Ritual Vinyasa: Earth

Ritual Vinyasa: Earth
60 Contact Hours in the Orthopedic Yoga Therapy Pathway
April 1-10, 2024

Playa el Coco, Nicaragua

We begin with our Earth segment and explore our connections, to ourselves, our families’, our students, each other, our communities, our planet and our god. We begin to analyze what it means to be a teacher and the unique opportunities it affords. We will revel in the earthly qualities that allow us to ground down, reconnect and move forward from this stable foundation. In that effort will learn to develop self-care practices designed specifically for our unique bodies and our unique needs to connect and recharge. Moving further into this realm we will explore practices designed to fend off depression and learn how to guide students to find individualized daily practices custom tailored for their current needs. Guest teacher Chip Hartranft will help us to grow our roots all the way back to India with his History of Yoga Course, Ray Crist will bring us into the Luminous Field and I will delve deeply into the anatomy of the spinal column.

Ritual Vinyasa is made up of 5 elemental 60-Hour Training segments that make up the 300 Hour Orthopedic Yoga Therapy Certification. To find out more about the 300 Hour Training:

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Your retreat with us includes:

  • Accommodations within steps of the Pacific, with access to a lovely pool
  • Daily therapeutic yoga sessions with Michelle specifically designed to nurture you
  • Four Nutritious meals per day,  pre-yoga snacks, coffee and juice
  • Specialty workshops such as Thai Massage, Holotropic Breathwork, Meditation, Facial Cupping, Fascial Release and more!
  • Access to the Turtle Hatchery where the baby turtles make their trip to the Ocean

Base Package: $1899 per person

This includes:

  • All amenities listed above
  • 4 meals a day
  • shared housing 

Separate family housing is available, as well as childcare. Please inquire for options.

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Meet The Instructors

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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.