Michael Baiocchi is owner of Bala Yoga and is quickly becoming one of the west coast’s premier experts in the field of Health and Wellness. As a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Lifestyle Coach and Metabolic Typing® and Diet Coach: Michael takes health and wellness to a whole new level!
Looking for more balance in his life, Michael found yoga during his career as a professional athlete and martial artist. His classes, challenging but playful, are built around simple sequences that let students cultivate strength and calmness of mind, experience the physical richness of the practice, and have fun! Michael’s teachers include Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rae, Tias Little, the community and teachers at Bala Yoga, and his family.
Read on for a Q&A with Michael!
How/when did you begin practicing yoga?
I started in college at the local school gym – yoga was a great way to relieve stress for me. I typically went after working out and could never keep up with the women in class! Later, as a professional athlete, I used yoga to help my body recover and to calm my mind.
What is your favorite part of teaching?
My favorite part of teaching is being able to guide my students wherever it is they need to be. I offer a safe environment for students to explore their practice, their bodies and their lives.
What is your favorite pose?
I really like Gomukhasana and humble warrior. Gomukhasana is a challenging pose for me but i enjoy being in it and at least giving it my best effort.
What one piece of advice would you offer to new/aspiring yogis?
Show up and see what’s going on. Too often we miss out on life and its experiences. Just by showing up on your yoga mat, you slow everything down and see what really matters in life.
What one piece of advice would you offer to yogis considering Teacher Training?
It is the single best thing I’ve ever done. I say if you’re considering it, look up the nearest studio or your favorite teacher, find out where the most convenient teacher training is, and do it. Even if you don’t ever plan to teach, it’s an experience you will never regret!