Teacher Training Opportunities with Melissa Smith
"Gifted and Genuine! Melissa is a wonderful Yoga teacher and a truly special human. I have had the great pleasure of attending two of her retreats in Thailand and there isn't another teacher who I would travel to the other side of the world to practice and train with. She teaches from the heart and beams love and caring to those she holds space for while at the same time tapping into a deep well of knowledge. Her classes are challenging, fun, and uplifting. You come out feeling balanced, inspired, and happy ready to take on the challenges off the mat, and as a teacher myself, I am always more prepared to lead, to give, and to embody the spirit of yoga after her trainings and workshops."
"I love your sentiments; especially on balance! Melissa, I so admire you for living your dream. Of course, you sacrifice a lot in order to do so. Just yesterday, I pulled up your website to see if I could get a Melissa fix. Over the past twenty some years, I have attended many teacher trainings. By far, yours was the most honest, heart-warming and impactful training I have been to! Much love."
A Glimpse into Teacher Training with Melissa Smith
"Wonderful instructor who takes you beyond Asana. Melissa Smith is a teacher with extensive experience and foundation in the practice of yoga, therapeutics and Thai massage as well as Acro Yoga. Her classes incorporate connection and exploration on all levels, with attention to each individual's needs. Melissa is an author, a world traveler and an ambassador of connection. She has connected yogis all over the world through her teachings and has created community wherever she goes. A class or retreat with Melissa will be an experience you will never forget!"
-Chrys Kub, e-RTY500, PT
Yoga therapy is a holistic approach to yoga that makes the practice accessible, self healing, and facilitates injury prevention. It's a process of discovering what works for you as the student and teacher. Combined with intention and clear direction, we learn how to skillfully recognize a student's needs by drawing on our intuition, experiences and awareness of what's happening now in a student's body. Poses can be Active (therapeutic) for learning more functional movement or they can be restful and restorative to promote relaxation and recuperation.
"Melissa, thank you so much for a wonderful Yoga Therapy training. I have really enjoyed the group and the learning and feel so much more knowledgable in anatomy and postural assessment and of my own body's strengths and compensations. The restorative yoga sessions have been great and after struggling a bit to see how to integrate the yoga therapy approach into my practice and teaching, it now all seems to have fallen into place. With a big happy hug!"
"I really enjoyed going through the set up and exploration of restorative poses and also working with my peers on the postural and yoga therapy assessments. The group energy and sharing, mantras and meditations were also highlights in this training for me."