Manduka Yogi of the Month: Mimi Miller

ON November 24, 2015

We’re so excited to be partnering with Manduka to recognize a Namaste yogi each month that is a staple of our community and who inspires us daily! The first person we’d like to recognize is Mimi Miller, a dedicated yoga student with a long standing practice who has been with us since the beginning! Mimi shares a little bit more about herself below.

1. Current Occupation?
I have my own real estate business in San Francisco and Berkeley, and now that I am 74 I am gradually transitioning into retiring and becoming more immersed in yoga as a spiritual practice and as a way to serve the community, although I’m not sure how that might look yet.

2. Fun Fact About You?
I am a liberal Democrat and my husband is a conservative Republican, which creates a lively space for fire and forgiveness!

3. What inspires you?
I am inspired by my grandchildren, my daughters and their significant others, my husband, my two brothers my yoga teachers at Namaste and many of the students with whom I practice. What inspires me about my yoga teachers at Namaste is not only the quality of their teaching and their commitment to the path of yoga and to their students, but their willingness to be present no matter what is going on in their lives.

4. When you aren’t on the mat, where can we find you?
When I’m not on the mat my favorite times are spent with grandchildren, children and family. I love swimming, preferably in the ocean, but love swimming laps in an outdoor pool too. Backstroke is easy for me and I’ve recently learned how to do the Butterfly, which is quite thrilling. I love nature and gardening, advocating for animals and all wildlife, and drinking coffee with my Sweetie in the morning. (Well, too many interests to name them all.)

5.Why do you love Namaste and how has your yoga practice shaped who you are? 

Namaste is my favorite East Bay Business, which leads me to why I love it so much. First of all, as soon as I walk in the door, I am greeted with so much joy and enthusiasm at the front desk. Now this makes quite an impact on me, and it creates this beautiful quality of aliveness and happiness that stays with me during the day and evening. Then how scrumptious to go to class and to feel what it is like to be with my teachers who are so committed, attentive, helpful and kind. I have experienced a lot of physical and emotional healing at Namaste that continues daily. The passionate presence and lively humor of teachers and staff at Namaste have helped me to open my heart and feel compassionate acceptance and gratitude for all that is being revealed for healing, and to feel love, compassion and acceptance for each other, for animals, for all of creation.

Stay tuned for our next yogi of the month, it could be you! If you’d like to nominate someone please email

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