By Chris Quintana
The Santa Fe New Mexican.
At first blush, Mira Rubiano is the last person most would expect to start a yoga/indoor-cycling studio.
Rubiano has what she calls a schizophrenic résumé that includes a Fulbright scholarship, a stint at the World Bank and a journalism career that included working for National Geographic in Brazil. She speaks Spanish, French and Portuguese and has spent a good portion of her adult life living abroad.
In comparison, running a yoga studio, especially one in Santa Fe, seems mundane. Rubiano is well aware of the dissonance, which she has struggled to address in her head for the past decade.
“I didn’t want to identify as a yoga teacher,” she said. “Through yoga I was able to accept that being a Fulbright and being a yoga teacher aren’t mutually exclusive.”
She and her husband settled in Santa Fe in 2013 after living in Europe, Brazil and the West and East Coast. She has been researching and planning Thrive since April 2014.
She’s preparing to launch Santa Fe Thrive in the Solana Center within the next two months. Right now the space is skeletal, drafty and dusty, but Rubiano said the construction is all cosmetic. The business will be a family affair that she’ll run with her husband and with aid from her parents.
Last week she gave a guided tour, pointing out spaces for showers, a yoga floor and the indoor-cycling room. As she discussed the nuances of anti-microbial floors and other minutia, it was clear Rubiano has channeled the same energy into this project as her past endeavors.
Rubiano has a decade’s worth of experience teaching yoga — she has spent thousands of hours teaching — and spent much of her life cycling indoors. She will offer a variety of classes, including a style of heated yoga called Vinyasa. She is also certified as a Mad Dogg cycling instructor.