Meet the Founder
Myiesha (Mya) Cato - Founder & Executive Director
In 2014, Mya found herself in a yoga class as an avenue to stretch achy muscles and ease the mental stress of a job that wasn’t fulfilling her. The physical benefits were obvious but the beginning of her yoga journey was ignited after receiving a sense of balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Her yoga practice gave her liberation and a love for life.
Originally from a small town in Arkansas, the first-generation Afro-Caribbean-American yogi grew up in a military home. Having traveled to many places throughout her lifetime, Mya has experienced an array of cultures and credits her parents for instilling a love for humanity. Just one year after starting her yoga journey, Mya received much acknowledgment on social media and within her communities for her vulnerability and progression. This led her to believe that her purpose was much bigger than her current career path.
At 25 years old, she resigned from her job in the insurance industry and spent all of her savings to pursue yoga teacher training after receiving her Associates of Arts in Business Management at HCC. She chose to become a yoga instructor to translate the teachings of yoga within her communities. In 2017, Mya founded Meeyogi, LLC with a mission to create space for people of all labels to heal and to evolve into the best version of themselves.
As an Integrative Enrichment Specialist with Urban Yoga Foundation, she teaches mindfulness practices to children to help create an environment of social-emotional change. Mya has gained much acknowledgment for her Trap Yoga movement which combines yoga, dance, tribal movement, trap and hip hop music for an eclectic yoga experience. She has worked with various organizations such as the University of South Florida, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Centre 4 Girls and more. She has led multiple wellness sessions geared towards women empowerment, and self-care for young ladies. Having written her first instructional book in 2019, The Beginner’s Guide to Yoga, Mya’s goal is to share the art of yoga with as many people as possible.