I do yoga…and so can you.

We are sorry to inform everyone that Melinda passed from this life on July 4, 2017. She was a wonderful person and teacher, an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to her family and friends at this most difficult time.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1pm this Friday, July 7th. Please read for further information:
Sol Levinson & Bros. Funeral Home

Contributions in her memory may be sent to:
Crohns & Colitis Foundation, National Processing Center,
PO Box 1245, Albert Lea MN 56007
or Columbia Concert Band at www.columbiabands.org
or Olney Concert Band at www.olneyconcertband.org.
No Flowers Please.

Melinda, Aleha HaShalom

I am very proud to be a Yoga Therapist certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists and a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500).*  I am a graduate of the first class of the Master of Science program in Yoga Therapy at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). This is the first program of its kind in the United States. It is exciting to be a part of such an important and growing field.

Proudly, as a crucial part of my yoga therapy training, I am also a certified Body Balance Yoga® teacher. Body Balance Yoga® is a style of yoga therapy appropriate for people of all abilities developed by my dear friend, mentor, and teacher, Jenny Otto. Jenny is a nationally known yoga teacher trainer and KMI Structural Integrator. Additionally, I am proud to be a certified Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga ™ teacher (LVCYT). Lakshmi, another dear friend, teacher, and mentor, is a pioneer in bringing the mat up to the student.

I have further training by Nischala Joy Devi in Yoga of the Heart® (which is geared toward heart and cancer patients), and by Jacci Reynolds in Pranakriya Prenatal Yoga. I have also trained with Karen O’Donnell Clarke to be a practitioner of Yoga Heals Us, Adaptive Yoga for People with Multiple Sclerosis. Whenever I practice and teach yoga, I integrate these other styles of therapeutically oriented yoga into my teaching. I am grateful beyond words to have been a student of these wonderful, exceptional, and renowned teachers.

With my Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health, also from MUIH, I am able to integrate nutrition education into my yoga teaching. The fields of yoga therapy and nutrition education are great complements to each other.

With more than 35 years in education, including most recently, teaching 11 years at Loyola University Maryland, I bring my teaching experience to my yoga classes. I teach group classes, workshops, and privately at the Yoga Center of Columbia in Columbia, Maryland and, proudly, along with Jenny Otto, at Ridgely Retreat in Annapolis, Maryland. In whatever class I teach, my students learn how to incorporate yoga into everyday life.

Please note that I am not a medical professional nor qualified to diagnose and treat. I can only pass along my knowledge of therapeutic yoga and nutrition to others. I truly believe that anyone can do yoga and benefit from the never-ending possibilities that it offers.




MS in Nutrition and Integrative Health
MS in Yoga Therapy


E-RYt 500

Certified Body Balance Yoga Teacher®

Certified Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga ™ Teacher


*Disclaimer: The yoga therapy components of my practice are based on my completion of a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy from
Maryland University of Integrative Health, a program which is accredited by the Accreditation Committee of the International Association of Yoga Therapies,
approved by the Higher Education Commission, and from a university accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education,
(as well as the additional experience and training listed on my website), and NOT derived from my status as an RYT® with Yoga Alliance Registry.

Body Balance Yoga    Yoga Alliance    E-RYt 500     IAYT       Get Fit

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