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Michael Ponte

With a clear calling and a decade-long dream come true, Michael is thrilled to call yoga his full-time job. As Director of Operations and a member of the Down Under School of Yoga faculty, Michael brings his years of management and teaching experience to his favorite place to be: the yoga studio.

While living in Los Angeles and grinding through his career as an actor, life’s priorities began to shift and yoga became his foundation, his home, and ultimately his dharma. Michael studied with his most influential teachers at the Center for Yoga in Larchmont Village where Whitney Allen, Joan Hyman, Colleen Garrity, and David Lynch helped him find the joy that yoga can bring. He completed his 200-hour teacher training in Bali with Alicia Chueng and Oliver Reinsch and assisted that same training a year later. He has been studying and teaching regularly in Provincetown and Boston ever since. Michael is humbled and thrilled to be able to share his love for innovative and passionate vinyasa classes with the Boston community and specifically the one at Down Under.

When you come to class, expect flow sequences designed to create ease, strength, and introspection. You will probably sweat, you will be challenged, and you will learn something about yourself while exploring your own internal environment. He strategically uses music to match and enhance the physical and emotional arc of the sequence. Lastly, he truly cannot get through class without making you laugh — so also expect to have some fun. 

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