From teaching my first dance class in college, through the many years teaching Pilates while moonlighting as a Health Screener and Health Ed Speaker, to my recent path which magically led me to India for a month to deepen my yoga and meditation studies, all awakened the importance of being completely present when working with my clients, to embrace our individual journeys, to cultivate our unique brilliance and light, and to honour and respect this process. I can’t wait to get to know you better. Sat Nam my loves!
When I look back on my life, I see the steps and choreography. Each new beginning and ending birthed a new phrase in my dance. I’ve always had a strong curiosity for the deeper meaning behind life, our thoughts, and actions, how our body functions, how we heal, why we do what we do. I wouldn’t say I grew up feeling like I fit in; I was self-conscious, awkward, hard on myself, and didn’t always make the best decisions in my early years. But, through the years many teachers, books, friendships, and relationships would begin to guide my choreography. Steps were slowly building into phrases to make up the dance of my life, which to this day, is being created with fierce passion, love, and courage.
I left home at a young age, found my way to college to study Exercise Science and Dance, at nineteen experienced deep loss when my boyfriend passed away, threw myself into work and studies, moved across country for an internship and work, moved back across country for a better job and roots, navigated through more heartbreak, challenging times, learning experiences and teachers, started a blog and website, experienced the depths of my heart through the deep grief of losing my mother, met new layers of myself while in India for a month, experienced more heartbreak and change upon returning, and I’m venturing into a new business as co-owner of Intentional Bliss Retreats, offering an online library of videos and tools to cultivate and awaken rhythms of inner bliss, all while continuing my passion and love of dance. Standing here now, I’ve discovered a renewed sense of passion in sharing ways to cultivate the art of our life and the art of our heart and soul.
My path hasn’t always been an easy one, but it continues to be a nurturing ground for cultivating a deep sense of comfort in my own body, who I am as a woman, as a teacher, and as a friend. I’m grateful to my teachers, in all areas of life, and for the lifelong whispers of my voice, my heart, my soul, my Sat Nam ~ my true essence! And so the dance continues.
“You’ve truly inspired me, Tanya! I’ve learned to take care of myself because of you. Dancing and performing as often as I am, I don’t hurt the way I used to, and if I do I just reset and start over. My body has more stamina because of Melt!” – Sarah
My fascination with how the body works began early. I remember growing up with the exercise shows on PBS, and begging my father to sign me up for a subscription to monthly exercise/nutrition cards. I loved them; I would study them with such curiosity. Ultimately, they gave me a glimpse of these beautiful vessels we’re gifted with. At eleven years old, I did yoga for the first time. It was a Redbook VHS tape from the library and my life would never be the same. The light I’ve always sensed, even in younger years, was fleeting. I couldn’t hold on to it, but in yoga, I felt it again, and this time, I was aware of its relation to my body. This connection would teach me how to hold the light for longer periods. The dormant seed was deeply nurtured and laid the groundwork for a life of exploration into how my mind, my soul, and my body relate to one another and the whole. I spent time at two Ashrams for a month each, one in the states and one recently in India to go deeper into these ancient yogic teachings. For the rest of my life, I will continue to dance in the sweet rhythms yoga awakens in me. I’m honored to share these ancient teachings with all of you. Sat Nam Loves!