Transformational Vinyasa: 

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with

Orthopedic Yoga Therapy

Ready to dive deeper into the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of your yoga practice?

This training will bring you from loving your practice to loving your work.

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

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Orthopedic Yoga Therapy

Transformational Vinyasa

This comprehensive training guides participants into a deep embodiment of the practices, philosophy and anatomy that is the core of our program. We work with each participant as an individual and their unique bodies, histories and goals. Whether you are looking to use our courses to find your own balance, or to help others find theirs, there is a place for you in our community. You will learn to deeply understand yourself as well as have the experience and knowledge to guide students through multi-level yoga classes that nourish the soul, align the body and release tension at its deepest level for a truly holistic healing experience.

2024 Winter Series dates of note:

January 12-14 We begin, Clearing the Way with Fire Salute and Functional Anatomy for Yoga Teachers
February 2-4: Introduction to Energetic Medicine with Ray Crist and Vanessa Pattison

March 15-17 Yin Yoga, Philosophy and History of Yoga with Chip Hartranft

April 27-29: Rewiring Our Neurology and Restructuring or Forms using Yoga Therapy with Michelle Fleming and Vanessa Pattison

May 17-19: Intro to Therapeutic Touch and it’s Applications for Yoga Therapy

June 7-9 Intelligent Sequencing: The How and Why with Michelle Fleming



In person: A 6-month program in the Boston area starting in January with one evening a week and one weekend a month at Be The Light studio in East Boston and Shine On Yoga in Milton.

Shine On Yoga in Milton, MA

Be the Light Studio in Winthrop, MA

Retreat option: Join us in paradise this Winter for an in- person immersion into our Core Curriculum on a pristine beach where baby turtles hatch for an unparalleled healing experience, and then join us online for the remainder of the program.

Dive in with our 40-Hour Retreat in Nicaragua, March 2-9, 2024

Online option: Learn at your own pace or with a group, by combining our live online courses with lifetime access to the recordings.

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All participants will graduate this course with: 

  • An ability to teach informed, safe and inspiring yoga classes ranging from slow, gently and therapeutic to fast, sweaty and exhilarating; to students of all levels and all degrees of experience, in person and online. 
  • The knowledge needed to keep every student in your classes safe, and always moving towards optimal balance and alignment even if they are working with a restriction or injury
  • A deep understanding of the physical and energetic anatomies and how they apply to yoga
  • How and when to employ the “bandhas”, or energetic locks of yoga
  • A functional perspective of the joints move, take stress and are to be aligned with regards to yoga; and the ability to feel in in their own bodies and see it in their students. 
  • The ability to 'body read' which will allow participants to look at their students and know what adjustments that student needs to make where, and why, to bring student into better alignment, out of pain and away from the risk of injury.
  • The experience and knowledge to create a unique yoga practice that is right for you; as well as to know when and how to modify that practice as appropriate.
  • An in-depth understanding of the often misunderstood 'Fascia' of the body, and how it relates to yoga and orthopedics with a teacher who has been certified in “fascial Release” for more then a decade
  • An ability to practice and offer the “un-doings” needed to bring ourselves and our students from misaligned posture back into balance 
  • Experience of offering therapeutic hands-on assists in a safe and effective manner
  • A deep exploration into yoga philosophy with one of the foremost experts in the country
  • An amazing, growth filled and fun experience within an outstanding community of people.
  • A life-changing, transformative educational experience that will benefit participants and the lives of the people around them.  

Why train in Orthopedic Yoga Therapy?

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 Aryuvedic 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.  



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How is Orthopedic Yoga Therapy Different?

Yoga is 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.

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