(Buddha’s Love), founder and Abbess of Open Door. Melanie is an ordained Novice Zen Buddhist Monk, with The Five Mountain Zen Order. In her ongoing journey she is honored to receive guidance from my Great Teacher, Venerable Charama Bhavika.. As a Zen Monk, it is her pleasure to provide Spiritual counseling in both group settings and one-on-one meetings. Each week her Great Students and her share Dharma lessons, meditation, pranayama (breath work), and Sanskrit chanting classes. Melanie is also a E-RYT 200, RYT 500 ( experienced registered senior yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance) and has accrued more than four years and 2000 hours of teaching. She was trained and certified as a Yoga Therapy Instructor by Pranava Yogadhama’s master teacher and founder, Jayakumar Swamysree, in Mysore, India. Her focus and specialty training includes, Meditation, Pranayama, Sanskrit Chanting, Asana, and a Traditional South India practice. She currently instruct Yoga Alliance teacher trainees and studio students in meditation, pranayama, yoga philosophy, asana practice, and sanskrit chanting. She has two children a daughter in College and a surprise baby boy who is such a blessing. My husband and I have been married for 18yrs and I am one of the lucky people who get to be married to their best friend. We have a house full of animals and hearts full of gratitude.