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I strive to empower people to live happily and fully by integrating a sustainable yoga practice into their daily life. I believe in the power of yoga to HEAL physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

While creating this website (my first), I was assisted by WordPress technical support.  I noticed on one email, after the person’s name was their job title, “Happiness Engineer”.  Couldn’t we all use a Happiness Engineer, and not just for website construction!  It got me to thinking, when someone asks me what I do, I usually answer, “Yoga teacher”.  If they are not yogis themselves, they usually think I spend my day showing students how to twist into pretzels and balance on their feet, hands, or head.  But, yoga is not just about the physical, the shapes you make with your body.  There is so much more you can gain from the practice, if you are open to receiving.  I think from now on when someone asks me what I do, I will answer, “I am a Wellness Engineer”.  This is a more suitable description of how yoga can give you the capacity to live a fulfilled life at any age!


Happiness – Why is it normal in society to settle for feeling/being just “good” or “fine”? Why not be “fantastic”, “excellent”, or “outstanding”!  Do not dim your light (or allow others). That which gives you joy in life is an indicator of what your purpose is here on earth. Follow your passion!

Empower – Let go of old thoughts and beliefs. They may not even be your own, but based on those around you. Empower yourself to be your own Wellness Engineer! Take charge of your health, implementing changes so you can age with vitality.

Awareness –  Do you feel like you are racing from one thing to the next from the moment the alarm goes off in the morning until you close your eyes for bed in the evening?  By being more aware or mindful we can create more space in our mind and more space in our day.

Live – Live from your heart. Create harmony between effort and ease in your daily life…the effort being work, duties, tasks…the ease being laughter, love, and leisure!


Recently my group of local and out-of-town family and friends were both excited and delighted to attend a private Bliss Yoga session led by instructor Michele Schmidt on the morning before our daughter’s wedding. Michele was able to secure the perfect outdoor spot, brought plenty of her extra mats, blocks, and straps, provided us with refreshing water and invigorated us all with an incredible 1+ hour-long yoga practice! Michele has always been one of my very favorite yoga instructors with her clear and easy to follow instructions and individual positioning adjustments as necessary. She led us through a peaceful flow and personalized the session to honor my daughter, the bride-to-be with her words and ending prayer. Everyone who attended enjoyed it immensely and thanked me for the jump start to the day! I’m so glad Michele made this session possible – it’s become a tradition with our family weddings to include yoga and was a wonderful part of our weekend of celebrating!

Maureen – Pre-Wedding Outdoor Yoga Class

I love my weekly private yoga sessions with Michele! For sixty minutes, all of her attention is on me – what my body needs at that given moment in time. Whether it be strength, flexibility or balance, Michele skillfully leads me into and out of poses using props to assist as needed. Mixed with her unwavering emphasis on proper alignment and breathing, Michele continues to help improve my practice and has given me that added boost of confidence to get me back into group classes.

Ann – Private Yoga Client

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