Yoga 1


This class is taught by:

Melinda Krichbaum

In my experience, yoga has always been an extraordinary outlet for healing. As a previous dancer and dance teacher, I have always loved witnessing people's ability to use their bodies to express themselves and find healing. I see the same in yoga. In my classes, I encourage you to use your practice to leave it all on the mat. Take the time to "empty your bucket", and then to refill it with a practice that instills self-love, nourishment, peace, and smiles. Our bodies are intricate tools with a beautiful intuition that can be expressed with alignment-focused yoga. I honor each student that shows up for themselves because I believe that is amazing, in and of itself.

Andrea Schiebe

I first started practicing yoga as a seventeen-year-old in my living room. My practice deepened in college when I studied abroad in Guatemala where I discovered Ashtanga yoga at a small yoga studio near my home with my host family. Amidst the struggles, stress, uncertainties and fears of life - yoga gets me through and brings me back to the peace that is within myself. I soon realized I wanted to share this feeling and gift of yoga with others and the incredible healing, energizing, and soothing benefits that it offers. Through yoga I am able to combine my passion for helping people live a better life, and my knowledge of health and wellness. As a teacher, I enjoy giving students the opportunity to come to their mat and connect deeper with their body, mind and spirit. I offer an atmosphere to build awareness, embrace individuality, and connect to something on a greater level and see the world that is working with us, not against us.

Jean Klein

I found yoga in 2010 during a difficult time in my life. I was taking one or two classes a week and I remember thinking "Hey, that took my grief away for a second" and I found I could breathe easier. Soon after I retired from the Post Office and moved to SWFL I started my daily practice and realized Yoga has healing and energetic qualities. I began to understand that the ancient philosophies aligned with my beliefs and how I lived my life. I started to see Yoga as a tool for cultivating overall health, wellbeing and self-transformation. I realized this is big stuff and needs to be shared and I completed my 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Bird. My favorite thing about yoga is that it meets you where you are on any given day or moment and carries you to where you need to be. I like to design and teach classes that are accessible, meaningful and sustainable. In class we will consciously connect breath-body-mind while we explore the development of strength, flexibility and balance. I would like to teach you to practice with insight and inner compassion so as leave your mat you do so with an energetic feeling of sense and self.

Ann Merli

In 1996 I found myself on a yoga mat for the very first time. As my life’s journey unfolded over the last twenty years I’ve left my mat quite a few times. Those times off my mat left me restless and unfocused and each time coming back to the mat allowed for balance and inner peace. As a massage therapist and Reiki master my journey has been full. My life’s work incorporates both the physical and spiritual, loving all things that bring us closer to the Divine. I love that yoga allows for both of these at a much deeper, more profound and personal level. I am grateful that my move to South West Florida has brought my yoga practice to my daily life. My intention is to practice yoga with anyone who is willing to join me in this deeply healing path that brings together all the powerful elements of body, mind and spirit both on and off the mat.

Melody Visingardi

Looking for something to help me relieve/handle stress, I took my first Yoga class in 2011 and received much more than expected - I found myself. Life is not everything outside of us - it's what is inside. When we take time to quiet and still our mind, which yoga helps us do, we find gems. The gems are the tools we need to handle the outside with a sense of peace and calm. My hope is to have you receive the gift that Yoga has been to me. My classes are designed with intention of enabling you to go within and be present to yourself; letting go of everything outside to just be where you are - perfect in the present moment; and hopefully carry that with you out of class.

Chip Withrow

I have been a teacher for 23 years – almost half my life – of everything from driver education to middle school reading to golf to guitar to high school journalism to homeschooling an amazing 12-year-old daughter – and in November 2014 I became a certified yoga instructor.Yoga can be a powerful tool for clearing our path through this world – for being a non-judgmental observer, an active and joyous participant, and a shining light for others. I want to demonstrate that yoga can be practical and accessible, that it can ground you and elevate your senses of wonder and gratitude. My wish is that those who come to my classes feel that they can take their yoga off the mats and into their daily lives. And oh, yeah – let’s have fun in those classes, too! Because yoga has been such an incredible gift for my family, and I am delighted that I get to share that gift.

This well-rounded practice is great for beginners and experienced yogis. Each class will include stretching and essential yoga poses. Classes include clear explanation of the poses and suggestions for how to modify them for your abilities and goals. Yoga 1 allows you to work at an individualized pace to become stronger and more flexible and to improve balance. Beginners will love the pace and explanation, while experienced yogis will have the opportunity to refine and deepen what they have practiced.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Aug 21 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Melinda Krichbaum
  • Mon Aug 21 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Andrea Schiebe
  • Tue Aug 22 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Jean Klein
  • Wed Aug 23 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Melinda Krichbaum
  • Wed Aug 23 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Andrea Schiebe
  • Thu Aug 24 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Ann Merli
  • Sat Aug 26 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Melody Visingardi
  • Mon Aug 28 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Melinda Krichbaum
  • Mon Aug 28 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Andrea Schiebe
  • Tue Aug 29 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Jean Klein
  • Wed Aug 30 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Melinda Krichbaum
  • Wed Aug 30 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Andrea Schiebe
  • Thu Aug 31 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Chip Withrow
  • Sat Sep 02 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Melody Visingardi
  • Tue Sep 05 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Jean Klein
  • Wed Sep 06 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Melinda Krichbaum
  • Wed Sep 06 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Andrea Schiebe
  • Thu Sep 07 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Chip Withrow