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.
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.
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.