What to expect in a class with Mia
Mia teaches classes aimed at nurturing both the body and the spirit. Vinyasa sequences get your energy flowing while allowing you to tune back into your own internal compass. You can expect a focus on safe alignment, mindful awareness of the body and breath, and cultivating a loving attitude towards your body and your mind on and off the mat.
In 2016 Mia completed her 200-hour interdisciplinary yoga teacher training with Heather Healey and Liz Heffernan of Soma Yoga Institute. Mia started practicing yoga as a college student in 2003. Post-college Mia did a year of AmeriCorps working with the aging population in Vermont, during which she became certified as a Laughter Yoga instructor, leading classes for senior citizens. For several years Mia traveled to Ethiopia as the assistant director of a non-profit serving orphaned and abandoned children. During this time period Mia turned to mindfulness meditation and yoga as a way to manage stress. In 2014 Mia returned to school and became a licensed massage therapist and Reiki practitioner. She is endlessly fascinated with anatomy and physiology and the mind-body connection in relation to healing. Mia is a massage therapist at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care.
We asked Mia
Why do you practice yoga?
To bring my attention back to my own internal compass and to help my body feel amazing after working as a massage therapist all day.
What fuels you?
Spending time with animals, an afternoon with a good book, Thai food, poetry, walking or snowshoeing through the woods, and escapes to the ocean.
Mia’s favorite piece of wisdom:
“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” — Mary Oliver