In 2003 Melanie became a certified Yoga Instructor and completed Level II and Level III Barkan Hot Yoga teacher training. She is an associate trainer for Yoga Kids International completing Phase I in Italy in August 2004. She has taught yoga while traveling to SE Asia as part of the CARE International delegation following the Tsunami of 2004. She participated in the 2005 Caribbean 1500 sailboat rally and taught yoga while on board and at beaches in the British Virgin Islands Caribbean. In 2006 she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and practiced yoga with her crew while ascending. She taught yoga at Treasure Island Resort the summer of 2006. Melanie received certification as Yoga for Seniors Instructor in April 2008 from Duke University Integrative Medicine and returned in October 2008 to present her research and receive certification as a Yoga Therapist. Melanie led retreats Sundance, Utah in 2009, 2010 and 2011. She has led retreats in Peru and Morocco and guest teaches annually at Yog Sadhan Ashram in West Chicago. Melanie teaches locally at the Barkan Method Studio in Fort Lauderdale, the Yoga Connection in Davie and at her home studio. She is currently writing a book of yoga tips featuring her original oil paintings. Her Chakra Explosion series is in the collections of patrons all over the world and even transferred to a race car featured in the 27 day Le Mans event this year.
Melanie is the Yoga Instructor on select Mind, Body, Spirit themed Crystal Cruises around the world. See her website for upcoming cruises and retreats at www.artfulyoga.com.
Coming to Yoga in Mid-Life
There can be no better prescription for a quality life than a consistent Yoga practice.
Following the death of my life partner/husband of 32 years, I sought a direction that would help me discover how to live through the pain and loss and experience transformation.
This yoga practice is a combination of openings. Heart, hip, spine and joints are vocal when there is mindful communication. Examine with me the “open windows” of your mind, body and spirit with a therapeutic healing yoga class.