Valerie Mitchell, RYT
Our dear friend and beloved instructor, Valerie, passed away on May 7, 2019 from Ovarian Cancer. We at Wild Soul mourn this great loss every day and wish to keep her memory, wise words and contributions to this community alive in any way that we can. If you had the privilege of knowing her, or at the very least, having taken classes led by her, then you know what an amazing young woman she was.
Valerie is a 200hr Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor, currently in her 3rd year of anatomy alignment, breathwork and hands-on techniques training under Leslie Kaminoff and in her 2nd year of Practices in Embodied Teaching under Amy Matthews at The Breathing Project in NYC.
After a 10 year on again/off again relationship with yoga, Valerie discovered that yoga wasn’t just stretching or only poses but instead a vehicle for change in her life. She learned she was in the drivers seat and didn’t need to be fixed. Subsequent to a debilitating back injury and an immense loss in her life, Valerie knows what it feels like to think your dreams have been ripped from you. But thanks to yoga she opens her toolbox and discover new dreams and surrenders one breath at a time. She is eager to share in your practice and guide you in any way possible.
Valerie is the co-lead instructor at Wild Soul Yoga Studio due to her devotion to her studies, personal practice and assistance in helping mold WS into a place that is truly welcoming to all. In addition to her instruction, Valerie is a talented photographer and graphic designer who has provided all of the instructor photos and most of the studio candids seen throughout this website. She teaches 3 regular classes a week, including Gentle yoga which incorporates appropriate modifications for those with mobility limitations and informed chair instruction as needed. Occasionally, she leads a group hike and yoga class in the woods, signature anatomy workshops and other unique classes throughout the year. Her monthly "Yoga for Grief Support" class has been a mainstay on the schedule since the beginning and has provided an invaluable service for so many going through grief, trauma and other emotions associated with loss and transition.