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Meet the Bala Yoga Team: MacKenzie Miller

December 25 2013

MacKenzie first found yoga during college, while she was a personal trainer at Loyola Marymount University. The Power Vinyasa class she attended was full of arm balances that were seemingly impossible at the time, but from that moment on, she was addicted. Post college, while working for a commercial real estate company, she got in the
habit of taking a yoga class during her lunch break with Angela Kukhahn as her instructor. Soon the two became great friends and she opened MacKenzie’s eyes to the “LA Yoga Scene.” It was then she experienced Kathryn Budig, Vinnie Marino, and Annie Carpenter. The rest is history!

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She quit her desk job, moved back to Seattle, and promised herself that she would get back into the fitness industry. Within the first week of moving back to Seattle, she started working for the David Barton Gym as a personal trainer, group exercise and yoga instructor. In 2011, she started her 200-hour Power Vinyasa teacher training with Tiffany Cruikshank. MacKenzie’s classes are sequenced to make her students work hard but find softness at the same time – developing strength and a greater awareness of self.

Read on for a brief interview with MacKenzie!

How/when did you begin practicing yoga?

I took my first yoga class my senior year of college… way back in 2006!

What is your favorite part of teaching?

Watching the excitement in students eyes when they accomplish a pose they didn’t think they could do or have been working on for awhile!

What is your favorite pose?

Hands down, literally, HANDSTAND!

What one piece of advice would you offer to new/aspiring yogis?

Try out lots of different studios, teachers, styles, etc… Yoga is not uniform.  You have to find what motivates you best to keep showing up onto your mat.  Consistency is where and when the yoga “magic” begins.

What one piece of advice would you offer to yogis considering Teacher Training?

I think that sitting down and writing out what, in your opinion, makes a good yoga instructor and then find the instructor who embodies those qualities and do your Teacher Training with them.

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