PUNTA DE MITA YOGA AND PILATES
Melanie took her first pilates class in 2001 and immediately connected to this intelligence discipline. She found pilates to be a great compliment to all physical fitnesses and completely different than yoga. From there she continued to take reformer and mat classes on and off during the years. After moving to Mexico in 2004, she reconnected with this wonderful mind-body exercise and decided to become a teacher. Melanie studied Pilates at Long Beach Dance Conditioning (LBDC) in California, after three long years of training she became a certified Pilates Instructor (equipment and mat) in the Pilates Leadership Concept by master teacher Marie José Blom-Lawrence. Melanie chose to train at LBDC because of their strong therapeutic approach to Pilates and continues to study today, attending workshops and trainings whenever possible.
Melanie is also a certified Post-Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist from the Pink Ribbon Program which is a post-operative workout program designed to enhance recovery for breast cancer survivors. For more information, please visit www.pinkribbonprogram.com. Melanie teacher private and group pilates classes in Punta de Mita, Mexico and surrounding areas.
Hola, my name is Libby Miles. I am Canadian from Vancouver Island BC and live in Punta de Mita Mexico. Yoga has been a part of my life for over 10 years although it was not ¨love at first sight¨. My yoga journey has, and continues to, help me become stronger, more flexible and harmonious, both on and off of the yoga mat. Yoga has an influence on my everyday life to live each moment more mindfully and with recognition.
I completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga and Wellness focusing on Vinyasa Flow style of yoga. I will forever continue to be a student of life, of the practice and journey of yoga and am grateful for the wisdom shared with me by my teachers.
During classes I will guide you through mindful and creative sequencing always carried by the flow and movement of breath. Incorporating a playful spirit, I hope to bring inspiration to help you expand your yoga practice while holding a secure space to feel enlightened and free in your own body. I am currently instructing group and private classes in Punta de Mita at Punta de Mita Yoga and Pilates.
KYM is located in Chennai, India and is a school dedicated to yoga studies and yoga therapy through the lineage of Krishnamacharya. Since its beginning, has been known for quality teaching respecting the needs, interests, and abilities of its students. KYM has played a key role in popularizing yoga as a holistic science derived from a well founded theoretical basis, as not just exercises for physical fitness. A main concept at KYM is that anyone who wants to, can practice yoga and that yoga adapts to the individual not the other way around. For more information, visit www.kym.org.
In 2009, Melanie participated KYM'S first 600 hour International Teacher Training in the lineage of Krishnamacharya. She chose this lineage for its practical, therapeutic and effective benefits that give modern applications which are grounded in tradition. Since 2002, she has traveled to India and KYM to study and take various workshops, programs and trainings. Melanie is a member of Yoga Alliance and IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) and continues her studies in Vedic Chanting, Yoga Cikitsa (therapy) and Yoga Sutras with her teachers at KYM and her mentor Piluca Enriquez (the only authorized Teacher Trainer from the Krishnamacharya tradition in Mexico). For the past few years she has participated in an 800-hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training at KYM. Currently Melanie gives private and group yoga in Punta de Mita and surrounding areas.
Melanie began her journey with Yoga more than 21 years ago, what started as a merely physical yoga practice evolved rather quickly into something much deeper – a connection to an ancient science. Melanie went on to complete her first 200 hour teacher training in Hatha Yoga in her hometown of Southern California in 2001. She trained in the Ashtanga Yoga system according to David Swenson, Tim Miller, Lino Miele and David Williams. From there, she participated in multiple workshops and trainings in the U.S.A and internationally. In Italy she participated in Vipassana Meditation (as taught by S.N. Goenka) and continued to go deeper into the heart of yoga. In 2002, she headed to Kerala, India for a two-month yoga intensive, and after traveling around southern India she discovered KYM (Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram), a school specializing in Yoga Therapy set up by TKV Desikachar as a tribute to his father, the great acharya Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. It was then and there she knew she had found her roots to yoga and decided this was school where she would persue her studies.