About Melanie

Melanie Williams, RYT-200, is a fat, queer, non-binary yoga teacher and accessibility advocate in Washington, D.C. She is called to create profoundly inclusive spaces for self-inquiry and the inward journey by integrating spiritual teachings and accessible, trauma-informed movement practices with the spirit of social justice. Melanie believes that the goal of yoga, as of life, is collective liberation, and in turn challenges contemporary yogis to dismantle the oppressive systems and beliefs, within themselves and society at large, that hold us all back.

In addition to teaching group and private yoga classes, she offers workshops that explore queer identity and body image and champions diversity and equity in the yoga industry as a member of the Yoga & Body Image Coalition leadership team. She recently served as an expert adviser on inclusion for the Yoga Alliance Standards Review Project.

Melanie is described by students as a welcoming, intuitive, and adaptively challenging teacher. Peers and mentors describe her as highly knowledgeable in her teaching, dedicated in her personal practice, and committed to her students. Her classes often include functional movement practices alongside more traditional alignment-based postures and flow elements that link breath and body.

Noteworthy Training:

  • 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
    Capitol Hill Yoga, 2016
     
  • Yogahour Teacher Certification
    Capitol Hill Yoga, 2016
     
  • Science of the Private Lesson Primer with Francesca Cervero
    Circle Yoga, 2018
     
  • Yoga for Trauma & PTSD with David Emerson
    Wilmington Yoga Center, 2018
     
  • Yoga for All Teacher Training with Dianne Bondy & Amber Karnes
    Online, 2018
     
  • Yoga Meets Science: Biomechanics and Breath with Jules Mitchell
    Willow Street Yoga Center, 2018
  • Accessible Yoga Teacher Training with Amber Karnes
    Integral Yoga Center Richmond, 2018
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