Melanie has been a group fitness instructor for over twenty years. Her interest in fitness started while attending the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida where she received her bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Exercise Science in 1987. She married Naval Aviator Fred Latrash in 1992 and has had the opportunity as a military spouse to teach in many locations throughout the United States including Florida, California, Maryland, Rhode Island and Virginia. Melanie has worked as a Group Fitness Director for several fitness centers and has done personal training as well. She has had her national certifications for Group Fitness Instruction and Personal Training through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America since 1986. She has her Registered Teacher Training Certification (RYT, 200 hours) through Yogafit International and has been teaching yoga since 1999. Currently, she resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and three children and is the Fitness Director for Metropolitan School of the Arts.