Michelle L. Bowles, C-IAYT, TIYT, PYT 1000, e-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP, NKT
Certified Yoga Therapist – International Association of Yoga Therapists
Trauma Informed Yoga Therapist, Professional Yoga Therapist – 1,000 Hour Level (IYT), Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at 500 Hour Level (Yoga Alliance), Registered Childrens’ Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. Neuro Kinetic Therapist
I have been practicing various styles of yoga since the early 1980’s, consistently since 1994, and incorporating yoga into a variety of teaching activities since 2002. After training at Sundara Yoga Therapy, I became a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher in March 2012, was grandfathered as a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher, became a Certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher – Now called Trauma Informed Yoga Therapist – in May 2012, an Integrative Yoga Therapist at the 500 Hour Level in August 2013 and at the 1,000 Hour Level in May of 2016, and was Certified as a Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists in September of 2016 in accordance with their grandparenting policy and standardization of training. As of 2017, I have greater than 3,000 hours of training in yoga, and have facilitated more than 3,500 hours of yoga practice for others.
My primary mission in becoming a yoga therapist is bringing the healing tools of yoga to under-served populations.
I am a Yoga Warriors International Certified Instructor, a Certified Therapeutic Adaptive Yoga for MS Instructor, and a Warriors at Ease(WAE), Veterans Yoga Project, and iRest Yoga Nidra trained instructor. I have experience teaching populations like: yoga for corporations, yoga for children and teens, yoga for seniors, yoga for women’s health issues, yoga for substance abuse recovery, plus size yoga, and yoga for veterans and active duty military. I have facilitated therapeutic small groups for those dealing with anxiety, recovery from substance dependence, auto-immune disorders, joint replacements, structural misalignments, etc.
My primary areas of specialization as a yoga therapist are: Trauma/Anxiety, Auto-Immune Disorders, Joint Replacements, Structural Issues, Chronic Pain, Generalized Stress Management, Cancer Recovery, Military/Veteran Populations, Children in Foster Care, Diabetes, Stroke Recovery, and Neurological Issues.
I have been affiliated with the following yoga non-profits: Esther Vexler Yoga School – serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors; Yoga Day 501c3 – serving as primary instructor at Haven for Hope – In House Recovery Program and Audie Murphy VA – Poly Trauma Rehabilitation Program, The Overcoming Anxiety Project – serving on the Advisory Board and as a guest lecturer; and Austin Queer Yoga Collective as a founding member; as well as consulting on non-profit development and management issues, board development, fundraising, process and procedure development, and volunteer management for most; I have also taught as a volunteer with Childsafe, Say Si, City of San Antonio, and other local organizations.
I have been faculty or guest lecturer/presenter for Esther Vexler Yoga School – 200 Registered Yoga School, Sundara Yoga Therapy – Integrative Yoga Therapy 200 Registered Yoga School, Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy Advanced Yoga Therapy Training; and been an assistant with Integrative Yoga Therapy, Functional Yoga Therapy, Sundara Yoga Therapy, Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy, and Warriors at Ease.
This isn’t just my job, it is my lifestyle, and has been for several decades. I share it with others because I feel it is my duty, given the benefits I have seen it have in my own life and body.