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Michelle Papa

Michelle started her yoga journey in 2004 as she was seeking to find balance in life. It was when she was living in Los Angeles when she discovered the wonderful practice of vinyasa yoga and meditation. Through yoga she was able to connect with a part of herself that she thought she had forgotten due to the busyness of her life. Her interest in a love for yoga has grown exponentially upon moving to Perth in 2007 as she found her 'yoga home' at The Yoga Space where she practised in the Mysore programme and completed her Hatha Vinyasa yoga teacher training. This led her to travel to Mysore, India where she practiced and learned chanting. Michelle's deep interest in supporting women in pregnancy, birth and post partum life has led her to  pursue further studies . She is a qualified antenatal educator with a Diploma in Childbirth Education, studied with Dr. Sarah Buckley, and with Spinning Babies founder Gail Tully. She delivers pregnancy and post natal yoga classes, mother's circle, pre and post natal teacher's immersion, and childbirth preparation workshops in Australia. Beyond pre and post natal classes, Michelle regularly teaches vinyasa yoga , yin and restorative yoga.

 

Together with Dr. Jean Byrne, Michelle co-founded Mindful Birth, a Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia accredited Pregnancy and Post-natal yoga teacher training course. She has delivered the Mindful Birth teacher training course in Australia and Asia for over a decade. Michelle is an ERYT  and Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, and a senior member with Yoga Australia. She has a deep interest in the diverse application of mindfulness practice in the various facets of life which led her to start Inspired Girls,  a community centered program that aims to nurture teenage girls through mindfulness, leadership, and educational workshops. Michelle continues to study  with leading mindfulness teachers and researchers -  Yoga for Trauma with The Trauma Center of Justice Resource Institute (JRI) US,  Search Inside Your Self Training, Meditation Training with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. She’s also pursuing studies in Psychology at Charles Sturt University. Michelle resides in Sydney, Australia, together with her husband James and vibrant young girl Cassy. She believes that information and education can bring about change, and hope to continue to empower young girls, and women through yoga and mindfulness practices.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Physics

  • Senior Yoga Teacher Yoga Australia 

  • ERYT and RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher ) Yoga Alliance

  • Diploma Childbirth  Educator 

  • Currently  studying Psychology 

 

Other studies and training:

  • Yoga for Trauma with The Trauma Center of Justice Resource Institute (JRI) US

  • Spinning Babies with Gail Tully

  • Meditation Training - Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield

  • Search Inside Your Self Sydney Training, July 2018

  • Studied at KPJAYI in Mysore India (3 trips) , 2013 – 2015

  • Yin Teacher Training Level 1 & 2  at The Yoga Space - 2011

  • Mindfulness Stress Reduction 8 Week Program, 2010

  • 500 hour - Yoga Teacher Training Graduate at The Yoga Space

  • Pranayama (Breathing) Workshop with Clive Sheridan - 2009

  • 10 Day Vipassana Meditation - 2004

  • Variety of yoga workshops and studies (Vinyasa workshops in US, Asia, Australia) with Shiva Rea,  Kathryn Budig, Sarah Powers, Tiffany Cruikshank)

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