Photo by Megan Bowen 2021
Hello! My name is Miriam Picó Younce.
I created Mindful and Musical in 2015, as a way to design my dream classes for families with small children! 600+ families have now joined the fun and what began as one class called "Little Bird" has grown to become many different offerings for people of all ages! From the tiniest of newborn babies in our Baby Bird class, to toddlers in our Mini Bird class, to siblings together after school for our Little Bird class, to Mama Bird Healing Sounds for adults and teens, all the way to people in their late 90's during Intergenerational Singalongs with Singing Heart to Heart!
Mindful and Musical has something for every age.
Through music, yoga, story time and sound healing, I get to shine a spotlight on topics I am most passionate about: Love, Kindness, Self-Care, the Interconnectedness of ALL beings....and of course Mindfulness and Music! We sing, we move & groove, we play instruments, we learn, we laugh!! As a bilingual Puerto Rican, I am also always thrilled to sing and teach in Spanish as well.
In addition to teaching, I am a proud mother to three fantastic children I adore, and I have worked as a singer/songwriter since I released my first CD in 2005. I love learning, traveling, drawing, connecting with people and being in nature. I also recently fell in love with officiating secular weddings!
My days begin very early with coffee, yoga and meditation before the rest of my family wakes up. I like to listen for the first bird of the morning outside my window...if you can't tell by the names of my classes, I LOVE BIRDS!
I am super lucky to be married to one of the MOST kind-hearted, thoughtful people I have ever known, my husband Ryan Younce. (He encouraged me to follow my heart and create Mindful and Musical, so if you love what I do, thank him for believing in me!!)
My Mindful and Musical Mission Statement expresses the goal that I am aiming for in everything I do:
"Let's love our whole selves
from our heads to our toes.
Let's look for the good
wherever we go.
Let's stand against hate
with the peace in me and you.
Let's radiate love
in all we think and say and do."
Thank you for visiting this site and I hope you will join me for a class, a concert or a sound healing session sometime!
Certifications and Experience:
Professional singer/songwriter since 2005
200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher (YogaRenew)
30 Hour Certified Children's Yoga Teacher (Karma Kids Yoga)
Certified Baby Yoga and Developmental Movement Teacher (Karma Kids Yoga)
Healing Sounds Facilitator since 2020
30 Hour Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training
Trauma-Informed Yoga and Mindfulness training
Certified Mindfulness Coach (Transformation Academy)
24 Hour Darkness To Light Facilitator Training (Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center)
Assistant Pre-school Teacher (Firm Footings in Lake Ann)
CPR-certified Nanny and Babysitter to many beloved families for over 20 years.
Certified Nurse Assistant (State of Michigan)
Wedding Officiant (State of Michigan)