Melbourne : Doncaster Store

Melanie Shannos

Melanie’s passion with Bikram yoga came about in August 2005 after she experienced her first Bikram Yoga class. She had always enjoyed exercise and when a friend told her about how challenging
Bikram Yoga was she knew she had to try it. Nine years on and she has been fortunate enough to teach all over Melbourne and the world including Hawaii, Los Angeles and Bali.

Growing up she had a similar passion for aviation. From the moment she took her first flight as an unaccompanied minor when she was 8 years old she knew she wanted to be a flight attendant. Her dream was so strong she pursued it as soon as she finished her degree in
Sociology. 19 years later, her passion for flying is exemplified every
time she puts her Qantas uniform on.

Like aviation, after Melanie’s first Bikram Yoga class at the Prahran studio her passion was alive. She instantly fell in love with the practice and the feeling of mental and physical strength and inner peace that it gave her. A few classes later her inner passion of
wanting to teach surfaced. With the inspiration and amazing guidance by Rowena and her desire to pass this feeling onto others,Melanie went to teacher training in Hawaii in Spring 2007. This is where her dream to open her very own studio began. After 4 years of searching for the right location she found Bikram Yoga Doncaster
and she knew it was right from the outset.

Bikram Yoga Doncaster opened in June 2012. Its growth from both a business perspective and also in helping change many students lives has been beyond Melanie’s expectations. Teaching and
practicing Bikram Yoga has changed her life psychically, mentally and spiritually. Opening the studio has passed this experience onto many students and that truly is the most rewarding aspect of all.