Meet Melanie Lourenco
Owner/Director Circle Studios
Firstly, words can hardly express my gratitude and excitement to see this multifaceted creative and therapeutic Center come to life in Hamilton’s vibrant + expanding downtown. This space has been a dream of mine for a long time. It brings together many parts that have been powerful tools, teachers, inspirations and supports within my personal journey of self-exploration, mindfulness and well being.
I took my first yoga class over a decade ago while in University. It was a surprisingly profound experience that changed my entire life direction for the better! Over the years, yoga has meandered off the mat to touch every aspect of my life. In 2007, I attended the Bikram Yoga teacher training in O’ahu Hawaii. In 2011 I travelled to India to learn yoga’s ancient sister science, Ayurveda and practice the traditional Healing Art of Abhyanga Massage. In 2014, I became a certified teacher of Zero-Gravity Aerial Yoga with Suzanne Hennig and in 2015-16 received certification through Evolation Yoga for Hot Yoga Teacher Training. Most recently in 2019 I received my Aerial Yoga Goddess certification. I have been blessed to teach and continue studying, working with many talented, passionate and knowledgeable people and am happy to share these playful and healing practices at Circle Studios.
It’s been a gift to work with others and witness the great impact these methods have on their lives. Through these practices, clients are happier + make healthier choices in mind-set, behaviour, action and for their bodies. This continues to amaze me everyday and was big motivation to open this space. Come get creative with us in wellness practices!!
Since I was a kid art has been part of my life. I graduated with an honours degree in Fine Art from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Currently, I paint and make multi-media work and exhibit. The creative process helps me navigate through whatever is happening with greater awareness and is an outlet to work through things. I am beyond thrilled to be working with Karen Campbell, who will bring a fun and creative array of transformational Art Therapy classes and programs to Circle Studios. With her extensive background as a councillor she has had great success working with clients using the healing power of artistic expression.
I’d like to express my gratitude for everyone who has helped to bring this studio to life; I couldn’t have done it without you! It has been a long, challenging process with lots of learning and many surprises along the way. May this next chapter be full of joy and many wonderful new friendships!