Minda Devorkin, MSW, RYT, RCYT
“Let your teacher be Love itself”
Every life path that I intuitively followed has brought me to the same place; to open my heart with love, kindness, patience, acceptance and equanimity so that I can be of benefit to others.
I initially expressed my intention to make a difference in the world by obtaining a Masters in Medical Social Work. Following that, I devoted energy to raising our two daughters, Zoe and Isabel with my husband Daryl and our shared vision. I feel that both the experiences as a social worker and a mother have strongly contributed to my ability to be a skilled, positive, respected and inspirational teacher.
The intrigue and willingness to bring the benefits of yoga and meditation into my life became one of the greatest gifts I gave to myself; a gift I passionately wanted to share with others. In 2002, I began taking yoga classes on a regular basis and found that the philosophy of yoga mirrored the way I live and view life. The practice brought a new rhythm to my way of being. I began to develop a greater sense of flow and empowerment on all levels. Soon after I was encouraged to teach others.
In 2005, I graduated from the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program @ at Kanyakumari Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Center in Milwaukee. I then acquired certifications from Radiant Child Yoga, Karma Kids Yoga, Sadie Nardini’s Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga, and Yoga Ed, which qualifies me to teach in schools. I feel that learning is a constant joy and journey. My alignment with the practice of yoga and meditation is steadfast and strong . I see every moment as an opportunity to learn through a personal yoga/meditation practice, online trainings, workshops, reading, attending classes and bringing an open, awake awareness to each interaction with myself and others.
Because I am a true believer that yoga and mindfulness is accessible to everyone, I have adapted the teachings to people of all abilities. My teaching style is inclusive, supportive and encouraging. I continuously witness that a gentle, relaxed, nonjudgmental, playful, and compassionate approach puts the students at ease and helps to build confidence. I teach toddlers through adults, including children and teens with special needs and those who are at risk.
I also specialize in working with children and teens with a range of emotional and medical challenges. My facilitation and teaching has been offered in schools, community centers, a children’s museum, recreational centers, family services organizations, wellness centers, yoga studios, physical therapy services, private in home sessions and Athleta, a retail store for women and girls.
A sense of community is reflected by the love of sharing my knowledge and passion by teaching and training with organizations such as Girl Scouts of America, The Milwaukee Association For The Education Of Young Children, & Milwaukee Public Schools Psychologists. I am also a published author and illustrator of my first (though not last) children’s yoga/meditation book Beau the Bee.