Meet your Namaste Teacher, Sophia Mallie. As a former modern dancer, Sophia found freedom in her yoga practice from the struggle to feel good in her own body. Her classes are a dynamic mix of pranayama (breath practice) and vinyasa. Sophia encourages students to lead their own practice by listening to their body, cues and energy and challenging themselves accordingly. She believes that by turning off the brain we can let the wisdom of the body speak.
Read on to find out more about Sophia and what her own practice is like.
What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
“I came to my first yoga class when I was pursuing a career in Modern Dance. Even though I loved to dance, I’d struggle to feel good in my own body and in my own skin. Yoga helped me find freedom in myself. Sharing this freedom with others feels like a responsibility I have in my life. I believe we are all here to help each other and lift each other up. The struggles from our past give us tools to relate and help others to heal. If I can help one person feel a little better from our time together on the mat, I can sleep soundly at the end of the day!”
Which teachers have influenced your practice?
“Stephanie Snyder, Jason Crandell, Kia Miller, Shiva Rae, and my teachers from whom I received my certification: David Life & Sharon Gannon.”
What does your yoga practice look like and how has it changed your life?
“My yoga practice evolves to support what my body needs. Since my body constantly changes, my practice changes too. It’s changed my life in so many ways! I’m way more kind to myself and others, much more focused and productive and more present for experiencing the moment, which holds so much and beauty and power.”
What is something you wish your students knew?
“Whatever pulls their heart most deeply. I want them to know it’s okay to follow, give energy to and make space for that thing.”
Are you a morning person or night owl?
“Sometimes both, but there’s something magical about the morning light.”
What is your morning routine?
“My morning routine starts with thinking of something I’m greatful for. Then Coffee. Then a combo of meditation/pranayama/prayer.”
What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?
“Listening to others by way of intuition.”
What are you involved with outside the studio?
I’m a singer/songwriter. When there’s time I’ll write songs and perform. I’m excited to be performing with Donna De Lory at the Marin Center on December 11th!
What is your go-to movement (asana, dance, hiking, etc.) that allows you to feel the most connected to yourself?
“I love simply walking around sunset time, and preferably near water. :)”
What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?
The nature that is available to us from the redwoods to the ocean side cliffs.
What is your superpower?
Sophia teaches Mondays + Wednesdays 4pm Vinyasa at Rockridge and Mondays 7pm Mindful Vinyasa at Grandlake.
She is very honored to teach at Namaste and to be connected to this rich community of students & teachers!