1 Let's start with the basics. Tell us your name and where you're from? Where do you currently live? Tell us the top three best things about it! Lastly, if you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
My name is Melanie Nolte and I’m from a super small town called Seneca, Kansas. I moved to San Diego, CA in 2015 after I graduated from the University of Kansas. San Diego is the best because it has all the elements (ocean, mountains and trees) plus culture and so much opportunity.
2 One thing that stands out is your creativity! Tell us what inspires your art and interest in yoga and spirituality? How did you get started and what kept you pursuing it?
When I was a kid I wanted to draw. It was just something I knew to do. I practiced by drawing pictures from books and then of my cousins and nieces. I have always loved nature, animals and children!
My interest in health, fitness, yoga and spirituality came from my own self development journey. As J. K. Rowling says, “Rock bottom is where I built my foundation.” This all started as a desperate need to get better, mentally and physically. I decided to put myself first and amazing shit started to happen! I saw dramatic changes within myself. I knew I could save a lot of women pain and misery like that I had experienced from not loving myself.
My love of service to other could probably be accredited to my mother and father but also growing up in a small town and catholic community. I graduated in Applied Behavioral Science and specialized in intensive therapy for kids with Autism(only after getting burnt out on course to be a doctor). The transition from a lecture hall and labs to working hands on (1-on-1) in school really helped me succeed. I was seeing positive results in the kiddos and that naturally reinforced my dedication to continue serving and teaching others. Now, I want to empower each person I meet. Being creative is a very powerful tool in how I approach their care.
3 If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be and why? Do you believe that you portray these things to people around you and to the people on social media?
Compassionate - to all
Passionate - about spreading love, empowering others and life in general
Faithful - always
I believe I portray these characteristics to people around me and on social media through my choice of words and topics shared. Although, there is always room to improve. I have realized most of my flaws and “limits” and try to just stay clear, in service, optimistic and confident enough to be consistent with being a positive light for others.
4 What would you say to someone who wants to try yoga but doesn’t think they can or doesn’t know where to start? What is the most important tip you could give a new yogi? What is something you wish you knew before you started?
I am interested in yoga because it teaches me to slow down, to be flexible, to be mindful, to be present and to be consistent. If someone is nervous in trying any new thing I would tell them GREAT! Feeling fear means you are alive. All great accomplishments live on the other side of fear, though. So we must decide where the value lies. If you see the value and really want something then you can start anywhere, you only must start.
Additionally, there are many guides/leaders available to help and you can pick any... even more than one! Simplify things. Commit and be consistent for a set amount of days. Make sure to journal notes of how you feel along the way and that you have a clear goal to measure.
If you do all these things you can be proud you started and you will know how you FEEL about it. Often times, we have nothing to fear except for beginnings. So try to work towards your goals every day. Be a warrior for your self.
5 What keeps you positive and on fire for life? What brings you the most passion? If you had to choose one thing to focus on for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My faith, my family and my boyfriend keep me positive about life, these are givens. But also nature and animals and children... creation... It fascinates me. I’m a big nerd and a little emo/creative... I just want to enjoy the little things and serve a purpose for the greater good of all.
I am most passionate about empowering women, mothers and children! I was just certified as a Reiki healer. I feel like this is the last tool I need to really help on every level of someone’s self. It has me even more fired up about the future. I have learned that children are the easiest to bruise and scar. When they are young and don’t know who or what they are, they will store pain in their body. That’s instead of in our brain, as language. This happens to many victims (of abuse, rape, etc..)too. With Reiki, we move energy within the body and observe the energy itself. The changes within, happen without. These changes happen natural with age, but when I healer works with you they can accelerate your growth and I help you with the pain. It’s beautiful and I hope to assist with many more beautiful life transformations for the rest of time.