Interviewed by Tracey Miller
Miya Chase completed her 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training at YogaLife Institute. She is married and lives in Kensington, New Hampshire with her husband and 7-year-old son.
When Miya's roommate came home to their California apartment one day with a VCR tape and asked her if she wanted to learn yoga, she said, "Sure, why not?" The two started practicing power yoga in front of the TV wearing jean shorts and t-shirts from the local thrift store.
At the time, yoga was merely exercise for Miya. She practiced power yoga at home until she could afford classes then went to a studio so she could get feedback from an instructor.
Yoga continued to be part of her life for many years. When she moved back east she enrolled in a teacher training program at a studio in Dover. "It exposed me to many varieties of yoga," she said.
She hadn't planned to teach, but when she started taking classes at a studio in North Hampton, a friend and mentor encouraged her to become an instructor. "I was nervous. We all don't think we have it in us to become an instructor," she said. But with her friend's encouragement, she took a leap of faith and started teaching.