Michael Ponte

Michael’s approach to teaching is informed by his personal practice of self-exploration through yoga asana, philosophy, and meditation, and through the direct feedback of watching students’ bodies and reactions as they explore those same things in weekly public classes. Awareness of one’s own body and mind is a complicated practice that is not always easily taught. Through the guidance of precise alignment, smart and logical sequencing, cueing of where to place one’s attention, and subtle caring reminders to be aware of one’s distracting thoughts and habits, he helps yoga students build a practice of their own. Known for his creative sequences set to music, his precise and clear alignment cues, and his ability to disarm the pretense of any yoga room, he makes the learning environment warm, fun, and loving. You will probably sweat, you will be challenged - you will probably also laugh once or twice - and you will learn something about yourself while exploring your own internal environment through the system of yoga.

In Los Angeles, 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 passion for yoga. 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 ever since. Michael did his 300-hour training at Down Under and is a lead trainer in Down Under’s Fall 200-hour Teacher Training with Natasha Rizopoulos and Kate Heffernan.


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