8 Limbs is pleased to publish monthly Teacher Profiles to help you to know and learn from the amazing group of 8 Limbs Yoga Teachers. This month we profile Melina Meza, an 8 Limbs Teacher since we opened in 1996. Melina is Co-Director of the 8 Limbs Teacher Training. She currently lives in Oakland, CA but travels to Seattle regularly, including next weekend for her workshop on Yoga & Creativity on Saturday, November 14.
Teacher Name: Melina Meza
Practicing Yoga Since: 1993
Tell us about the first yoga class you took.
Life changing! I took my first yoga class at Physical Culture in Seattle back in 1993. I was a runner back then and went in hoping to learn some new stretches and had no idea I’d come out feeling like a whole new person. I actually remember saying to myself, “I’m going to do this for the rest of my life” after class and since then, the feeling has never changed. What I can recall of the yoga class was that it was dynamic and well choreographed.
Teaching Yoga Since: 1996
What do you remember of the first yoga class you taught.
I remember wearing a green velvet top with fitted black shorts. Wearing tight clothes was big departure for me from what I wore as a student. I also remember that a lot of friends were in class and it was hard to take myself seriously.
Who/what are your teachers? Why?
Nature is my greatest inspiration, always generous. Dr. Robert Svoboda, Gary Kraftsow, Sarah Powers, Scott Blossom, JinSung, and Anne Phyfe Palmer, have each brought me a little bit closer to my dharma and nourish me in their own unique ways.
Currently inspired by:
Photography teacher Tony Rizzuto, Dr. Claudia Welch, Scott Blossom, and the sunsets.
Tell us about a time in your life that yoga really supported/helped you.
When I was a student at Bastyr, yoga helped me learn how to focus and maintain a healthy body while sitting in chairs for two years.
What is your current yoga practice include/involve and why? Is there a practice you do daily? If so, explain why.
My daily practice includes meditation and mindfulness around eating. They are important anchors to each day because my vata (air + space constitution) nature needs both for grounding. I’m fond of yoga certain yoga sequences but they do change with the seasons.
Photography, music, cooking, and traveling
What book(s) are you currently reading/did you recently read?
How the Art of Medicine Makes the Science More Effective by Dr. Claudia Welch
One secret that helps you stay healthy:
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Join Melina for her Yoga & Creativity on Saturday, November 14, 12:15-3:15pm at 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge.