Melissa Middlebrook

Melissa's Teaching Schedule

Sunday All Levels 10:00am - 11:30am

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Melissa Middlebrook brings to her teaching over forty years of experience and training in the movement and healing arts. Melissa took her first yoga class in 1987 and has been devoted ever since. She studied intensively for many years while continuing a career as a modern dancer.

Following several years in the Iyengar style, she began in-depth study under Marie Svoboda, Seattle's "grandmother of yoga”. For nearly 20 years her main teachers were Angela Farmer and Victor Van Kooten, world-renowned innovators of their unique approach, sometimes referred to as "yoga from the inside out."

She continues to study and explore both yoga and other techniques including the therapeutic aspects of yoga with Doug Keller. Melissa especially enjoys working one-on-one with students to support individuals with injuries or chronic challenges.

Melissa’s classes are a rejuvenating blend of mindfulness-based breath work, postures, anatomy explorations and relaxation. She brings playfulness and intention to the process of supporting each person in accessing their own inner teacher and is passionate about sharing tools and ideas that have been profoundly helpful in her own journey of life, including managing some chronic conditions.

Other inspirations that Melissa weaves into the tapestry of her teaching include:
~ Mindfulness meditation with Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield
~ Frontier Biology w/ Peter Lund Frandsen
~ The Franklin Method
~ Continuum
~ Brain Dance
~ InterPlay
~ Shamanic Practices

Melissa holds a Teacher Certification from Viktor Van Kooten and Angela Farmer and is an RYT with Yoga Alliance. She is also a WA State Certified Reflexologist and Nationally Board Certified Reflexologist. Additionally she is trained as a level 3 Reiki practitioner.

When not teaching yoga or practicing reflexology, Melissa loves being outside in nature (preferably barefoot!), hiking, swimming, cooking, reading and traveling. She is the administrative manager for her husband’s remodeling business and has a daughter in college at WWU. You can learn more about Melissa and her offerings on her website.

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I am so grateful to have found Melissa. I turned to yoga in a fairly desperate state, since I could not seem to stabilize my back issues, and was beginning to fear that a couch potato life was my future. A yoga class seemed beyond my capabilities. My experience with yoga was limited, as were my mobility and flexibility. With Melissa's patient instruction, I have been able to make much better use of physical therapy, resume doing most of the things I was fearful of in the past, and found that my yoga practice has made a positive contribution to my overall wellbeing. Melissa's approach is very individualized, working with me in terms of my needs, not in terms of a predetermined program. She is extremely knowledgeable, and is an excellent teacher as well.
— Susan H.



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