Melissa Smith-Wilkinson

Santa Fe, NM
United States
Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

11 Reviews

Melissa Smith is a Yoga Alliance ERYT® 500 in Yoga Therapeutics, Yoga Teacher Trainer, Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner and AcroYoga® Level 2 Certified Teacher. As a Native Texan, Melissa currently lives in Calgary, Canada with her 2 sons and leads Love and Service Retreats in Southeast Asia, France and the United States.

Melissa has studied Thai Massage from several Thai masters and has completed more than 500 hours of studies to date. She offers Thai Yoga Massage Sessions in Calgary and Houston, Texas.

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Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

11 Reviews

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Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Highly recommended

Excellent teacher. With gentleness and laughter Melissa will guide you to new strengths and discoveries in your yoga practice, no matter what your experience. Great knowledge of the human body and therapeutics to heal even the most ancient of wounds.


It is a pure joy to teach at Ulpotha-- having taught at retreats all over the world, this center is the absolute best at combining yoga, rest, nature and connection with others.

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Authentic, Knowledgeable and Kind

To take a class from Melissa is to receive a gift of love, compassion, bravery and integrity. Her knowledge of yoga is vast- she is an amazing teacher of teachers, but more than even that; her heart and spirit radiate with every class and retreat you are a part of. Attention to detail, simple openheartedness and grace to share both her experience and her knowledge freely, are just a few of the qualities that make her presence a treasured experience.

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Very gifted teacher

I was very fortunate to encounter Melissa through a friend's recommendations. She showed me that yoga can be so diverse. Her restorative yoga is an amazing healing tool. Not only possess Melissa a lot of knowledge it's the way she magically phrases her cues, introduces new poses and never shuns from sharing her sources or handing out tools to get to that next step.

thank you~

Thank you, An. It's been such a joy getting to know you- and feel blessed to have had so much extra time with you during the training as well. May your path ever widen as you navigate your journey through yoga!

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Most caring yoga teacher

I met Melissa very early on in my yoga experience and she was such a motivation to keep me interested in yoga. Her explanations coupled with her adjustments and expressions of encouragement gave me confidence in myself and made me search out her classes. Melissa always has a kind word for everyone and has a great way of looking at the world and everything it brings us. She also teaches acroyoga which just shows how varied yoga can be. A wonderful experienced teacher who has so much to share with her students.

thank you~

Thank you for sharing your experience! You have been a joy to be with! Love seeing how yoga has helped you with your shoulders and so much more. x

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A truly compassionate teacher

Melissa teaches with such a beautiful integrity and compassion and offers an abundance of knowledge and experience. She has a big heart sharing her gift with people and showing them a path to wellbeing and happiness. She is a joy to work with.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

Melissa offers amazing restoratives. I look forward to her workshops when she comes to town : )

thank you!

I look forward to time in Texas and seeing you as well! One of these days, I hope your adventures take you to Asia, too! :)

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Melissa Smith - A Treasure!

Melissa ran a Yoga Retreat I have just attended in Ubud, Bali - it was life affirming and a wonderful mix of yoga, friendships, relaxing and giving back.
She has a wonderful empathy and I adore her teaching. She also has wonderful assistants who support her and enable her to teach, correct and inspire!

thank you

Thank you, beautiful Emma. I am so honored you choose to come on the retreat with us. What a magical place and group of people -- I feel like we were all touched by the service and time together.... cannot wait to have you again! :) xo

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Gifted and Genuine

Melissa is a wonderful Yoga teacher and a truly special human. I have had the great pleasure of attending two of her retreats in Thailand and there isn't another teacher who I would travel to the other side of the world to practice with. She teaches from the heart and beams love and caring to those she holds space for while at the same time tapping into a deep well of knowledge. Her classes are challenging, fun, and uplifting. You come out feeling balanced, inspired, and happy ready to take on the challenges off the mat.

thank you

Kimma, you have the biggest heart of anyone I know. thank you for being YOU. excited about your journeys this year... and have complete faith all will be well. and all is well. you are love.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Exceptional Yoga Teacher

Melissa is an exceptionally gifted yoga teacher with an extensive amount of experience, training and knowledge, not only with the fundamentals of yoga, but in anatomy, therapeutics and partner yoga. She has been a teacher and mentor of mine for several years now and she is always the first teacher I recommend.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Wonderful instructor who takes you beyond Asana...

Melissa Smith is a teacher with extensive experience and foundation in the practice of yoga, therapeutics and Thai massage as well as Acro Yoga. Her classes incorporate connection and exploration on all levels, with attention to each individual's needs. Melissa is an author, a world traveler and an ambassador of connection. She has connected yogis all over the world through her teachings and has created community wherever she goes. A class or retreat with Melissa will be an experience you will never forget!

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Best teacher I have ever had!

I have been to yoga classes in many countries, and Melissa tops them all! She is highly trained in yoga, acro-yoga, thai massage, Pilates, (and more, I am sure). She gently guides you through a rigorous, safe and spiritually uplifting practice, with soft humor, an open heart and excellent technique. I adore her!