Level 3: Ritual Vinyasa

300 Hour Orthopedic Yoga Therapy Training

Bring the gift of deepest healing to your students and loved ones.

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Orthopedic Yoga Therapy

Ritual Vinyasa

With Your 200 hour training completed, you are ready to move deeper into the practices that propel us forward in deep and profound ways. This is where our program really differs from other Yoga Therapy schools. We want you to put your energy into what makes YOU excited to learn about and what best suits YOUR goals.

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Earth Immersion in Nicaragua from April 1-10

Other Elements to be announced!

Are you a 200 Hour Certified Teacher, ready to go deeper and specialize in your passions? Then this training is for you!

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How will Ritual Vinyasa deepen your practice?

Rituals, even as seen from a secular perspective, can hold great power, intention, and significance. Ritual Vinyasa came to life out of the search for meaning in everyday existence.

How do we make the mundane powerful? How do we add meaning to our 9-5 existence?

Using symbolism and elemental metaphors combined with Ayurvedic medicine, grandmother wisdom, and a deep commitment to personal care, Ritual Vinyasa weaves together conscious movement and metaphor, culminating in a practice that allows for a re-awakening and a deep connecting to self.

We have divided this 300 Hour Yoga Alliance approved training into sections, represented by the classical elements:  Earth, Fire, Water, Air, & Metal.

Curriculum Highlights

Anatomy of Energy

Advanced Modifications

Sacred Practice

Nourish Your Spirit

Trainees are encouraged to practice every day, embodying your teaching.

Why study with Evolution Trainings?

Yoga is so much more than exercise.

Orthopedic Yoga Therapy is a distillation of ancient wisdom, modern movement science, and customization that can be suitable for all persons - regardless of their history, ability, or limitations. Every single person is different - and their yoga practices should be, too!

If you have ever wished that you could get the big picture on life, then this is the path for you! From the best practices of Physical Therapy to the ancient wisdom of Breath, Body, and Energy Work, everything is connected. Once you can see those connections clearly, you will be able to take the best possible care of yourself and the people you love.



Experiences with Orthopedic Yoga Therapy 

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  • Michelle's ability to tease out exactly what you need is unparalleled. Whether it's physical, emotional, or spiritual, she is the greatest teacher and inspiration. I came on her Goddess retreat stuck in fear, but I was able to release and accept throughout each yoga session, each day, each intention. She does this with love, grace, and a touch of spiciness that she embodies. I am grateful for this incredible healing experience. Thank you Michelle!

    Heidi Sanders

  • Michelle is an amazing healer and puts her heart and soul into delivering a best in class retreat setting with farm to fork fresh food, beautiful ambience near the ocean in Playa De Coco, Nicaragua. The morning yoga practices and daily workshops will touch your heart and soul in ways never imagined. If you're looking for a week to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with your inner goddess - this retreat is for you!

    Jill Franze

  • Following my stem cell transplant and chemotherapy treatment, I was left with a pain in my chest that was residual from my tumors there. My doctor said that it was the “new me” and something I would get used to. I heard about Michelle’s transformational bodywork, and after one session my pain is 100% gone. I want other people to know, so that hopefully they too can be freed from their pain.

    Amy Webb

  • Michelle transformed my practice in the first Downward dog of the class... So whether it’s running a microscopy lab or teaching a yoga class, I carry Michelle’s teachings with me and try to pass them on. She is a light to everyone she touches, and I cannot recommend her teachings enough.


  • As I dug deeper into the program and compared it with others, what I found was a miraculously organized yoga teacher training. Michelle has designed the program to include required classes as well as offering flexibility in the elective courses.

    Tiffany Taves

  • After you worked on me again today I want to tell you again how wonderful your work is. My arthritic knees and legs feel great tonight. I have in the past done extensive PT for my legs and have never had the results or the insight you offer about solutions. I am remembering back to last summer after I had a nasty fall from an unmarked extra high step, a flying fall across a parking garage floor that resulted in two fractured elbows, my PT who I have known and worked with over the years told me I should be working with both you and my dear chiropractor Katina for healing. She said she had exercises to provide but you and Katina together were providing the real healing. You were an incredible team for that time and for the subsequent more recent intense back pain. I am very grateful and appreciative of the unique quality evaluation and healing skill that I am lucky enough to experience.

    Patricia Mazza

Meet Your Teachers

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Michelle Fleming

Michelle is a Yoga Therapist, a Thai Bodyworker, a Nerve and Artery specialist and a Board Certified Structural Integrator in the lineage of Ida Rolf. It was through these complementary practices of wellness that she healed her body - and from there Orthopedic Yoga Therapy was born.

Michelle has spent thousands of happy hours teaching yoga classes and private sessions everywhere from hospitals to schools to Gillette Stadium. She has taught in conjunction with Johns Hopkins Medical School on Yoga for Brain Disorders. She was on staff at Spaulding Rehab Group working with orthopedic patients and has spoken at Grand Rounds hospitals on the "Applications of Yoga in Clinical Settings". For more than 10 years she ran summer camps to bring holistic healing to young women with anxiety and mood disorders. 

Michelle was the owner of Sanctuary Studio in Massachusetts, the founder of Transformational Yoga, Ritual Vinyasa and Orthopedic Therapy. She is a Board Certified Structural Integrator having studied with the acclaimed Tom Myers of "Anatomy Trains" fame, as well as a Thai Massage practitioner, a Neurovascular Bodyworker and the author of the upcoming book "Orthopedic Yoga". 

She has been teaching and studying the science behind yoga for almost 20 years. She now teaches internationally, bringing her unique style of yoga to students of all levels, ages, shapes and sizes. She has taught thousands of yoga students and believes it is a blessing to be able to bring people the gifts of a strong body, a quiet mind and a blissful spirit. 

Ray Crist

Ray Crist, of Jaguar Path,  has spent the last three decades immersed in shamanism, various styles of yoga,  Chinese medicine, martial arts, and Reiki. He has been offering workshops and trainings at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, NY Open Center, Yoga Journal, Blue Spirit, Boddhi Tree Yoga Resort and around the globe for over 15 years. Ray’s trainings focus on how to use shamanic tools and yoga as technologies that assist us to reach an optimal state of being in order to to live a balanced, empowered and extraordinary life. 



Chip Hartranf

Chip Hartranf, PT (Yoga, Insight Meditation, Yoga-Sutra) bridges the traditions of yoga and Buddhism. He is the founding director of The Arlington Center, dedicated to the integration of yoga and dharma practice, and has taught a blend of yoga movement & insight meditation in the Boston area since 1978. 

An independent scholar of yoga and early Buddhism, Chip is the author of "The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali: a new translation with commentary" (Shambhala). His work has also been included in "The Wisdom of Yoga" by Stephen Cope, "Freeing The Body, Freeing The Mind" by Michael Stone, the Shambala Sun, and many other publications. 

Chip teaches the origins, evolution and practices of yoga and Buddhist traditions at Lesley University and at teacher trainings and retreats across the country. 

Vanessa Pattison

Vanessa Pattison lives and passionately teaches meditation and yoga in San Juan del Sur,  Nicaragua where she built and runs the only yoga and meditation studio in town.  Originally from California, she traded the golden handcuffs (they're real and shiny) for a more authentic life which includes a surfboard. The surfboard is her husband's (he tricked her into moving) but the yoga studio and the people it serves are what keep her connected, inspired, and growing.  

A forever student she has acquired over 3,000 hours of yoga certifications in Hatha, Prenatal, Vinyasa, and Yin since 2005.  Vanessa has trained with many teachers in various styles of yoga but two of her first and most influential teachers were Peter Sterios, founder of Manduka, and James Bailey an Ayurvedic Doctor.  She co-founded Nicaragua Yoga Institute which hosts and runs Yoga Teacher Trainings and Wellness retreats year-round. Being a mother to three boys herself led Vanessa to support other women as a birth doula and she has assisted and/or delivered over 20 babies in Nicaragua and the United States. 

Trained and certified by The Chopra Center in Primordial Sound Meditation Vanessa will take you through a series of sessions to ignite or deepen your meditation practice. You will walk away with not only your very OWN mantra based on your place, date, and time of birth in Vedic astrology but also a greater understanding of your pure potential through this ancient yet relevant practice of meditation.  We will explore the practical aspects of how and why we practice, what gets in the way, and practice using our personal mantra as well as open ourselves up to higher states of consciousness.