Michelle Cowell became a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher while living in New Zealand from 2010 through 2012. Michelle’s path on Iyengar yoga started much earlier when she was first introduced to yoga as a teen. Her mother Jo Zukovich was training to become a certified teacher and Michelle was one of Jo’s first students. Jo has been and still is Michelle’s primary teacher. Along the way, Michelle has been lucky to study with many excellent Iyengar yoga teachers in the United States and in New Zealand. The experience of studying Iyengar yoga in two countries shows how Iyengar’s system of training and certification is consistent and rigorous wherever one lives.

Michelle has been to Pune India 1995 to study with the Mr. Iyengar and his son and daughter Prashant and Geeta. She has also attended many conventions where Mr. Iyengar and Geeta taught in the United States.

Michelle and her family have lived in California, North Carolina, Colorado and New Zealand. Yoga started in her hometown of San Diego and yoga has been a constant all through Michelle’s life. Besides yoga, Michelle enjoys skiing, hiking and surfing and reading.