yoga teacher, speaker, social entrepreneur
Founder and Director of HappyTree Yoga Studio in Montreal [Est. 2007], Melanie leads Hatha, Yin and Gentle Yoga Teacher Training programs. She is a passionate speaker, writer and workshop leader (TEDx Montreal Women, MUHC Conferences, Lymphoma Canada, Cirque du Soleil, Expo Yoga Quebec Blog, Wanderlust Tremblant 2018) on the topics of yoga and meditation. Most recently, Melanie started her own YouTube channel with the goal of sharing practices for a heart-centred, soul-fuelled life.
Melanie is a 500-hour certified Hatha teacher and 200-hour certified Kundalini yoga teacher. Her current influences include Vipassana meditation and the wise guidance of her teachers Nubia Teixeira, Barrie Risman, Nischala Joy Devi and Lisa Lajoie. She teaches with both empathy and humour, fostering an inclusive learning environment, and believes in Yoga as a path of transformation, with service and compassion at its heart.
She was recognized as an outstanding citizen by CTV's The Power of One for her work in the community with cancer patients and underprivileged youth, received a McGill Green Business award, and a Quebec Notable Award for Social Entrepreneurship.