Yoga postures came about in ancient times so that yogis would have strong healthy bodies conducive for sitting and meditating for hours and days.
Nowadays, as modern yogis, we can still reap the many benefits of yoga practice which can have a positive impact on our body and mind, our life and relationships.
This mixed-level yoga class begins with setting intention and breathing techniques, followed by a therapeutic joint freeing series, standing and balancing postures, and other postures such as back and belly strengtheners and hip openers. The last twenty minutes are spent in guided meditation, using techniques such as breath awareness, visualization, and contemplating themes to enhance our inner good qualities.
No prior yoga or meditation experience necessary. Please wear comfortable, fitted, modest clothing. You may bring a sticky mat if you have one but it is not required. All welcome.
Yoga at Kurukulla Center is offered freely and while donations are gratefully received according to the students' financial ability, they are not expected. There is a donation box in the hallway just outside the meditation room.
After practicing yoga for 12 years – eight of them under accomplished teacher Wendy Cook at Kurukulla Center – and aware of the benefits derived from her own practice, Mimi decided to become a yoga teacher in order to share these benefits with others. In June 2012 she obtained the RYT-200 cert by completing the Yoga of Energy Flow teacher training and in Aug 2014 she fulfilled the RYT-500 requirements. Her Hatha Yoga training consisted of asana alignment with emphasis on vinyasa flow, pranayama and meditation, integrating strength and flexibility, energy cultivation, and open awareness. As part of RYT-500 program, she was trained in Yin, Therapeutic and Restorative styles of Yoga.
Mimi is also a Usui Reiki Master Teacher, a Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra Guide and a Thai Yoga Massage Level I Practitioner. She currently teaches adults and kids yoga at the YMCA of Metro North and volunteers for community yoga classes at The Arlington Center.
Mimi has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism at Kurukulla Center since 2012.