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TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Michael Petersen

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We are so excited to welcome Michael to the Radiance team!

A 500-hour certified Kripalu yoga teacher, Michael brings an abundance of yoga knowledge, a sense of humor, his bright smile and his keen attention to the needs of his yoga students. In his classes, he aims to foster the bridge between body, mind, and spirit in order to increase peace and wellbeing for all. 

Read below to learn a bit more about Michael and catch him in the studio Wednesday mornings at 8:30am for our NEW Pay-What-You-Like Pittsfield! Community Class and Wednesday nights at 5:30pm for  Intermediate Flow.

1) What do you love most about Yoga?
For me Yoga is a state of being comprised of the mind, body, spirit, etc. What a person achieves as that state is up to them. I see practices, like asana (postures) or meditation, as what leads to that state of being. The state of Yoga is awareness and truth of who I am in relation to all things in my life at any given moment. It is a place to come home to and as you already know “there’s no place like home.”

2) What is your favorite pose & why?
Recently, garudasana, the eagle, finds it’s way into my practice. It twists several points of the body but requires a one-pointedness and ease of the mind to relax and go deeper into it.

3) What do you think is distinctive about your class?
I don’t believe any one teacher’s class is better than the next. What I do believe is that there is a teacher for each person.  It is important for me to live what I practice beyond the 75 minutes I teach at a given studio. I hope my appeal to students is in the way I invite awareness of self as it may reflect behavior off the mat. There are principles of everyday living and how we respond to life that reveal themselves through each movement and breath and the thoughts that follow on the mat. I invite that self-awareness with radical compassion into each class.

11885395_10206553668374981_3441991375140344992_n4) What is your training background?
Academically, I have A.S. in the Human Services and B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Anatomy. I received my 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher training through Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. I have assisted several 200 hour Kripalu yoga teacher trainings and participated in numerous holistic workshops.

5) How many years have you been practicing yoga?
I have practicing several styles of yoga for 8 years.

6) How many years have you been teaching yoga?
Teaching for 4 years.

7) If you could have a super hero power, what would it be?
Teleportation- instantaneous travel to anywhere in the world.

8) What is your favorite thing to do in the Berkshires?
I moved to the Berkshires to be closer to friends and family so spending time with quality people is my favorite. Spending time with people I love in the in the beautiful outdoors of the Berkshires is even better.