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?

Om Shanthi

Melanie


BROOKE KOHLER

Brooke Kohler’s absolute favorite place to be is out on the water. Whether she is teaching, coaching, cranking out her own practice, or just hanging out and floating with friends, Brooke loves to connect with the water, nature, and the world around her. Brooke is a 200 RYT – Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher through the Yoga Loft of Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She additionally holds certifications as a ChildLight Yoga Instructor, and completed her 25-hour Stand Up Paddle Yoga Certification with Stoked Yogi SUP Yoga Company under Melanie Smith in 2016. In addition to teaching kids on the water, Brooke is a kids yoga and mindfulness teacher through Shanthi Project, a yoga nonprofit that brings yoga to at-risk populations and children. She loves to share her experiences with yogis and paddlers of all ages, teaching adult classes and kids classes on both land and water. Practice and play with Brooke this summer.


SYBEL SIERRA

Sybel Sierra is an E-RYT 500 certified yoga instructor, having completed her 200-hours through Lehigh Valley Yoga and 300+ hours through Yogamaya New York. She teaches weekly vinyasa classes, directed Ashtanga yoga teacher trainings, and co-led yoga retreats throughout India. As Sybel’s love for paddle boarding grew, she became inspired to complete her 25 hour Stand Up Paddle Yoga Certification in 2016 through Stoked Yogi under the guidance of Melanie Smith. In 2017, she became a PaddleFit certified coach. Sybel is excited to be part of the MMY team, sharing her love of SUP paddle boarding through PaddleFit and touring classes throughout PA and NJ. When she’s not on the water, you’ll find her hiking, traveling, or continuing her yoga studies.


AMANDA MELHEM

Amanda Melhem ( Karam Prem Kaur) is a Kundalini & Vinyasa Yoga teacher. She began her teaching journey at Easton yoga  in their 250 hour Vinyasa program. She continued her training in Yardly PA, completing a year long Kundalini program, as well as, began her Level 2 training with Mahan Rishi & Nirbhe Kaur.  She also completed specialized Kundalini training in Millis Massachusetts for assisting individuals in overcoming addictions, as well as specialized meditation training. She completed her SUP training in 2017 to bring her passions to the boards.

In addition to her teaching, Amanda is an integrative therapist and the creator of Blending Whispers. With a passion for healing, truth and change, her practice combines various healing modalities assisting in the movement forward in one’s life journey. She assists in bringing forth all that is of Love & Light, creating space for possibilities.


ANGIE TEXTER

Hi I’m Angie and I love teaching SUP Yoga because it changes your whole yoga experience. Adding the board and water makes you think of nothing else but what your are doing at that moment, no to do lists, worries about what to do later, only being present in that moment. I like introducing new people to SUP as well as someone more experienced.