As a Professional Life Coach and Personal Empowerment Workshop Leader, Michele often urges her clients to set goals that require them to step outside their comfort zones. So in December, 2011, Michele followed her own advice and set two personally meaningful goals that forced her way outside her comfort zone. These two goals were to travel to a far off exotic land by herself and to discover someone or something that would enable her to develop and deepen her spirituality in a profound way. Michele had a strong and persistent “inner knowing” that this someone or something would come in the form of Yoga. India, considered by many as the yoga capital of the world, seemed like the perfect place to accomplish her goals simultaneously.
Fast Forward to February, 2012……..Michele boarded a Virgin Atlantic flight to Delhi, India. Her final destination……Parmarth Niketan, an ashram located in the foothills of the Himalayas and situated on the holiest river in India, the Ganges. Michele resided at this ashram where she attended the week long Annual International Yoga Festival. Michele was eager and open to experiencing as many different forms of yoga during her time in India with the hope and intention of finding one or more that deeply resonated with her. Little did she know that she did not need to look any further than the first class she attended……Kundalini Yoga and Meditation taught by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, recognized by many as the world’s leading Kundalini Teacher. It was in this class, with this teacher, that Michele discovered what she had traveled half way around the world to find…..a sacred science and experience that would not only resonate with her on a deeply spiritual level, but that had the capacity to heal, strengthen and elevate human beings on all levels.
Deeply moved and inspired by her experience in India, Michele returned to the states and enrolled and completed KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) Certification in Level 1 Teacher Training and a Level 2 Teacher Training in Conscious Communications taught by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa at Golden Bridge Yoga, NYC.
Michele’s spiritual name is Kanwarprem Kaur which means “One who sees God living within all and serves others so that they see the divine within themselves.”
On the Horizon for Michele
Michele will be out of the studio partaking in 1 of the 7 modules that constitute Kundalini Medicine…Yoga Therapy Training. Each module spans over 6 days and is led by Guru Dharam and faculty. This international course of 800 hours trains one to apply the principles and practice of Kundalini Yoga as a one to one therapy, to develop a healing modality utilizing the individual constituents of Kundalini Yoga and to create a powerful healing regime which treats specific conditions and individual symptomatology.
- KRI Certified Level 2 Teacher Training – Vitality and Stress. Studied under Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and Gurushabd at Golden Bridge Yoga –September 2016 New York City
- KRI Certified Level 2 Teacher Training – Authentic Relationships. Studied under Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and Gurushabd at Semperviva Yoga–October 2015 Vancouver Canada.
- Certificate in Positive Psychology, Wholebeing Institute, MA– Studied under Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, Worlds Leading Expert on Positive Psychology–May, 2013
- KRI Certified Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Instructor–Studied under Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Golden Bridge Yoga, NYC–April 2013
- KRI Certification in Level 2 Teacher Training, Conscious Communications–Studied under Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Golden Bridge Yoga, NYC– March 2012
- Graduate of The Advanced Coaching Program, CoachU–February, 2011
- Graduate of The Core Essentials Coaching Program, CoachU–2008
- Fordham University, BA Communications–May 1989
- Michele currently has completed and earned Certifications for Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training and
three of the five Kundalini Yoga Level 2’s totaling 400 hours of Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.
Michele’s Past Experiences
Michele and Rob attended the annual Sat Nam Fest in the beautiful Berkshires in August 2017 with a number of students from the O’Shea Yoga community. There, they attended special classes and workshops with some of the best Kundalini Yoga teachers and artists in the world. Our beloved teacher, Amanbir Singh, who has blessed our studio on three occasions since our inception in January, was teaching at this amazing event and Sukhdev Jackson and her musical group Akyanna, taught at the Sat Nam Fest.
Michele introduced live Gong Playing into her classes in January, 2015. The Gong is a powerful and transformative instrument that works on all levels to heal and transform. From the purely physical to the emotional and spiritual, the sound of the Gong can promote a positive change in the listener.
Michele took her second pilgrimage to India in September, 2014, (Ganga Pilgrimage led by Raghunath) where she traveled through some of the holiest cities and villages that have been dear to the yogi’s and devotees since before recorded time. She is eagerly awaiting for her return to India where she will have the opportunity to further explore and deepen her understanding of yoga culture.
Michele was chosen by Kula for Karma along with three other inspiring women, as honorees at the 7th Annual Kula for Karma Gala on October 27, 2014. Kula is a nonprofit organization that provides yoga, meditation, and stress reduction training, at no cost, to cancer patients, caregivers, veterans, at-risk teens and communities in need. For more information on Kula for Karma please go to www.kulaforkarma.org.
Michele participated in the “RADIANT POWER OF WOMEN IN THE MAYAN RIVIERIA WITH GURMUKH.” There she joined Gurmukh and a Community of Women to practice Kundalini Yoga and recharged, reconnected, and embraced her capacity to live in spirit, joy, happiness, and love!!!
Michele began her Kundalini Yoga Therapy Teacher Training in September 2015 with Lead Teacher Guru Dharam Singh Khalsa and an exceptional team of teachers/healers at “Golden Bridge Yoga NYC.” This comprehensive and in depth program will span over two to three years and will cover 7 modules with a total of 800 hours of on site learning including one hundred hours of anatomy. The first module “DEEPEN YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE ENERGETICS OF KUNDALINI YOGA” will cover: Overview of the connection between the 3 primary theoretical bases of Ayurveda, Oriental Energetics and Kundalini Yoga, The Law of Polarity, Energetic Anatomy and Physiology, The Law of Projection and Receptivity, Energy Maps, Meridians, Emotions and the Psychology of Organs, Acupressure/Marma Points, Hands on energy healing, and the subtle mechanics of Kundalini Yoga. Michele is very eager to integrate and share the knowledge, skills and wisdom gained from this program in her classes.
Michele has completed her second Level 2 Teacher Training ‘Authentic Relationships” with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and her husband Gurushabd in Vancouver. This course included six days of on site learning, and extended three months beyond the six days with home study that included reading Yogi Bhajan transcripts, watching videos and practicing the meditations given in the videos, 6 hours of study group meetings or conference calls, 40 days of journaling, completion of 90 days of the assigned meditations for the course and the successful completion of an exam. Key topics covered in this course included: Explore what an authentic relationship is and what it’s not, Relate to your soul as the foundation for authentic relationships, understand the special challenges that long-term relationships and marriage face in the Aquarian Age, Identify the common ways we make relationships fail, Develop self-love as a key to authentic relationships, Identify our core paradox and transform it from problem to opportunity, Create a conscious relationship with your own masculine and feminine energies, Develop Sacred Community. Michele cannot wait to bring these teachings into her classes!
“”When your Higher Self commands your life, all your choices and decisions will reflect this higher state of consciousness.” ~Michele O’Shea