A bit on Mitra Malek
Mitra Malek is a news journalist, wellness content writer, and a former senior editor and contributing editor for Yoga Journal. She has taught yoga since 2006.
A longtime news reporter (and warm-weather fan), Mitra spent more than a decade on Florida's turquoise coastline as a staff writer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Palm Beach Post. Over the years, she covered a cancer-cluster investigation, election snafus, rampant real-estate growth, and poisoned polo ponies.
An avid rock climber, Mitra now lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where it's not as warm as Florida, but the sandstone is hard to beat.
As a freelance journalist, she has reported and written for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Tennessean, USA Today, and The Washington Post.
In a past life, she worked on Wall Street, and then was an acrobat and bank manager for Club Med at its sunny resorts in Mexico and the Bahamas.
Mitra is a graduate of Rutgers College at Rutgers University and holds a master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
Photo by Alex Galvao