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Meet more of our amazing team members with another behind the scenes look at the Mika factory in Lima, Peru!

Meet the Makers: Part II - YouTube
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Run out of ideas for gifts? You have come to the right place! Check out our recommendation for all the different people in your life! If you need any assistance or help with picking something out, feel free to message us on Facebook, Instagram, or send an email to cs@mikayogawear.com! We would love to help!

YOGINI

MIKA MATS, MALAS, GABY LEGGING, CHRISTINA TOP


MIKA MATS
MALAS
GABY LEGGINGS
CHRISTINA TOP

HOT YOGA

HOT YOGA TOWELS, LUCIA SHORT, TULA TOP


HOT YOGA TOWELS
LUCIA SHORTS
TULA TOP

RUNNING

ELLA TOP, MARINA SHORT, KENDRA TOP, HEADBANDS


ELLA TOP
MARINA SHORTS
KENDRA TOP
HEADBANDS

LIFTING

KAYA HIGH WAISTED, ALMA TOP, LORENA SHORT, MAYA TOP


KAYA HIGH WAISTED LEGGINGS
ALMA TOP
LORENA SHORT
MAYA TOP

GIFTS FOR HIM

RAFI PANT, RAFO SHIRT, SEBA PANT, SEBA SHORT


RAFI PANT
RAFO TEE
SEBA PANT
SEBA SHORT

LOUNGE LOVER

BELLA LUNA, FREYA FLOW WRAP, KIMONOS, ELLIE LOUNGE

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Take a look behind the scenes at the Mika factory in Lima, Peru and meet some of our wonderful team members!

Meet the Makers: A behind the scenes look at who makes your clothes! - YouTube
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As we introduce our newest prints, Equilibrium and Balance, we wanted to share about the artist and her inspiration behind the designs. Enjoy!
Meet the Artist: Caro Paz - YouTube
















@caropazart

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Meet photographer and #mikachica, Ty Allen. You can check out her gorgeous travel photography on her instagram account, along with her incredible drone shots!

1) Where are you originally from?

I was born in Oakland, California. It’s an bustling metropolitan city about 30 minutes east of San Francisco.

2) Where do you currently live?

I currently live in the East Bay but I’ve lived in both South Africa and Japan during my college years.

3) How long have you been doing photography?

Hmm, I’d say about 8 years on and off. I got my start in traditional Black & White photography and transitioned into digital photography a couple years later. Film photography will have a place in my heart forever though!

4) How did you get into working with drones?

Once I figured out how my favorite travel bloggers were getting such amazing aerial photos, I dropped everything and called my dad! He was so excited that I wanted to know more about drones, as he’s an avid pilot. One brisk Sunday morning, we stopped for a couple of lattes, drove to the nearest park and after about 30 minutes of flight lessons, I was flying his dji Phantom 4 drone like a total natural! The rest is history!

5) What inspires you?

I think about this question often. I’m inspired most when I’m in nature. The hustle & bustle of the city life can be draining, so I find that nature centers me and inspiration flows effortlessly.





6) Favorite food?

If you ask any of my closest friends, they would unanimously shout, “Waffles” and they’d be correct!

7) What is a typical day like for you?

When I’m not traveling, a day usually starts with a 5AM work-out with my trainer, followed by a day of healthcare administrative work in a small private practice. In the evenings I come home to a rambunctious bunny named Charly and then I will head down to my local Pole Fitness studio for the rest of the evening!

8) Any special projects you are working on or fantasize about?

Yes!! I developed an affinity for social media marketing ever since taking an elective course on this subject in Grad School! Since then, I’ve been working hard to re-vamp my own Instagram page. There’s so much room to grow and I envision traveling the world while working creatively with brands I truly love while inspiring my audience to be fearless in their pursuit self-discovery through travel and fitness.

9) Favorite place to chill out?

If I’m not chilling in a local cafe, I’m usually home in my room enjoying the peace and quiet! Total Zen.

10) How would you describe your style?

I would say it’s very classic and timeless. I usually stick to a neutral color pallet: white, black, gray, camel.

11) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I would love to live in Bali, Indonesia. It’s  truly a magical place...I get the warm and fuzzies just thinking about it. Imagine waking up everyday to the sounds of the trees swaying in the wind, birds chirping, with the sounds of waterfalls in the distance.

12) What is your greatest dream?

I’m living it! I remember as a child, I was unable to travel internationally like my friends. I was raised by a single Mother who worked tirelessly to fund my private education. I decided early on that one day I would travel the world. Once I applied for my passport in 2013, I made a promise to myself that I would travel to to 10 countries before my passport expired. I’ve traveled to twice as many in half the time and I feel so grateful. I would love to pass down this way of life to my future children some day.

13) Favorite show to binge watch?

I can watch “The Walking Dead” on repeat for hours! I love a good Sci-Fi series! I wouldn’t be surprised if i were part alien!

14) One word you would use to describe yourself?

Poised.

15) What’s on your go-to playlist?

I’d say I have an eclectic taste in music. Some of my playlists feature artists like Lauryn Hill, Kings of Leon, Odesza, Leon Bridges, and Myleene Klass, to name a few.

16) Favorite place you have traveled?

Akita, Japan - hands down! It was also the place I spent the longest time. There’s this quietness about Akita that is hard to describe unless you’re there to witness it. I love being able to hear my own thoughts while walking down the street! That definitely does not happen in San Francisco.

17) Favorite way to de-stress?

I love to wander! Travel has a way of allowing me to connect with myself and live in the present moment. When I’m not traveling, I de-stress by journaling, pole dancing, and creating content.

18) Chasing your dreams and believing that you can do anything...what does it take?

It takes time, unrelenting perseverance and it also takes a higher power - whatever that may mean to you. I love Oprah’s take on the topic belief. She said, “ You cannot survive in this world by yourself just believing in yourself. You’re not big enough to do it. I’m not big enough to do it. Nobody’s big enough to do it alone. You have to understand that your very presence as a human being on earth came from something greater than yourself.” Once I began noticing this happening repeatedly in my own life, I knew I’d figured out the secret.

19) What is one thing you wish every woman would take to heart as far as body image?

I wish we would regard ourselves with more kindness and less scrutiny.

20) Happiness means…

To me, happiness means spreading light onto oneself and onto others, realizing that we possess all the tools to live a happy life and that all we need to do is try each day.

Check out her page here!
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Meet Marissa Sheldon, AKA @artsy_blue, the aerialist and photographer that graces the pages of Mika with her art! TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF! WHERE ARE YOU AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Heyyy! I’m Marissa, also artsy_blue on instagram. I’m 26 years young and I’m a native Floridian. Florida used to be the only place I knew besides driving quickly through the states on the way to Cherry Creek, New York to visit family. I grew up super sheltered which made me also super shy. I’ve always thought it was impossible for me to do the amazing things I would see in photos on Instagram. When I lost all my friends due to a best friend breakup, I made my first leap out of my comfort zone. I saw a beautiful photo of aerial silks and I had to figure out how I could do it! The studio was an hour away from where I lived so I took my first class and haven’t stopped since, almost 5 years now! Changed my life for sure. 

HOW DID YOU GET INTO PHOTOGRAPHY?

Photography has always been a hobby of mine from a little kid running around with a little film camera taking photos of everything I thought looked cool to photography class all 4 years of high school. I used to only take photos of landscapes, flowers, animals, etc until I started aerial arts and yoga. I am still obsessed with landscapes and nature, I just incorporate a human doing amazing talents now. 

DESCRIBE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE AND HOW IT CAME TO BE

My style isn’t just one thing. I love experimenting with ideas. I love a crisp clean photo though. I like to stray away from clutter in photos. Lines, colors, lighting, and nature are usually my biggest inspirations. Creating art with art. Capturing happiness and passion, the skills people work so hard for, in a beautiful setting with outfits showing their style. I’m a very visual person so I’m usually inspired by just looking around at the backgrounds. I love being inspired by other’s work to create a completely different look. 

WHAT ARE SOME CHALLENGES YOU FACE WHILE SHOOTING?

Some of the challenges I face while shooting is never really knowing what Mother Nature has in store! I do not work indoors ever mainly because I don’t have access, but in Florida the weather is crazy unpredictable and mostly hotttt! If it’s not just hot outside, it’s either super windy trying to fight with the aerial apparatuses or it decides to downpour out of nowhere and we all get soaked. 

When I travel to other states, another challenge is I want to shoot at the spot that is 5 miles of walking up and downhill, through a river, over a bridge, up and downhill again until we finally get there. All of that while carrying three 100 lb. boxes with the rig inside. By time everything is set up, we’re exhausted so we are the last to get photos! But it’s all worth it! 

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR AERIAL WORK!

My work with aerial arts is like a game of tug of war. 

Although I have been an aerialist for almost 5 years, training time is key to your skill level! The amount of time shows dedication. But you are only as good as what you put into it. As with any type of skill. I work 40 hours at a corporate grocery store, going for management until I’m completely fed up with it. I also spend most of my free time with my photography business. Trying to make money for the real world and my future family. I sadly never have time for myself to train and work on my skill set. Always a battle between making money doing what I love, or training the skills of what I love. But I do everything in my power to make it all work. Fight for what makes you happy!! 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE JUST STARTING OUT WITH PHOTOGRAPHY? WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE MODELING?

The advice I would give to a startup photographer would be, take photos as much as possible. Train new ideas and try to figure it out yourself. It’s a great feeling to capture a beautiful photo knowing you figured out the angles, lighting, placement of your subjects, shapes, colors, etc. The photos you take should come from your perspective and your thoughts of what makes a great photo. One of my favorite quotes: Art isn’t meant to be beautiful, it’s meant to make you feel something. Most of the time it’s beautiful haha But don’t be afraid to fail. 

The advice I would give to someone modeling would be to just be yourself and enjoy the photo-shoot! Your emotions and confidence/lack of confidence shows in the photos. Being comfortable in front of a camera is not always easy but keeping in mind the purpose of the photo-shoot and finding your self love is very gratifying! 

BEHIND EVERY PICTURE IS A STORY. PICK A FEW PHOTOGRAPHS AND TELL US THE STORY BEHIND THEM!

The story behind this shot is an inspiring photo I saw and instantly figured out how I could make it happen. Yes this is a photo of myself, which is another story behind several of my photos. When plans cancel and I end up alone, or if none of my friends are available, I don’t want to give up on the idea. So I bring my tripod and do it myself!

I just love this photo for the clean lines, perfect light, and colors. This bendy babe had no idea why I decided to take a photo at this location considering it was the outside of a park bathroom. Haha but I had a vision and think it came out exactly how I thought.

This was one of my favorite photos from my first trip calling myself a traveling photographer. It was very nerve racking because I’ve never charged for my photography before. I’ve always just loved it as a hobby and sharing it with my friends. But I came to the point in my life where I was close to desperate for money to survive my bills and passions. So I went for it! I jumped on the road alone and I was amazed that people were interested, not even really knowing me but my photos on Instagram!

KEEP UP WITH MARISSA ON HER SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES! @ARTSY_BLUE AND @ARTSYBLUE_EYE

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Exciting new designs for the same mats you love! Eco-friendly, recyclable, original artwork, water-based inks, micro-fiber faux suede top, machine washable, the list goes on and on! Check out the gorgeous new prints and order yours TODAY!

LOVESPELL SPELLBOUND


ELECTRA DREAM WEAVER CITRINE DREAMS


BOUNDLESS BLISS ANDES
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She teaches yoga, she runs (like...really really far), she basically never stops! You've met her if you stopped by Mika Denver, talked to her if you've ever called Mika Customer Service, and now we would like to officially introduce this months featured #mikachica, Kendra Miller!

1. How did you get into running?

I've been a runner for as long as I can remember, being in Track throughout middle and high school. Throughout high school, my PE teacher would always give me a separate time goal for any distance ran than the other kids. For example: the mile. He'd yell out "Girls have 8 minutes, guys have 7 minutes, Kendra has 6 minutes!" The pressure was always on. However, it made me feel like I was actually pretty decent at it, making my love for it only grow! My junior year of high school, my track coach would find me running 6 miles on this trail around our school before practice. At that point, he then pretty much made me do Cross country whether I liked it or not! It wasn't until after I graduated high school that I really fell in love with long distance. I remember dating a guy at the time that loved to watch football- me, not so much! I would take that time instead and go for a run... sometimes finding myself getting in 30 miles on a whim! I did so many solo ultra length distance runs before I even thought about signing up for a race.

2. So, what IS an ultra marathon?

A ultra-marathon is technically considered anything longer than marathon distance (26.2 miles). There are several different distances ranging between 50k and even 200 milers now & beyond!





3. Tell us about the race you have coming up!

I am signed up for Run Rabbit Run 100! It is a 100 mile foot race in Steamboat Springs, CO!  It starts at 8am on Friday the 14th and runners have until Saturday the 15th at 8 pm to finish. It's a long day/night in the mountains. Basically you continuously  eat a lot of food & keep putting one foot in front of the other for however many hours it takes to finish. Instead of sleeping Friday night, I will be running. It's going to be a struggle fest to say the least, and it's going to hurt... everywhere! There will be some highs, and a lot of lows. You definitely have to have just as much if not more mental strength than just physical strength alone! Wish me luck! 




4. We know you are YTT certified, can you tell us about your experience getting your certification and how it has impacted your life today?

Ooooof! My YTT experience goes down as one of my biggest life changing experiences to date... 

Getting yoga certified has been a dream of mine for many years. I fell in love with yoga and the idea of perhaps one day teaching it over 15 years ago! After a couple years of much more serious thought and desire, I soon realized things in life don't always come when you want them to but rather when it's what you NEED. 

Things had finally lined up just right and I signed up in March 2017 to get YTT certified in November in Montezuma, Costa Rica! Between March and November I had some really big highs, but also some extremely big lows that came with it. Ultimately, I found myself in the deepest state of depression in the final months leading up to my YTT. When people would ask how excited I was, I remember even trying to crack a fake smile was near impossible... I felt completely dead inside. I couldn't care less at that point if I were to go or not. I remember being in tears most of the flight down there. But once I arrived, I felt a sense of relief. Not just because I was in such a beautiful place, but I was also surrounded by some beautiful souls. As everyone was getting to know one another over the first week or so, I found myself not making any effort. Throughout the weeks- I found myself opening up more and more. This group ended up learning a lot more about me than most still do. I found my sangha :)

An intense Yoga Nidra session, healing circle on the last day, our closing ceremony.. just a few memories that'll be forever engraved in my mind. I can't really put into words how much those few weeks changed my life. I do know the experience came into my life at the exact right time it was supposed to, and it honestly saved my life. Ever since, I've looked at life and all it presents in a much more beautiful way :)

5. What is one thing you can't live without?

MUSIC

6. What does a typical day look like for you?

Lately, waking up as late as possible to get ready for work and make coffee as training and just life has gotten me straight up exhausted! Then I get to go spend the day in literally the best office possible, MIKA <3! Best job ever!

After work, I typically drive west and go for a trail run, sometimes grabbing a beer at a local brewery afterwards- because balance! 

Most nights lately are spent out at some fun outdoor event or at home- simply filled with good music, yummy food, an amazing boyfriend and of course my Italian Greyhound Louigi! Zero complaints! 

Many weekend days, I fill up a good chunk of time with mini trips/adventures or long runs. Oh, and I also teach Goat yoga! :)



7. How do you motivate yourself?

  I love learning, I love growing, I love seeing just what the human body is capable of. That's all the motivation I need :)

8. How do you manage running and yoga together?

I've been a runner longer than I've been a yogi, but once yoga came into my life the physical benefits alone were pretty noticeable. I started doing yoga here and there roughly 17 years ago. At the time, it was just something new for me- a different type of workout. Soon realizing, the more I stayed consistent with it- the better I felt inside and out. My hamstrings especially have taken a major beating over the years with a lot of running and not any where close to the amount of stretching I should be doing! Soon enough I realized that the 2 went pretty perfect together. The yoga definitely helped with my tight muscles keeping me injury free. Also, giving me a reason to chill out a bit, compared to always going full speed through life. I even came up with an idea to create a class called YoRunGa! I bet you can guess what that entails?! 

It wasn't until a few years ago where I learned the real essence of yoga (being the mental/spiritual and meditative side) would provide just as many benefits, if not a hell of a lot more! In Ultra-marathons, you of course have to be strong physically and have the endurance. However, more important is a strong & positive mind. During an ultra, you WILL find yourself not only in physical pain, but also in a really dark place mentally. Having a strong mind leaves you capable than a lot more than you ever thought your body was capable of at the moment. However dark it may get- it only makes me more thirsty to get deeper into yoga and running, with a desire to keep growing! 

9. Whats one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

'Whatever you do, keep doin' YOU!'

Not that I was ever in a stage where I didn't or don't need improvements, but all my 'bad choices/mistakes' and hardships in life have made me who I am today.. and I'm pretty in love with that person!

10. What is one of your lifetime goals?

Infinit happiness... to forever strive towards me being the best version of me possible. Being able to be the light and shine that light on others. 

Also, getting a Dole or Del Monte sponsorship so I can eat endless delicious pineapple the rest of my life! 

 

Keep up with Kendra on her Instagram page here.

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Take a look inside our recent getaway to Avon, CO for hiking, content, and team building!

MikaChica Mountain Getaway: Avon, CO - YouTube











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You've seen her gorgeous photography featured on our social media pages, and if you don't follow her already, you'll want to. Julia Peach is one of the most authentic souls we've had the privilege to work with and we wanted you to get to know a little more about the woman in front of the camera, and behind it.

1) Where are you originally from?

Washington D.C.-  born and raised!

2) Where do you currently live?

Orem, Utah - right next door to Provo, just down the highway from Salt Lake City. 2 hours from Moab, 2 hours from Idaho.

3) How did you get into photography?

I picked up a camera at 8 years old and have never put it down, documenting everything about my pre-teen and teenage years, from trips to the mall with girlfriends to travels to Mexico and Australia. That developed in my college and adult years into client work, photojournalism, conceptual and fashion photography, and story telling photography. My history is in film photography...being a darkroom and developing film is literally creating art with your hands. I shoot digital, too, and develop with VSCO film in Adobe Lightroom to keep a consistency between my film and digital work. All of my photography must tell a story or give you a quick glimpse into life at that very moment.

4) How long have you been practicing yoga and how has is affected your life?

I have been practicing yoga for 5 years, teaching for 4. It has affected my life by becoming my life....my way of thinking, breathing, relating to people, mothering, marriage, relationships to all people and animals and food; all are touched by the 8 limbs of yoga in some way. Yoga saved me from PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and a completely backwards way of thinking.

5) What inspires you?

Nature, first and foremost. Music, travel, history, photography, movement, hiking, animals....all a close second :)

6) Favorite food?

Vegetables and fruits. Not even kidding. Haters, unfollow me now. You might come back when you learn it's basically allll about avocados and onions!!!

7) What is a typical day like for you?

A typical day involves awakening with the sun (6 AM ...ish...), hot water with lemon/tea and ACV, morning pre and probiotics, reading a daily meditation/intention card and the Bible followed by journaling, some sort of self care in the skin and bathing department followed by caring for my animals, awakening my 8 year old and prepping him for his day at school, running him where he needs to be followed by lifting at the gym, editing photo-shoots or prepping for a shoot (either myself or another soul), errands/food prep/picking up my son, practicing yoga in the evenings as well as teaching my own workshops and classes, more caring for children and animals, eating somewhere in all of this, a bunch of inversion drills outside, attempting to watch the sun go down at the top of the mountain by house, snuggling with my husband and writing some more flows, dreams, and ideas down in my journal. I start counting sheep around 10 PM.

8) Any special projects you are working on or fantasize about?

I am a big traveler and am planning some more awesome travels in the coming year! I also have a big dream to have a sustainable farm and greenhouse and provide free organic food and free yoga to single moms, veterans, really anyone who needs it.

9) Favorite place to chill out?

Place me on a mountain top with a cool breeze and a view of the sun and moon, please. I have a reclining lawn chair and I'm not afraid to use it.

10) How would you describe your style?

Thrifty and relaxed. Weird. Eccentric. Lace though, cause I'm a lady, dammit.





11) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Montana or Iceland.

12) What is your greatest dream?

To love without fear, to have a way to provide care and compassion for all living beings, to stop being anxious, to see as much of the world as I can before I sleep.  

13) Favorite show to binge watch?

THE OFFICE. Parks and Rec. That 70's Show.

14) One word you would use to describe yourself?

Adventurous!

15) Whats on your go-to playlist?

A lot of Grey Killer, Sleeping at Last, and Queen.




16) Favorite place you have traveled?

Iceland, Israel, Honduras!

17) Favorite way to de-stress?

Hot springs! In the wild!

18) Chasing your dreams and believing that you can do anything...what does it take?

A lot of peace and clarity about your goals, trust and patience in the seasons of waiting, and strength to persevere to the end.  

19) What is one thing you wish every woman would take to heart as far as body image?

Know your body is a vessel for your soul, your spirit, your personality, your very essence- take care of the vessel, but know that who you are will last even after your body is dust. Know that it's important to enter into a practice of speaking truth to yourself and combating the lies that we hear and see all over the media in the modeling/Hollywood/image industry. Know that your worth is not defined by a stomach roll or your thighs touching or not touching. Know that food isn't something you "get" to eat because you worked out and working out/moving your body isn't a punishment for what you eat. Love yourself and be compassionate with yourself and your view of your body will shift into peace and positive thinking.  

20) Happiness means...

complete peace in mind, body, and spirit. OM Shanti!

 

Keep up with Julia Peach on her Instagram page @jewelpeachyoga!

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