Category Archives: Mel’s blog

HappyTree Student, Trishia, Shares Her Body Image Story

From the ages of 18 to 24, I struggled severely with anorexia. At my lowest weight, my 5”8 frame dwindled down to 89 pounds. This was without a shadow of a doubt the most challenging period in my life. During that … Continue reading

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Week 7: Self Care

Self-care helps us serve others better. It may seem like a contradiction but is makes sense when you think about it: If we’re running on empty, we’re more likely to feel irritable or frustrated when giving to others, no matter … Continue reading

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Week 6: Gratitude

Our thoughts are addictive. Did you know that we have around one hundred thousand of them a day and that eighty to ninety percent of those thoughts are the same ones being repeated over and over again? These thoughts create … Continue reading

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Week 5: Sacred Space

When teaching us about abundance, Nischala Joy Devi – one of my favourite spiritual teachers – declared, “The Universe wants to give you stuff, but there’s no room in your closet!” What do you want to make more room for … Continue reading

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Week 4: Social Interaction

Do you ever feel like some social interactions leave you feeling full of energy while others leave you feeling drained? Do you ever get a good or a bad “vibe” from someone? In yogic terms, this is not something abstract; … Continue reading

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Week 3: Nutrition

What we eat and how we eat impacts every single cell in our body; when we eat well, we feel well! Intentions play a powerful role in how we choose to feed our bodies. Pay attention to your eating habits … Continue reading

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Week 2: Mindfulness

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You compulsively check your phone every few minutes and easily get distracted from the conversation or task at hand You make your grocery list and plan dinner while lying in Savasana at the end of yoga class While … Continue reading

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Week 1: How Yoga Practice Changed My Life

Graduating university was life changing for me – in the worst possible way. I had never felt more generic and un-special as I did sitting in that enormous auditorium at the Bell Centre along with nine thousand other students, waiting to receive … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Yoga Myth Busters!

We are working on a very special project called Yoga Myth Busters. We have already shot four short videos now in postproduction debunking such myths as, “I can’t do yoga because I’m not flexible”, and “I can’t do yoga because … Continue reading

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Melanie at TEDxMontrealWomen – Intention Setting

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Exciting Changes This Fall at the Tree

Dear HappyTree Community, Although our summer is winding down, there is a lot to look forward to this fall at HappyTree! I’m particularly inspired by our fall schedule and hope you will be, too. We’ve added two exciting changes to … Continue reading

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Week 3: Nutrition

I believe our relationship with food is a reflection of our relationship with ourselves and with life. So, if I’m really going to talk honestly about food in a way that I hope will be helpful to you, I’m going to … Continue reading

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Seven Weeks of Summer

I love the way Montreal bursts into life in the summer. Like the fireworks we’re known for, our city shimmers with a brilliant energy that fades away as fast as it came by fall. Montrealers share a special brand of suffering in … Continue reading

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Melanie on TEDx Montreal Women!

Our very own Melanie Richards, founder and owner of HappyTree Yoga had the great honour of speaking at TEDx Montreal Women. Watch her rock that stage…

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Mel’s Blog

Dear HappyTree Yoga Community, Change is in the air this New Year and an exciting new beginning is just around the corner. This week, Albert will be teaching his last classes at HappyTree. After an incredible 6-year journey together, his … Continue reading

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HappyTree in the News – Melanie Richards CTV Interview

HappyTree founder Melanie Richards was recently featured on CTV News! Tarah Schwartz interviewed Melanie as part of their “Power of One” program that recognizes citizens who perform outstanding work for their communities. Here’s a few quick words from Melanie herself: “HappyTree’s … Continue reading

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