Michelle Garcia isn’t your typical yoga instructor and meditation educator. She spent 20 years working in the field of law enforcement, both as a patrol officer and as a detective. It was through her police work that Michelle encountered individuals who were in a state of crisis. Seeing these troubled people inspired Michelle to retire from the police force and turn to a different kind of public service.
Through her own diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress, she found yoga and meditation as a way to handle and process strain from everyday life. She holds a 500-hour master level Yoga certification, and she’s also a certified Yoga Nidra Instructor via the iRest Program. She is a certified personal trainer through ISSA. She also holds a Corrective Exercise certification. Michelle has attended several workshops and trainings about trauma sensitive yoga, mindfulness and meditation.
Michelle has taught at an alcohol and drug recovery center, the Army National Guard, and victims of sexual trauma and human trafficking. She currently teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area at police and fire departments and veteran centers. She teaches for Fire Flex Yoga and the Veterans Yoga Project.