Bliss Fit

Melanie Bourassa is a Personal Fitness Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Yoga Teacher based in San Diego, CA.

Melanie Bourassa is a Corrective Exercise Specialist, Personal Fitness Trainer, and Yoga Teacher E-RYT 500 who specializes in helping those with a history of injury, medical limitations, and inactivity to become empowered and physically strong enough to participate in the activities they love and maintain a healthy, active, balanced lifestyle.

Mission: To inspire a #movementbasedlifestyle in 3 areas: Mountains, Muscles, and Mindfulness!

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When life gets hazy, flip your perspective! πŸ™ƒ To be honest, I haven't felt connected to my business Bliss Fit for well over a year now and have felt a bit lost and stuck. However, through my work in the online yoga mentorship program with @angestopperan and the @coloradoschoolofyoga and listening to a gazillion branding and business podcasts and webinars, I have clarified my values, strengths, and passions and am in the process of building a brand new company! I finally feel the PASSION again and am so excited to reveal all this cool new stuff to you guys! But I won't... yet. If owning Bliss Fit taught me anything, it's to get all the backend work done before you launch or you'll constantly feel like a puppy chasing its tale. 🐢☺️

I'm taking over the Thursday 10:30am Hatha Flow class at Bay Club Carmel Valley. I love subbing for the 10:30 slot so I'm super excited that now I'll get to see you all every week! πŸ€— #bayclubhappy
wearing @mikayogawear

Feeling STRONG πŸ’ͺ🏽#noexcusesseptember is working its magic: 🌟2 gym workouts, 2 climbing sessions, and 2 paddle board days this week (and of course, #yogaeverydamnday 😘). What did you do for exercise this week?
wearing @mikayogawear // photo by @loudalaura #cielocrop #livialegging #mikayogawear #mikachica

Back in action! πŸ’ͺ🏽 I'll admit it... I was SUPER LAZY during the month of August. My workouts were half-assed and infrequent and I did absolutely nothing to build my business. 😳 And then, as if by magic, I awoke this week ready to get back at it!
Today I spent 90minutes running around the tennis court pretending to be at the US Open. Only half of the "optic yellows" made it over the net but at least it was it was great cardio! πŸ˜†πŸŽΎ

Join me as we all recommit to fitness by posting your movement based activities with the hashtag #noexcusesseptember 😁

JP Sears


I've never been more equipped to handle my sedentary lifestyle since I got into functional training...

Nature offers the greatest epiphanies. πŸ™ŒπŸΌWhile hiking today I came up with my next big project! You guys, I'm super excited but this time I'm not sharing what it is until it's ready to launch. 😁 Anyway, only 6 days until I hike the tallest mountain in the lower 48 #mtwhitney and I'm suuuuper nervous - let the countdown begin! (and wish me luck 😬😊).

#mtwhitneytraining #adventurecalls #freshairandfreedom #gypsysoul #greatoutdoors #hikinglife #healthyliving #lovingnature #naturelover #neverstopexploring #optoutside #overcomingfears #staywild #keepitwild #socalhiker #sheexplores #thegreatoutdoors #themountainsarecalling #womenwhohike #wildernessculture #cuyamacaranchostatepark #cuyamacapeak #weekendwarrior #sandiegolife

Hikers unite!πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™€οΈAfter nearly 2 weeks off from teaching yoga, I feel fresh and inspired and EXCITED to teach the sequence I have planned for today's Hatha Yoga class! It's dedicated to those who went hiking this weekend (and are still sore! πŸ™€). Lots of juicy lower body and neck stretches. 😍 See you today at 4:30pm at Bay Club Carmel Valley!

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Hey Colorado community! It was brought to my attention that my name is on the marketing for Breathe Yoga Festival 2017. Teaching at @breatheyogafestival was one of the highlights of my time living in Colorado, but sadly I will NOT be returning to teach this year. Sorry to disappoint! If you are in Fort Collins during the weekend of June 23rd, definitely check out #breatheyogafestival ... it's super fun!

One of the hardest parts of being an entrepreneur is having no one to turn to for guidance and accountability. I'm a "big idea" person but lack the business skills to plan and implement all these great projects I want to do. So I'm super excited to announce that I've enrolled in the online 7-week Yoga Teacher Mentorship Program led by Ange Stopperan Yoga (aka Yoga Coach Podcast ) through the Colorado School of Yoga πŸ’« It starts in June. Who wants to do it with me?! 😁The program is for those who want to:

- Take your teachings into the next steps in your career
- Create value (profitable pricing) in your teachings, community and industry
- If you've gone through a teacher training, yet are afraid to jump on the teaching path
- You want to explore the business side of this career, using strategic business flow and planning techniques
- If you want to learn systems to help market, advertise and promote the values of your teachings.
- Taking your passion of teaching into action of a successful business
- Connect to the foundations and intentions of your teachings and business
- Learn a 7 step planning process that you an use when planning classes, workshops, retreat, marketing plants etc.

Ladies Who Lift starts TODAY at Bay Club Carmel Valley! πŸ’ͺ🏽This small group training class is designed for women who want to have fun while getting in a great workout under the guidance of a personal trainer. 🌟 Mondays and/or Wednesdays at 10. Drop-ins welcome. Meet at the fitness desk. Only $35/session! @bayclubs #bayclubhappy #bayclubcarmelvalley

LADIES WHO LIFT is back! πŸ’ͺ🏽The small group training program that I designed specifically for women is being introduced to The Bay Club starting next Monday 4/17!!! 🌟 Get strong, stay motivated, and have fun with a group of ladies under the guidance of an experienced personal fitness trainer (me)! All levels and all ages welcome πŸ€— Classes are on Monday and Wednesday at 10am. Only $35 for drop in! PM me for questions or to sign up.
πŸ“Έ andπŸ‘™by Mika Yoga Wear
πŸ’ͺ🏽by Melanie Bourassa

New headshots at The Bay Club are making me feel #bayclubhappy πŸ€—
Don't be fooled by this baby face ::: my journey as a Trainer began 18-and-a-half years ago! Can you believe it?! 1998 just doesn't feel that long ago πŸ€”
I have a few more slots open for personal fitness training this week at #bayclubcarmelvalley Book now to begin your journey to a happier, healthier, life! πŸ’ͺ🏽😊
πŸ“Έ: @citygirlgonemom

What would you pay for the body you want? I've developed a fitness training program that guarantees results in only 2 months! Just in time for summer! β˜€οΈπŸ‘™The program is only available at Bay Club Carmel Valley- message me for details!
@bayclubs #bayclubhappy
πŸ“Έ by @loudalaura πŸ‘™by @mikayogawear #mikayogawear #cielocrop

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I'm going to start a new business called "Muscles by Melanie" and this will be my logo. Just kidding... sort of 😜#personaltrainer #yogateacher #sandiego

πŸ“Έ by @loudalaura
πŸ‘–by @mikayogawear #mikayogawear

The path to self improvement is a never ending journey and I want to share with you what I've found that actually works.✨ Here's what I've got this week: Every single day find a way to exercise your body, your mind, and your creativity. 🌟Here is what I've done today: 1) Body - 30 min on stair stepper followed by 30 min of lifting. 2) Mind - listened to an audio book on the drive to work and a podcast during my workout. 3) Tonight I intend on working on my succulent garden. πŸ’« What about you? In what ways have you fed your body, mind, and creativity today?

Naomi Bourassa Bodywork

Piriformis syndrome is often mistaken for Sciatica.

"One end of the piriformis is attached to the front part of the sacrum, the triangular bone at the base of the spine. It’s the only pelvic muscle that attaches to the front of the sacrum, providing balance between the pelvis and legs."

Just like psoas and sternocleidomastoid, piriformis stabilizes anterior to posterior.

Tomorrow I'm stepping in for Ashley for the noon Yoga For Athletes class at Bay Club Carmel Valley. I know how she likes to kick some serious asana so I'm digging waaay back to when I was a Baptiste Power Yoga instructor to create a fun and challenging class plan for you guys. Come check it out!

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Want to create an exercise program that's appropriate for your body AND stick to it? I'm rolling out my first ONLINE personal training program! Yep, one-on-one personal fitness training with me over video PLUS workouts that you can do your own! πŸ’ͺ🏽 If you've worked with me before, this is a great opportunity to continue on what we've built on! 🌟Send me a message if you'd like more information!

My life goal is to create a well-balanced, healthy, happy, holistic lifestyle and I've been testing out theories in how to create that. I've realized that the days that I felt like I was maximizing my potential and living life to the fullest were when I engaged in 3 separate activities in a single day. One of them is always "go to work" which means I must MAKE time for two other things! So for today here are my 3 big things: 1) went to work 2) drove to @trilogysanctuary and took an aerial yoga class during my lunch break! 3) hit up the farmers market in the evening with my man. Have you tried the "3 things a day strategy"? You should try it and let me know how it goes!

Congratulations Mind Body Transformationers!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 30 days of yoga, meditation, clean eating, and self inquiry is complete! I'm so proud of you guys! ☺️ I'm considering offering the program ONLINE next time... what anyone be interested in that???? πŸ™πŸΌ

Hi lovelies, I'm adding yet another class to the schedule and it starts next week! Mondays at 5:45am (yeah, I know 😴) Vinyasa Flow at Bay Club Carmel Valley. Can't wait to flow with all you early birds! πŸ₯

Client: "What are you doing for Valentines Day?"
Me: "Cardio." 😜
The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of cardiovascular fitness per week to maintain a healthy ❀️. How will YOU be exercising your heart muscle tomorrow?

Starting tomorrow I'll be teaching a new class: Hatha Yoga at 4:30pm at Bay Club Carmel Valley. See you in class! πŸ•‰

Welcome Mind Body Transformationers! Today is the debut of my 30-day Mind Body Transformation program. 30 days of meditation, yoga, clean eating, journaling, and community. It's the culmination of my experience with other self-help programs, teacher trainings, retreats, etc and I'm so excited to bring it to Bay Club Carmel Valley! 🌟

Have you heard? Bliss Fit is relocating to San Diego in November 2016!

I'm excited to teach Women on Weights at Fort Collins Club this month! Are you signed up??? πŸ‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Heyyy Fort Collins Club members! Dara and I are teaching an introductory weight lifting class for women starting October 3rd. Sign up at the front desk at Fort Collins Club πŸ’ͺ🏽

And CUT! I spent the morning filming plank variations for my exercise video library and dang my arms are sore. Next up: plyos!

[09/14/16]   It's been on my to-do list for 3 years to create an exercise video library... and tomorrow I'll (finally) start filming! Yay! However, my list is already at 148 different videos and that's ONLY bodyweight exercises. ;) This may take awhile... #fitnesstrainerproblems

Only 5 more opportunities to practice with me before I take off for a week of weddings galore in CA!!!
πŸ”ΉWeds 4:15pm Power Flow at Om Ananda Yoga
πŸ”ΈWeds 5:45pm Intermediate Yoga at Om Ananda Yoga
πŸ”ΉThurs 8:15am TRX at Fort Collins Club
πŸ”ΈThurs 5:30pm Vinyasa All Levels at Fort Collins Club
πŸ”ΉThurs 7:45pm Yin Yoga at Om Ananda Yoga

The power of human touch πŸ™ŒπŸΌ. This morning I had an amazing session with my girl Jill Ufer from OM Shanti Healing. She combines therapeutic massage with healing touch energy therapy to promote inner peace and remove pain. πŸ™πŸ» I'm feeling the most relaxed I've felt in weeks. 😌

Kids are heading back to school which means it's time for all you stay-at-home mamas to recommit to your fitness! I'm offering a sale on personal training - email me at [email protected] for more info!

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Guess who is registered for paddleboard yoga teacher training?! I'm excited to combine two of my great loves (playing in water and yoga) to bring you guys a greater variety of classes. Too bad summer can't last forever! β˜€οΈπŸ’›β›±πŸ„πŸΌ

Happy Hips, Healthy Back debuts in 2 hours! Come join me at the Breathe Yoga & Wellness Events Festival at City Park in Fort Collins!

Breathe Yoga Festival-Fort Collins, CO June 2016

Holy smokes! My class "Happy Hips, Healthy Back" at the Breathe Yoga & Wellness Events Festival this weekend is ALMOST FULL!!! πŸ€— My class is Sunday at 2pm. Sign up before you lose your chance!

Today I ran... for the first time in 5 months... and dang it was hard to get motivated! Running has never been my favorite thing and since I moved to Colorado I've come up with all sorts of excuses to not do it: 1st it was altitude sickness, then it was my sprained ankle, and then it was ego because I KNEW how weak my legs had become. πŸ€”
But as I was demonstrating movements in TRX class this week I started to feel like one of those bodybuilders with a strong upper body and wimpy little legs and I realized that I need to up my game with lower body exercises.
So today I swallowed my pride and went for a 20 minute interval run and I was slow and uncoordinated and didn't go very far, but I'm so glad I did it! Next time will be easier and in no time I'll be back doing hill sprints like it ain't no thang! πŸƒπŸ»πŸ˜‰
So if this experience feels familiar then check your ego and remember that the hardest part of a workout is showing up. πŸ’ͺ🏽

If you've been sad that you can't work out with Melanie Bourassa because you aren't a member of Fort Collins Club, don't you worry because now that it's summer (yay!) Bliss Fit training programs are available in a local park or backyard near you!

Check it out:

Let your inner goofball shine! 🌟 I'm SUPER EXCITED to teach an interactive Fun & Flow yoga class for the NOCO Yoga Club event Bend & Brew. πŸ™πŸ»β˜•οΈ Class is followed by a social hour with coffee and tea... yummm caffeine....πŸ˜„

Goddess Steamy Bliss says hello πŸ˜‰. What's yours??

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12000 Carmel Country Rd
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