Melanie was first introduced to Ashtanga yoga in 2010 four years after the birth of her second son. In effort to shake up her seemingly stale cardio and weights fitness routine she simply picked a yoga class to try that was being offered at the gym she belonged to. It just so happened that she chose Ashtanga Led Primary as her very first class. Although the class was extremely difficult and intimidating, Melanie left awestruck and was immediately drawn to this physically demanding and spiritual practice. She found it to be a beautiful dance between breath and movement and left feeling centered, grounded, and in an unusually positive mindframe. She continued to practice twice a week at the gym while she searched for an Ashtanga studio in her area so that she could expand her studies of this dynamic style of yoga. It was then that she found Northshore Yoga and began consistently practicing under the guidance of Sharyn Galindo and Bridgett Piacenti. In 2011 Melanie participated in NSY’s 200 hr teacher training to deepen her practice, personal knowledge and understanding of Ashtanga Yoga. Since then Melanie has remained dedicated to the practice and has traveled extensively to study with Tim Feldmann along with other senior teachers around the country, with R. Sharath Jois U.S. tours, workshops with David Swenson, David Keil, Tim Miller, and most recently Taylor Hunt. Melanie recognizes and honors Taylor Hunt as her teacher and is committed to further her knowledge both as a student and a teacher under his guidance.
In November 2017 Melanie completed Taylor Hunts Ashtanga for addiction teacher training forum, and now works closely with his non for profit Trini foundation which is dedicated to bringing the life changing practice of Ashtanga yoga to those who are struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. It is Melanie’s hope and mission to provide yoga as a tool to treatment centers to aid in the recovery process, and help those who are still suffering maintain long term sobriety.
Ashtanga has helped Melanie overcome a life long battle with alcohol addiction and depression. She understands firsthand the transformative power that a daily consistent Ashtanga practice can have in all aspects of our lives. Melanie believes that dedicating yourself to this ancient and powerful discipline will cultivate physical, mental, and spiritual health and provide the tools necessary to quiet and strengthen the mind.
Although Ashtanga has the reputation for being a very challenging and physically demanding practice, Melanie is excited to offer modifications to the postures, focus on safe alignments, and gentle adjustments to make the practice inviting and accessible for all levels of students. In maintaining the tradition of the practice she will help tailor it based on the individual students restrictions and needs. She is both humbled and excited to share her passion and knowledge of this incredible practice with others.
Melanie participated in Northshore Yoga 200 hr teacher training. She completed Shri Yoga’s 200 hr training in May 2017 with Gina Marciano. Melanie is 200 RYT certified. She completed Taylor Hunts Ashtanga teacher forum for addiction. Melanie practices first and half of second series Ashtanga. Melanie lives in Northfield with her husband and two boys.