Michelle Allen

Michelle Allen was introduced to the Yogic lifestyle after graduating from college with a passion for dance performance in 2001. Since then, she has built a beautiful family and strives to maintain a level of balance between her home and her time on her mat! Her classes are a high-energy, Vinyasa (flow) styled structure filled with fun-loving energy and great music. She aims to create strong, family-like relationships with each of her students based on their individual needs and desires. She hopes to help her students strengthen their connection between the body and the breath, while allowing them the freedom and compassion to accept each practice as part of their life-long journey!

Michelle did her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Kim Manfredi at Charm City Yoga.


Michelle Allen instructs the following:
  • Beginner Hot Vinyasa 1 [h]
  • A slower paced and more descriptive version of our signature Vinyasa class, a vigorous, flowing style of yoga. Breath awareness and formal relaxation are introduced. The room is heated to body temperature so your body is warmed, allowing for deeper stretching. The muscles, tendons and ligaments become soft and more flexible. The heat promotes sweating which is a method of cleansing to aid in the healing aspects of this yoga style. Please bring water and a towel.


    Level 1, or 1 Diamond, classes are suitable for beginners who are looking for a slower paced, more descriptive experience. The class will help you develop body awareness, learn the basic postures (asanas) and their modifications. The emphasis on proper alignment will help you build strength slowly and safely. Learn yogic breathing and how to link breath with movement. Have fun in this informative class.


  • Hot Vinyasa 2 [h]
  • [h] Heated.

    Turn up the heat on your favorite flow class. Hot Vinyasa is held in a heated room warms your body for deeper opening and cleansing. The muscles, tendons and ligaments may become supple as you work to sweat out toxins. All levels of practitioners are welcome, but those with conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disorders, eating disorders, sleep deprivation, or pregnancy should consult their doctor first about the safety. Please bring a water bottle and a towel.


  • Hot Yoga Express 2 [h]
  • Is finding 90 minutes in your day for yoga a challenge? No worries -we offer Vinyasa Express: A condensed, fast paced vinyasa practice with an upbeat vibe. Lengthen, strengthen, tone and breathe, getting the most out of your practice in just 60 minutes of mindful effort. Level 2, or 2 Diamond, classes are suitable for intermediate students. The basic postures are expanded to include more difficult variations and may be described with less detail. The class will flow at a faster pace and the asanas will be held longer. The classes introduce more advanced breathing techniques and concepts in yogic philosophy including the energetic body.

  • Warm Vinyasa 1
  • A slower paced and more descriptive version of our signature Vinyasa class, a vigorous, flowing style of yoga. Breath awareness and formal relaxation are introduced. The room is heated to body temperature so your body is warmed, allowing for deeper stretching. The muscles, tendons and ligaments become soft and more flexible. The heat promotes sweating which is a method of cleansing to aid in the healing aspects of this yoga style. Please bring water and a towel.

    Level 1, or 1 Diamond, classes are suitable for beginners who are looking for a slower paced, more descriptive experience. The class will help you develop body awareness, learn the basic postures (asanas) and their modifications. The emphasis on proper alignment will help you build strength slowly and safely. Learn yogic breathing and how to link breath with movement. Have fun in this informative class.


  • Vinyasa Express 2
  • Is finding 90 minutes in your day for yoga a challenge? No worries - we offer Vinyasa Express: A condensed, fast paced vinyasa practice with an upbeat vibe. Lengthen, strengthen, tone and breathe, getting the most out of your practice in just 60 minutes of mindful effort.
     
    Level 2, or 2 Diamond, classes are suitable for intermediate students. The basic postures are expanded to include more difficult variations and may be described with less detail. The class will flow at a faster pace and the asanas will be held longer. The classes introduce more advanced breathing techniques and concepts in yogic philosophy including the energetic body.

  • Introduction to Intermediate: The Yoga Fitting Room
  • With Michelle Allen and Nikki Watson
    Saturday, May 13th, 2017
    1:30-4pm, Columbia 
    $40 until April 13, $50 thereafter 
    8325 Guilford Rd, Columbia, MD 21046
    800.336.9642 X10

    Join Nikki and Michelle in this empowering workshop where they use their “beginner’s mind” to help cultivate a “one size DOES NOT fit all” approach to the physical practice. Together we will work to build confidence as we expand posture knowledge and tailor alignment. In this workshop you will define and refine your personal knowledge in the following postures/areas:

    • Bakasana/Crow Pose
    • The Trikonasana “Family”/Triangle Pose
    • Sirsasana/Headstand
    • Natarajasana/Dancer Pose
    • Spinal Extensions/Backbends
    • The traditional Vinyasa transition

    All levels are encouraged to attend as the exploration of postures will encompass compassion, various modifications, as well as techniques to deepen postures if needed. Be prepared to receive individualized assistance during this workshop. 

    Michelle Allen and Nikki Watson met in 2013 at the opening of the Columbia YogaWorks studio. Over the years, they have found similarities in both their lives on and off the mat! Michelle and Nikki are devoted to balancing teaching with their growing families of all boys! They both have backgrounds in dance education and both have found their love of teaching resides in their “beginner’s mind.” Michelle has a passion for writing and her classes cultivate her thoughts, her playful personality, and her nurturing demeanor. Michelle received her 200 and 500 hr teaching certifications from Charm City Yoga in Baltimore, MD under the spiritual guidance of Kim Manfredi. Nikki has a gift for making the practice of yoga an accessible, enjoyable self-exploration and loves helping her students learn and discover. Nikki received her 200 hr teaching certification from Charm City Yoga under Kim Manfredi in 2012 and her 500 hr certification through YogaWorks Baltimore.