Episode 10 // Vanessa Young – Yoga Instructor, Doula & Harpist

Two questions for everyone this week – have you ever heard of a yoga class with a live harpist? And what the heck is a doula?

Vanessa Young-Miller is a professional harpist, yoga instructor and birth doula in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia (DMV) area.

While her husband (JG Miller, horn) embarked on Army basic training she began a yoga training in Los Angeles, CA finding a niche in playing harp for live yoga classes. Soon after moving to Maryland, she found herself intrigued by prenatal yoga and preparing to start a family. After the birth of their first child, her passion for all things birth, postpartum and parenthood began eventually leading to learning to be a birth support person (doula) after the birth of their second child. Now three young kids deep she practices the harmony of juggling her multiple hats as well as being an avid social justice activist and abolitionist. 

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Vanessa received her Bachelor of Music at Eastman School of Music and her Masters of Music from Carnegie Mellon University. She has performed with a variety of ensembles and artists including Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Ithaca Ballet Company, Debut Orchestra, Ben Folds, and John Williams. She currently teaches harp at elite private all-girls school Holton Arms, teaches yoga at Whole Yoga Studio and has a solo doula practice

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