I teach both yoga and pilates at my studio in Punta de Mita as week as Four Seasons, St. Regis, Los Veneros/El Farrallon, Punta del Burro, Litibu, Sayulita and San Pancho. My yoga classes are based on the teachings of Krishnamacharya (as taught at KYM in India) and focus on breath with movement and proper alignment, working towards a specific goal. Whenever possible I like to teach students individually as I feel no two people are the same, therefore their practices shouldn't be the same. Yoga and Pilates are two completely different disciplines and like to honor both of them independently, however depending on the needs of the clients I sometimes to bring in some aspects of both. Depending on the individual, I can teach from a fitness or therapeutic approach and have experience in working with many conditions and health issues.
Yoga - All group classes held at the studio are kept small on purpose. When people ask what style of yoga I practice, my answer is Yoga. This concept of "Yoga style" is a newer, more western approach to yoga and I feel it's very limiting and detrimental to yoga. If what I teach needs to be classified, then I usually say Hatha yoga according to the tradition of Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar as taught at KYM in India; it's sometimes strong, sometimes slow, but always with the breath and appropriate for the individual. In our tradition we use the breath as our guide and if we stay in accordance with the breath, then the body will be aligned. It's not our practice to use big hands-on adjustments to get people in a "perfect posture", everyones body is their own personal space and that space should be treated with respect and not forced to go deeper. If one is patient and practices appropriately, they will naturally progress, but it will only happen with time, non-attachment and breath.
Pilates - All group reformer and mat classes are kept small on purpose. While my Pilates training was more on the therapeutic side, I love to draw from different teachers and play with different concepts. Always with an eye on detail and alignment, I like to change things up and am not one to stay with the classical style but instead like to use a modern twist and keep things fresh, fun and challenging.
Group Reformer Classes
Small group reformer classes utilizing Balanced Body Allegro Reformers and jump boards. Some experience with pilates reformer is helpful but not required. Class pace will be determined by the participants at the beginning of class. Space is limited, please reserve a spot or contact us for more information.
Pilates Reformer Beginner - Some pilates experience is helpful but not necessary. Class level is therapeutic/gentle to moderate and props, such as the over ball or magic circle may be used. Class is slow/gentle pace.
Pilates Reformer 1 - Some experience with pilates reformer repertoire is necessary. Props and Jump board my be used. Not recommend for those with injuries. Class level is moderate pace.
Pilates Reformer 1/2 - For those with more pilates experience or those that are looking for more of a challenge. Props and Jump board may be used. Not recommend for those with injuries. Class level is moderate to strong pace.
Group Pilates Mat Class
Pilates Mat 1 - Some pilates experience is helpful but not necessary. Class level is therapeutic/gentle to moderate and props, such as the over ball or magic circle may be used.
Pilates Mat 2 - For those with more pilates experience or those that are looking for more of a challenge. Not recommend for those with injuries. Class level is moderate to strong.
Private Equipment Class
One-on-one private class utilizing Balanced Body equipment Reformer, Tower, Wunder Chair and/or Spine Corrector. Class level is determined by the individuals needs.
Private Mat Class
A great introduction for beginners and equally as beneficial for the more experienced Pilates practitioner, one-on-one or private group classes are available at your home, hotel or rental property. Mats and props will be provided. Class will be tailored to fit the needs of the individual.
Post-Operative Workout for Breast Cancer Survivors (The Pink Ribbon Program - www.thepinkribbonprogram.com)
The Pink Ribbon Program is a program designed to help stretch and strengthen the shoulder, back, shoulders and abdominal muscles, allowing women to regain full range of motion to those areas affected by breast cancer surgery and to enhance recovery. This program is suitable whether your surgery was recent or several years ago and accommodates all fitness levels. This work can be done privately or within a group setting.
I am not directly affiliated with any non profit organizations nor do I do any regular volunteer work. While I believe both can be wonderful ways to serve the community, I prefer to serve on an individual basis doing what I do best. Therefore, operating off the principles of yoga dharma (my life's purpose), I teach to those truly interested in learning and helping themselves - regardless of price.
My rates are competitive and a direct reflection of my ongoing commitment to my work, which means continuing education in the form of workshops and trainings, in both yoga and Pilates, as well as updating my certifications. Because of my dharma, I would never turn away a student that is truly interested in learning, and for those with limited means, taking into account your financial comfort and the importance these classes hold for you, we will be happy to talk with you about an appropriate fee.
Please contact me directly for class rates or for more information.
"Melanie – I played the best round of golf today – ever. It must have been the Pilates. Great session today; see you in the fall."
- Bob C., private client
We LOVED your yoga class yesterday. Would like to do that EVERY day.
Thanks so much!
- Shelley P., Four Seasons Resort
Open Group Class
During the high season (Nov-July) besides holding group classes at my studio I also teach at other offsite locations around Punta de Mita: Kupuri Beach Club, Four Seasons, St. Regis Punta Mita, Hotel La Quinta de Sol, Hotel Cinco and others. If you are interested in taking a public class, please contact me to find out if any are being held during your stay. For yoga in Litibu, Los Veneros, Los Tortugas,
Beginner Yoga - Great for all, those newer to yoga, who want to take it a bit slower or who want to refine their practice. Focus is on breath and gentle to moderate movement. Suitable for those with mild injuries or health conditions as one can go at their own pace.
Yoga for all levels (This is not "Vinyasa Flow") - Breath is still priority but more challenging asanas are included. Not recommended for those with existing health conditions or injuries.
Community Class - The purpose of this class is to bring yoga to the local community, for those that are interested but haven't ever been able to try a yoga class. The focus is geared to beginners or new students that want to learn the basics of yoga.
A wonderful way to start, explore, or deepen your practice, private lessons allow for individualized attention and guidance as you are led through a personalized practice. One-on-one or private group yoga classes are available at your home, hotel or rental property. Mats and any props will be provided, please contact me for details and rates.
For those who want to dive deeper into the philosophy of Yoga: Asana, Pranayama, Yoga Sutras, Vedic Chanting, Meditation. These subjects can be taught privately one to one, in a group or presented in a workshop.
I am an authorized mentor from KYM Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and am available to mentor students going through the Teacher Training program at KYM or for those who wish to go deeper into the lineage. Please contact me directly for information.
This involves working with a student on a semi regular basis so the student can develop a personal practice on their own. This is especially helpful if the students would like to practice in the convenience of their own home, go deeper into self exploration, or work on some specific areas of the body and/or mind.
Yoga Cikitsa (Therapy)
Using various tools of yoga including asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), nyasam/mudra (touch/hand gestures), mantra (chanting), bhvana (visualization) to help create a practice that addresses specific needs of the the individual.