Called the Yoga Pastor, Michelle Thielen is a speaker, author of Stretching Your Faith and traveling yogi who has been teaching somatic movement through dance and yoga for over 20 years. A student of Peter Levine’s Somatic Experience (SE), and Eric Walrabenstein’s therapy for psychological wounds, Michelle is passionate about helping the world heal from trauma to live a life of purpose.
As a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Trainer, Michelle has been instrumental in aiding with the restoration of those who suffer from trauma, intense anxiety or depression into healing and freedom. She travels around the world aiding in the rescue efforts of human traffick victims as well as raising awareness about the epidemic. She is a certified yoga therapist, C-IAYT, with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, IAYT, holds certifications with the American Council of Exercise, founder of YogaFaith and founded the Christian Yoga Association in 2018, as a means to build a bridge between faith-based yoga practitioners and educators. She is extremely proud of the work of CYA and to be a part of it.
When not teaching and traveling you can find her hanging out with her husband Derek and 3 furry kids in the Pacific Northwest.