Melissa Gutierrez is the co-founder of SMARTer Bodies and co-creator of SMARTer Yoga™. She is constantly engaged in exploration of how the body moves. Her practices as a yoga teacher, energy worker and somatic educator have led to many therapeutic discoveries. Because of her extensive training and non-judgmental attitude she is considered an expert in creating movement patterns that help clients release physically, emotionally and mentally to create extraordinary results. Using her background in Psychology, she further facilitates the mind/body connection, so that a client’s understanding of how the internal self shows up in the external world is made clear.
Melissa was driven to co-create SMARTer Bodies by her passion to help improve the physical and mental well-being of her clients. To work with Mel is to integrate your body and mental state so that you can move in space in ways you may never have imagined possible. In addition to running SMARTer Bodies Melissa teaches SMARTer Yoga™ in gyms throughout NYC and is a health adviser for WholesomeOne.com. Melissa has a B.A. in Psychology/Religious Studies from Smith College (2003), has certificates from Karuna center for yoga, the Breathing Project, is a level 2 Reiki practitioner, is Redcord Active certified and has ongoing education studying different forms of somatic movement.
Never having shown an interest in an activity as “wimpy” as yoga, Abby was an avid competitive sports player. Over the years, despite feeling strong, she began to notice physical issues that were not responding to her usual regimen. Just as she was planning to have surgery, at the behest of her friends, she finally started exploring different yoga classes. At Kripalu, in an atmosphere of acceptance and awareness, her love affair with yoga began.
Abby’s desire for a dedicated practice led to a 200-hr teacher training at Yoga High in New York’s Lower East Side. With a seeker’s mind, whose appetite had just been whetted, she signed up for the follow-up advanced 300-hr training. The combination of personal experience and education created a theme in Abby’s teaching in which safety and a fully immersed experience are paramount. Not your typical 20-something yoga teacher, her students benefit from a maturity that was forged from a myriad of life experiences. She teaches self-acceptance and self-value while offering a practice that is challenging and interesting.
Abby’s desire for in-depth knowledge of the physical body’s experience in yoga has led her to apprentice with SMARTer Bodies. Abby believes that yoga is NOT about going to the end-range of motion which goes hand-in-hand with SMARTer Yoga. SMARTer Bodies and SMARTer Yoga create a functional and efficient practice for each individual, even in a group class and Abby is helping SMARTerBodies get that message out! Abby’s diverse education includes a Bachelor’s degree in social work and certifications as a Health Coach, Pilates teacher and Karuna Reiki master.
weight loss, meal planning, HIIT, Functional Training, Kettlebells
Ahmed has been in the fitness industry for over 10 years and enjoys working with a variety of clientele to help them reach their health and fitness goals.
In her 20 years in the health andfitness industry, Eve has developed a passion for helping others succeed in their wellness goals. She has a wide range of specialties and has experience working with individuals of all ages and abilities.
Specialties include: sports conditioning, triathlon training, Small Group Training and Culinary Nutrition