Seattle Yoga News is on a mission to find and highlight all of the hidden, and maybe not so hidden, gems in our yoga community and beyond. We want you to learn about their experiences and perspectives, but also a bit more about their personalities, so we have a few fun questions for them. This week’s spotlight is turned towards Michele Hausman.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH YOGA?

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Michele Hausman:

Growing up as a dancer, dance classes were always my refuge, a place where my mind quieted to concentrate fully on a movement or a combination. Sometimes while I was dancing I felt a connection to something deeper. As an adult, I continued to exercise with aerobic classes and while I felt good, I never really felt that same connection. When Vinyasa yoga became popular and I took my first class I felt like it was a homecoming. A homecoming to myself; the breath, focus, flowing movements and the calming of the mind invited me back to a connection to something that is part of me but also something larger. I never looked back; I cancelled my gym membership, wrote a thank you note to my favorite aerobics instructor, and took my first yoga Teacher Training within a year.

WHAT KIND OF TRAININGS HAVE YOU PURSUED?

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Michele Hausman:

I love learning. I’m a bit of a geek that way. I’ve taken basic and advanced trainings in the traditions of Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, Tantra and Kundalini. I’ve taken specialty trainings in yoga for mood disorders, yoga sutra studies, low back rehabilitation, restorative, yin, Yoga Nidra and breathwork.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING METHOD?

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Michele Hausman:

I aspire to be a clear vessel for the teachings. My classes are steeped in traditional hatha yogic practices, infused with flavors of Kundalini and Tantra. I hope that my students are able to use the yogic technologies I teach in class to find greater ease in their daily lives and that each class holds sweet moments of connection and numinosity.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST STRUGGLE AND YOUR BIGGEST MILESTONE IN THE PRACTICE?

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Michele Hausman:

My biggest struggle and my biggest milestone in my practice are the same; a daily yoga and meditation practice. For many years it was very difficult to establish a daily practice. When I was on my mat I was always planning for the next class and I began to lose the quality of what I loved most; the quieting of my mind. When I was on my mat I was always “doing” something. I felt uninspired. Today, my practice is both an act of devotion and discipline. Some days it takes discipline to get to the mat, but more days than not, I am devoted to my practice because it gives me the opportunity and the gift to touch into the vast beautiful place of stillness and connection that is available to all of us.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL MOMENT YOU’VE EXPERIENCED AS A YOGA STUDENT AND A TEACHER?

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Michele Hausman:

I don’t have one big inspirational moment as a yoga student but a series of smaller moments. My little inspirational moments were times when I’ve had a felt, personal experience of my energetic subtle bodies; actually feeling the chakras, balancing the brain, feeling whole from pranayama and chanting, feeling expansive and confident by working with my aura. Through these experiences I know that I am more than my bones, muscles and tissues and the small narrow lens that all of us have the tendency to see ourselves through.
My most inspirational moments I’ve had as a teacher are my students. To have the sweet honor of being witness to their determination, commitment, courage, tears, gratitude, generosity, trust, love and friendship has been amazing. Especially in an intro to yoga class, new students come in to a strange environment with unusual customs and they put their trust into me to guide them into an experience, it’s very humbling.

DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR ASPIRING YOGA TEACHERS?

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Michele Hausman

My tips for inspiring new yoga teachers is to trust that your students will find you and enjoy the journey.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE YOGA RELATED BOOK?

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Michele Hausman:

My favorite yoga related book is “American Veda by Philip Goldberg, so interesting to learn how Indian philosophy became weaved into Western culture.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST DEFINING ISSUE FACING THE GLOBAL YOGA COMMUNITY TODAY AND WHAT SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT IT?

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Michele Hausman:

One issue that is defining the global yoga community today is the reconfiguration of the traditional yoga studio. At one time yoga was taught one to one with the teacher prescribing individual sequences for individual students. Teachers and students had a relationship with one another. Today many classes are being taught on line with some students keeping their cameras off and the teacher cannot even see their students! So, I’m curious about the teacher student relationship and how that is changing. My advice is to choose your teachers well, seek out teachers that have a personal practice, their own teacher and most important integrity.

OTHER THAN PRACTICING YOGA, CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT SOME OF YOUR WELLNESS & SELF-CARE HABITS?

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Michele Hausman:

My non yoga self care habits include walking and connecting with friends, hiking and vacationing with family, tinkering around with art-collages and watercolor, attending speaker’s series, learning to garden and laughing as much and as often as I can.

WHO IS THE YOGI WE SHOULD FEATURE NEXT?

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Michele Hausman:

Alison Solam

Michele Hausman’s Bio: I am a 500hr E-RYT that has been teaching in the greater Seattle area since 2007. I’ve led several local retreats and Teacher Trainings. I am certified in and have completed around 1000 hours of yoga trainings in many different yoga modalities but my very favorite is Kundalini.
I am the type of extrovert that needs a lot of alone time to recharge. I was born and raised in Southern California but am happily planted in the Pacific Northwest. I have a BA in an interdisciplinary major of business, psychology and women’s studies, as well as, a certificate in elementary education.
I practice and teach yoga because yoga has the ability to both heal and confront and to ground and expand. I believe these yogic technologies have the power to transform because I have experienced transformation myself through the practice.