March 12 , 2019 / 5 minutes, 30 seconds

Meet the Mighty Michelle Ruiz!

Author: Annette K. Scott

Meet the Mighty Michelle Ruiz! 1Meet Michelle! She joins the Kodawari teaching Krewe today! She has a love for yoga and whether it’s an event close to home, a class or a yoga retreat far away, Michelle feels inspired to create opportunities for others to re-connect with themselves and others. In her words, “These experiences (of reconnection) are moments that change us and stay in or hearts forever. I hope to provide these opportunities to as many people as possible. Reach for the stars friends!”

Why I love to teach: Once you discover the power of yoga , you just want to share it with every one. It is such a beautiful thing to share personal experiences with others and see that they too, have been in the same boat. I love that in our busy lives, yoga class is the best part of the day for most people. To come to a place where we can all let go of the cares of the world for an hour together brings so much happiness and positive energy … I love being able to provide that space for others.

Why I have a passion for yoga: Like many people, I was curious about yoga because I wanted to be physically fit. I admit, I took a few classes and wasn’t in love…yet. Finally, I discovered hot yoga and was hooked. The pain from a serious back injury was finally gone and after many years of not feeling “myself” I began to feel on track in my personal life. Yoga began to teach me that once you work on yourself on the inside, everything on the outside falls into place.

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On the Goddess Network, Local Events & International Retreats : Many people ask how/why am I inspired to give back to the world in this way. Looking back on my life, each time I went through a heart break or rough time, taking a trip helped me to find myself again. I would come home with a fresh outlook on life and a new level of self-love. To me, travel is the ultimate form of yoga because it is all about living in the present moment: savoring every taste, sight and sound. Visiting a new place gives us a fresh outlook on how other people live, bringing cultural understanding which our world needs so much more of. It has been a dream come true to intertwine my love for yoga + travel over the past three years leading International Retreats to the Caribbean, Thailand and Dubai. Watching travelers come home with a fresh perspective on life is just magical beyond words.

It’s certainly true that you don’t have to fly to the other side of the globe to experience a major shift in your life. I remember sitting on my porch a few years ago, mimosa in hand, scrolling through FaceBook and witnessed so many amazing women promoting their businesses and incredible projects online. I sensed a little bit of competition and thought to myself, “If only these ladies knew each other! Big things could happen.” I knew we all needed to get off our phones and get in person to share our dreams and passions. This is how the Goddess Network was born. We host yoga & mimosa events at high end venues in Tampa. Complete with brunch, DJs, henna artists and entertainment – these events have not only created a one-of-a-kind party experience for ladies but have been the source of lots of new businesses forming, new friendships made and happy memories to be shared in our community. I also love hosting events where men can come too! It’s great to spend a few hours on a weekend letting loose in a party atmosphere while connecting with like-minded positive people.

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If you are interested in practicing with Michelle she’s teaching Hot and Heated Power on Tuesday and Fridays! Make it to the mat for a connection that you won’t forget!



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