Like so many military wives, Melanie was forced to constantly relocate as duty called for her husband. Dealing with the constant stress of having her husband deployed, while also trying to make new friends and conform to local customs, Melanie found peace and sanctuary in yoga. She discovered a deeper respect for yoga’s positive impact on her life and dedicated herself to becoming a practitioner.
After she received her yoga certification, Melanie and her husband were once again relocated to Southern California. In a community very well versed with many types of yoga, she was first exposed to AntiGravity. This unique style allows anybody to engage in low-impact, zero-compression inversion, which allows anybody to practice it. Being surrounded by disabled veterans, as well as military mothers and the elderly, Melanie hopes to offer special yoga classes to meet these individuals’ unique needs.
With her husband being gone three weeks a month, Melanie is daily overcoming the struggles of starting a business while raising her baby. Melanie’s $10,000 Kiva loan will allow her to finish remodeling her studio and make the final equipment purchases to open her business.
A strong believer in the healing powers of yoga, Melanie envisions her studio as a place of healing, where troops have the ability to relieve both physical and mental pains in a comfortable and warm environment.