Michael Hayes, the proud owner of a "Buddha Body," has yoga certifications in Sivananda, Allison West’s Yoga Union and Yoga Therapy by Dan Olansky. He has studied extensively in the following traditions: Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Thai Yoga, Om Vinyasa Yoga and Yoga Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff. In addition, Michael has traveled regularly to Thailand to study with master teachers. His class will benefit anyone regardless of their individual anatomy, flexibility, age, or yoga background.
Michael has 16+ years of experience as a licensed massage therapist, 15 years studying and teaching martial arts, 14 years studying and teaching yoga, and a lifetime as a visual artist, using watercolor, charcoal pencil, and ink. As a performer of African and modern dance, Michael brought his love of dance together with his desire to facilitate healing as the staff massage therapist for the cast of Miss Saigon on Broadway and went on to treat many performers including professional dancers and Grammy winners. Michael became the staff massage therapist at the Bates Dance Festival 8 years ago, and currently holds this position.