Michelle Thielen, Founder of YogaFaith
Called the Yoga Pastor, Michelle Thielen, R-CYAMT, C-IAYT, is a speaker, author of Stretching Your Faith, Exit Wilderness A Roadmap Out of Depression and Hopelessness, and a 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.
R-YFT200, R-TSYF, R-FYA
Tracey began practicing yoga in 2012 because she was a runner completing 9 half-marathons! She heard that yoga would help improve her running physically and she would learn how to breathe better and more fully. All of that was true and exactly what she found through the physical yoga practice. However, what she found in practicing yoga was so much more than just physical benefits!
Her yoga practice became a personal time of prayer, worship, and focusing her mind on Jesus. She found greater calm in her life even with 3 children born within 3 years and at ages 7, 8, and 10 when she started practicing. Tracey didn’t know there was “official” Christian yoga. God just met her on the mat and used it to draw her closer to himself in love.
Finally, one day Tracey heard about YogaFaith. She was shocked to know there are others using yoga the same way she was! Shortly after Tracey sensed God calling her to “bring it”; to become a certified yoga instructor, which was never anything Tracey expected! She finally obeyed the call with the desire to help others meet God on the mat.
Tracey loves the physical benefits of her yoga practice, but what she really loves most is using it to make time & space with Jesus AND for herself. And she wants to help others do the same and find healing in their hearts, souls, and minds through time on the mat with Jesus.