Mia Donna is in lifelong love with movement! Beginning as a dancer and equestrian at a very young age and still to this day. Mia Donna graduated in 2005, with a Degree in Exercise Science and double minors in Dance and Psychology from Kent State University. While in college, she began mentoring under and performing alongside Carrie Konyha, completing her dance certification in 2002 and teaching Middle Eastern Dance, Dance Fitness and Interval Training. Upon graduation, she traveled all over, teaching and performing, finally creating a new home base in Arizona.
While teaching at a resort in Sedona, Arizona, Mia Donna met fitness icon, Christi Taylor. They became fast friends and seamlessly flowed into a mentorship. Mia Donna completed “Rock Star Teacher Academy”, elevating her teaching style. Shortly after, Christi offered an opportunity as her right hand assistant, running group fitness for 11 clubs throughout the Phoenix valley. This magical experience provided the opportunity to hire, teach and train certified fitness instructors and level up their instruction to teach at the club level of “excellence”. When the club sold, focus went back into dance studios and expanding knowledge to therapeutic movement modalities. At this time, she was also training horses and teaching riding lessons. Putting her focus on biomechanical function of horse and rider.
In 2016, a horse Mia Donna was training, flipped over on her, leaving her with a broken back. This was a critical time as all doctors were pushing for a quick surgery with a guarantee of function and mobility wearing down. After lots of research and a few great notes of wisdom, the decision was made to heal herself. She dove into the world of physical misalignment, nerve function, fascia, restorative practices, somatics, chiropractic and body care of all kinds. In this time, she took full coursework on fascia and did an internship with her Chiropractor to gain deeper knowledge on system connection. Through this, she was able to come back to fully functioning and better than before! Six months post accident, Mia Donna was slowly beginning to try physical modalities again. Crying through yoga and feeling such weakness in weight training. At this time, a friend invited her to try a Lagree class. This class was a pivotal moment.
After the whirlwind of a first time class, Mia Donna felt her body engage, stabilize and isolate in ways she had not been able to attain since her accident. The machine gave her the ability to workout without compression in the spine or any other joints. She made a promise to herself, “I’m going to do this for a year and if I’m still in love with it, this is the direction I will take in fitness.” Since then, Mia Donna has become one of 31 "Official Lagree Master Teacher Trainers" and trains in Portland, Oregon. She also created The MIA Method. This modality is a fascia based, biomechanical marriage of posture training and fascia massage therapy. Helping individuals pre or post surgery, injuries, scoliosis, EDH, athletes, dancers, equestrians and every body in between and beyond.