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Michele Van Valey

Yoga Instructor

Michele started practicing yoga seriously after two emergency surgeries in her late twenties.

With ten pins and a titanium plate installed in her left ankle, the prognosis was arthritis and limited range of motion.

She attended her first yoga training to develop a deeper understanding of the practice while working to prevent a lifetime of joint pain.

Her first teacher, Beth Beigler, combined Iyengar inspired asana with a Body Mind Centering approach. Deeper than that, Beth taught subtle anatomy, Hindu

mythology and Ayurveda. This colourful, textured adventure started to unfold beneath the layers of the asana.

Michele’s interest in injury led her to an advanced yoga therapy training in

Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Institute for Yoga and Ayurveda with Mukunda Styles. While studying in Boulder, she discovered Richard Freeman’s Yoga Workshop and Troy

Lucero contributed an Ashtanga foundational layer, an interest in modifications and a quiet spirituality to her practice.

That privileged year of travelling and training ended in Rikiapeeth, a Satyananda ashram in Bihar, India. She learned kriyas, meditation and yoga nidra but the primary

focus was seva, serving the local villages.

The insights gained here added a fullness to her understanding of what yoga is.

Today, the most vital part of Michele’s practice is around parenting. Bringing mindfulness to her own parenting helps her to manage stress and conflict in the home, facilitate better relationships with and between the children and create more ease and joy in family life. With a MSc in Mindfulness Based Interventions from the Department

of Psychology at UCD, Michele now teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and The Mindfulness in Schools Project.

She offers workshops to teachers, parents and corporations throughout Dublin.

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