mimi moncier, ERYT500, Relax and Renew®, Shiro Ryoho Usui Reiki I
Mimi is co-creator ( with her husband Alan) and teacher at Giggling Lotus Yoga. In 1984 while studying architecture at RMIT in Australia, she took a yoga class. It was strange, difficult and hard to forget. The lingering memory swirled around for several years until she had an opportunity to try it again in Boston in 1990 when she realized the pure poetry of Yoga and how it is a path on which all of our vehicles can navigate. Mimi became committed to her path of Yoga as it facilitated her recovery from a debilitating low- back injury from dance. During her recovery she became absorbed in its power to unify the body, the heart and the mind. Yoga’s radical openness and inclusivity have continued to draw her in more deeply and into the complimentary practices of meditation and Reiki.
After experiencing the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, she began meditating to more skillfully navigate the waves of impermanence that were so raw and evident. After cultivating her personal practice for eleven years, Mimi now teaches meditation that is based in both shamata and vipassana styles as well as visualization techniques found in Tibetan Buddhism.
Reiki has become a logical path for her to follow as she has studied the body's many energetic maps vis-a-vis the cakras and meridians. The simplicity and directness along with the acknowledgment of the power of intention attracted her to this healing modality. Mimi offers both 60 and 90 minute sessions at Giggling Lotus.
Mimi infuses her teaching with a gentle attention to mindfulness, a broad knowledge of the mechanics of movement, the body's energetic maps and the body's most efficient alignment. Never exclusive, she tries to balance the shear joy of movement with the spirituality of being and with the individual's unique architecture. Mimi facilitates her students’ embodiment by offering an entry into the world of sensations as a way of cultivating patience, acceptance and loving kindness towards oneself. She creates a sense of lightness and humor in her classes.
Mimi teaches privately, group classes and corporate classes all at Giggling Lotus. She LOVES teaching teachers how to teach in both Giggling Lotus Life School® 200RYT Teacher Training and her Yin Yoga Teacher Training programs.
Mimi has also created an arts program at Giggling Lotus called Scrawl Center for Drawing. The program offers three month artist residencies and a culminating exhibit and/or performance for presenting the work made in the residency. In her own practices as artist and yogi, she recognizes the shared, deep connection of embodiment between them. She hopes that others can share in this same awakening that has inspired her to cultivate an integrative approach rather then exclusive approach to both practices.
Mimi's other work with embodiment includes dancing, drawing, painting, performance and sculpture. Mimi has a Bachelors of Architecture and worked on projects such as the Getty Villa in Los Angeles, Shapiro Clinical Center at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and the offices of Lippincott and Marguilies in New York City AND the beautiful Giggling Lotus Yoga Studio. She also holds a Masters of Fine Art and has exhibited her work in San Francisco, New York City, New Orleans, Nashville, Birmingham and Atlanta. You can see her artwork here: www.mimimoncier.net.