RYT, Prenatal Yoga Certified
Misa found yoga in 2013 while searching for something gentler than running and to help deal with everyday stress. She found far more than she ever expected beyond the physical practice and immediately dove deeper into yogic studies.
After losing many loved ones including her father, she enrolled in yoga teacher training, and in 2017 completed her 200-hour at Asheville Yoga Center in part to honor her father who taught his entire life and it ended up being a form of therapy.
The gift of yoga transformed her outlook on life, allowed her to heal and to make a deeper spiritual connection which she had been missing her entire life. In giving back, she always holds a safe space for practice and advocates that yoga is for everyone to find and connect to what they need in this moment.
Teaching vinyasa flow in Atlanta, she found the style very meditative while connecting breath and movement, and currently as a new mama she is passionate about and teaches pre/postnatal yoga.
Q&A with Misa Schillaci
Q. How long have you been a teacher?
A. I have been teaching yoga since 2017 and practicing since 2013.
Q. What areas do you specialize in?
A. I’ve trained in alignment based yoga, or Iyengar and flow-based yoga, or Vinyasa. I am currently furthering my studies in accessible and pre/postnatal yoga practices so I can share yoga with everyone, especially current and future mamas.
Q. What brought you to your current style of practice?
A. I came to yoga to destress and find a less physically demanding exercise than running. I found a lot more than I was looking for and connected to the mental and spiritual aspects as well.
My day-to-day living has dictated what type of practice I follow. When I had a long commute and worked many hours, vinyasa flow took me to a meditative state and made me physically stronger.
After I became pregnant I took on a gentler, more restorative and yin style practice, but also continued a slow power flow to maintain strength. I now find a balance between all of these styles.
Q. What can a new student expect?
A. A new student can expect to destress via connection to their breath and meditation, to lengthen and strengthen their body with focus on proper alignment, and to be given lots of options to practice what is comfortable for them that day utilizing a variety of props.
Q. What recent industry trends have you found most noteworthy?
A. There seems to be a focus on quick fixes and results seen through practices such as CrossFit and Orangetheory. These are great options for those who thrive in a competitive, fast-paced workout environment but may not be sustainable depending on one’s health history, age, nutritional intake, etc. I more so appreciate the rise in popularity of yoga, meditation and gentler, meditative more sustainable practices such as tai chi and qigong.
When it comes to yoga, I am thankful to see that there is currently a larger focus on making yoga work for you and not making you work for yoga. I also appreciate seeing yoga used as a tool in the hospital setting especially relating to pregnancy, labor and delivery, in the prison system and as an overall therapy for a myriad of ailments and situations.
Q. What are your current personal wellness goals and how are you addressing them?
A. I practice moderation across all aspects of my life and hope to re-establish a regular routine of yoga, meditation, cardio and healthy nutrition, which I lost a connection to due to postpartum complications at the end of last year.
Q. What is your favorite beautiful spot in Milwaukee?
A. I love the peaceful calm of Lake Michigan from Veteran’s Park as well as the view of the Milwaukee River from Invivo’s yoga and fitness studios.
Q. What is your favorite place to eat in Milwaukee?
A. There are so many great places, many that I haven’t yet tried, but I’ve always enjoyed vegetarian delights at Beerline, lobster at Lakefront Brewery and the inventive southern inspired food at The Original.
Q. What are your top three favorite things to do/hobbies?
A. Besides yoga, I enjoy running and hiking outdoors, playing volleyball, scrapbooking memories and beading/making malas. My real passion is travel and I am working on visiting all fifty U.S. states and all seven continents.
Q. What do you do to de-stress?
A. Anything outside to inhale fresh air and reconnect with my breath.