Our local yoga community is mourning the loss of one of its own.
Surely Miller, 40, died in a swimming accident in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.
According to media outlets in the Dominican Republic, Miller was swept up in a rip current. Her body was found yesterday after she went missing Tuesday.
She was a well-known yoga instructor in the area who touched the lives of many.
"She just drew people to her. She was like a magnet, just a bright, bright person," said Maya Kowalcyk, owner of Jim Thorpe Yoga.
Miller and Kowalcyk crossed paths through mutual friends and developed a bond through yoga.
"The first time I met her, I just had a very good feeling and we connected. [She was the] sweetest person," said Kowalcyk.
Miller recently moved to the Dominican Republic but had previously lived in Slatington. She was a mother of three boys who ran a yoga studio out of her home on Shady Nook Road. She also held Native American sweat lodge healing ceremonies in her backyard.
"I went to one and she just has this way of bringing people together in community and she just has this light," said Kowalcyk.
It was during one of those ceremonies where Maya heard the words "Love is always the answer," added Kowalcyk.
"At the time I was going through something in my life where it just kind of clicked and I was like 'This is exactly what I need to hear right now,'" added Kowalcyk.
Those words now tattooed on her forearm.
"So that I always have that as a reminder and when I found out she had died I just thought of that," Kowalcyk said. "I miss her. I think a lot of people are going to miss her."
Miller's death is the latest in a string of American tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic. While others are being considered suspicious, including the case of a Whitehall Township woman, Miller's appears to have been a tragic accident.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help her three children.