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Michele Loew

Michele Loew is an international yoga teacher and the founder and director of The Yoga Space in Portland, Oregon.  She is known as a teacher’s teacher and is respected for her 200 Hr. & 500 Hr. Yoga Schools and her ability to combine Western knowledge of the body (anatomy & physiology and modern kinesiology techniques) with the Eastern tradition of yoga.  

She has practiced and taught Hatha & Vinyasa yoga since 1998, having studied extensively in the Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions as well as the Sri Vidya lineage & since 2014, the Kalachakra Yogas.  She is known for her keen observation skills and her ability to guide students toward aligning the physical and energetic body through the use of expert hands-on assists and intelligent verbal cues. She brings to her teaching a warm and engaging style that reflects her own internal understanding of the practice.  

Michele is an avid student of Eastern & Western Philosophy and continues to study with her principal yoga teacher Richard Freeman with whom she has practiced with since 2000. She has been Richard’s assistant in his teacher trainings and workshops and has a close understanding of his brilliant middle path teaching.  She practices Tibetan Buddhist yogas and has received initiation from a number of Tibetan teachers, including several Kalachakra initiations with HH The Dalai Lama. She practices Vajrayana as guided by her beloved teacher in Buddhist inner science, Dr. Robert Thurman.  

Michele teaches regular classes and trainings in Portland, as well as retreats and workshops internationally. For more information on Michele please also visit www.theyogaspace.com and follow her on instagram @micheleloew

Please feel free to email Michele with any questions or to let her know about former injuries or modifications you might be working with in your practice. michele@theyogaspace.com

Events with Michele Loew

Clearlight Yoga Nidra Immersion Retreat: The Enlightened Heart-Yoga Nidra for Super Bliss, Wisdom & Compassion
March 30 - April 2, 2023

Join us at Menla for this deep dive into the depths of Yoga Nidra, the practice of sleeping with awareness, or enlightened sleep. Michele Loew has been practicing Yoga Nidra for 25 years, and in this comprehensive training we look into this inner science and the ways it can be practiced and shared to access different states of consciousness and ultimately pure awareness. A sister science to the Tibetan Dream & Clearlight sleep practices, this practice can be done as an entry way into those practices, or vehicle to navigate all four of the nocturnal practices. Students that are purchasing…

Niguma Yoga Retreat
April 3 - 7, 2023

Tibet House US | Menla’s Vajrayoga School is honored to host His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche on his first American tour demonstrating and teaching Lady Niguma’s Trulkhor cycle of yoga. The yoga exercises of the Niguma tradition are extremely beneficial for both the physical body and the inner, subtle body, which is related to the cultivation and circulation of internal energy and vital essences (thigle). The practices have many benefits for your mind as well as for your general health and well-being. Kalu Rinpoche will demonstrate and teach the physical exercises connected with the Six Yogas of Niguma, who was a…

Vajrayoga 300 Hour Spring Term: Closing Celebration Intensive
May 30 - June 5, 2023

Join us for the closing term of our Vajrayoga school. Spring term we will study Vajrayana Tantra and the Vajra body in depth and expand our study of comparative Hatha yoga and non-dual traditions. Kalachakra, Yamantaka, Guhyasamaja-Esoteric Community Tantra, Chakrasamvara, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead will be explored along with the Hatha yoga Pradipika & Yoga Taravali. In-Person Retreat: May 30-June 5, 2023 at Menla Online livestreams from April 14-May 27, 2023. Weekly live lectures with Robert Thurman Fridays 11-1pm EST & Yoga practices with Michele Loew Saturdays 11-1:30pm EST. Curated pre-recorded materials on Buddhist Tantra, Vajrayoga, and…

Vajra Yoga 300 Hour Teacher Training 2023-2024: Fall Immersion
November 6 - 13, 2023

September 22, 2023 to April 19th, 2024 Course kick off online September 22nd, weekly livestreams and online. In-Person Fall Practice Immersion at Menla:  November 6-13th. Use this link to register for the in person event! Schedule for In-Person Retreat Monday, November 6 3 – 6 pm Arrival & Check-in 6 – 7 pm Dinner 7:30 – 9 pm Orientation with Bob and Michele Tuesday, November 7 – Sunday, November 12 7 – 8 am Meditation & Nejang Practice with Michele Loew 8 – 9 am Breakfast 10 am – 12:30 pm Asana Training, Technique/ Teaching Methodology with Michele 12:30 –…

Vajrayoga - A Mahasiddha Reunion: Devotion, Wisdom, and Taras’ Magic
December 11 - 17, 2023

Don’t miss your chance to join an all-star team of teachers and practitioners of Indic yogic sciences for a weeklong Vajrayoga study and practice intensive, “A Mahasiddha Reunion: Devotion, Wisdom, and Taras’ Magic” December 11 – 17 at Menla or online. Space is very limited for the in-person option, so sign up now for this amazing opportunity to study and practice with some of the best minds and hearts in the field! This stand-alone hybrid Vajrayoga intensive explores the so-far little-known common origins and philosophical and practical relationships between Tantric Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and Hathayoga. You will leave this retreat physically…


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