-evaluate where I am, who I am and what my WHY is. I learned listening to God was key for my survival.
My fitness career began out of necessity over 25 years ago as my health was being compromised due to being unfit, overweight, and depressed over getting divorced. My first marriage lasted 27 years and ended leaving much trauma on my three children and myself. It took years to work through it all but knowing God and giving my whole trust in His providence helped me, but I had to be willing and opened. I must admit, I did put up a little fight. I am truly blessed in so many ways and thankful for my second husband, Ben who is very supportive in my work.
I am a passionate artist of many mediums. As a fine artist and graphic designer, I create large scale paintings, drawings, and sculptures as well as print and web media designs. As a personal trainer I focus on the individual’s architectural structure through proper body mechanics, alignment and sculpting the body. My practice of yoga is an extension of my art as I see the yoga body as a beautiful form. Body alignment, creating shapes in space through flowing movements and breath work are the essentials of how I teach my students and to allow them to express themselves freely, with the hopes if helping them find their WHY.
I worked in the fitness industry for 25+ years at corporate facilities such as Equinox and LifeTime Athletic. I earned my LifePower 200 yoga certification in 2011 from LifeTime. The Lord had other plans for me during the pandemic. My husband and I are the founders and owners of You and Me Yoga Together and You and Me Fitness Together. We hold in-person and Zoom classes. The Pandemic was the season of opportunity, as I called it. Working with my church I earned the title of Missionary Disciple through the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY, a two-year in-depth program as a follower of Christ. Simultaneously, I was searching for a Christian yoga certification and came across YogaFaith! Missionary Disciple and YogaFaith works hand in hand.
YogaFaith has taught me many things about life; humility, trust, serving others with tenderness, compassion, and mercy. Michelle Thielen has worked tirelessly to put these programs together to serve others in helping to create the best versions of self-according to the Divine plan. It is an honor, and I am most grateful to serve alongside all the amazing instructors from YogaFaith in bringing the Light into a very dark world.
My Mission Statement is:
To use my art, personal training and yoga skills to heal, to increase awareness of self through movement of the body, mind, and spirit. To achieve a sacred space, place of internal growth towards a truer self and vibrant individual. I wish to be a beacon of light and an instrument of healing towards my fellow human beings.
- MA, Computer Graphics, LIU C. W. Post College, Brookville, NY
- BFA, Graphic Design, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT
- C.H.E.K. Exercise Coach, Mat Pilates
- 200-Hr LifePower Yoga Teacher Training-Jonny Kest @ LifeTime
- C.H.E.K Program Design, Scientific Core Conditioning,
- TRX and Kettlebells Level I/II-Kettlebell Athletics
- Pre/Post Natal Care, AHA CPR/AED
- Self Myofacial Release, Active Isolated Stretching
- Missionary Discipleship Program
- 300-Hr Yoga Faith Teacher Training
- Yoga Faith 12 Step Program
- Yoga Faith Ancient Pathways
- Yoga Faith Trauma Sensitive Yoga-currently working on
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