I found Yoga in Color in a particular rough time in my life. From the eight or nines years that I’ve been practicing yoga here in Austin, I had never been felt so welcomed, received and relieved. As a black man, it feels so good to not have to worry about being strong or performing and really get to be vulnerable and check in with yourself while receiving so much support from everyone in the space. The energy is just different in the space. So much love and peace and support of each other. There was never a time where I felt disconnected or that I didn’t belong, contrary to other experiences here. It is amazing to be amongst so many people of color breathing and sharing. Aside from that, it has served as a wonderful space to check in with myself, care for/love myself and rebuild my confidence in who I am and what I am capable of. I think the sharing at the end is a dope opportunity for people. I wish more black men would participate. All in all, the space is amazing.
After years of unfulfilling relationships and low self-confidence, I decided to take a year to be celibate in order to reflect on my sensuality. It was during this year that I stumbled upon Mel’s class for Sacred Feminine Yoga. I had no expectations, but this class has helped me reclaim parts of my sexuality I didn’t know I had lost! During the class, I was forced to look at myself as a sexual being which is something I had taught myself to shy away from over the years. I found so much healing in this exercise. I would recommend this class to anyone who is working on embracing their sensuality, reclaiming their sexuality after trauma or want to reach a deeper level of intimacy with their partners.
Melanie's teaching and guidance is what I didn't realize I was missing until I found it. She has led me in Yoga and meditation, but most recently, I booked a Yoga Off The Mat one on one with her. She helped me to find peace, focus and confidence in my ability to reconnect to my inner voice. Its was a restorative experience and Melanie created a safe and judgement-free space for me. Our session together helped calm my anxiety and regain perspective to deal with some big life events and I walked away with a brand new energy that has carried me since our session.
Melanie is an amazing being and awesome Yoga instructor. She has a style of teaching that blends the present moments of your life with the class, so no matter what "things" are on your mind, in your heart and attached to your spirit, it is addressed. Her class moves like a small wave! Her Yoga In Color class is great for anyone at all levels of Yoga and it is a welcome retreat from day to day happenings. Get your life and get some more life and attend her class!
Melanie has an incredible ability for creating and supporting a sacred safe space for all who come to work with her one on one or through her classes. I have experienced Sacred Feminine Yoga and Yoga Off The Mat. Both spaces beautifully combine breath, connection, yoga, tea and sharing into an all-encompassing experience. Melanie has a gift for guiding others through embodiment and allowing us to reconnect with formerly exiled parts of ourselves, to be seen fully by others, and to share in our collective healing. I know without a doubt, when I leave her classes I will feel much more centered, in-tune, supported and uplifted.
I've had the pleasure of attending both Yoga In Color and Yoga Off The Mat with Melanie. She is the type of empathic healer that is needed in Austin. For me, personally, I appreciate her authenticity and immense generosity it takes to create space for vulnerability and communion. During Mel's classes, I have moved passed misconceptions; not only pertaining to the practice of Yoga, but misconceptions that I've held of myself and how I interact with others. The energy that Melanie exudes has helped me tap into parts of my nature that I wasn't aware I had stifled. Thank you. You are a breath of fresh air and magic to a beginner yogi of color!
I experienced an unloading and lifting of spirit unlike I have before. I felt myself and saw myself through the direction, care and thoughtfulness that was created in this space. Melanie creates a space for healing. A space to feel loved. A place to let go. If you are ready to dig deep into your body and make contact with your spirit, this is the space for you.
My experience with Sacred Feminine Yoga has been transformational. I love having a safe space to go to where I can dress sexy, move sensually in the mirror and experience sisterhood with out judgement. The energy that I've cultivated in Sacred Feminine Yoga has influenced my personal life, love life and my business. It feels like opportunities just flow with a greater sense of grace and ease. I appreciate Melanie for holding this sacred space for women to simply explore our natural state.
From the moment I met Mel, I was comforted by her energy. This alone intrigued me to take her Yoga In Color class. I can't explain how great it felt to attend a Yoga class, where Black people are usually under-represented, where we were the majority. I loved the intimacy of the class and being vulnerable enough to share our intentions with each other. And then to breathe to the same music that gets me through hectic days was #straightvibes. Mel's class not only inspired me to practice Yoga, but also challenged me to grow my lovespace. She definitely brings a unique experience to Black yogis and a really dope class for everyone to enjoy.
Finding myself and my path spiritually has not been an easy undertaking. But as I go along my path, the Universe has placed gems along the way to guide me, to pour into me and help me focus on honing my gifts. Melanie has been one of the brightest gems. Her voice, her words, her coaching, have been more like conversations spoken between our souls. Each interaction has been a moment I treasure. She has helped me focus, to quiet my own inner noise and find my center. This queen's guidance is beyond her years. I am grateful to have someone on this journey inward that I trust enough to feel safe being human with. Melanie and Grow Your Lovespace continue to bless my life- mind, body and soul.