Melanie’s yoga practice “officially” began in 2004 and continues to evolve every day. She initially came to the practice for the physical benefits of asana, but fell in love with yoga in its truest, most complete form: a complete practice for the body, mind, heart and soul. Her yoga practice became the glue that holds her life as a mom, wife and corporate program manager, together. Melanie believes that all teachers are students first, becoming a tapestry: every thread a memory of something seen, felt, learned or heard, that resonated with them and is carried forward. Melanie is grateful to have trained under the guidance of many amazing teachers. Her primary teachers are Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee. She’s also had the privilege of studying with Kari Harendorf, Corina Benner, Jason Crandell, Annie Carpenter, Kofi Busia, Kathryn Budig, and Sri Dharma Mittra. Melanie earned her 200 Hour RYT in 2012 at EvenFlow Yoga under the instruction of Christian Valeriani. She completed a Yin teacher training intensive program in February of 2014 with Corina Benner. Melanie completed a 100-hour advanced yoga teacher training program in 2015, and is working toward her 500-hour certification with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee. Melanie serves as a training coordinator and mentor in the Yoga Train Yoga Teacher training program hosted at EvenFlow Yoga, created by Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee. Melanie is also a Holistic Health Coach, registered with the American Academy of Drugless Practitioners. Totally unrelated, but kind of awesome: Melanie is trained as an artisan bread baker and loves to bake and share loaves with friends and family. Loving kindness is at the center of her practice, her life and the way she intends to serve in this world. As a teacher, she combines her passion for the practice, love of laughter and nerdy obsession with all things yoga, to deliver an asana practice suitable for practitioners of every level.
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