Cultivating more connection through movement, music and bodywork, Melinda seeks to serve others in their journey to do the same drawing from several modalities.
Professora Risadinha of Capoeira Lago Vermelho has trained since 2002 with ASCAB Capoeira under Mestre Doutor. Music and motion have always been integral components of her life, so the synergy of the two found in capoeira was irresistible. Risadinha has had the privilege to have trained and performed all over the United States and internationally. Risadinha has lived in Brazil on two occasions to deepen her study and understanding of the culture, capoeira, music and is fluent in Portuguese.
Melinda has a Bachelors degree in Biology, Pre-Med from Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) and is fluent in Portuguese. She has practiced yoga earnestly since 1998, in 2002 thus began her discovery of Anusara. In 2008 Melinda completed her Level I & II Teacher Training in Anusara with Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzney of Dig Yoga. Many immersions, workshops and classes later in three continents, Melinda became a certified AcroYoga Teacher in 2011 (TT7). She looks forward to sharing this joyful practice with anyone, especially those willing to play their edge.