Empowering Women: Michelle Itzkowitz

Michelle Itzkowitz

Owner of innerglow yoga
and Cape Cod Yoga School  

47 Main St., Plymouth 30 Steeple St., Mashpee Commons, Mashpee 508-450-1613 michelleitzkowitz.com
innerglowyogacapecod.com capecodyogaschool.com

What is the core mission at innerglow yoga?
innerglow yoga is driven by the community. Our sole mission is to introduce our clients to a path of becoming their truest, happiest self, one breath at a time.

What has been one of the highlights of your
career (so far)?
I have been studying yoga beyond the asana for over 35 years. Having a background in nutrition and cooking combined with my yogic studies has now culminated into deeper study of Ayurveda, the science of life. I infuse my classes with all of these elements – I talk about food and healing in my public yoga classes and talk about yoga (including breathing and meditation) in my cooking classes. Having the privilege to own and operate spaces to do this has been a humbling gift.

How has working in health/wellness influenced you
as a person?

Every day is an opportunity to do something for our health. I take each morning as a gift and spend a few moments to breathe, move and reflect. This mindset has helped me deal with my stress and overcome obstacles that come up from time to time. I respond to challenges, rather than react and simply feel great overall. This has been the driving force behind running multiple studios and a school. I am also finding that our students are responding to the practice in a similar way. Offering deeper understanding and education in yoga and Ayurveda through the training programs has been not only a joy, but an education in itself.

What do you find to be the most gratifying aspect
of your job?

Watching transformation. Being a student of yoga, I have experienced so much shift over the years. It is so gratifying to see that what I share with others has a similar effect.