Meet Mimi Solaire, yoga educator…
Where has yoga taken you?
On the physical level I have presented at workshops and conferences throughout the US. I have also led retreats in Southeast Asia- Thailand, Malaysia, and Cambodia. I have traveled to India to experience yoga from the Motherland.
The inner journey has been far more interesting. I rely on my inner GPS to guide me and often “redirect” me when I get off course. Although I ‘m still not sure where I’m headed I am enjoying the ride and the adventure.
What are the 4 most pivotal occasions in your career both in and outside of Yoga?
- Ending my graphic design business to teach yoga full time
- My dvd “Back in Shape” got a good review in Yoga Journal
- Teaching at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
- Every day is a pivotal occasion living yoga.
What do you never leave the house without?
My cell phone and lipstick.
Where are your favorite places to experience?
I love to explore different cultures. My curiosity has led me to live with and photograph the Choco Indians in the jungle of Panama for two weeks. Also I traveled to Mexico, Southeast Asia, Pakistan, India, Australia and Europe.
What are the first three words that come to your mind when someone says: “grounded” or “connected?”
Balanced, focused, peaceful
We want to know what your typical morning looks like! What does your daily practice look like?
I teach most mornings before 8 after walking my dogs. My schedule changes every day but I usually continue to teach or practice until 2. Then I begin the evening classes at 4 or 5.
My daily practice varies. I do hot yoga 2/3 times a week, lead aerial yoga classes 3 times a week and then practice aerials- silks, trapeze and ropes twice a week with my instructor. During my break in the afternoon I meditate and stretch.
What is one mantra that is like a remedy for your soul?
Be Truthful, Gentle and Fearless
How do you channel your inner 5 year old?
My aerials practice is a result of climbing trees as a kid and hanging upside down on the swing set in my back yard.
Tell us one fun fact about yourself.
I’m a Steelers fan.
What is your favorite pose to teach in your classes? And why?
I don’t teach poses. Although I begin with alignment, the focus is on the internal experience of the breath and how it awakens emotions, thoughts and underlying sensations in the moment. My favorite pose is awareness on or off the mat.
If you’re not on a yoga mat, where can we find you?
Dancing, enjoying live music with friends, walking my two dogs.