Since 2010, Michelle Stortz, has worked with hundreds of cancer and chronic illnesses survivors in the Philadelphia area. She enjoys designing custom yoga programs that anyone can do regardless of ability.
Currently, Michelle works with cancer patients at Fox Chase Cancer Center, the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Jefferson University Hospital, the Abramson Cancer Center through Pennsylvania Hospital at Old Pine Community Center, Unite for Her as well as working privately in patients’ homes.
Michelle’s teaching is augmented by her studies in meditation and Buddhism and her involvement with the Springboard Meditation Sangha. Additionally, her early career in contemporary dance and performance studies continues to inform her yoga teaching through somatic modalities such as Bartenieff Fundamentals, Feldenkrais Method and Body-Mind Centering. She has a passion for moving and helping others find this joy.
Michelle’s work is dedicated to her late husband, Jon Lustig, whom she lost to complications in cancer treatment in 2009.
Yoga and Other Physical Trainings
300hr Teacher Training in Yoga for Cancer and Chronic Illness (2013)
200hr Basic Yoga Teacher Training (2006)
Pilates Mat Exercises Teacher Training (2005)
CranioSacral Technique, Level I (2004)
Swedish Massage Certification (1993)
Mindfulness and Meditation Trainings
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Practicum/Jefferson University Hospital (2017)
Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra (2016)
Dedicated Practitioners Program/Springboard Meditation Sangha (2012/13)
Trigger Point Technique
Reiki, Level II
The Satipatthana Sutta (mindfulness/Buddhism)
International Association of Yoga Therapists
MFA, Ohio State University, Dance/Choreography
BFA, University of Texas, Dance