Hi! I’m Melinda Abbott, Doctor of Health Education. I am excited to tell you about my journey to today, my new endeavors, and the opportunities for us to work together.
Do you wonder if there is more for you?
Do you wonder if there is more for you? Do you fret about going back to school, about developing fitness habits? Maybe you want to be a parent but the “perfect” situation has not yet appeared. I have been there and back. I completely transformed my life over the past few years. I am proud to say I ran the NYC marathon 3 times, did the Malibu triathlon twice, learned how to lift heavy weights (200lb back-squat, 260lb deadlift, 8 pull-ups), led 7 international and local Yoga retreats, organized two hike + yoga day trips, and completed my doctorate (will be published soon!). I was in the best shape of my life and always felt like I was just getting started. I found my best self. I can help you do the same.
How did I get started?
I was a personal trainer for 6 years at an exclusive facility in a NYC gym and did very well.
In 2008 I was handpicked to join a small team of trainers whose clientele included world renown CEO’s and industry leaders. This level of training inspired me to go to Graduate School, for a Master’s and then my doctorate in Health Education. I added to my role in my fitness career by performing Health Education Seminars at prestigious Corporate Accounts (Time Inc, Morgan Stanley, S&P, BNP Paribas, and many others). This solidified my passion for teaching to large groups – I transferred over to teaching Yoga and succeeded, instructing close to 20 classes per week at my peak. Read about my yoga journey in my blog.
I made exciting career progress, joining the CUNY system at Hostos Community College as an Adjunct in 2013. In 2018, I had the opportunity to join the Adjunct faculty at Mercy College. I have been teaching nutrition since 2014 and now have my own nutrition and weight management course online.
Towards the middle/end of my 30’s, my career in full swing, I needed to asses my options for having children – a non-negotiable. To find out how I went from 38 and single, to 40’s and a mom of three, read here. It’s a great story!
In 2017 I was invited to join the Patient Experience Team at NYU Langone Medical Center (aka NYU Langone Health) in the Faculty Group Practice. I work at NYU part time, allowing me to maintain all the work I built over 10 years: teaching group and private yoga sessions and coaching clients one-on-one: building habits of healthy nutrition, effective exercise and sustaining these habits (Most people regain the weight they have lost after 6 months – Don’t let that be you!
"Thank you...for being such a kind, calming and understanding person all these years. You are not only a wonderful yoga teacher but you've taught me so much about life,
even if its just taking a deep breath one day."
Yoga student/retreat participant
"I've been waiting three years for this [online yoga classes]!
Diana C, yoga
"You were my favorite yoga teacher! I always felt grounded and at peace after taking your class."
Sandra T. yoga student
(as told to another student) "Check out Melinda Abbott. She will change your life." "Well, I did check out your classes and you have changed my life!"
Bob M, yoga student