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Swan Michelle has been a strong force in serving, innovating and leading the wellness & yoga community of the Gulf Coast & New Orleans full time, since 1998. She was one of the first yoga teachers to grow the yoga community in this region. She is the Founder of Swan River Yoga LLC, the largest yoga studio in the Gulf region and Swan River Yoga Arabi, a community based non-profit donation based center, making yoga and wellness accessible to all.

Her education in wellness is extensive to Internationally recognized teachers such as Ram Dass, Sharon Gannon and His Holiness The Dalai Lama, to immersive training in India and SE Asia, and Sound Therapy and Ayurveda in the States. She is credited for offering the first Yoga Teacher Training in New Orleans, and legalizing these trainings with the board of Education in the state of LA.

She has educated thousands of students in Yoga, Mantra, Energy Medicine Sound Therapy, Sanskrit, Restorative Yoga, Trauma informed Yoga, Ayurveda and holistic practices as she too has certifications in all of these modalities with highly accredited teachers.

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Since 2002, she has brought thousands of people on wellness retreats, particularly Central and South America as well as India and SE Asia to participate in a deep interconnection with nature and the ancient cultures wisdom’s that we too can carry on responsibly. In 2012, she curated her first Sound Bath and Sound Therapy experiences, now well known & immensely received from beaches, studios, to cooperate settings and conventions, to The Saenger Theatre.

2020 brought her to Pensacola Beach, where she now Produces impactful Eco based, mindfulness, sound & wellness collaborations in symbiosis with nature, advocating and empowering wellness of the ecosystem and one another.

She is now a Wellness Event Producer, Educator, Musician of Pensacola Beach Yoga Wellness with The Positive Vibrations Foundation and in partnership with The Secret Place.


Swan River Yoga: www.swanriveryoga.com
Pensacola Beach Wellness: www.pensacolabeachwellness.com

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