Yoga Instructor of the Month
… Jonathan Miles …
Yogi | Martial Artist | Body Worker
The depth to his character is made known within the first conversation you have with him. Yoga Instructor Jonathan Miles, or J.Miles, reveals himself to others with a respect and compassion for all people, knowing that each and every one of us is going through our own struggles.
“I don't believe that you don’t understand what I’ve been through because you’re not me.”
J.Miles explains how we can all relate to each other through the understanding of similar emotions drawn from our experiences. Although we may not know what each other is going through specifically, we can still understand and relate to feeling a certain kind of way. Whether it’s feelings of having your freedom taken away, being treated unfairly, disrespected, feeling wronged when you’re right, we can understand each and connect with each other in this way.
“Yogi, martial artist, bodyworker, retired breakdancer, community activist, and the son of a Baptist minister, J Miles (ERYT 200-RYT 500) has been learning and studying eastern arts and philosophy for over 15 years. From the teachings of Swami Satchidananda and Integral Yoga, along with Ashtanga, Jivamukti and other prominent systems of yoga, Yogi J has crafted a style tempered by humor, relies on the importance of breath, and aims to create for each person a fluid, sustainable and enjoyable practice. Understanding that even ancient practice continues to evolve, the mantra continues to be ‘practice is an effort toward steadiness of mind’.”
Not only a yoga instructor, J.Miles also guides his students through meditation, pranayama breathing techniques, Thai yoga massage, and reiki. Helping to co-found a local non-profit, Project Yoga Richmond, J.Miles has contributed to local outreach programs and to making yoga accessible to his community. He continues to teach yoga at PYR, as well as at Om On Yoga and One Wellness within Richmond, VA. As the founder of Maha Vira Yoga, you can learn more about his workshops, festivals, and events on his website.