Michael Thomas Lear is an internationally-recognized Senior Trager® Bodywork Practitioner and Ashtanga Yoga Instructor with a client base spanning five continents and including a few Academy Award and Grammy winners as well as many figures prominent in business and industry.
For over 25 years, Lear has been at the forefront of mind-body medicine, yoga and meditation. He has studied Yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the founder of Ashtanga Yoga, as well as with many of Ashtanga's foremost instructors. Holding a Yoga Alliance RYT 500 Certification, he teaches Yoga Anatomy for Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification courses and conducts workshops internationally.
Lear is also a seasoned Vipassana meditator in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Kin as taught by S. N. Goenka. His motivational talks inspired many, having been presented in numerous yoga studios as well as somatic education gatherings. Lear imparts encouragement and enthusiasm as he shares his empowering and effective programs for achieving a high vibe life style, personal and professional success.
He was recognized with a cover article in Massage Therapy Journal for his work introducing Trager® to physical therapists in post-tsunami Sri Lanka, which he has also done in Japan. Lear who is on the management team for Instructors for Trager International, also holds Plant Based Nutrition certification through Cornell University, taught by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of “The China Study” and “Whole.”
While working as Director of International Relations for Real Medicine Foundation and working closely with UN Agencies and foreign governments, Lear was an integral part of many international relief programs to improve primary health care service in disadvantaged areas of post-conflict, disaster affected and poverty-stricken countries, including Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Armenia and post-earthquake Haiti. South Sudan’s Medical Journal/JubaLink has cited Lear as a principal in establishing the country’s first College of Nursing and Midwifery.
In addition to his international service, Lear serves locally as a board member trauma recovery yoga instructor and lead trainer with The Shanthi Project, a volunteer organization which conducts yoga and mindfulness classes at the county prison, juvenile center and Boys and Girls Club.
A life-long musician playing drums, Lear feeds his soul behind the kit. He has many years experience playing professionally and in a variety of genres. In addition to playing professionally, he’s developed an entire on-line yoga and mindfulness program specifically for drummers (www.yoga4drummers.com) to help them access their full potential. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Finance and International Management from Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J. and has worked extensively in the corporate world. A native of Easton, PA, Lear makes his home on the East Coast when he is in the United States where he enjoys visiting with family, friends and his cat Sayagyi.
Michael is available for recording, touring, private and group yoga instruction, therapeutic bodywork sessions, or motivational speaking engagements. Additionally, Michael can embed on tour as both a musician and integrative therapist working with lead talent and band to ensure peak performance. Book Michael Now!