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MICHELLE HIRSCHBERG

Hometown: First = Coral Springs, FL. Last = San Francisco, CA. Current = Brooklyn, NY

Favorite Music Artist or Band: What I play in class always changes, from Drake to Nicolas Jaar. But no artist speaks to me like Nina Simone.

 

On weekends you can be found: Practicing yoga, doing a house project, or hiking/beaching/exploring with my husband, Nate and our dog, Kid.

Favorite movie of all time: I’m not a huge movie person but I could watch Bridesmaids over and over again.

Favorite time of day to get your practice in: First thing in the morning. It sets the tone for the entire day.

Dream vacation: My current crush is a walking tour of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. It combines hiking with beautiful beaches and delicious food. And while you’re out exploring, the tour company moves your luggage from town to town.

Favorite yoga pose: Right now, it’s half pigeon. I hated it for years. But then I gave in. And the more you surrender to it, the more you get out of it.  

Favorite post yoga snack: A smoothie with protein. And stat.

How did you get into yoga: I was living in Atlanta after college and my friend and I took a Kundalini class in this old tudor house. Throughout the years, I practiced at different studios, in different states. But when I found Y7, it became a daily practice. And the more I practiced, the more I noticed the benefits way beyond the physical. I was so inspired, I decided to start teaching to share the benefits with others.

What was your first class like: I was blown away by the connection between mind and body. And it might have been the first time I actually noticed my breath. I walked out with the biggest yoga buzz. And then I ate six tacos.

A quote you love: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” - Marianne Williamson

Book recommendations for other yogis: “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. So many knowledge bombs in there. “Listen to your heart. It knows everything.” Perfection.

Your personal mantra is: Trust yourself and choose happiness. We are fortunate enough to live in a society and a time where we can (mostly) choose our own destiny. If you’re not happy about something, change it. Life is too short to be merely content.

What’s your favorite part of Y7: It empowers the student to connect with their own personal practice. When it’s dark, you’re not comparing yourself to anyone else. The “one breath” drops you into your body. The “flow on your own” enables you ask yourself what you want or need and then get it. And the music allows you to lose your inhibitions and really feel. From the first freestyle cat and cow, I was hooked.