Mimi Borda Teacher, Entrepreneur, and Business Owner of Mimi For Me Yoga Studio, which was voted Best of Queens in Yoga for 2015! She shares this accomplishment and honor with the amazing teachers and staff at the studio, and of course, the members for which this studio is here to serve.
Mimi shares her love of teaching by creating an environment which allows her students to grow stronger both physically and psychologically.
It was through her Undergraduate degree and Graduate studies in Health Psychology that she discovered Yoga, as well as the other mind-body practice of Pilates, and with her natural love for movement and dance, this connection and flow came lovingly together in a perfect organic "Trifecta" that is Yoga, Pilates and Dance as the basis of the studio.
Among some of her other passions, specializations and certifications:
*The American Fitness & Aerobic Association, *Yoga Alliance, *TourFit Mat Pilates *Lotus Palm Thai Yoga Practitioner *Zumba *Senior Fitness Specialist with the Silver Sneakers Program®, and *Hypnotherapist through The National Guild of Hypnosis. Mimi is also an animal rights advocate and serves this purpose through her active volunteer work as a NY Deputy District Leader with the Humane Society of The United States.
It is with purpose,love and passion that Mimi strives to help others by empowering them to strengthen their mind and body for a transformational experience for self-actualization on, as well as off the mat, and she knows it all starts by spending a little quality "Me-Time", connecting, embracing, and nourishing who we are, so that we can go out and give to others.
Florence "Flo" Cabre-Andrews, A former French actress and dancer, Florence Cabre-Andrews decided to dedicate herself entirely to the practice and teachings of yoga when she became a mother. Florence is a 500 - hour registered yoga teacher. For this advanced certification, she has studied with Nikki Costello, certified Iyengar teacher. Other certifications include 200 - hour teacher training at The Center for Yoga Studies at Sonic Yoga, Pre/Postnatal certifications, children's yoga certifications, as well as the 3 immersions from Anusara.
Florence teaches Vinyasa flow classes, supported by Iyengar principles of alignment and complemented by the heart-centered practice of former Anusara school. She believes that Yoga is the study of the self. Her practice has deeply transformed her life, helping her find peace, harmony, and integrity.
Castulo "Rama" Castro, a New York-Venezuelan, has been an active practitioner in the Martial for 34 years, beginning with traditional Kung-fu in the late 1970’s. He earned his Black Belt in 1989 and has also been a member of the World Black Belt Bureau since 1996. He also holds certification for other styles such as Chi Kung and Tai Chi Chuen. It was not until 2003 when he read an interesting article about Hatha Yoga from Sri Sathya Sai Baba of India, in which it stated the benefits for spiritual evolution, Rama's life began another path. In 2004 he did a 6 month teacher training course with the “Great Universal Fraternity” (La Gran Fraternidad Universal), pioneers of yoga in Venezuela. In 2006 he received his teacher certification in Bikram -"Hot Yoga”, and in 2011 he did an intense teachers course with Vyasa Deva, director of the “School of Life” Maryland USA. Rama enjoys teaching and likes to combine some of his martial arts techniques with his style of Yoga, he considers himself a Bhakti Yogui (devotional). Always included in his class sessions are mantra chants from the Vedas” and occasionally he offers hands on healing such as Reiki and Thai Yoga Massage.
Azul is a professional Argentine Tango dancer and teacher. She has taken an active role in major performances in Buenos Aires and many cities around the world. As a dancer, she has performed Acrobatic Tango and Lyrical Jazz in various ballroom companies on the Italian Riviera, the Costa Brava in Spain, and the Cote d'Azur in France. In the United States, Azul has been invited to represent the Tango as an important aspect of Argentine culture. As a special guest dancer, she has also been part of several Tango exhibitions for the Argentine Embassy in Washington, D.C. In her teaching role, Azul runs her own Dance Academy in Buenos Aires and today she continues to offer workshops and classes in New York City. Azul and Ruben became dance partners to develop and take forward demonstrations and presentations of Argentine Tango in New York and Washington, D.C.
OUR WONDERFUL INSTRUCTORS
Asiya Basyrova - Yogini Mama of two beautiful little girls. She found her love for yoga upon moving to New York from Russia in 2008. When hearing about yoga she was fascinated, it seemed like a whole new world to discover, and once she tried it, it was! Without hesitation she became certified in the Vinyasa style.
In addition to teaching others the beauty of yoga, Asiya also practiced throughout both of her pregnancies. She believes Yoga allowed for an easier pregnancy, and post pregnancy Mommy and Me Yoga classes helped her get her strength back in her body relatively quickly. When she practices with her older daughter, "...Renatta loves repeating the poses after me, and sometimes we sit in meditation together, and even chant”, Kids love that! Asiya says yoga has made her into another person. It’s helped to discover and open doors within her that were previously closed. She challenges herself as well as her students through movement, and endurance postures.
Beverly Goodman began her yoga practice more than 15 years ago as a way to help her run better. After many years of study, primarily in the Anusara tradition, she now credits yoga with helping her live her life better. Through her 200-hour training at the World Yoga Center, she developed a love of meditation and pranayama, practicing both regularly and often weaving these other important aspects of yoga into her classes. She infuses every class with a theme that embodies humor and self-inquiry, with a focus on encouragement, alignment, and injury prevention. She’s studied anatomy with Dr. Ray Long, Ellen Saltonstall, Leslie Kaminoff, and others, and also has certifications in Prenatal yoga and Restorative yoga. Beverly is a full-time journalist, a career that requires her to be a good listener, curious question-asker, and a keen observer and synthesizer of information—all in the service of explaining complicated topics in an entertaining way. These skills inform her teaching, but above all, her classes are about incorporating timeless teachings from many traditions into a practice that students can use to find a deeper connection—both on and off the mat.
Dani’s trained and certified in the Ashtanga-Vinyasa tradition. Yoga entered her life from a young age, and after pursuing jazz trombone for some time, she decided to answer her calling and become a messenger of these sacred practices. Meditation has been an important tool for her to overcome obstacles and release fear--fear of death, fear of life--and she passes this on to her students through asana, meditation, pranayama.
Classes with Dani are dynamic and interactive--she teaches that you are your greatest teacher and her goal is to teach you enough technique so that you can go on and guide your own spiritual journey. When not teaching and practicing, Dani is studying nutrition at Hunter College, playing trombone, laughing, and hanging with her cute baby turtle, Jupiter.
Mike Mancini began to practice yoga in 2004 within the Iyengar tradition, he felt a deep connection to yoga’s wisdom, and was inspired by yoga’s holistic approach to wellbeing. Shortly thereafter, he received his 200, and then later his 500 hour certifications from the well known, Yoga Works, and a 100 hour certification in Ashtanga Yoga from the just as known, Pure Yoga School. In addition to Ashtanga, Vinyasa style classes, his yoga endeavors include classes for Osteoporosis and Restorative/ Gentle yoga. Mike has participated in triathlons, swimming, biking, and running sports, and continues to run as well as coach with the USTF
Mike’s motto can be expressed as, “we start where we are, looking to move forward with the tools we have at hand.” Mike brings the discipline and work of the athlete, with his love for detail, making his classes challenging yet enjoyable and suited for his students’ needs.
After acquiring a degree in Art History Anna moved to NY to pursue her career in arts and culture. Growing up in Northern Finland she has been active from a young age, enjoying downhill skiing, tennis, and dancing. She was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of fourteen, which motivated her to focus extra attention on core strength and more therapeutic forms of exercise. Soon she found that yoga and Pilates alleviated all of the back pains caused by scoliosis and office work. Anna has been practicing Pilates since 2008 and finally in 2015 she decided to pay it forward and get certified as a mat Pilates instructor at Core Pilates NYC.
Anna taught well into her 8th month of pregnancy before giving birth to a beautiful baby girl in the fall of 2015. So though her foundation is classical Pilates she based on the students' needs. In her routines, each exercise prepares the body for the next. Her goal is to help people find strength, flexibility, alignment and balance in their bodies no matter
what their individual starting point is.
Ever since a friend introduced Yoga to Paul, his life changed in all aspects. The first time he tried yoga however, he was so stiff, until he fell in love with the concept, and learned to harness his potential. Paul believes that the goal of yoga is not just about the physical practice, but also to achieve a full mental, emotional, and spiritual control of one's being, and with the use of our breath, body & mind together it can be achieved, he says.
Paul is a practicing nurse, and along with his practice of yoga his life is challenging as well as fulfilling. He also likes spending time on the beach and is a foodie. Paul’s goal is to share his knowledge of yoga and health consciousness with all.
Kay Grigar is a 200 Hour RYT certified by Dr. Alison West of Yoga
Union (2009), where she continues to study yoga and its therapeutic
applications to backcare and scoliosis, as well as anxiety and
depression. Kay brings to her classes years of experience in training
and instruction from the world of contemporary dance. She has an
undergraduate degree in Dance from Simon Fraser University, where she also studied kinesiology. In more recent years Kay has been a graduate student of international affairs analyzing different approaches to economic and social development. In much the same way leading a life one values is enhanced by good public policy, freedom of the mind and body is enhanced through the practice of Yoga. Kay continues to study with Alison West, Genny Kapuler and various excellent instructors at the Iyengar Institute of NYC.
Ashley Butler is a NYC Board of Education Elementary ESL Teacher, as well as one for Masala Bhangra Dance. She has been dancing since the age of 6 in various genres of dance such as West African, Tap, Modern, and Hip-hop just to name a few. Ever since she can remember, she has been a lover of Indian culture, especially the dance aspect. Ashley certified in Masala Bhangra directly with the founder and creator, Sarina Jain at Alvin Ailey in Manhattan. Since then, she has performed at Alvin Ailey for the World Dance performance, on PIX 11 morning news, and participated in the Nick Cannon Red Nose Day Dance-a-thon on NBC. She is passionate about Masala Bhangra and enjoys sharing her love for it with her students.
Luvenia Aucapina is in her last year at Queens College as an Education Major student. She's student teaching, as well as working, greeting and assisting the director at Mimi For Me Yoga Studio.
"Luvy" as she is affectionately called was brought up in a household where she learned to love the traditional Ecuadorian music and dance of her parents' background. At the age of 6, she became part of a dance group, and continued to explore and dance with many dance schools throughout her early years, later participating in big production shows. When she reached college age she discovered Zumba, and was compelled to get certified in this fitness-dance craze. Luvy's life-long passion for dance has lead her to Zumba and has given her the opportunity to continue dancing while helping others become stronger while having fun! So yes, she also leads Zumba classes at the studio.