Melanie started practicing yoga in 1999 mostly out of curiosity and a fond memory of her grandmother talking about doing yoga. She simply loved it, and soon realized she wanted to share it with others. Melanie received her 200 hour teacher training certification with Integrative Yoga Therapy in Garopaba, Brazil in 2004, and she completed her 500 hour teacher training certification at YogaOne Studio in Cedarburg, WI, in 2013.
Melanie opened Tosa Yoga in Wauwatosa, WI, 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, and hold community events in support of these businesses and organizations, as well as local artists. She created an overall warm and 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 of 2012. They poured their hearts and souls, (a little blood, sweat, and tears, as well!) into creating a beautiful new studio where Tosa Yoga would 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, continue to be 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 at Tosa Yoga Center 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.