Sara's personal yoga practice started in 1998 as a holistic approach to healing from a traumatic life event. She quickly realized that yoga is a great physical workout but also also a tool to use for life long healing. She has a background and certifications teaching Power, Vinyasa, Yin, Gentle, Prenatal, and kids yoga. In addition, she's a certiified Yoga Warrior International teacher allowing her to bring the practice of yoga to our active duty and veteran soldiers suffering from PTSD. She has created yoga programming for Fortune 500 Corporations, Girl Talk Foundation, Girls on the Run, HQ4 Baseball, Clippers Baseball, iCoachurun, Velocity Sports, summer camps, youth and adult athletes, elementary and middle schools, and more.
In addition to yoga, she is a Certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She also has over 18 years of former corporate leadership experience in Human Resources.
Sara's style is positive and empowering; she encourages students to grow by finding the calm at their physical edge. She is committed to practicing and sharing the benefits of yoga, fitness, health, and wellness!
From the day of her first class nearly 9 years ago she became an avid yogi. And in 2009 she completed the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training from the Certified Yoga Alliance® program at Charlotte Yoga Studio in Power Alignment Yoga with Grace and Mylinda Morales. To further her knowledge and growth along her yoga path, she also completed a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Y2 Yoga which included a study of the Ashtanga primary series with Johnna Smith and Tanner Bazemore.
She believes that yoga can be for anyone that desires it! Her passion is to share what she has learned and experienced; meeting each student where they are in their practice from the beginner to the more advanced yogi!
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 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 and Yin. 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 is currently pursuing 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 and Stacey Millner-Collins.
Melanie also enjoys helping children and teens discover their potential through yoga, so she regularly holds special classes designed to do just that. Her two daughters enjoy helping her come up with fun routines!
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She received a Bachelor’s degree from Furman University in Asian Studies and loves her versatile multi-faceted life: keeping it business-minded working for her family’s restaurant Basil Thai Cuisine to combining holistic health and wellness as a massage therapist and yoga instructor. She is certified in Ashiatsu (bare-foot massage) and Thai-yoga massage. Two of her most favorite massages to do! You can also find Sue playing on the mat at Glencairn Gardens hosting Yoga in the Park for free public classes.