BA, Comparative Literature, UW-Milwaukee
Annie Melchior has been a student and practitioner of Iyengar yoga since the summer of 1995 when she took her first inspiring class with Janet Lilly. She is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor, studied directly with the Iyengar family at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India in 2005, and continues to pursue advanced study and teacher training with Senior Iyengar teachers. She is currently serving on the board of the Iyengar Yoga Association Midwest Region. She has been teaching since February of 2001, and is a founder of Riverwest Yogashala in Milwaukee, WI. She has been recognized for her teaching, receiving the Milwaukee Shepherd Express Readers’ Poll “Best Yoga Teacher” award. She has taught at Riverwest Yogashala, Milwaukee Yoga Center and is the Coordinator of the Yoga Area in the Dance Department of the Peck School of the Arts at UW-Milwaukee, where she enthusiastically teaches yoga to hundreds of college students as well as university employees as part of the Work/Life balance program. Annie is currently interested in exploring and expanding the benefits of teaching Iyengar yoga to students of all ages, how yoga practices and principles can be used to improve overall performance and satisfaction in numerous settings (schools, workplace), as well as ongoing research on the benefits of yoga practice and meditation.