Iva's aim as a yoga teacher is to be able to help initiate the process of transformation within every student. She invites all to participate not only in Asana (poses), but also in the practice of Pranayama (breath awareness), and Dhyana (meditation). Iva completed her 200 hr Teacher Training in Byron Bay, Australia and has completed her E-500 hr from teaching the last 12 years. Her interest in health, nutrition and alternative medicine has brought her to experience cleansing, fasting and Vipassana in Asia and the US. Iva has traveled extensively throughout Asia, North America, Europe and Australia. She has lived in Tokyo, Japan for the past 10 years, teaching cross-cultural awareness, running a café-lounge with her husband and teaching Yoga. Iva's classes incorporate meditation, yin poses and a flowing sequence with emphasis on increasing the internal heat not only to cleanse the body but also relax the mind and open the spirit. Iva hosts retreats and workshops internationally and facilitates on teacher training programs. "in order to be truthful you must embrace your total being" -Rumi
My passion as a yoga teacher is to assist people in nding peace and balance in their lives by culvang a strong sense of mind/body connecon. In 2000, in NYC I became cered in the Alexander Technique, a body alignment therapy. During that me, I had a strong desire to incorporate a physical exercise pracce into my Alexander teaching. I was guided into yoga by my friend Tony Carr, owner of a Bikram studio in Oakland, CA. As the old adage says…”You teach what you need to learn” and so began my journey into Yoga. In 2001, I was cered as a Bikram Yoga instructor and worked in The Bikram Yoga studios in the LA area. Living in LA, I was blessed to have studied with Paul Grilley, author of Yin Yoga and with Ana Forrest, founder of Forrest Yoga. I moved to Ausn in 2004 and began teaching yoga at Bodhi Yoga’s original downtown locaon. I completed Bodhi Yoga’s 200 hour training in 2012, a truly amazing experience of growth and transformaton. I am currently nishing my cercaon in Resonance Re-Pa8erning, an energy-based system of healing that has its origins in Yoga and Chinese Acupuncture. I am so happy and blessed to be part this amazing Yoga community who share my same goals for health, healing and happiness.
Empowering and inspiring others is where Melinda finds her greatest joy.
Her classes are full of love, laughter and lots of sweat! Melinda creates a safe space full of possibility reaching ALL LEVELS. As she has personally grown in her own practice, Melinda has experienced the power of being a “YES” for herself, for those around her and then taking that power from her mat into her world. Melinda began her teaching journey by earning her 200RYT with Desirae Pierce. She then went on to train with world-renowned Baron Baptiste of Baptiste Power Yoga Institute and is in the process of becoming a Certified Baptiste Teacher. Continuing on with her love of growth and learning, she is tracking to earn her 500RYT by the end of 2015. Melinda is also a Holistic Health Coach and has trained with The Institute For Integrative Nutrition. She currently resides in Austin with her husband of 22 years, two beautiful daughters, two spunky westies and has a heart filled with gratitude!