Lead Content Writer
Currently Resides: Evergreen, CO
Hometown: Denver, CO
Melody grew up in Colorado and was still a teenager when her love of dramatic mountain landscapes took her to the Himalayas, where she was introduced to meditation. In her early twenties, on a return trip to India, she discovered Yoga and Ayurveda. As an undergraduate, she studied environmental science and contemporary spirituality at Middlebury College, the Sierra Institute, and Prescott College—where she earned her bachelor’s degree. Her formal training in Ayurveda began at the Ayurvedic Institute where she had the profound honor of studying under Dr. Vasant Lad and Dr. Claudia Welch. As an Ayurvedic practitioner and yoga teacher, Melody uses lifestyle practices, subtle therapies, diet, and herbs to help her clients foster an ever-improving experience of wellness. She is guided by a deep desire to live her own life in alignment with her truest inner nature, and to support others in doing the same. Melody started writing for Banyan Botanicals in 2011, and has since written the lion’s share of the educational content on the website. She currently resides in Evergreen, Colorado with her husband, Erick, and their son.
How has Ayurveda changed your life?
Ayurveda is the most elegant and intuitive wellness tradition I have ever encountered. I am so inspired by the degree to which the simplest adjustments have changed my own life and the lives of my clients. Ayurveda has taught me not to think of “balance” as a fixed destination, but rather as an evolving process of coming ever more into alignment with the natural world… and with who we really are as human beings.
Which Banyan products are you currently using and why?
My house is full of Banyan products, but these are a few of my favorites:
- Beauty Balm: I love this balm and I use it morning and night on my face.
- Vata, Pitta and Kapha Massage Oils: I’m always changing up my oils, depending on the season and my current state of balance, but abhyanga with Banyan herbal oils is a near-constant.
- Brahmi Oil: I frequently massage my feet with Brahmi Oil before bed… It’s such a grounding and relaxing practice, and I find that it really supports sound sleep.
- Tongue Cleaner and Neti Pot: I wouldn’t know what to do without my tongue cleaner and neti pot. They both go everywhere I do.
- Chyavanprash: I always keep this on hand to help keep my family healthy through our long winters.
When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?
Stress is my greatest challenge, and a tremendous teacher. While my daily routine often falters when I’m stressed out and overwhelmed, I have learned through experience that these are the most critical times to keep up with my self-care rituals. If nothing else, I try to start each day with a few minutes of pranayama or meditation, some gentle stretching, and—as often as possible—abhyanga. I also find that staying attuned to my breath helps me reconnect with a deeper sense of Self and a broader support system.
Favorite place in the world?
Anywhere outside where I can offer my full presence to the natural world (as long as it’s not too hot).
Skiing, singing, playing guitar, and dancing to live bluegrass!
“Though we seem to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream, and that will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we are.” — Rumi
Who inspires you?
Anyone who is living their purpose with integrity, and inspiring others to do the same.