Melanie began her own yoga practice in 2002 while living in Atlanta, Georgia. After her time in Minneapolis at the Aveda Institute for Massage Therapy Certification, she landed back in the Kansas City area in 2005, and has continued to learn, grow, and evolve as she thrives in her own practice. Melanie became a Certified Yoga Instructor through her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification in 2015 through LifePower Yoga at Lifetime Fitness.
As an Instructor, Melanie enjoys teaching basic asana and background of the yogic lifestyle to build a strong foundation for new students and to refresh more seasoned yogis. She builds strength and confidence in all levels of yogis through connection of the body, mind, and spirit. Using her anatomy and physiology knowledge received from both her Massage and her Yoga education, she breaks down each posture for a better understanding and inner connection with every movement – to ensure each individual knows and feels the benefits. She believes the breath is one of the best indicators of internal unrest and can be the first step toward mindfulness and stress management practices beyond the yoga mat.
She takes the elements from her Barre Above Certification in 2018, of core strength, posture, and alignment, and incorporates them in every type of class she teaches now. Along with the various mat Yoga classes, she able to lead Chair Yoga, Aqua Yoga, Glide Fit Yoga, Barre, Mat Pilates, Juvo Board, and her own strength / stretch format. In 2020, Melanie completed her Personal Training Certification through NASM, National Academy of Sports Medicine, adding to her methods of helping others find their own balance.
Educating others on ways they can incorporate the numerous benefits of yoga, massage, and general health and wellness into a daily practice has truly become her passion. Working from the inside-out with Ayurveda and whole-food nutrition, Massage, practical uses of essential oils, Yoga and fitness, she hopes to inspire people to reach their full potential and feel healthy, strong, and beautifully balanced.