Melina Donalson is a Yoga Teacher and Metalsmith who also dabbles in the realms of Energy Medicine and Astrological Remediation.
Melina began a daily yoga practice in 1996, when after her first class, she immediately required the solace and refuge she found at her neighborhood yoga studio. After several years of deep study she was certified in 2004 as a Yoga Teacher, with Diana Beardsley of the esteemed Center for Yoga in Los Angeles. This discovery of yoga and meditation created such a profound change in her perspective, and prompted her to devote her life to the path of yoga and healing.
Since then, Melina has studied with many other teachers in varying realms, styles and modalities. Today, her practice and study is primarily focused on a deep and contemplative style of yoga called Yin yoga. In Yin practice Melina has found what she was always seeking in the more yang or movement-based styles, but never found. A quiet practice, a slow process, way of going inward and a settling down. Yin yoga truly is the other half of yoga. Melina is listed as a Yin Yoga Teacher at http://www.yinyoga.com
Melina aims to help keep yoga asana functional, accessible and sustainable for all bodies. She strives to be a compassionate, permissive and intuitive teacher and her classes are simply a humble offering, inspired by her deep of love of the practice.
Since 2004, Melina has earned well over Yoga Alliance’s E-RYT 500 hours of training, and has studied with many well-known teachers, as well as many not-so-well-known, yet brilliantly inspiring teachers over the years, including; Diana Beardsley, Bhava Ram & Laura Plumb of Deep Yoga, Paul Grilley & Suzee Grilley, Matthew Schulman, Bernie Clark, Erich Schiffmann and her very first teachers at that neighborhood studio, Jonathan Emerson and Juliette Kurth of Silver Lake Yoga in Los Angeles, who first encouraged Melina to teach.
In 2014 after a lifetime of being athletic and highly active, Melina was diagnosed with RA/RD or Rheumatoid Arthritis/Disease, a chronic autoimmune condition that targets the joints, tissues and organs. She also found out she has the degenerative form of Osteoarthritis as well as Degenerative Disc Disease. As a result, Melina has undergone several surgeries to repair joint damage. This significantly changed Melina’s life and practice, but it also inspired her to further her studies of functional yoga, pain management and healing. She encourages everyone with any form of arthritis to come to her Yin and Gentle classes. She is a teacher who feels and knows all about what it’s like to have creaky joints, and truly understands first-hand how moving our bodies slowly and gently, helps to provide some relief and to stay strong and mobile.
Following a family lineage of energy workers and medicine people, Melina completed a comprehensive energy medicine foundations program called Eden Energy Medicine with Donna Eden, and has been combining this powerful work with her love of yoga ever since.
Trainings and Certifications:
Yin Yoga Teachers Immersion with Paul Grilley and Suzee Grilley – October 2016
Eden Energy Medicine Foundations Program – 2014-2016 Graduate and Scholarship Recipient http://innersource.net/em/
Living Light Yin Yoga Advanced Teacher Training – 2015. An advanced comprehensive program that integrates knowledge of the therapeutic applications of yoga. Including Anatomy & Physiology, Kinesiology, Energy, Musculoskeletal Pathology, Modern Meridian theory, Connective Tissue/Fascial Anatomy and Yin Yoga as taught by Paul Grilley.
Portland School of Astrology – Astro-Empowerment Graduate – Portland, Oregon. Completed 2013/2014 http://portlandastrology.org/ Oregon Astrological Association (OAA) 2014 Scholarship Recipient for 1st Year Program.
Street Yoga Teacher Training – Portland, Oregon. Completed November 2011. http://streetyoga.org/
Deep Yoga Mastery Training and Deep Yoga Vedic Healing Training – Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts (DYSHA), San Diego, California 2007-2009. An advanced training with a focus on on vedic/yogic healing, with Deep Yoga founders, Bhava Ram and Laura Plumb. Training focused on the sister sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda, and how to serve others through vedic counseling and yoga as therapy for life. Also served as mentor to new and aspiring Yoga Teachers.
RYT 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training – Los Angeles, California 2003-2004 – A comprehensive and eclectic training led by Diana Beardsley, Director of Teachers Training at Center for Yoga (now Yoga Works) in Los Angeles, and Laura Bogner of Glendale Yoga. Completed and Yoga Alliance Certified.
YOGA MELI is inspired by the Greek word for honey, μέλι (meli), and is the root of Melina’s given name. Symbol of all sweetness, the honey of knowledge creates the happiness of mankind. Throughout history, honey has represented this sweetness of life and designates supreme bliss and the state of nirvana. In modern psychoanalytical thinking, honey symbolizes the “higher self” , the ultimate consequence of work on one’s inner self. As the result of the transmutation of ephemeral pollen into a delicious food of immortality, honey symbolizes the transformation by initiation, the conversion of the soul, and the complete integration of the person