Yoga at Pumula Retreat


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Class Instructors

Miriam Engel


Miriam is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor. She completed a 200hr course in Ashtanga in the beginning 2015, and a 200hr Vinyasa course through Yogaworks LA at the end of 2015.

Yoga has been around in her life from a young age. Her father adopted a yoga practice after he suffered a bad neck and foot injury. She started yoga in high school and college for fitness purposes, but found that it really helped with her stress levels, anxiety, emotional stability and ability to focus. At the beginning of her yoga practice Miriam's mind was so scattered and heated she found it hard to even participate in relaxation at the end of class. As her practice grew she found a new calm that made her relaxation practice feel natural, and her agitation disappeared. 

Although yoga is notoriously known to have major weight loss and fitness benefits, the calm and balance achieved during Yoga is the main reason she has stuck with it. There is an all around improvement to the mind, body and spirit achieved through yoga that she wishes to share with all her students.

The style of yoga that Miriam teaches is primarily Vinyasa. Vinyasa yoga is a step by step yoga class that links breath to movement. The structure of the class begins with a slow easy warm up that builds speed to a peak. There is a gradual cool down after with a short relaxation at the end of class.

"We begin where we are and how we are, and whatever happens, happens." (excerpt from The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar)