Today we’d like to introduce you to Melanie Holst-Collins.
Melanie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Born and raised in St. Paul, MN, I actually didn’t find my passion for the healing realm until I was a student at Howard University! Those four years were the most challenging, transformative and life saving. My own experience with this healing journey unlocked a desire to share with others. I began as a helping professional in the mental health and chemical dependency arena. Then, I was intuitively led to Austin, TX in 2013 (yes, literally led from the inside) where I became certified as a life coach and later as a Yoga Instructor. From there, Grow Your Lovespace was born out of my desire to create sacred spaces for people to get acquainted with themselves, their humanness and their healing. And here I am!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Not a smooth road at all! Truly, my biggest challenge has been (and I still work through) facing the limiting beliefs I have developed over my lifetime about what I am capable of manifesting and what I am worthy of receiving. Aside from the normal challenges that come with starting your own business or even just making the decision to walk in your purpose, the core thoughts and beliefs you have adopted about yourself always come to light and can either propel or stagnate your growth. Facing those shadows while still offering light to others, has been one of the biggest challenges.
Grow Your Lovespace – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Grow Your Lovespace is a platform for intentional living, spiritual growth and personal growth that offers healing, transformative community and individual experiences, physical products and online content that empower, encourage and challenge individuals to live with intention, presence and embrace their human experience.
In a nutshell, I am a Sacred Space and Healing Facilitator and I specialize in creating and holding transformative spaces for people to experience presence, healing, good vibes and humanness without shame. Beyond physical sacred spaces, I create digital and tangible products that empower others to create sacred space for themselves, in essence bringing the Grow Your Lovespace vibe to them, wherever they are!
There are three signature sacred spaces. Yoga In Color is a sacred space specifically for women and men of color to experience healing in solidarity through movement and sacred community building. This has been a staple in the Austin community for three years now probably, locally, what we are most known for! Next is Sacred Feminine Yoga which is the sacred space I a currently touring the nation with and am bringing to Houston this month! This sacred space is for self-identifying women to reclaim and get in touch with their sensuality and feminine energy while cultivating sisterhood. Last is Yoga Off The Mat which is a non-movement based sacred space that shifts the perspective of Yoga and incorporates tea ceremony, guided meditation, and a sharing circle. This is my favorite sacred space to offer to both individuals, couples and groups!
I am most proud of how these sacred spaces have genuinely affected, impacted and transformed the people who have participated. These sacred spaces have literally turned into little communities! I am so very proud of how Grow Your Lovespace has grown and continues to grow! What started as ‘just Yoga classes’ are now healing, transformative sacred spaces in addition to digital and tangible products that also serve to spread the Grow Your Lovespace message! The expansion has simply been incredible to watch and move through!
Grow Your Lovespace is a call to action in itself. It is simply an extension of my deepest desire to assist people in awaking to themselves and the richness of this human experience.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Since I have to choose one, I would say creating and sharing the Rooted + Growing Insight Affirmation Card Deck with the world. That deck is truly a labor of love because it is a compilation of parts of journal entries and personal insights and affirmations that I truly love by. It the tangible product of many years of contemplating if I was capable of creating some amazing. Many years of gathering insight from my own experiences with healing myself. So, to see it as a tangible thing has truly been amazing. To see how it has touched people that I am not able to physically touch. I am extremely proud.
- Rooted + Growing Insight Affirmation Card Deck $25
- Website: growyourlovespace.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @growyourlovespace
- Facebook: Facebook.com/GrowYourLovespace
Sharing circle (outside photo) – Photo Credit to Cristina Fisher, Women in the mirror and pouring tea – Photo Credit to Cassandra J Klepac