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About BEY

We are a lively bunch. Kind of Eclectic. Imperfect. Passionate. Humorous.

The staff at one of the hotels we partner with said that they’ve never had a group laugh as much. We believe them! While we take yoga and wellness very seriously, but we approach it with lightness.

Transformation is hard enough as it is.

Peter Mico, BEY creator and lead teacher, knows this first hand. The first transformation started in 1999, at age 50. Peter’s body was starting to show signs and symptoms of breaking down after years of physical labor and extreme athleticism.  Hearing the doctors diagnosis him with, “this is just getting older, better accept it,” sent him searching for a better option.

The answer came in the DVD aisle at Costco - YOGA.

Searching again for answers, he came across the work of Dan Buettner. Buettner had identified the places in the world where people lived the longest, were the happiest, and experienced optimal health into old age. After extensive research, Peter developed confidence in the Blue Zone principles, and Blue Earth Yoga was born.

Peter took students to Costa Rica and found that an immersion into healthy living yielded huge benefits - for his students and for his personal health.  He saw his health improve on each retreat, right along side his students. The lessons embedded in Blue Zone living were exactly what he needed to transform his health.

He became a devoted student and then a passionate teacher in his small northern Idaho town, enlightening loggers and dancers alike to the genius of this mind, body, spirit practice. He traveled to study and train with reknowned teachers. His aliments cleared and he found a way to help others.

His second transformation came nearly two decades later. A misdiagnosis led to a domino effect on his health. As he tried to address his worsening condition with western medicine, Peter saw more clearly the shortcomings of prescriptive treatment. He experienced how difficult it was to maintain the lifestyle necessary for wellness in convenience-focused, stress-inducing, fast-lane society.

Devoted as Peter is to his practice, to his teaching, to his health, he moved to a Blue Zone to become intimate with the lifestyle and reconnected to his optimal self, in a physical and mental sense.

"YOga is the journey to the self, Through the self"

What is life but a serious of transitions? Blue Earth Yoga is all about giving people the tools to transform their lives.

- bhagavad gita

Blue Earth Yoga is absolutely on a 

And now you say,

“Wow! That’s a pretty tall order for stretching!”



We believe yoga can be the vehicle to wellness, for our physical bodies, our minds, our spirits and our planet. We want to give every body an experience of wellness they can take home with them. We practice and explore lifestyles that can sustain health and wellness all the way into old age and that can honor the sacred relationship between humans and Mother Earth all the way into our young people’s future. 


Yoga is so much more than stretching. We invite you to come learn about the depth of knowledge this ancient Indian system of wellness offers. The science of yoga spans muscular, skeletal, subtle, digestive, psychological and ecological. It’s a beautiful medicine. Classical yogis left India to share their insights with the world. It is a tradition intended to

be shared. Blue Earth Yoga is honored to be a part of this revolution, respectfully adapting old ways of practicing to benefit you.  


When you strip yoga of fancy clothes and showy poses, it is fundamentally about breathing, range of motion and strength. Our mission is to give you a place to experience the power of yoga with the power of place.

Blue Earth Yoga : BIOS

Peter Mico

An unwaveringly devoted student and teacher, Peter has found profound joy in guiding non-traditional yoga students on a path of gradual lifestyle changes that enhance one's relationship to self, community and planet. 


He has had the honor of studying with many master teachers around the world in his 23 years of yoga practice. His main teachers for the past 10 years have been Tias Little and Surya Little at Prajna Yoga School. His other teachers and primary influences are: Erich Schiffman, Manuso Manos, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee and James D'Silva.


Currently, Peter is living in rural Costa Rice living and studying the principles of a lifestyle centered around a wellness that is intrinsic to the health of the planet.



Peter's warm personality brings a relaxed and playful style to his classes. His deep knowledge of anatomy and the myofacial systems of the body inform his teaching, and guide his students into greater strength, flexibility, alignment, and grace. Peter's approach is greatly influenced by Iyengar Yoga, Buddhism, and his personal experiences both as a teacher and a student.


Always ready with an absurd joke or a piece of ancient wisdom, Peter’s down to earth demeanor, his knowledge of the intricacies of the body’s mechanisms, and inspired practice draws a range of devoted students. 

Courtney Mico-Nelson

Courtney moved in Juneau, Alaska after 33 years in the heart and pulse of Los Angeles.  Now, she is a dynamic balance of big city personality and glacial peace. Courtney brings her yoga and dance experience together with business and sales for Blue Earth Yoga. She makes things happen for BEY, managing hospitality and all the behind the scenes planning. If you call the number on our site, it's this wonderful lady who will answer the phone.

Courtney was born in La Jolla, California and was an avid ocean swimmer from early on. She has studied Ashtanga yoga with Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty, and a more freestyle yoga with Shiva Rae, which 

incorporates free movements. She also participated in a Tibetan Heart yoga teacher training on Lopez Island, and an Anusara yoga teacher training in Estes Park, Colorado. She specializes in children's and prenatal yoga.Courtney has a BA in Sociology with minors in Psychology and Anthropology and an AA in science. She's raising two teenage boys and selling Real Estate in Juneau.