Michelle Rubin Speaks About Making Yoga Accessible to All

Michelle got started in yoga for practical reasons, namely to improve her health.

Along the way, she was introduced to many forms of yoga including Yoga Nidra, Asana, and Pranayama. She’s likewise had the honour of learning under renowned teachers such as Dharma Mitra in New York City and Lauren Peterson in Malibu.

Through time, she’s assisted friends and colleagues with yoga. Word of mouth spread. Now she’s established the Victoria Yoga School in Victoria, BC.

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Tell us a bit about yourself.

I have taught yoga full time within the Victoria community since 2005 and abroad since 2004 accumulating over 10,000 hours of teaching experience and more than 3000 hours of Yoga Therapy experience.

How did you get into yoga?

I was introduced to Yoga in the early 80’s to alleviate insomnia which I experienced from infancy. It not only helped me finally get a good night sleep but it opened the door to a life long study of Yoga and its traditional 8 Limbs.

Tell us about the different classes you teach?

My specialty is teaching small groups of students from all levels and abilities by hosting weekly group classes, workshops, meditation, pranayama, kriyas, Yoga philosophy, intensive teacher training programs, apprenticeship-program and privates in my home based boutique studio, Victoria Yoga School, in Oaklands. My focus is to keep individuals doing what they love, pain and injury free, at any age whether that be advanced asana, marathon running, gardening, playing an instrument or on line poker. The best part of Yoga is it has the ability to heal us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I believe Yoga makes us better people.

Why do you think headstands are so hard?

Headstand are not hard, you may think they are because no one has taught you how to do them yet. A dedicated student given the right direction by an experienced teacher can easily and often quickly learn a headstand. It simply requires practicing the preparation poses to stabilize and open the body. When the body and mind are adequately prepared and trained any pose becomes easy.

What are you inspired by?

My husband inspires me with his incredibly focused and strong mind. His strength and courage during his 3 year struggle with cancer taught me I can be strong when facing challenges and his miraculous recovery teaches me anything is possible.

My students inspire me to keep learning so I can continue to assist their growth and help them learn new ways to heal their bodies and minds.

My teachers inspire me to push my edge and continue to improve as a student and as a human.


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