Bhadra Yoga incarnated in November 2007. Created by Melanie McLeod and Amy Schicke, natives of Omaha (Melanie), and Kearney (Amy), Bhadra Yoga’s class offerings reflect her eclectic practice and teaching experience since 1995. Bhadra is the Sanskrit word for “auspicious” and “peaceful.” Her goal as your teacher is for you to reconnect your body and mind by utilizing breath awareness. To help facilitate this goal, there are no mirrors in the studio. There are four styles of yoga taught at Bhadra Yoga; Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, and Restorative. Here at Bhadra, you will find a “more personal yoga experience.” (and an extremely clean floor!) We hold our teaching expertise here at Bhadra in the highest regard, and strive to bring you quality yoga instruction.
On a trip to New Zealand in 1991, Melanie stepped into her first yoga class. Studying on her own upon returning to Nebraska, she followed the Sivananda discipline and taught out of her home. Health clubs and studio teaching followed, along with alliances with UNMC physicians and their patients. Now with a student-described “home-y” studio here at Bhadra Yoga, Melanie and her exemplary studio teachers (“Mel’s Angels”) offer 9 drop-in classes per week. Restorative Yoga classes are offered on two Sunday afternoons per month. We also offer a “Beginning Yoga Level I” 6-week courses, and a “Beginning Yoga Level II” 6-week course. A Restorative Teacher Training is offered four times per year.
“I am a big believer in studying yoga abroad, away from your home state. Unlike 20 years ago, yoga teacher trainings have become a bit ethnocentric. I am a Sivananda teacher, certified with the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, and did my training at their Ashram in Nassau, Bahamas. I am also certified with Integral Yoga at the Ashram of Swami Satchidananda at Yogaville in Virginia.”
The following websites inspire this studio: