Melanie began practicing yoga after a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease and fell in love with the feeling of being on the mat. She completed her Teacher Training (RYT500) through Yoga Works and Be The Change Yoga & Wellness and loves to share the gifts of yoga with her community. A Southern California native, Melanie loves the outdoors and specializes in integrating yoga and nature. When not in studio, she leads all-inclusive beach yoga classes, walking and hiking events in the Orange County area, and her own retreats in Santa Barbara. Her classes are woven with words of inspiration and music to uplift the spirit, and allow space to set intension and develop connection to Self. Melanie encourages each student to listen to the wisdom of their own body to guide their practice, to cultivate awareness of breath and believes the ability to listen and turn in leads to a state of joyful presence both on and off the mat.