Mia Togo grew up as an avid equestrian and dancer in Murrieta, Ca. These pursuits dealt with energy, connection and expression of her spirit. Little did she know this would pave the way to her love and devotion of yoga.
At 18, she went on to dance professionally, working in film, TV, stage and music videos. While simultaneously earning her degree in Psychology from UCLA, the competitive world of dance revealed self-doubt and insecurities that needed attention and healing which led her to work with Mona Miller, her teacher and mentor. The process of self-inquiry and self-acceptance brought her to the practice of vinyasa flow yoga where she began to feel her body as a temple for healing. This work taught her to trust the intuitive nature of who we are, not who we think we should be.
Mia's yoga practice began in 1996 with many teachers studying different styles and philosophies, ultimately finding her passion in vinyasa flow. The synchronicity of breath and movement creates an open space where the body is informed through alignment and breath, the mind is focused, the emotion flows freely, and there is connection to the authentic self. She teaches that yoga takes us toward the human side of life to explore the shadow without judgment. Through this process we understand our true nature, embrace our light, express our creative energy, and love from our truth.
Mia began teaching in 2004. She is a YogaWorks certified teacher and teacher trainer, as well as mentor for the YogaWorks 300-hour program. Mia teaches with an emphasis on detailed alignment geared towards an intelligence and purpose to her sequencing. Her purpose as a teacher is to allow the student to have an authentic experience that is sacred, healing, uplifting, and inspired by spirit.
Handstands have become very popular in the yoga world. They bring a sense of fun and playfulness, and when set up with alignment and strength they have many benefits. Like many things in life, if we rush the process we avoid developing healthy habits that will support us. This can create injury and fear. This sequence is designed to help you understand the component parts and develop skills to deepen your path toward handstands. I encourage you to have fun with the practice and be curious about your relationship with going upside down. When we allow the process to teach us the steps along the path, we have a plethora of tools that help support us beyond the borders of our mats.
Hanumanasana is a beautiful pose to stretch and open our hamstrings. It also asks us to slow down and prepare our bodies in a way to receive this intense pose. The sequence is designed to educate and open your body, mind, and energy to create a healthy shape that feels supportive and spacious. With one leg in the past and one leg in the future, it's a lovely reminder to keep your head and heart in the present and listen to the intuition and intelligence of your body!
Warrior poses are powerful shapes to strengthen our outer container. When we hold these asanas and dial into our breath and awareness, they strengthen us from the inside out. We are all being asked to live with more courage and show up more fully in our lives. This sequence is designed to help you find that strength through detailed alignment, then cultivate space to honor and acknowledge your warrior spirit. This powerful work allows us to define and refine what it means to live in our personal power with love and truth.