Michael Doering

Favorite inspirational quote: “Wake now, discover that you are the song that the morning brings.” - From Eyes of the World, written by Robert Hunter, performed by the Grateful Dead

When/Where/With whom was your first yoga class: I had been practicing on my own from books for a couple of years before I took my first yoga class in 2000. It was with my friend, Erin Abrams, at her small Anusara yoga studio in Sturbridge, MA. Erin taught me the importance of proper alignment in the postures, and more importantly, that your yoga practice can be a life-affirming joyful celebration.

What and who inspires me: I’m inspired when I think about the strength and courage my Mom had as she raised me and my two brothers on her own, and by my wife, Kelly, whose constant grace always amazes me.

What I love most about yoga: It is what I take with me off the mat, which is a mind that is more clear and still, a physical body that has been strengthened and integrated, and a heightened intuition that helps me to more consistently feel a divine presence in my life.

What I can’t live without: Music

What you might not know about me: I am a stay-at-home Dad for my four year old son, Gary, and my little girl, Annalee, who is almost a year old.

Best advice I ever received: From my Aunt Nancy when she was terminally ill. She told me, Find someone to love and let that person love you.

Favorite book: Too many to name. I did just finish Life of Pi. The books On my nightstand right now are: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and Meditations From the Mat by Rolf Gate

Favorite local escape: Lake Boon in Stow, MA where my Mom lives.

Michael Doering instructs the following:
  • Slow Flow (Mild Heat)
  • MYoga Slow Flow incorporates the same principles as MYoga Flow, with less postures than a regular Flow Yoga class — more emphasis on alignment, breath and the foundational tools of a yoga practice. We recommend 3 -6 classes before attending a regular Flow Yoga class. (Mild Heat)

  • MYoga Hot Hatha (Hot Heat)
  • This invigorating and mindful series that Shawn developed incorporates strengthening postures as well as emphasizing stillness and focus. Postures are held longer than our flow classes. The practice allows for students to work with their breath while developing strength and flexibility. Be prepared to transform your practice. Open to all levels. It will challenge the experienced student, but moves slow enough for a newer student.  (Hot Heat)

  • Flow (Hot Heat)
  • MYoga Flow Yoga covers a wide variety of yoga styles. Including; Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Bikram and Baptiste. It is a vigorous practice that strengthens the core muscles in the body, enhances flexibility, while encouraging deep concentration and focus. All Flow Yoga is practiced in a heated room. The heat encourages perspiration, which helps to detoxify and cleanse the body. The muscles respond to the heat by relaxing and allowing us to move deeper into a posture. There is an assumption that you have practiced before, so there is less attention to alignment ques. This moves at a faster pace to elevate the heart rate and elevate the cardiovascular system as well as develop strength and flexibility. This practice will tone and sculpt your body and heal your soul. Be prepared to sweat, and discover your inner strength!  (Hot Heat)