About the Director
Vinyasa Flow Instructor and Director of Shakti Yoga
Known as a teachers’ teacher, Michelle has developed a practical approach to assisting others in taking their yoga off the mat and into their daily lives. A seasoned instructor, she has cultivated a practice that is constantly refining her own spiritual journey while providing guidance to her students on theirs.
Her independent spirit fostered the opening of Shakti Yoga almost a decade ago. She has dedicated her energy and knowledge to welcoming people into Shakti’s nurturing home, which promotes well-being and inspires creativity.
Michelle’s background in theatre gives her the skill to execute a class with clarity and precision. Her many years as a dancer allow her to “choreograph” sequences that are creative and playful. Her experience as a Reiki III healing master and Qi Qong practitioner gives her the insight to effectively choose postures that open energy channels.
A typical class with Michelle gives students a chance to meet their challenges and reach their greatest potential with their breath. The cultivation of deep breath-work provided by Michelle’s steady pace and seamless cueing encourages a natural rhythmic flow and turns the average yoga practice into an holistic experience.
Michelle always reminds her students that the vinyasa practice is a healing modality. They are encouraged to go at their own pace and be in their own bodies with suggestions on how to modify and or intensify.
Guiding the individual toward their own personal edge of intensity while drawing from the collective energy of the group is one of Michelle’s greatest joys. Welcoming the community into Shakti’s healing space is another. Helping people let go into the flow of life is yet another.
"Michelle Gigante is an embodiment of yogic wisdom, a master teacher." Govindas, director Bhakti Yoga Shala, Santa Monica CA
"Michelle's yoga classes flow with devotion and activity... merging ecstatic chant, enlivening movement and deep meditation." - Michael H. Cohen, kirtan touring and recording artist/educator