MLB Yoga Therapy - M. L. Bowles, C-IAYT, TIYT, NKT
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Kind, courteous, extremely understanding and has wonderful knowledge of yoga. Michelle uses her knowledge of yoga therapy to help each person with each of their aches, pains & special needs. She helps you understand your own body, from breathing to whole body movement. An outstanding person & trainer.Jan 8, 2015
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Michelle has helped me transform both body and mind. After 2+ years working with her I feel like a new person. I have increased flexibility, energy, and stamina.Dec 12, 2014
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I have been so fortunate to have Michelle as my teacher. She so knowledgable and interested in helping me overcome physical limitations. She is positive and supportive. She is terrific.Dec 10, 2014
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I have been taking studio and private yoga sessions with Michelle Bowles for almost two years. I began as a tagalong with my wife but because of Michelle's comfortable but persistent guidance into yoga I began soon to realize and experience the mental and physical benefits of the practice. Through her guidance I have discovered a new level of relaxation and many of the aches and pains I had accepted as the inevitable result of advancing age have greatly diminished. My previous sciatica problem has improved 90% under Michelle's knowledgeable guidance. She is a serious and persistent professional who is also a warm and caring human being who is as devoted to responding to the individual needs of the members of her studio classes as those of her private clients. Michelle's only drawback is that there is only one of her.Dec 10, 2014
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- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Integrative Yoga Therapy 05/2016 Professional Yoga Therapist Training Program 800 Hour Certification in Yoga Therapy Techniques for Individual and Group Therapy Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Breath work, Energetics, Somatics, Thai Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Meditation Techniques, Psychology, Yoga Therapy - Healthcare Professional Communications, Ethics, Ayurveda, Nutrition, Physical Postures, Modification of Physical Postures, Functional Anatomic Conditioning, Affirmations, Mindfulness Techniques Sundara Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Austin, TX 05/2012 Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher Yoga Therapy for Trauma, Anxiety, Panic Disorders Education in Mental Health Conditions Associated and Resulting from Trauma Integrative Yoga Therapy Stockbridge, MA 09/2013 Professional Yoga Therapist Training Program IAYT Accredited Program Certification in Yoga Therapy Techniques for Individual and Group Therapy Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Breath work, Energetics, Somatics, Thai Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Meditation Techniques, Psychology, Yoga Therapy - Healthcare Professional Communications, Ethics, Ayurveda, Nutrition, Physical Postures, Modification of Physical Postures, Functional Anatomic Conditioning, Affirmations, Mindfulness Techniques Warriors At Ease Austin, TX 06/2013 Adv Teaching Skills for Addressing Combat-Related Issues Adaptation of Yoga Postures for Physical Limitations, Dealing with Combat Physical and Psycho-Emotional Trauma, Awareness of Conflict Specific Sensitivities Integrative Yoga Therapy Austin, TX 04/2014 Mudra & Pranayama Yoga Therapy Applications Advanced Training in Breath work and Energetic Postures (Mudras) Functional Yoga Therapy - Integrative Yoga Therapy Tucson, AZ 11/2014 Level I - Functional Yoga Therapy Intensives Kinesiology, Functional Movement Patterns, Adaptive Movements, Tools for Structural Re-Alignment Yoga Heals Us - Integrative Yoga Therapy Austin, TX 05/2013 Therapeutic Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis Adaptive Yoga for Ambulatory and Non-Ambulatory Individuals, Adaptive Yoga for Different Physical Limitations, Education about MS and other auto-immune disorders that impact physical abilities Warriors At Ease Austin, TX 11/2013 Teaching Trauma Sensitive Meditation Meditation Techniques and Trauma Awareness Warriors At Ease Austin, TX 09/2012 Fundamentals of Teaching Yoga & Meditation-Military Settings Yoga for Military Culture, Translating Yoga for Military Culture, Structure of Military Hierarchical Structure Veterans Yoga Project San Antonio, TX10/2015 Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery Training in Mindful Resilience Practices for Military and Veteran Populations Yoga Warriors International, LLC Alamo Heights, TX 09/2011 Training Clinically Proven Therapeutic Yoga Program for CRSD, PTSD, and TBI, as well as modifications for Amputees Integrative Restoration Institute Highland Haven, TX 10/2012 Training in Level 1 iRest Protocols in Relaxation Methodologies for the Treatment of PTSD, Chronic Pain, Depression, Insomnia, Chemical Dependency, etc. Sundara Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Austin, TX 02/2012 Certified Therapeutic Yoga Teacher 200 Hour Coursework on Breath work, Meditation, Relaxation, Physical Postures, Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, Kinesiology, Client Assessments, Modifications of Physical Postures, Yoga Modalities, Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Therapist- Medical Provider Communication and Documentation International Association of Yoga Therapists Austin, TX 06/2014 Additional Workshops and Trainings - without certification - with Dr. Vasant Lad (Pranayama for Self-Healing), Dr. Judith Hanson Lasater (Stop Tucking Your Tailbone), Chase Bosart (Yoga for Type 2 Diabetes), Robin Rothenberg and Lynn Hughes (Applying the Vagal Brake...), Sundara Yoga Therapy (Yoga for Menopause), Dr. Matthew Taylor and Lilith Bailey-Kroll (Creating a YRx Practice Presence in Your Community), Julie Carmen (Yoga for Hormones), Madoka Chase Onizuka (Yoga Therapy for Recovery and Resilience after Natural and Nuclear Disasters) Minneapolis Yoga Conference Minneapolis, MN 04/2016 Defense Centers of Excellence Silver Spring, MD Various Courses on Military Suicide Risks, TBI, Substance Abuse, Integrative Health & Wellness, etc. St. Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO 05/2008 Coursework in Elementary Education University of Missouri - St. Louis Normandy, MO 12/2004 Coursework in Elementary Education and French Jefferson Community College Hillsboro, MO 12/1995 Associate's Degree Business Administration ________________________________________ Affiliations: International Association of Yoga Therapists – Member Yoga Alliance - Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500, Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I came to the practice of yoga via books as a child, and when my auto-immune disorders became dominant in my twenties, I found my daily practice helped me manage my symptoms. When I had cancer in my thirties, my yoga practice is what got me back to my body, and it has helped me find myself again and again as I have struggled to find myself and live my truth through the veil of immense childhood and adult traumas. I taught yoga as part of other things – day camp, employee wellness programs, just from what I knew. I had never planned to become a yoga teacher, let alone a yoga therapist, until I saw the studies regarding yoga and combat related PTSD. My younger brother is a combat disabled Marine with PTS and when I had the opportunity, I took the course thinking maybe I could volunteer some. That course required me to take another course, and that other course was a 200 Hour Integrative Yoga Therapy program run by Genevieve Yellin of Sundara Yoga Therapy, the Overcoming Anxiety Project, and TIYT. Halfway through the program I knew I was going to do this work for the rest of my life. Four and a half years, 2,000 hours of training, and nearly 3,000 hours of teaching later, I have completed all the “levels” of certification possible and learn new things every single day.
- What types of customers have you worked with?My primary areas of specialization as a yoga therapist are: Trauma/Anxiety, Auto-Immune Disorders, Joint Replacements, Cancer Recovery, Military/Veteran Populations, Structural Issues, Chronic Pain, Diabetes, Stroke Recovery, and Generalized Stress Management.