Melanie Williams, RYT-200, is a fat, queer, non-binary yoga teacher and accessibility advocate in Washington, D.C. She is called to create profoundly inclusive spaces for self-inquiry and the inward journey by integrating spiritual teachings and accessible, trauma-informed movement practices with the spirit of social justice. Melanie believes that the goal of yoga, as of life, is collective liberation, and in turn challenges contemporary yogis to dismantle the oppressive systems and beliefs, within themselves and society at large, that hold us all back.
In addition to teaching group and private yoga classes, she offers workshops that explore queer identity and body image and champions diversity and equity in the yoga industry as a member of the Yoga & Body Image Coalition leadership team. She recently served as an expert adviser on inclusion for the Yoga Alliance Standards Review Project.
Melanie is described by students as a welcoming, intuitive, and adaptively challenging teacher. Peers and mentors describe her as highly knowledgeable in her teaching, dedicated in her personal practice, and committed to her students. Her classes often include functional movement practices alongside more traditional alignment-based postures and flow elements that link breath and body.