Melinda Ritchie

Methods: Aerial Conditioning, Power Yoga Flow
Melinda was born and raised in the greater Seattle area and has returned home after having lived in Los Angeles for over a decade. In LA, Melinda attended Loyola Marymount University where she majored in Dance/Kinesiology, and after school became a featured soloist with Diavolo Dance Theater, touring nationally and internationally year-round for ten years. Melinda still performs with Diavolo intermittently, but has ‘retired’ from being a professional performer-acrobat full time. In addition to teaching Aerial and Yoga at Lab5, Melinda does Quality Analysis at Microsoft and is attending UW’s Foster School of Business to receive her MBA, (class of 2019). Melinda has Pilates Academy International reformer training and has been teaching dance and fitness extensively since 2001, including major university programs and non-profit outreach to at-risk populations. Melinda’s classes infuse extra elements of core-connection strengthening, following Melinda’s passion for total body wellness and injury/pain prevention, but more than anything each class is bursting with delight and spunk – because working your body (and mind!) should be FUN!!!

Melinda Ritchie instructs the following:
  • Aerial Conditioning
  • Gather, Engage, Dangle, Release and Suspend!

    In this class you will use a low-flying, soft fabric sling to support your body as you explore yoga postures and Pilates’ principles on the floor, in the air and the spaces in between. This conditioning class will strengthen your core and upper body; you will learn how to cultivate balance to find your full range of movement with guided support.

    Emphasis is placed on awareness of breath, dynamic alignment and efficiency as a source of power. Embrace gravity while defying it simultaneously!

    (Please wear socks with grip)

    Class requirements are non-negotiable and are for your safety and comfort.
    *Please, no jewelry is allowed (this means, necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings etc.)
    *No clothing with zippers, pokey grommets, or anything metal. We recommend clothing that provides coverage of the entire torso (including armpits, and backs of knees).

    Come fly with us using your new LAB5 wings. Please sign up and reserve your class today, space is limited to 9 LAB5 community members.

  • Power Yoga Flow
  • Yoga Flow classes take the basic yoga postures and link them through breath, movement and music for an amazing physical and uplifting practice. This class encourages balance, gratitude, and strength to aid in opening areas where release is needed while combining movement matched with the breath. The flow class builds heat in the body and opening occurs due to repetition of postures within a flowing sequence. These classes are perfect for those who like their yoga practice to feel like a dance. Over time, movement in the sequence becomes more fluid, the mind is able to relax and the practice becomes a moving meditation. Come flow with us, TRIBE style. Please bring water, towel and a smile. Space is limited to 12 TRIBE members.