Mina Semyon was born in 1938 in the Soviet Union. She has been teaching Yoga for over 30 years. She was a student and friend of R.D.Laing, psychiatrist, poet, musician and spiritual teacher who initiated her on the path of awareness through the practice of Yoga and mindfulness. This, combined with an insistence of finding her authentic voice through the study of singing and sound with Anthea Parashchak, has led to Mina's unique way of teaching.
In the process of transcending the harshness of a Russian childhood, what has evolved is a way of practising and teaching which incorporates one's whole being - emotional, mental, physical and spiritual, in daily life and relationships.Her aspiration is to stay faithful to the process of liberating the mind - body of everything that obscures the spirit of joy, love, compassion, spontaneity and playfulness.
Mina appeared in the BBC television series and the book Every Body Knows and the Yoga book Body Life written by her ex-husband Arthur Balaskas.
She is currently working on her life story My Yiddishe Mama, or, You Don't Have To Die Of Disapointment. Part of the book entitled "Take as long as it takes" is published in Bob Mullan's R.D. Laing-Creative Destroyer (Cassel, 1997). She is in the process of self-publishing a Yoga book called The Distracted Centipede.