We are pleased to spotlight Milo Obourn one of our August educators

About Milo

Like many of us, Milo came to yoga during a transitional time in their life and realized in a profound way how supportive and empowering a yoga practice can be. In their parallel life, Milo is a professor of American Literature working on gender and sexuality, critical race theory, and disability studies. For Milo, yoga is a way to approach many of the same bodily and social-identity-related issues from their academic work, via a meditative embodied focus on our experience of ourselves. Milo believes that yoga can provide an often needed communal space that helps yoke caring for and trusting oneself to open, active, and ethical engagement with others.
When did you begin your yoga teaching career?
MO: I began teaching yoga after I finished my 200-hour teaching training in June 2024. I’ve taught at The Hive, Yoga Vibe, and Tru Yoga in Rochester. I began my work in inclusivity, wellness and teaching I suppose when I started teaching literature and theory at The College at Brockport, which I’ve been doing since 2007.

Where did you get the inspiration for your art business brand?
MO: I am inspired to hold space for people in yoga classes to listen to, trust and empower themselves as well as build community. That’s not exactly a brand but it’s my most central teaching philosophy.

What makes you want to teach?

MO: I love teaching because it is a continual chance to learn from the people who enter the space and to engage with practices that are meaningful to me. Teaching yoga is less about teaching information and more about giving folks the space and encouragement and tools to really learn from themselves and move in accordance with their own needs.
For you how does what you do as an artist related to
wellness?
MO: Feeling confident trusting yourself and making time to attend to your own needs is essential to good health and I believe yoga promotes both of those. It is also a healthy way to move and breathe, it helps to regulate emotional states, blood pressure, and to manage stress.
How do you stay healthy?MO: Practice yoga, teach yoga, run, eat food that makes me feel happy, read&write, love on my partner, and most importantly try to make time to be calm, self-reflect, rest, be outside. The time-related ones are the hardest but also the most important. A regular yoga practice helps to make that time.

What do you feel is the most challenging aspect of your career?

MO: Balancing the demands of teaching, trainings, yoga, academic work, meeting the needs of others and taking care of myself. But all that also creates its own kind of balance, which I really value.

When you are not teaching yoga what do you like to do?

MO: Walk outside. Spend time with friends and loved ones. Read. Go to other people’s yoga classes. Pet cats.

What is it that inspires you to keep going as an entrepreneur?

MO: As a yoga teacher I’m really part of many different groups so the community keeps me going there.

What are you working on now?

MO: In my academic life I’m working on a book project called Disabled Futures: Racialized Disgender and the Value of Wounded Attachments. In my yoga life, I’m retaking a course called “Psychological, Social, Emotional Literacy for Yogis” and really trying to build in more somatic psychology into my teaching and to make it as inclusive and accessible as possible.

What has been your best experience thus far in your business?

MO: In my yoga teaching I think taking on the Queer and Trans Yoga class has been one of the most meaningful experiences for me because it truly brings together my teaching philosophy with a community that has historically been denied access to self-validation, external validation and community building.

In a recent social media post about this class I wrote “For me, two invaluable aspects of yoga as I’ve stumbled into it are: 1) connection–to each other, to a community, to ourselves; and 2) self-trust–building and reinforcing the knowledge that we know our bodies and our needs and our best ways of being in the world deeply and well. These are especially important for marginalized folks who have survived on actively created community and experiential knowledge, including queer and trans* people. It’s been a hard last few months and leading QT Yoga has truly been a gift. Kinda like two cats snuggling. I’d love to share that with you. Please come, QT community, allies/parents/friends, questioning folks, anyone needing a space to be.” I think that about sums it up.

Is there anything else you’d like readers to know?

MO: I believe that individual health and wellness is intimately linked to a strong community in which every member is valued and heard. I work in accordance with this belief in my role as a teaching and diversity officer. And I work in accordance with this belief in my yoga teaching and practice. It’s hard work to make space for everyone but without it each of us will never reach our most expansive, aware, amazing selves.


To learn more about Milo or connect with them reach out via the following channels

FACEBOOK -Milo Obourn

EMAIL: ​milo.obourn@gmail.com

 

And don’t forget to register for a Monday Open Flow Yoga session with Milo here

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