Melanie Camellia

Melanie Camellia (they/them) is a yoga teacher and industry advocate, called to create profoundly accessible spaces for self-inquiry by integrating mindfulness and adaptive movement practices with the spirit of social justice. They believe that the goal of yoga, as of life, is collective liberation and in turn challenge contemporary yoga practitioners to dismantle the systems and beliefs that hold us all back. Melanie completed their first 200-hour teacher training in 2016 and has taught more than 1000 hours of classes, completed hundreds of hours of formal continuing education, and is continuing their study in the 2020-21 300-Hour Teacher Training program at Circle Yoga. In addition to regular group and private classes, they frequently offer special workshops that explore queer identity, body image, and agency. Beyond their direct work with students, Melanie co-leads the Yoga & Body Image Coalition and trains teachers in accessible teaching methods for all bodies and abilities through their one-on-one teacher mentorship program and as an official Accessible Yoga Trainer. They've been called a “tour-de-force of encouraging radical self-love” (DC Refined) and listed among the “top thinkers and activists in the field of body positivity” (OmStars). Melanie lives in Silver Spring with their wife and two cats, Matcha and Chai.

Melanie's classes are adaptive and trauma-informed and often intermingle gentle, dynamic flow elements with skill-building postural work and opportunities for individualized exploration. Prop use is always encouraged and safe, personal experimentation with asanas and movements is always supported and celebrated.