Michelle Potter

How did you begin your yoga practice?
I found yoga nearly a decade ago as a means to gain flexibility and stretch sore muscles after workouts. Though my journey with yoga began strictly for the physical benefits, it expanded into a passion for the deep connection between breath, inner consciousness and movement. I believe it’s this connection that provides physical strength, mental fortitude, a sense of love and compassion for humanity, and an appreciation for both the joys and struggles of life.  

Why do you practice yoga?
I see yoga as binary in the sense that it fills our soul with self love, nourishes the body, and provides a unity between our mind, body and soul; but it also shines a bright light on our darkest shadows. It’s in those dark moments that we find compassion for ourselves. Yoga gives me an understanding of humanity beyond my ego. Simply put, yoga has made me a better human being all around.

Where did you receive your training? When were you certified?
I received my 200hr certification in October of 2018 through the YTT program at Soul Yoga Studio under Eva Whipple.

Why do you teach yoga?
Yoga has given me the gifts of inner peace, compassion and contentment through self discovery.  I strives to bring my passion for yoga into every class and help students to find their gifts within themselves.

What else do you do with your time?
As a homeschooling mother of three, I stay very busy! I love spending time with my family, being outdoors, paddle boarding, and playing at the beach; as well as being an avid reader and podcast junkie.   

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
My passion for yoga comes from it’s duality. On the challenging side, I’d say Bakasana (Crow Pose). This posture exposes a vulnerability in me that is hard to explain in words, and I appreciate the rawness of that.  On the softer side, as cliche as it sounds, Savasana (Corpse Pose). This posture brings we whatever I’m needing in the moment...whether it be silence, introspection, a bit of self-tough-love, a pat on the back, maybe even a quick nap, but always the opportunity to freely connect with myself.  

How would you describe your classes?
Again....duality. Every cat deserves a cow, every headstand deserves a child’s pose, every mistake deserves forgiveness, every dark night deserves the rising sun. We would never appreciate the light if we didn’t know the darkness. The ease and effort of duality is a gift. And experiencing both exposes us to the fullness that life has to offer. 

Is there anything else you’d like to tell your students?
“Everything is within. Seek nothing outside of yourself.” -Miyamoto Musashi