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First Verified Jul 2019

First Registered Oct 2011 Teacher Profile

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About Michelle LaJoice

Background

I began practicing yoga in 2001 after having surgery on my back and fell in love with how the practice made me feel both physically and mentally. 

In 2010, I decided to deepen my practice and started the teacher training program at Vermont Yoga.  Over the next couple of years, I trained in a variety of modalities including Hatha, Ashtanga, and Yin.  I also spent time learning and practicing different types of meditation, studying the Yoga Sutras and chanting techniques to better understand the roots of yoga as well as continued working on my Master's in Arts for Clinical Mental Health.  The natural synergy between yoga and mental health became clear so I researched how yoga could be used to work with anxiety, PTSD, depression and addictions and enrolled in numerous programs to deepen that knowledge.

In 2012, I launched a yoga studio in Vermont where I taught gentle and vinyasa classes.  After relocating to the west coast, I began teaching small groups and individuals in Las Vegas, NV and San Diego, CA.  My training and focus has been working with aging adults in recovery from various surgeries and injuries to improve mobility through gentle yoga sequences focused on breath.  In 2013, I completed the MA program and began incorporating more focus into course offerings on reducing stress, managing anxiety, and coping mechanisms for addiction withdrawal side effects including techniques to improve quality/length of sleep and balance.  In 2014, I added use of essential oils to enhance the experience. Most recently, I worked with a small group in a Memory Care facility practicing gentle chair yoga for aging adults, am a contractor for Next Chapter Therapy providing counseling services in Pahrump and am in process of starting a new a new practice.   I am available to work with individuals and small groups.

Training

  • 2010 - 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) at Vermont Yoga
  • 2012 - Integrative Yoga for Seniors Professional Training at Duke Integrative Medicine
  • 2010 - Certificate of Completion Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with David Swenson
  • 2013 - Masters of Clinical Mental Health at Johnson College
  • 2021 - In process of completing EMDR certification at the EMDR Institute, Inc. 

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