My purpose is to empower and connect. In yoga, the physical practice drew me in first, as it does for many; my spiritual practice was born as a result.
I thrive on the physicality of a blood-pumping challenge; sweating keeps me sane and grounded in my body and balances out my highly analytical and overly critical mind. While my time at the World Bank and State Department fed a desire for empowerment and self belief, and several years of living and working in poor communities throughout Latin America showed me the value of individual connection, it was the yoga practice that ultimately brought me home to Self.
As an academic, I value methodical sequencing and quality instruction; I prioritize precision, mindfulness and excellence. The practice of Bhakti, however, cracked me open to surrender, love and compassion.
I am a beginner. Always a student. I have completed 1000+ hours of teacher training with my primary teachers, Jason Crandell and Rusty Wells, and am immensely grateful to continue mentoring with Jason as an assistant in his classes and trainings. I am continuously in search of my next workshop or training.
My classes are rooted in gratitude – to Self, to others, and to all teachers, in whatever form they appear. I strive to teach students to cultivate their own practice of love and devotion in a way that feels authentic to them; to practice ahimsa and santosha, meaning compassion and fulfillment, wherever they are in life; to embrace change and breathe through uncomfortable moments; and to use yoga as a tool to explore possibility, to seek out our edges, to unleash our potential and allow for some freedom to play. Expect lots of sweat and, hopefully, some laughter.
Mira Valeria is a San Francisco-based Yoga instructor and the former owner and founder of Santa Fe Thrive, an indoor cycling and yoga studio in Santa Fe, NM. She is a writer, translator and wanderlust polyglot. She is available for private lessons, workshops, teacher trainings and interpreting gigs around the globe.