Michelle Thomas

Where are you from originally?  I lived in several states growing up and my family settled in Frankfort, Kentucky where I graduated high school. I later moved to Nashville, TN where I spent many years, raised twin daughters and met my husband, Terry, who I’ve been married to for 21 years. 

Yogi Michelle at PSY

How long have you lived in Chattanooga? I have lived in Chattanooga for over four and half years. 

Tell us about your childhood:  I was pretty active as a child. I started running cross country in middle school and ran track in high school. I guess you could say that was my passion and I recall having a dream to run a marathon but never imagined at that time that I would later have opportunities to complete 26.2 miles. 

Do you have a nick name? I guess you could say my middle name is my nickname, Michelle. I’ve been called many names but I prefer to be called Michelle. 😉

When were you introduced to Yoga? I started taking yoga with Rodney Yee at home via his “Yoga For Athletes” VHS video. Does anyone remember the VHS tapes? This was my introduction to yoga. This was very helpful as part of my marathon training. The first time I stepped into a yoga studio was around 2012 when my husband deployed with the National Guard. I went to a Bikram yoga studio in Nashville and I really enjoyed practicing yoga there for an hour and a half a few times a week. I initially started practicing yoga and used it as cross training for my marathon training schedule. I later found many more benefits to yoga. 

How do yoga and the community play a role in your life? Yoga currently plays a big role in my life. I  am enjoying teaching at Peace.Strength.Yoga and I work with kids a few times a week in Redbank  at Kids Space. 

What pose do you love the most and why? This is a hard question but I will say right now my favorite pose is Warrior II because it is a very strong posture that engages many of the muscles in the body.

What is your favorite quote? One of my favorite quotes is “Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself. Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength. A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship.” St Frances De Salles