Melanie graduated from the Vajra Pani Yoga Teacher Training at the Shasta Yoga Institute in Mount Shasta California. The training is fundamentally grounded in the lineage of teachings offered by T. Krishnamacharya and his student B.K.S. Iyengar.
The theme for Melanie's first seven classes was chakras. Each week the class focused on poses to help balance the individual chakras, working through all seven chakras as the weeks progressed.
Melanie recently received a Yoga Tune Up® certification.
Yoga Tune Up® is a fitness therapy format built around the three P's – Pain, Posture and Performance. It helps eradicate pain, improve posture and enhance performance through a unique blend of yoga, Corrective Exercise, Self-Massage, and Breath Strategies. By helping to identify and target your "body blind spots"; areas that are most overused, underused, or misused, YTU heals damaged muscle, increases strength and establishes healthy movement patterns.
The YTU format includes dynamic and static range of motion exercises to target these blind spots to improve proprioception (body sense), interoception (physiological listening) and motor control (performance). This format utilizes unique exercises that educate each practitioner about their body biomechanics and their personal relationship to how they use their body on a daily basis. Mindset work surrounds and infuses each YTU lesson so that subtle and gross awareness evolve to help every practitioner live better in their body.
Nadia began her yoga journey when she was 16 years old. While backpacking through South America, Europe and Africa, she started practicing yoga trapeze and dance yoga. In 2005 she finished her training for theater dance in Argentina, and a few years later, while teaching theater dance in Nigeria, she became interested in learning breath work and deepening body awareness. In 2018, she went to India to study vinyasa flow and Ashtanga, completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training course, and since then has been teaching yoga.
As a teacher, Nadia is friendly, dedicated and passionate, motivating and encouraging her students to be positive at all times. She grounds her students in an ongoing awareness of breath while guiding them through poses. She provides thoughtful Yoga classes and private sessions that are a mix of movement, breathing work and meditation, and she is committed to the development of her unique teaching.
Nadia specializes in vinyasa classes in which each movement is synchronized to a breath, creating a sequence of stillness, strength and flexibility. Each unique class inspires students to relax, connect and understand there bodies. For the past several years, Nadia has found great joy in teaching gentle yoga and helping adults 60 years and older into vitality and strength.
Her mission is to create a space where people can connect with themselves and others, to promote a healthy style of life and inspire a deeper sense of confidence with their body and mind.
Helen bought a yoga mat in 2008 and finally unrolled it in 2012 when she started classes at Hayfork Yoga. A student of Claudia Bird, Helen was gradually drawn into practice, losing 60 pounds and finding a new zest for life on the way. She took the plunge and graduated from the Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation in April, 2019.
Ananda yoga is hatha style, with an emphasis on breath and meditation. The practice is slow and gentle, although it can be as challenging as the practitioner makes it. It’s more of a “work in” than a “work out.”
Helen is especially excited about working with elders and newcomers to yoga. “Yoga got me in the best shape of my life and ready to truly enjoy my later years,” she says. “I’m hoping that I can inspire people to enjoy the physical, mental and spiritual side of this wonderful adventure. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!”
Grace Hung, LAc is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Practitioner from the Bay Area with experience in pulse diagnosis and treatment of internal diseases. She has a background in Hatha yoga and visual arts.
She completed her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2011 at the Academy of Chinese Culture & Health Sciences in Oakland. Grace interned with Robert Levine LAc, studying Chinese Medicine diagnosis and treatment of internal diseases. She was also a student of Liu Ming, studying Chinese physiology, seasonal cycles, and dietetics.
She enjoys continuing to support and promote wellness and health in the local community.
Tara Huff is a 200 RYT, social media influencer and mom of two. She lives in the mountains of Northern California and enjoys outdoor activities.
She began her practice in 1994 and began teaching yoga in 2021. She is passionate about alignment and loves to teach Vinyasa flow classes that motivate and inspire people's practices.
After her daughter was born with an imperforate anus and a tethered spinal cord in 2013, she went on a quest and discovered ways to bring yoga into her everyday life. Her goal is to inspire others to find inner strength, grace and balance in life through yoga.
Melanie and Helen currently share the teaching of these classes.