From the top of Machu Picchu to opening the premier yoga studio in Jackson Heights, who would've known? Certainly not Mimi herself! However, it seems the stars had been aligning; Since 2008 when officially becoming an RYT (registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance) Mimi began leading small group classes. In addition to being an adjunct psychology professor at a local college, leading fitness classes in Manhattan, Long Island , and Queens, maintaining an independent real estate business, already working with a senior population, and volunteering in the fight against animal cruelty, Mimi began to rent out an hour or two a week from a local dance center in the neighborhood she's known all her life so she could offer her students, friends, neighbors a little "R and R", strength, flex and balance through the myriad benefits of yoga.
Upon her return from what turned out to be a spectacular spiritual trip to Peru in January 2010, the dance center closed their doors! At the urging of her students (one in particular, thanks Monica R.) she looked for a place to create into a mind and body wellness studio. She was hesitant at first as this was not in any of her plans, but as it would turn out, it was "a calling", and Mimi realized that what she had recently encountered atop of that magical mountain in Machu Picchu was a sign of something to come, and she just knew she had to provide a place here, at the cross roads of the world where to serve the global local community that is Jackson Heights. A place whereby anyone could come and partake in mind/body classes, and workshops. Here, the members could meet their neighbors, make new friends, spend time with some of the most caring, and knowledgeable teachers in the world as well as get in a little quality "Me Time" so that this little escape from the hustle and bustle of NYC life could provide the boost needed to go back out there, and be the very best for self, and others.
So with an already busy life, no game plan, and limited funds, Mimi surrendered, and relied on the powers-that-be who sent this calling, and just about a month after her return from South America, Mimi For Me Yoga, Mind & Body Wellness opened it's doors inFebruary 2010 to offer intimate small classes for every-body, to benefit physically, emotionally as well as psychologically. A place where members would feel at home when they came in, where they'd make new friends, meet their neighbors and know they're part of a community family of caring, and like-minded people.
After 7 years of doing her heart's mission Mimi's path began to turn, and therefore the little studio that could, and did, closed it's doors. Though the praise and acknowledgement have been tremendous from many, the most important of course, for Mimi, has always been, and will continue to be the satisfaction and improvement she sees in her student/clients.
Yoga teaches us to be flexible in both body and mind. Not to attach ourselves to anything, and to always do the best with what we have. In Mimi's words, as her many students know when she ends each practice,"... stay connected to what's most important on this journey; Joy-Love-Gratitude, and Peace.