The way one approaches yoga and wellness matters just as much as what is being practiced.  Michelle's approach is to begin with what is already whole and well within you.  That will be the starting point for your goals and wellness plan.   To accomplish this we will work together to find your clearest thinking, polish your lens of perception for less emotional reactivity and uncover that unmoveable part of you that you can always rest in and operate from for greater ease in your body, emotions and in your relationships.  This process includes the emotional and the physical body.  To make your goals and wellness plan sustainable we will create a personalized toolbox  of practices specifically tailored to you.


Michelle began yoga and meditation almost twenty years ago, in 2001, as a tool to manage stress.  She is the co-founder of Yoga for the Emotions and is a certified iRest Yoga Nidra instructor that  has been teaching with a 400 hour certification since 2010 at The Iyengar Institute of Pittsburgh, formerly Yoga on Centre.  She has offered stress management programs in corporate settings, with teens, at Mercy hospital: breathing for neurological recovery, as well as with veterans and the general population.  

Michelle's approach to the body in yoga is also greatly influenced by the teachings of Dr. Murray Bowen's Bowen Family Systems Theory during two years of the basic seminar offered through Western Pennsylvania Family Center as well as over two decades of personal and continued study.  

Certifications include:

​​400 Hour teacher training by Iyengar Instructor Sara Azarius of The Iyengar Institute of Pittsburgh.
CertifiediRest® Yoga Nidra Teacherby Richard Miller, PhD.
Continued training with Warriors at Ease including trauma sensitive meditation.
Certified Reiki Master by Kathy Duffy and Janet Jackson of Energy Connection.
Certified Yoga for Golfersby Katherine Roberts.
CPR & AED Certified.   

NOLS Wilderness First Aid Certified.  ​

Previous Programs offered at:

Mercy Hospital Stroke Rehab 

Emerson Process Management: Power and Water Solutions 

Veterans Place of Washington Blvd 

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Programs 

West Virginia Vet Center

Upcoming series at White Oak Vet Center 


iRest Yoga Nidra with Michelle helps me to connect to the deepest aspect of my mind/body in a sense of wholeness; thereby healing both body & soul aches.  It is the deepest form of relaxation I have experienced and Michelle's intelligence guides me in a profound way."  
-Dr. Tova Tarr  Clinical psychologist

I have attended several of Michelle Lynch's Yoga for the Emotions workshops and they have been extremely powerful in terms of getting in touch with my inner guidance and sense of peace. She has truly helped me to maintain a good level of stress management. When I feel the "freak out" coming on, I try to remember Michelle's suggestions to slow down, take a deep breath, feel grounded, to focus on my heart's desire and happiness, and to choose to avoid the frazzled freak out road. This is sometimes easier said than done, so Michelle teaches you how to apply it in your everyday life.  Practicing her guided visualization and meditation has added a sense of joy to my life.  I have attended workshops done by other teachers but Michelle has helped me go deeper and I have felt the benefits more strongly.  Her patient guidance and loving teaching style could help so many people cope with anxiety and overwhelm and I strongly recommend her!  

-Anita Buzzy Prentiss 

...session.  In my words to describe this ancient modality of inner reflection, Michelle with safe, soothing , gentle words guides one into their own sacred self and body.  Old stagnate tensions, and outdated emotions are uprooted by this intuitive process that Michelle  without the slightest trace of judgment, will then invite one to dissolve these patterns.  Healing is a word I would use.. All I can say is without understanding exactly how it works, I have experienced that in deed  it does!   Michelle is a most profound and trustworthy woman who can take you on an adventure that can lead to your higher self.  

With much gratitude, -Patricia

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