Melissa Smith & Richard Wilkinson

Working together, Richard and Melissa will bring a combination of trust, embodiment and renewed joy for your yoga practice – whether you’re just beginning your yoga journey or have years of experience. This retreat seeks to bring you back to yourself – back to bliss.

Melissa will guide you through mindful, slow and empowering yoga sessions that include traditional yoga postures, somatic movement, mantra, restorative poses and meditation. Through this inquiry based practice, you will feel embodied, awake and aware in your body, mind and spirit. Some evenings we will venture to practice therapeutic Thai Yoga Massage, restorative yoga in addition to Richard’s Yoga Nidra sessions.

Richard will be offering a progressive Yoga Nidra series based upon the iRest method (Integrative Restoration Institute). Yoga Nidra is an ancient meditative practice that only requires you to relax and listen along. It’s simple and easy to do, and very effective. The practice of Yoga Nidra investigates and explores emotions, thoughts, feelings, beliefs and images. We will venture each day into a deep meditation exploration to restore our essential nature and build resilience as we gently consider emotions, thoughts, beliefs, joy and bliss. We will construct the foundation of a grounded sense of being and awareness, that can lead us to a place of receptivity and openness to being with “what is”.

Melissa, Yoga Alliance ERYT® 500 in SustainableYoga, Yoga Teacher Trainer for Restorative, Gentle, Prenatal and Therapeutic Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner and AcroYoga® Level 2 Certified Teacher. Native Texan, Melissa currently lives in Calgary, Canada with her 2 sons and leads retreats in Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States. Her teaching style lends itself toward sustainable, slow yoga with mindful strength elements grounded in biomechanics, yogic philosophy, and deep rest. Her for desire is for students to connect within and integrate their own intuition in practice offering each student the opportunity to deeply listen to their own body’s needs. Melissa is adept at working with injuries and special conditions from beginner to more experienced.

Richard Wilkinson is an iRest Certified Teacher with Richard Miller’s Integrative Restoration Institute for Yoga Nidra. He is also a Yoga Alliance ERYT® 200 yoga teacher through Power Vinyasa Yoga by Frog Lotus Yoga in Massachusetts. Richard’s teaching emphasizes our inherent mind/body connection and explores our body’s wholeness in a fun, all levels format. As the founder of the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, The Internal Peace Initiative, his overall mission is to “guide people to inner peace and happiness through movement, mindfulness and meditation”.

Find them at www.PranavaYoga.Studio, and sign up to stay in the loop and receive a free Yoga Nidra.