Embodiment & Social Justice Facilitator
She / Her
Mélanie Ruffié is an Accredited Yoga Therapist, teacher, pastry chef and the founder of atmaU Wellness. She has the privilege of residing on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of the Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth), Kwikwetlem, Qayqayt, hən̓̓qəmin̓əm̓, and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) peoples.
Born in France and raised all over the world, her diverse cultural identities and worldly travels define her approach to life. She is an explorer of knowledge, pragmatism, and spirituality. She studied literature and philosophy as a way to explore her roots, asking herself: Why am I here? Who am I? In 2016, Mélanie started exploring yoga asana as a healing modality. It helped her discover who she is, how she functions, and has helped her make better decisions in her life. It helped her gain strength, set healthy boundaries, and be vulnerable. In 2017, she decided to live one of her dreams: she went to Paris to become a Pastry Chef while continuing on her yogic journey. There, she experienced baking/cooking in a mindful way, connecting to her breath, body, thoughts, emotions, and spirit. She has since been offering Mindful Baking classes. The more she created connections within herself, the more she came to realize that she was learning from Nature and from her bodies (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual). These are all One, interconnected! In 2019, she decided to become a Certified Yoga Therapist to help others experience a life with less suffering, more peace, and more happiness. She has taught yoga to international students in her French post-secondary courses, to women, entrepreneurs, staff and faculty members.
She is a firm believer that by becoming aware of our Breath, we can change our brain activity, our Mind and our habits. We are so much more complex than our physical bodies. We start to become more ourselves and we start to manifest the inherent potential that is within us which results in abundance.