About Melanie

Melanie Camellia (née Williams), RYT-200, is a fat, queer, non-binary yoga teacher and accessibility advocate in Washington, DC, 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 yoga practitioners to dismantle the oppressive systems and beliefs, within themselves and society at large, that hold us all back. They’ve been called a “tour-de-force of encouraging radical self-love” and listed among the “top thinkers and activists in the field of body positivity.”

In addition to teaching group and private yoga classes, Melanie offers workshops that explore queer identity, body image, desire, pleasure, and agency. They champion diversity and equity in the yoga industry as a member of the Yoga & Body Image Coalition leadership team. They continue to serve as an expert adviser on diversity, accessibility, and ethics for the Yoga Alliance Standards Review Project and currently work with Accessible Yoga to help bring their teacher trainings and conferences to an ever-growing list of cities internationally.

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

Foundational Training:

  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training
    Capitol Hill Yoga, 2016
  • 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training
    Circle Yoga, 2020-21 (in progress)

Noteworthy Continuing Education:

  • 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
  • Yoga Deconstructed Training Weekend with Trina Altman
    Willow Street Yoga Center, 2019
  • Surviving Assault: Yoga Therapy as Early Intervention Following Assault or Trauma (Modules I & II) with Diana Tokaji
    Willow Street Yoga Center, 2019
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