Meet Michelle Koster!

How long have you been practicing yoga?

I started practicing yoga about 10 years ago but have had a consistent practice for the past 5 years. During this time, I have traveled to many magical places to deepen my practice, including several countries in SE Asia, India, Nepal, Mexico, and Central America. The yogic lifestyle has served me in so many positive ways mentally, physically, and spiritually. It has helped me recover from numerous sports injuries, including a broken hip/pelvis and a three-level spinal fusion, as well as heal from many emotional scars. At the start of the pandemic, when the gyms closed, I dedicated every morning to doing a video from YogaDownload (mostly with Jackie & Kristin!) to keep my spirits up and my mind focused on the positive things. In November of 2021, I decided it was time to make some big changes and follow my heart’s desire to teach others the practices that have been my guiding light. I spent a month in Cabuya, Costa Rica completing a 200-hour yoga teacher training, and am working to continuously improve my skills as I am beginning my journey as a teacher.

What do you love about yoga?

Everything, but most importantly, how it has taught me to slow down and look within myself to find peace and true happiness. It has picked me up and encouraged me to follow my heart by teaching others and also given me the courage to start showing off and selling my art.

A message from Michelle:

I am so excited to be part of this beautiful Beyond the Mat community! Everyone has welcomed me with open arms and I finally feel like I have found my tribe! I look forward to getting to know everyone more personally and sharing our stories as we grow together.

My biggest goal is to continue to enjoy my life as I live in the present, accepting and embracing the challenges that come my way. I want to be a light for others and help make the world a happier, more peaceful place!

Follow Michelle on Instagram: @MichelleKosterArt & @VasuYoga_Michelle

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