Melanie started practicing yoga in 1999, initially because she was just looking for something to do. She remembered hearing the story of her grandmother starting to do yoga after a back injury, and doctors telling her she might not be able to walk ever again. Her grandmother swore that yoga is what “cured” her. With this story in the back of her mind, mostly practicing at home and taking a few classes here and there, Melanie soon realized she wanted to do more than practice yoga herself. She wanted to share it with others. She started teaching a couple classes here and there and then received her 200 hour teacher training certification with Integrative Yoga Therapy in Garopaba, Brazil in 2004.
Melanie opened Tosa Yoga in 2006 after realizing her strong desire to share her passion for teaching yoga with individuals in the community where she lives. During the 7 years in her 700 square foot studio, Melanie was able to consistently grow her classes, create relationships with local businesses and charitable organizations, hold community events in support of these organizations as well as local artists, and create an overall warm, welcoming community within that tiny space that people noticed right away upon walking through the door.
Over the summer and fall of 2012, Melanie and her husband, Guy, completed an extensive remodel at a new location just a few blocks away and opened the doors at this new location in December. They poured their hearts and souls, (a little blood, sweat and tears, as well!) into creating a beautiful, new studio where Tosa Yoga could continue to grow and welcome even more students. The “new” Tosa Yoga Center is conveniently located in Wauwatosa’s “East Tosa” on the northeast corner of the intersection of 68th Street and North Avenue. The extensively remodeled studio is warm and cheerful, with an earthy and reclaimed, yet elegant design and atmosphere. Melanie’s yoga classes are taught with compassion, dedication, and a bit of humor. But that’s just a small piece of it. Melanie and her husband, Guy, are seriously passionate about their community. They strongly believe in supporting and living “local”, and work to promote other local small businesses and charitable organizations. They believe that in creating a strong sense of community within the yoga space, that positivity affects the greater community around them.
Melanie’s top priority is creating a space where students feel comfortable and welcome. She invites you to experience their yoga classes, workshops and events, feel that positive “vibe,” and add to it with your presence.