Michelina Payetta

What's your superpower? / What do you want it to be?

I have honestly never had or thought of what I would want my super power to be!  However, upon a ponder here and now I would think having a super power to create peace and happiness to those struggling with internal turmoil would be phenomenal.  Of course peace and happiness of self comes from self, but if I could possibly give that lighted direction for the peace and happiness path to each sorrowed individual, that would be awesome.  Maybe that is one of the reasons why I teach yoga...it can be a founded light.

How do you express gratitude?

I express gratitude by giving back; being an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on in challenging times, a smile to shine up a dim day, a hug to warm a soul, a little kiss of sweetness, teaching a yoga class that hits the spot.  I love to love and have learned to not be afraid to show affection.  With the gratitude that I am so fortunate to be aware of, I want my loved ones to know, I am here.     

Why do you share yoga?

Yoga is a lifestyle I have found and being able to teach has been a given gift.  I feel that it wouldn’t be right to not share this gift of yoga to others.  When I began venturing deeper into the yoga practice, I came across this quote by Leslie Kaminoff: “Yoga is about strengthening your ability to get rid of what is undesirable.”  This quote has resonated deeply.  I have worked forward in getting rid of the undesirables.  Working through this process as a strength and not as a previous mindset of weakness.  How can I not pass this break though along?!  It can begin with a quote, a phrase, a thought, and then more.  We all have our unique ways to process and push through, but then at the same time this journey is similar.  Teaching and sharing yoga can be an enlightening way to share this energy.

What's your favorite pose? Why?

My favorite pose is half moon: Ardha Candrasna.  I love this pose because I feel that in this pose there is a sensation of feeling strongly rooted but then lifted at the same time.  This is also a fun pose to add on some variations with lifting one or both arms, bending the floating leg...allowing for many options to find my yoga for that particular day, that particular shape.

When was the last time you laughed out loud?

Last time I laughed out loud was when my boyfriend and I decided to head downtown in the recent snow storm two days ago while everyone was trying to get out of the city.  It called for an adventurous drive and snow walking trek as we did some shopping, helped others in the snow, and made a warm stop for a yummy beer and delicious fries.  We earned those calories! ;)...balance and living life!  These moments: filled with laughter.

What always makes you smile?

My two kitties: Cookie & Killer always make me smile.  They are my furry companions.  As I currently type on my comfy couch, they are cuddled up next to me, purring, and adding some warmth and love.  They have been through life with me for the past 11.5 years.

What does flow mean to you?

Flow to me means breath to movement.  However, I feel it starts with the breath.  The breath can be such a powerful tool to correlate movements and to allow for the fluidity of the physical yoga practice.  The breath can serve as a guide to the body.  Furthermore, breath can allow for mind focus and strength for the heart and soul in times of challenge.  How often do we forget to take a breath?  How helpful would just a big breath be in the flow of life beyond the mat space?

What can our TGY friends expect from your class?

Some food for thought.  I always like to include some quote, yoga or non/yoga philosophy, and/or theme.  This is a staple and focus to my classes.  TGY friends can also expect variety and options.  I like to offer many options and variations to allow for the practice to be individualized.  All this encompassing some yoga shapes, breath, sweat, fun, good jams, and a space to just be!  A time to be exactly where you need to be.