Michelle Barnes


Teaching Credentials

200 RYT 


Favorite Pose 
It is hard to choose just one, but I have always loved Warrior 2 pose.  It makes me feel powerful, and it is a pose that can take you to so many places in your Warrior dance: to Reverse Warrior, Humble Warrior, Side Angle- just to name a few.  It is also deceptively challenging, especially if you hold yourself in the pose for several breaths. Warrior 2 reminds me that as long as I start from a solid foundation, my possibilities are boundless.



I walked into my first yoga class in 2001, desperately seeking relief from hip and sciatica pain that I developed during my second pregnancy.  I found so much more!  At that time there were very few yoga classes offered in our community.  When the yoga teacher I was practicing with moved away I did everything I could to find ways to continue practicing, from DVDs to traveling when I found classes within driving distance.  About three years ago I found Janice’s Power yoga class at a local fitness center and I quickly became a regular. I was overjoyed when my friend Christine began teaching and decided to open her own studio dedicated to Power yoga. I have been honored to be a part of the SPY Altoona community from Day One.  Becoming a teacher has been on my bucket list for quite some time, and one of the silver linings of the COVID pandemic has been that I was able to devote time to begin the next part of my yoga journey by completing the 200-hour teacher training.


Off of my mat, I am a wife and mom.  I’m also a Doctor of Optometry in private practice in Hollidaysburg.