"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." Wayne Dyer
From 2009 when indicted, through his nine-month 2012 prison sentence, Mike coped by studying and practicing yoga, with the goal of eventually sharing its power. Beginning first with those in the justice system then adding at-risk populations in recovery, veterans, and others dealing with traumas, Mike’s dream grew and in 2013 he founded the Transformation Yoga Project in Philadelphia.
Its mission to provide tools through trauma-sensitive, mindfulness-based yoga for stress, tension, addiction, and anxiety relief has grown. It now conducts over 350 classes per month, and more than 45,000 people in three states and 50 locations have participated.
Mike believes his Transformation Yoga Project addresses a societal need by attempting to close the gap of accessibility. All people deserve access to the wisdom of yoga and to learn how to be at peace with themselves and the world.
Mike has contributed to several books on best practices for teaching trauma-informed yoga, and as an active member of the Yoga Service Council he was twice asked to be part of a small team of respected yogis to develop, document, and publish best practices for programs serving veterans and people within the justice system.