My intention is to act as a conduit for my students when I take the seat of the teacher, guiding practitioners toward physical sustainability and mental curiosity not through my pushing, but through their own path of discovery. All of this is sustained on a foundation of compassion, respect and a simple desire to explore the realm of impermanence. My work is grounded in the science of anatomy and physiology and yet seeks to speak to the artist’s heart through creative sequencing and playful exploration of physicality (my signature Breakti® class is one example of this). I began teaching movement at University in 2000 while simultaneously pursuing degrees in Plant Biology and Dance, and found my way to yoga through a dance-related injury in 2003.
My studies and personal practice since that time have had particular emphasis in therapeutic applications of asana and my deep desire to know and understand the mind and heart has led me to ongoing work in buddhist meditation, psychology and philosophy. After ten years of guest teaching in teacher trainings, leading my own trainings, as well as offering workshops and weekly public classes at some of the top studios in New York City (Kula Yoga Project, YogaWorks, Katonah Yoga, Yoga Union, Laughing Lotus, Om Factory), I relocated to Zurich, Switzerland with my husband in May of 2015, where we are building our lives together from the "Grund auf neu". In February of 2016 we welcomed our daughter, Miya Zoe, to the world. In April of 2018, we opened the doors to our very own home studio, MI-YA yoga.
I am currently embarking on the inaugural year of the Insight Body advanced teacher education and am developing subsequent modules with other fantastic teachers from Zürich and NYC.
My Primary Teachers:
Other Major Influences:
Chögyam Trungpa and other shambhala teachings
Katy Bowman, movement ecology
the interdependence project, nyc
Raphael Xavier, Break(dance) and Movement Exploration
Schuyler Grant, art of Vinyasa, adjustments and Sequencing
Doug Keller, Yoga Therapeutics
Katonah Yoga/Nevine Michaan, asana and pranayama, adjustments
Jillian Pransky, restoratives and therapeutics
Laurel Hodory, Ashtanga, Anusara
John Friend, Anusara and Yoga Therapeutics
Degrees, Numbers and Letters:
I grew up dancing and playing sports and have been studying the body and movement diligently since I began University studies in 1998. I graduated with honors and a BFA in Dance Pedagogy/Choreography/Performance in 2002, danced and choreographed professionally in Philadelphia, Columbus and New York City, and completed my first 200 hour teacher training in 2005. Since that time, I have completed a 300 hour, a 75 hour and four separate weeklong therapeutics trainings with teachers at the top of their fields in addition to hundreds of hours of weekly classes and workshops in and around NYC. I have also completed a year-long buddhist studies and meditation teacher training at the Interdependence Project in New York City as well as numerous meditation weekends, philosophy classes and retreats through Shambhala NYC and Karma Choling. I am currently embarking on a mentorship with Carrie Owerko, with the intention of going up for certification in the Iyengar Method in 2020.