Meet Mia

Mia Oramous (rhymes with “famous”), owner 

Fitness has always been a part of my life. I was on the swim team in high school, and continued exercising after that – running, lifting weights, biking, hiking, swimming. At one point, I was doing some serious bodybuilding. I never had a problem with being in shape until, you guessed it, I moved to New Orleans.

The free-wheeling lifestyle of “live to eat” got the best of me because the food was so different and good! A far cry from the meat and potatoes I had growing up. To make matters worse, my then-husband was an awesome cook. I ate lunch out and cleaned my plate; I had wonderful home-cooked dinners and cleaned my plate; I drank my dessert. So I ate and drank, and ate and drank... until lo and behold, I had gained 50 (that’s no typo) pounds. And that, folks, is before I got pregnant!

I made some fairly big lifestyle changes to get rid of the really big me. I drank only water, no booze; I didn’t eat lunch out; I ate more fruits and vegetables; stayed active by walking and doing pool exercise. I also took up yoga and Pilates which worked my core in a way I never had before. I feel stronger than I did in my 20s and 30s, and certainly feel better.

Like everyone, the other experiences and challenges in my life are numerous. My father was killed when I was very young; I moved frequently as a child; I looked for love in all the wrong places; I left home when I was 17; I've been separated and divorced; I've taken care of aging and dying parents; I'm the survivor of domestic abuse, sexual assault and co-dependency; I've faced financial challenges; I've worked for large corporations and for myself; I had hip replacement surgery; I am a mother, daughter, sister and friend.

I love helping people to find their inner strength to overcome whatever they are facing. Being a part of someone’s effort to change is extremely rewarding – I look forward to helping you in your transformation. If you want to learn more about the studio or its services, please contact me. Namaste!

Check out this writeup on the studio by Where Y'At.

Some other facts about me:

  • I’m a military brat: I went to three different junior highs and three different high schools; not exactly sure how many elementary schools.
  • I have a teenage son and together we have a dog.
  • I am terrified of baby stores, cosmetics counters and malls.

Education / Seminars
B.A. English, 1983 – University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
Yoga Fundamental II Specialty Certificate, 2005 – SCW Fitness Education
Pilates Matwork Specialty Certificate, 2005 – SCW Fitness Education
ACE Personal Trainer Certification, 2006 – American Council on Exercise
Rolf Gates Teacher Training, 2008 & 2010 – RYT 200 Yoga Alliance
Bodybugg Certified Trainer, 2008 – Apex
TRX Suspension Training System, Certified Trainer, 2009 – Fitness Anywhere
Balance Walking Coach, 2010 -- Foot Solutions
TRX Suspension Training System, Sports Medicine Course – Fitness Anywhere
Rolf Gates Teacher Training, 2011 – RYT 500 Yoga Alliance
Y12SR Intensive and Leadership Training, 2013
Led ten+ 200-hour yoga teacher trainings beginning in 2013.

Attended yoga workshops by Erich Schiffmann, Rolf Gates, Stephanie Keach, Baron Baptiste, Bryan Kest, Rodney Yee, Beryl Bender Birch, Seane Corn, Nikki Myers, Cyndi Lee, Theresa Murphy and others. Assisted Rolf Gates at Yoga, Meditation & Recovery Conference at Esalen (Big Sur, CA) every year held since 2010.