Melanie passionately shares the health and physical benefits of yoga with everyone she meets. She began practicing yoga in 1999 due to sciatic nerve damage and extreme stress, and discovered that her practice not only alleviated her physical discomfort, it also brought a sense of joy, peace, strength and contentment to her life. She started with an Iyengar-influenced practice, then began incorporating other styles such as Vinyasa, Anusara, Power, Yin and Samdhaana. This varied approach to her practice has provided her life with exactly the balance she needs.

In 2002, her desire to help others discover the wonders of yoga led her to pursue her yoga teacher certification through YogaFit, where she earned her RYT-200 Yoga Alliance certification. She received her RYT-500 certification through the Asheville Yoga Center.

Based in alignment and flow, Melanie’s classes emphasize honoring, challenging and celebrating the unique abilities of each student. Her mission is to make her students feel like they can accomplish anything they set their minds to…because they can! She has enjoyed studying with some of the best teachers in yoga today, including Rolf Gates, John Friend, Mitchel Bleier, Betsy Downing, Stephanie Keach, Shala Worsley, Sarah Faircloth, Beth Shaw, Melody White, and Stacey Millner-Collins.