about abellaYoga

Passionate about sharing the power of yoga and its transformational benefits, Melody Abella founded a mobile yoga business (abellaYoga) in 2006.  abellaYoga travels to corporate and private yoga clients in Washington, D.C., Alexandria and Arlington, VA to teach yoga in homes, offices, hotels and conference centers.

Grateful for experiences gained in the telecom/tech corporate world, this ex-marketing yoga-chick is happy to share all she knows about yoga.  Believing through discipline and devotion we have the power within to make positive changes in our bodies, lives and this world, Melody teaches her students “anything is possible”.  Or as Sri Dharma says you must have “angry determination.”

Melody, an ERYT with the Yoga Alliance, was first exposed to yoga in 1994 during her last semester at University of Delaware.  She has completed the 500-hour and 800-hour Dharma Yoga Teacher Trainings.  She continues to hop the train from DC to NYC monthly to practice with Sri Dharma Mittra.  Please visit abellaYoga.com/blog for more info and to visit her latest blog.

4 responses to this post.

  1. We would like to send you a lovely organic cashmere yoga wrap/shawl to review but not sure where to send it to…?? Can you let me know. Thanks. Tanyia

    Here is some further info on the wraps…

    Fibre Tibet “organic cashmere” is beyond compare

    We all love the featherweight softness of cashmere but not all cashmere is created equal! In recent years the loss of pastureland and the use of antibiotics and hormones has degenerated cashmere quality in parts of China and Mongolia. Today, Tibet has become the source of the most luxurious, pure, natural, fine cashmere in Asia.

    Fibre Tibet (www.fibretibet.com) is a special collection of super fine, cashmere shawls from Tibet and uses only Grade A cashmere. Fibre Tibet cashmere, collected directly from Tibetan nomads, only consists of the longest (more than 36mm) and thinnest (less than 15 microns) fibres. Hence Fibre Tibet is able to create the softest, pure cashmere shawls with less chance of piling or holes which are the trials and tribulations of cashmere ownership. By comparison and average department store cashmere product might use grade B or C or even create a mix with silk or wool.

    Not only do the Fibre Tibet shawls feel wonderful and look great and but they are designed to make a difference in the world. The Fibre Tibet shawls are a high fashion and equally high compassion collection formed with the collaboration of Himalayan artisans and European design and technique. The cashmere is collected by Tibetan nomads, in Ngari Tibet, and the pieces are hand woven by a cooperative in Kathmandu, Nepal all under the technical direction of Italian knitwear designer Alberto Zanone.

    All profits from the shawls are returned the nomads (who live on less than $1 per day) and Himalayan weavers and as such the Fibre Tibet collection generates positive social, environmental and economic impact for Tibetan nomads and supports the development of businesses run by Tibetans in the Himalayan region.

    The shawls are the latest collection from Fibre Tibet which is a special collection of knitwear featuring the finest, organic, undyed Tibetan cashmere. The collection is inspired by the culture and landscape of Tibet.

    The idea of Fibre Tibet came together after Monica Garry, Founder and CEO of The Bridge Fund, sent a box of yak wool textiles, yarn and wool samples from Tibet to a friend, Alberto Zanone, a leading textile designer in Milan, Italy. Alberto and his wife Carla La Sorte joined Monica and The Bridge Fund team in Tibet to work with Tibetan nomads and improve the quality of fiber and develop Fibre Tibet.

    The results of their efforts resulted in a wool combing and collection program for nomads to improve the quality of fiber and gain a higher market price. Fibre Tibet not only produces beautiful textiles but was the first business to promote Tibetan yak wool and Tibetan cashmere as premium top quality fibres to the textile and fashion world.

    Fibre Tibet is a sustainable cashmere collection has been sold finest stores and boutiques in the US and Europe and Japan. The collection is available at:

    Jill Platner Gallery , 113 Crosby Street, NY, NY
    Xanadu-Folk Art Gallery, Maiden Lane, San Francisco
    ASAP (As Sustainable As Possible) Gallery, Corso Garibaldi 104, Milano, Italy
    ASAP Gallery, 99 Rue de Bac, Paris, France
    TBF, 2018 R Street, NW, Washington, DC
    TBF, Rue de Science 14, Brussels, Belgium

    The Bridge Fund (www.bridgefund.org) of The Philanthropic Collaborative / Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors was established as a not-for-profit organization in 1996 and is a not for profit which supports economic development, environmental conservation and cultural heritage preservation in Tibetan communities in all areas of the Tibetan Plateau, with technical and design support from Zanone and Opos, Milan.

    Monica Garry, Founder and CEO, of The Bridge Fund of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, has been working with Tibetan nomad communities since 1996. She has helped mobilize over $30 million of funding to support education, healthcare, cultural heritage preservation and environmental conservation on the Tibetan plateau.


  2. Dear Abella,

    Is there a way that I can reach you by e-mail?

    Thanks a lot!


  3. Hello Fellow Yogi!

    This is Jake, on behalf of Deepak Chopra and team, thank your for creating an online place where people are exposed to natural healing and healthy living methods. With you, awareness and healing techniques will grow, impacting the lives of millions of people for the betterment of humanity.

    The purpose of this comment is to invite you, especially on September 15th, to stand up with Deepak Chopra and team, for alternative medicine and its academic research, in order to help you and your community. It’s very easy to participate…

    On September 15th, we are creating an indiegogo campaign for ISHAR (Integrative Studies Historical Archive and Repository)

    We invite you to be apart of creating the future for holistic medicine. There is no financial obligation, simply help us create awareness..

    If you are interested email us back: jake.camarena@isharonline.org

    thanks so much,

    Jake Camarena


  4. I have been feeling frustrated with the things I hear people describing their experiences in yoga classes all sound very superficial and ego building and this obsession they have with particular teachers. So I Google Drive and your blog came up and was happy to hear you study with Dharma Mittra.
    I also study with him did 200 hr. teacher training 7 years ago I also had a yoga Center in Arlington Texas which I gave away 2 years ago so I could travel with foundations who help children with education in the east. So I feel a connection to you look forward to ur blogs. I taught yoga for 20 years and have been thinking about a blog u have inspired me.
    thanks Marinda Diesslin


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