My yoga journey began 6 years ago. I just had my 4th child, moved from Hong Kong to San Diego and weighed over 200 lbs. Because it was so hard on my body, I found it difficult to go back into high impact classes. Instead, I turned to yoga.
I tried many different studios and various styles, but I found that yoga was not always accessible to me. The classes were busy, there were no hands-on adjustments and there wasn’t any personal attention to my physical needs. But even through all of this, I could see how yoga was able to improve my overall wellbeing. Through yoga, not only was I able to find a healthy balance mentally, physically and spiritually, but I was able to achieve the best shape of my life.
After this transformation, friends began to ask me what I had been doing to find this overall balance in my life. From then on, I started teaching yoga in my garage as a way to give back this amazing practice I had found! When the classes in my garage started to fill up, I decided to become certified as a 200hr RYT in order to help others.
Before opening both studios, I spent several years as an experienced 200hr RYT, and became certified in Yin/Restorative, Tone Up (yoga with weights) and Bikram (hot yoga). Recently, I also obtained my 500hr RYT.
I founded Elite Yoga to create a community where yoga is accessible for all types of people. Whether you’ve been practicing yoga for years or are just starting out, Elite Yoga offers you a space to find support, hands-on adjustments, no judgment and caring, compassionate instructors. Elite Yoga seeks to improve your health one class at a time. Elite Yoga’s boutique style studios are committed to offering daily yoga classes to better the physical health, emotional wellbeing, mental clarity and a joy of living in each and every one of our clients!
I have also been married to an amazing business owner for 27 years and have 4 wonderful children. My two oldest are in college at Point Loma Nazarene University, and my two younger children attend The Bishop’s School and The Gillispie School in La Jolla. We have lived in La Jolla for several years and love finding ways to give back to this community!
After years of building a successful career in business, earning a spot as a Regional Managing Director for a large International Corporation, Melody decided it was time to make a shift and follow her passion as well as practice what she preached. Melody earned her 200-hour Yoga Alliance Hatha teaching certification through Elka Yoga & Wellness Center. Melody has studied many styles and practiced in several countries around the world with many teachers to deepen her practice in yoga, meditation, breath and energy work.
Melody teaches a range of classes from Restorative, Yin/Yang to Vinyasa. She encourages all students to focus on connection with the breath first, followed by the strength and flexibility that come from proper posture alignment.
Courtney teaches yoga from the heart, making it possible for students of all levels to gain something from an empowering practice. “By letting go of the limits we place on ourselves, we are able to step into our own individual greatness. If you approach your practice with love in your heart and lightness in your mind, you are succeeding!”
Laurie seeks to create a comfortable, warm, and safe space for all of her students. She works to challenge, but also support her students fully, so that when they step off of their mat they are left feeling energized, nourished, and strong.