About Melanie Camellia
Melanie Camellia (née Williams), E-RYT 200 & YACEP, 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.
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Yoga For Everybody:
Accessibility, Hierarchy, and Truth
About This Episode
Melanie and Kathryn talk about making yoga practice more accessible, hierarchy, and reminding ourselves of what yoga truly is. Melanie shares advice on the idea of an “all levels” class, and why so many classes that are labeled “all levels” truly aren’t. They give some clear examples of ways we can make asana work for everybody. Melanie also talks about their activism work and the work that is needed right now in the yoga and movement community.