Melanie Smith is 500 EYRT- Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher through the Yoga Loft of Bethlehem in Bethlehem Pennsylvania.
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to learn about me, Ms. Melanie Smith, aka…Miss Melanie Yoga. Yoga has been a lifelong journey for me starting in my teenage years as an athlete looking for something to help heal my body from long days of practices. To what has now developed into a practice of intention setting and empowerment inside a body that I feel comfortable in and love.
After spending ten years in the field of social work, in 2015, I turned my focus full time to teaching the practices of Mindfulness Meditation, anatomical based Asana and the empowering practice of Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga. My Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology along with a minor degree in Communication Studies from West Virginia University has served me well in teaching and communicating the effectiveness of the mental and physical benefits of yoga.
Many people have turned to yoga to find healing and to change their lives. I can honestly say that yoga as a whole has changed the way I live and carve out my life. My yoga has taken me beyond the mat and into the world finding myself challenging the template of the “American Dream.” I now find myself as an entrepreneur and international yoga, leading retreats, teaching yoga classes & workshops on land and on stand up paddle boards. Working with Shanthi Project a nonprofit community based organization leading mindfulness meditation to children in Kindergarten through 12th grades as well as children & families who are involved with child protective services, offering yoga to women in prison, homeless women and pregnant teens.
For me yoga is not just about the physical poses it’s about being in nature, it’s about helping and healing, it’s about bringing together the goodness in us all and letting it shine forth so that we can find our unique gifts in this world. Yoga has taken me to this place, but where will yoga take you?
November 2011: 200 Hour Yoga Certification at The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem (Completed)
November 2011: Began teaching Yoga part-time.
March 2012: Off the Mat Into the World’s Yoga in Action Teacher Training. (Completed)
March 2013 to January 2014: Took part in the Seva Amazon Challeng through Off the Mat Into the World raising $15,000 for the people of the Ecuadorian Rain Forest
October 2013: Photographed and participated in Kathryn Budig’s Aim True Retreat for The Travel Yogi in Stowe VT.
Jan/Feb 2014: Yoga Teacher for My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday Concert Festival at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya, Mexico
May 2014: Awarded Lululemon Showroom Ambassador for the Lehigh Valley
June 2014: Started Miss Melanie Yoga LLC Yoga & Stand Up Paddle Board
January 2015: Awarded GLIDE Paddle Board Elite Ambassador
Jan/Feb 2015: Yoga Teacher for My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday Concert Festival at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya, Mexico
May 2015: 300 Hour Advanced Yoga Certification at The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem (completed)
May 2015: Began teaching yoga full time, taking “early retirement” from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Child Protection & Permanency
October 2015: Awarded Lululemon Lehigh Valley Store Ambassadorship (two year program)
January 2016: Awarded Elite Yoga Teacher Trainer status for GLIDE Paddle Boards & Stoked Yogi LLC.
March 2016: Assisted Amelia Travis aka Stoked Yogi Teach the Teacher Training becoming a GLIDE/Stoked Yogi Stand Up Paddle Board Teacher Trainer
November 2016: Mindfulness in Schools, Mindfulness Fundamentals Teacher Trainer (completed)
January 2017: Named Director for Child Welfare & After School Programs for Shanthi Project (teaching yoga & mindfulness)
February 2017: Yoga Teacher for My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday Concert Festival at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya, Mexico