Yoga with Mira on retreat: The retreat will run two daily yoga classes, with one afternoon dedicated to exploring the surrounding region instead.
The morning vinyasa classes will be invigorating, energizing and strengthening with an emphasis on alignment and proper posture. Thoughtful sequences are ever changing, with seamless transitions and advanced variations for more experienced practitioners, modifications are always available for those nursing injuries or with specific medical conditions. The connection to the breath, yoga philosophy, positive psychology and aspects of coaching play a fundamental role in the teaching. Classes are challenging, encouraging student to reach their full potential. A long relaxation is an essential end to each practice.
The evening classes will be gentle and restorative. Poses will be held for an extended period of time allowing the body to soften in the postures and to permit tensions to release. These classes may also include pranayama techniques (breathing exercises which affect the internal energies), mindfulness practices, yoga nidra, and meditation. The perfect way to seal any day.
More about Mira: An experienced yoga teacher, Her energetic and invigorating style transitions breath-led alignment-based asanas seamlessly in creative sequences. She is poetic, authentic and grounded, yet playful and light. Her classes are positive, inspiring and empowering and she is enthusiastic about personal flourishing both on the mat and off.
Her days as the Anatomy and Physiology Teacher Trainer on the Sun Power Yoga Teacher Training course inform the way she facilitates her students to achieve stability and depth in postures, intelligently and safely.Having worked in mental health prior to becoming a full time yoga teacher, she threads her deep knowledge of psychology with classical yoga philosophy beautifully to encourage and support her students’ physical health, mental well being and personal growth.
Yoga has played a transformational role in Mira’s life, being a source of physical strength, resilience, mental clarity, emotional stability, self-awareness, presence and connection. She is dedicated to passing the lessons she has learned. Her passion for teaching yoga is evident in all her classes and she is ever grateful to all her teachers and students for their ongoing support.
Mira has a BA in Psychology, an MSc in Mental Health Studies, King’s College, London, and a Certificate in Positive Psychology, City University, London. As well as teaching yoga, she is a qualified Professional and Personal Coach and Well being Writer and has worked in Psychology, Well being, and Yoga for over 15 years.
Interview with Mira
How long have you been teaching yoga and where do you teach?
My yoga practice started when I was 18 years old, years before I had stepped on any mat. I’ve always had a curious mind and a keen interest in theology and world thought. I came across the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali whilst doing my undergraduate studies in Psychology and was drawn to the depth and breadth of the texts. I integrated this wealth of Eastern philosophical knowledge with my valuable Western psychology background and applied it to my everyday life. My physical asana practice followed a few years later.
I have now been passionately teaching what I have learned (on the mat and off) for over 6 years. I can be found at Evolve in South Kensington, on the Triyoga timetable, as well as a number of members only clubs in Kensington and Chelsea.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I’m inspired by so many things. Every interaction, every experience, every challenge, every moment is a teacher! Nature is a huge inspiration, and I find myself in constant awe. Also, the freedom that children express and the integration they embody always awakens something new within.
My coaching and positive psychology background play a huge role in the way I see inspiration. With so many incredible students and teachers, pieces of art and natural wonders, it’s difficult not be constantly inspired.
What style of yoga do you teach?
I teach energetic and invigorating vinyasa classes which transition alignment-based breath-led asanas through thoughtful sequences. Variations are on offer for the more seasoned practitioner, and modifications are available to accommodate injury and health conditions. My classes are often themed and work with a physical progressions. I merge Western psychology with Eastern philosophy and aspire to support and promote every students’ physical health, mental well being, emotional stability and spiritual development.
As a balancing yin aspect to the above mentioned yang, I also teach restorative and gentle Hatha classes. Poses are held for an extended period of time allowing physical, mental and emotional release. These classes may include Pranayama, mindfulness, meditation and yoga Nidra.
What do you like about teaching on yoga retreats?
I love seeing people decompress and I appreciate the space and time we have on a retreat together to do just that. Exhale…
I enjoy getting to know the guests better, to answer their questions and to co-create a safe, nurturing and caring environment for all.
I’m a professional life coach and I find that yoga retreats offer people the chance to reconnect to their authentic self, to put things in perspective, to gain clarity and insight on their day to day lives and to deepen their practice.
Together, we all leisurely enjoy the sun, the beach, the yoga, the exploring, the walks, the talks, the delicious food, each other’s company, and the natural surroundings. Oh…. We also laugh quite a lot!
Where do you like to go on holidays?
Once a year I travel for 2 weeks to a place I have never been to before. I made that promise to myself over fifteen years ago and stuck with it- ‘a new country every year’. The world is so interesting and there’s so much to be learned from other countries, cultures, beliefs, traditions and customs. So my ‘where have I liked to go on holiday’ sounds like this: Bali, Cuba and Peru, China, Cambodia and Vietnam, Thailand, Turkey and Greece, Sweden, Italy and Spain, Egypt, the Middle East, USA, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Zanzibar, India (of course!), and Costa Rica.
I also enjoy skiing and horse riding and happily travel for a week a year in order to intensively do both.
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