Mimi Brainard

After more than 30 years of yoga practice Mimi received her 200HR certification from Schuyler Grant and Kula Yoga Project and opened Root Yoga Studio in Old Lyme, CT. Soon after, Mimi began studying with Alison West at her renowned center, Yoga Union, and received the 100HR Basic Back Care certification. The shift was significant. Never before had Mimi understood the importance of spinal health; nor had she recognized patterns of asymmetry in her own body, the impact of her adolescent head trauma on her nervous system, or years of personal abuse on her body. There was no turning back and from that point on, ropes, chairs, abundant props, very clear alignment and time for REST was the only way to practice. More recently and with the enormous guidance of Deborah Wolk and Jon Musgrave Mimi completed the two part training with Elise Browning Miller and is a certified Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher. For Mimi, Yoga is a daily unraveling of her body, a process and an exploration and it is from there that she teaches. Mimi is endlessly curious about the physical and its impact on our emotional and spiritual Selves. Mimi is a student above all and so, weekly classes and workshops with her teachers Alison West, Deborah Wolk, Genny Kapuler, Elise Browning Miller and the teachers in their studios are who she gleans from in the never ending joy of finding freedom in her body coupled with clarity in her mind. Without this daily ritual she can’t rest. Mimi invites her students along for the journey; it’s a path filled with movement, breath and then quiet. For people to be curious about something it has to come from a place of grounding.

Mimi owns and runs Root Yoga Studio in Hadlyme, CT which focuses on spinal health and scoliosis. She teaches weekly group classes and offers private instruction in her intimate, light-filled studio with a ropes wall. Please feel free to contact Mimi via email: