Hello, I am Mischa Hines, registered yoga teacher, certified yoga therapist, therapeutic imagery facilitator and trauma-informed yoga specialist.
Longer answer: I am a yoga teacher who believes deeply in the life-affirming benefits of this remarkable practice. I took my first yoga class in 1988 at the Hollywood YMCA. We were crammed in a stuffy room with dozens of old rugs on the floor andthe class was taught by an odd little man who I could barely hear and barely understand. I don't remember much about the actual class, but I remember walking out of there feeling like I was floating. I tried more classes at other studios over the next few months 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 an alternate means of relief. Yoga was it - goal achieved! 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 an active member of 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.
Where you can find me
I currently teach at Black Dog Yoga, Two Hearts Yoga, Forefront Beverly Hills Treatment Center, Promises Treatment Centers and Village Family Services Teen Drop-In Center 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!
E-RYT500, YTRx500, IAYT