Meet Your Office Yoga Instructor: Michelle McManus

Every Sunday this summer, Stern Grove Festival presents a free yoga class in the West Meadow, thanks to our friends at Office Yoga. This Sunday’s class will be led by instructor Michelle McManus, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. before the concert with Ziggy Marley & Jennifer Johns. Get to know Michelle and what you can expect from the class this week.

Sessions are beginner and kid friendly. Spare mats available at a first come, first serve basis.

Michelle McManusHow did you start teaching yoga? 

I went through an awful break-up, and at the time, the only thing I knew that I loved to do was practice yoga. I ended up in Stephanie Snyder’s class at Urban Flow serendipitously and by the end of class I knew I had to sign up for her teacher training. After which everything just clicked!

Why yoga? Why not Zumba? Or TRX? 

I practice both yoga and TRX! They are excellent parallels and really support each discipline. Yoga is my first love, though, for the sake of the sacred texts. The sacred texts are the guiding factors to the physical practice of yoga, and they have improved my life beyond description. For a type-A rule follower, they provide just the right amount of guidance, and freedom, in my life.

What do you LOVE MOST about teaching yoga? 

I love the a-ha moments. As soon as a student locks into a pose, or takes a huge sigh, or just softens a little bit more… You can see they’ve found refuge. It’s such a magical moment!

What do you LOVE MOST about teaching Office Yoga? 

Office Yogis are the BEST. They’re always smiling and excited to practice.

What can Stern Grove Festival Yogis expect from your class? 

Movement, breath work, and most importantly, fun times. I’m a high energy teacher—I’ll be sure to perk you up before Ziggy Marley, that’s for sure!

Anything else you would like to share? 

My spirit food is Swiss Chard.

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