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Turks & Caicos Co-Host

Michelle Thielen
(YogaFaith Founder)

Called the Yoga Pastor, Michelle Thielen is a speaker, author of Stretching Your Faith and traveling yogi who holds over 25,000 teaching hours. A student of Peter Levine’s Somatic Experience (SE), and Eric Walrabenstein’s therapy for psychological wounds, Michelle is passionate about helping the world heal from trauma to live a life of purpose. She is also Certified with the American Council of Exercise, a Registered Master Trainer with the Yoga Alliance as well as an educator and Master Trainer with the Christian Yoga Association. As a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Trainer, Michelle has been instrumental in aiding with the restoration of those who suffer from trauma, intense anxiety or depression into healing and freedom. She travels around the world aiding in the rescue efforts of human traffic victims as well as raising awareness about the epidemic. See more at

Michelle Thielen
Long Beach Island Co-Host

Rie Frilund Skårhøj
(E-RYT and Yogafaith Ambassador)

Rie lives in Denmark with her husband and 3 kids. She is the founder of CrossYoga in Denmark and teaches fitness as well as yoga. Rie also leads retreats and teacher trainings and is self employed at '' as an author, speaker and consultant in 'volunteer management’. See more at

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