Melanie Dijkstra Walton

Melanie Dijkstra Walton I completed the 1000hr Yoga Therapy Certification at INBody Academy and have been teaching yoga for over 4 years. I am also a certified AcroRevolution Acro Yoga Instructor and I am a Stand-Up Paddle Board Yoga instructor. 

I fell in love with yoga when I was pregnant with my first child and have been practicing yoga for over 12 years. As a very active lover of the outdoors, I found yoga to be a great compliment to all my outside activities that include hiking, camping, running, snowboarding, climbing, and biking. 

When not teaching or practicing all things yoga I can be found hanging out with my two children, reading books, and enjoying the outdoors.

Who have you studied with and who do you consider to be your teachers?

D’ana Baptiste, Seane Corn, Yael Calhoun, John Cottrell.

How long have you been teaching and practicing yoga?

13 years

Top 3 favorite asanas in descending order?
Vashistasana- side plank
Adho Muka Vrksasana- handstand
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana – pigeon

What do you seek to teach your students?
I seek to teach my students to love themselves and to find their own breath and power and to hear their true voice in the midst of whatever is going on around them.

Favorite yoga related book?
Place of Illusions

What would be your superpower if you could have one?
To Fly

Two things from your bucket list.
Spend one year living in another country
Sky Dive

Arbitrarily cliche question: How has yoga impacted your life?
Yoga has impacted (and continues to impact) my life in so many ways. One of the most life changing ways was allowing me to re discover my voice, my truth, and love for myself. I found myself again and in doing so major shake-ups happened in my life. In fact my life in a way fell apart, broke into a thousand pieces as I shed all that was false around me. As I have started over listening to myself and standing in my truth, it has been yoga that helps me find my breath in times of panic and has allowed me to feel strong in moments where I doubt my ability, and it has allowed me to fully embrace life with all its colors and all the emotions, both high and low, and to know that I do belong here.

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