I discovered yoga over 8 years ago after a literal sobering experience. I took an in studio class and went back for more. Yoga helped and is still helping me find myself emotionally and spiritually. When I couldn’t make it in studio, I had an at home practice and I eventually moved my practice outdoors.
I am an RYT-200 vinyasa graduate from Vibrant Life Studios taught by Jasmine Margreno and am Yoga Alliance certified.
I love building creative and mindful flows, smiling and laughing through successes and failures that eventually turn to wins. That’s why it’s called a practice.
Whenever I get the chance, I love to travel and take as many different classes from as many different teachers as I can and infuse that knowledge and energy into my practices. My last destination was London and would love to go back, again and again.
I am incredibly grateful for all the teachers that have helped guide me so far. With that said, I am also content staying home with the cats and having our own dance party.
SatkaraYoga, RYT300, Writer
“I love to teach yoga because it provides a great sense of self, community, and health. Our practice helps us connect to ourselves and evolve. In this spirit, my classes have a strong focus on breath, alignment, and mindset. I hope to remind yogis that when life is challenging, yoga brings lightness and joy to life.”
Jessica first experienced yoga while traveling in India in college. While only an observer, a seed was planted in her that took hold and slowly grew over the following years. Within five years, while working in Turkey, she became friends Annie Anderson of PranaClimb and started a weekly practice. The increased strength, flexibility and balance that yoga brings to the body was clear, and Jessica continued her small and consistent practice until during a huge life shift, she changed direction in her life and began studying yoga formally, full-time with Katie Manitas (Jivamukti) and Idit Tamir (Hatha).
After she earned her RYT200 in 2008, Jessica taught all over Sydney as a small business owner who taught on- site classes. During this time she was an informal student of Simon Borg Oliver’s Yoga Synergy. She attended Donna Farhi’s workshop, Yoga for Lower Back Pain. These teachers have influenced her immensely.
When not teaching, Jessica enjoys time on wooded trails, cooking, and growing her yoga practice.
“Yogash Citta Vritti Nirodhah”- Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind- bliss.
-Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.2
I am a dog mom of two rescues, hospital discharge planner at St. Joseph's Hospital Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation, and a HUGE Star Wars fan!
Yoga is my passion - learning, teaching, and talking about yoga - sharing what I've learned from my own personal practice both on and off the mat! I have been a yoga instructor since 2017.
Yoga is: Unity. Yoga is where I've bee, where I am going, and where I want to be. It's who I am and why I strive to be better every day. "The Force is Strong!"
My goal as an instructor, guide, and forever student is to share my passion and the knowledge that I've acquired with every beautiful soul I can. As I guide my students, they always teach me.
I pray this beautiful and vast practice will touch the lives of my students as it did mine. Yoga saved me from my untrue self and has taught me about my true
self. It's taught me to be content, how to find comfort within discomfort, be strong and in control, when to let go, and how to have devotion and dedication. Sharing this with others is a gift. It is like sharing a piece of a magical universe and watching the stars light up. I can't wait to practice with you!
Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training Certification
Prenatal/Postnatal Teacher Training Certification
Reiki Practitioner Study & Training - Second Degree
Restorative Teacher Training Certification
Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth & Adult - Mindfulness Certification
Meditation Teacher Certification
200hr Radiant Warrior YTT - Yoga & Mindfulness YTT
Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga/Yoga Shred HIIT Certification
Sound Healing/Sound Therapy Practitoner Certification
My yoga journey began sixteen years ago when I started practicing yoga for stress relief while my three children were teenagers.
Gradually I realized that yoga was more than just exercise on a mat, but instead, a way of life off the mat.
I took my yoga practice to a higher level when I completed a RYT-200 teacher training.
I look forward to sharing my knowledge with my fellow yogi students.
Off the mat I enjoy gardening, raising chickens, and quilting. I believe the best medicines for a healthy life are fresh air and sunshine, walks, healthy eating, and spending time with friends and family.
Michelle opened a small studio within her home in Montour Falls called Dragonfly Soul Craft. Within this space she created a place of safety, love, and non-judgment, to provide healing and insight using meditation, yoga, and Reiki. Her passion is to bring the community together to establish solid relationships, support, and connection.
Michelle is a lightworker, wife, and mother. After years of searching, she finally connected to her soul purpose. She attended her first yoga class over 15 years ago and truly fell in love with the way it helped her connect to her inner-self. At that time she didn’t realize how far this passion would take her. She then became a certified Reiki Master Practitioner in January 2018, and a 200-hour Yoga Teacher in April 2019. She most recently earned her 300-hour certification in Kundalini Yoga, Ayurveda, Enneagram, and Lunar Wisdom as well as Kundalini Rebirthing Certification. She has also completed a 20-hour Business of Healing
Arts, and a 20-hour Adjustments and Assist for yoga teachers. In addition, she earned a 200-hour teaching certification for meditation, mindfulness, and Qigong, all of these trainings and accomplishments have been with Yoga Farm in Ithaca NY. She plans to continue furthering her education with Ayurveda Wellness Coach Certification over the course of 2022/2023.
In her free time, she loves to explore hiking trails, waterfalls, gorges, and lakes, often bringing yoga and meditation outside connecting the beauty of the Finger Lakes and holistic healing together. She enjoys exploring and adventuring with her daughter, Lindsay, and husband, Brian.
“Mindfulness is paying attention to our experience in a way that allows us to respond rather than react.”