Hi, I’m Mira! I grew up in Los Angeles, lived abroad for 16 years, and currently reside in Honolulu, HI. A Jane-of-all-trades, my background varies from psychology to fashion and communications, to yoga and human rights. I hold an MA in Intercultural Conflict Management, an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and am currently pursuing a PhD in International Psychology while working towards a Hawaii state license as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor.
Yoga has been a constant through it all! After practicing asana for a few years, I discovered yoga as a lifestyle whilst doing research on peacebuilding in Sri Lanka, from an amazing yogi who had lived in the jungle for 10 years. He taught me not only about the physical and mental discipline, but also about the importance of Metta, which means “Loving-Kindness” and represents equality, wholeness, and unity.
What I Teach
I began teaching yoga on the side while interning in human rights in Myanmar in 2013, where I quickly discovered that the true path to peace begins with the individual. Thus I turned full-time yogini and never looked back! I found that just as yoga has helped me become stronger and more flexible (on and off the mat!), and meditation has helped me gain more insight and compassion, these practices could also help others find a sense of peace – this is what I aim to share.
I teach a holistic and mindful practice in slow-flow, Hatha and Yin. For me, asana is not about contorting our bodies into advanced poses, but rather using our bodies as a tool to reconnect with the present moment and transform our minds, which makes it a useful practice for both beginner and advanced yogis alike. It is about learning to love ourselves, and then projecting that love out to all beings. I use mindfulness and inquiry-style guiding to allow students to find their own inner wisdom.
I also lead Insight, Mindfulness and Metta meditation practices, guiding students to connect with their moment-to-moment experiences and cultivate more awareness, wisdom and compassion. Many of the tools and teachings of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction form the foundation of my classes and retreats. Ultimately, I seek to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind and soul, and my hope is that you step off the mat or cushion feeling refreshed, balanced and full of Metta.
I have been practicing yoga and meditation for over 10 years, and have taught private and group lessons, retreats and teacher trainings internationally since 2013. These last few years I had the great fortune to spend half the year teaching classes and retreats in stunning Northern Laos with Luang Prabang Yoga.
I have over 2000 hours of training in various disciplines of yoga, ayurveda and meditation practices. I completed 200 hours Classical Hatha training with Arhanta Yoga Ashram in India, 200 hours Yoga Therapy training at Abhijna School of Yoga in Kerala, 500 hours in Holistic Hatha Yoga at Kailash Tribal School in Dharamshala, as well as 800 hours in Ayurveda and Panchakarma Therapy at the School of Ayurveda and Panchakarma in Kerala. In 2016 I became certified to teach Insight Meditation, and in 2017 I completed my teacher training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Mindful Academy. As a student and teacher, I am forever grateful for the knowledge my incredible teachers have shared with me. I believe our role as student never ceases, and so I pursue continued education each year through various yoga trainings, workshops and meditation retreats.
“I have been a seeker and I still am,
but I stopped asking the books and the stars,
and I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.”
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