Hello, I am Mischa Hines, registered yoga teacher, certified yoga therapist and trauma-conscious somatic movement specialist.
In other words, I am a yoga teacher who believes deeply in the life-affirming benefits of this remarkable practice and that we each have the tools within us, at this moment, for our freedom.
I took my first yoga class in 1988 at the Hollywood YMCA. I remember being crammed in a stuffy room with dozens of old rugs on the floor. I don't remember much about the actual class, but I remember walking out of there feeling like I was floating. Over the next year or two I tried more classes at other studios and eventually found my way to a more dedicated practice. Why the obsession you ask? Since high school I have struggled with severe (and sometimes debilitating) depression and anxiety. Not wanting to have to be on medication for the rest of my life, I had set a goal for myself to find the resources within myself for my relief. For ME, yoga was it. I never turned back. Over the years that followed my practice changed as my life and my body changed. Sometimes I would be away from it for a while, but I always found my way back. Through injuries and traumas and successes and joys, yoga was always there to ground me and keep me honest and level.
Teaching since 2009, I am a Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500) and am a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT.org), I hold my Advanced Yoga Therapy Certification from Loyola Marymount University Yoga Therapy RX Program (YTRx500) as well as being a Certified Therapeutic Imagery Facilitator with the American Hypnotherapy Association. I have also done extensive trauma-sensitive yoga training through Yoga Warriors International, Connected Warriors and largely I have done extensive Trauma-Sensitive Yoga training with Bessel VanDerKolk, Dave Emerson and Jenn Turner from the Trauma Center at the JRI in Brookline, MA.
Currently I am also pursuing my certification as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, expanding my trauma healing modality.
Where you can find me
I currently teach at Black Dog Yoga, Two Hearts Yoga, Forefront Beverly Hills Treatment Center, Connected Warriors as well as my work with private students in the San Fernando Valley and Greater Los Angeles areas. I look forward to sharing my love of this practice and it's remarkable benefits with you too!
C-IAYT, E-RYT500, SEP in-training