Melissa started yoga as a compliment to running and lifting weights many years ago, which evolved into a fiery physical practice of over a dozen years. The past few years have lead her to study, practice, and appreciate all 8 limbs of yoga for their cooling (lunar/yin) and fire (solar/yang) benefits. While she still embraces the sun, Melissa has also come to love the moon practices.
Melissa loves the study of yoga. She is certified as a RYT-200 from Prairie Yoga, has been a mentor for a yoga teacher training program, and has attended many deep-dive yoga workshops over the years on topics like: yoga philosophy, anatomy, somatics, meditation, pranayama, chakras, chanting, dharma and sutra talks, and last but not least, asana. She says continuing education has allowed her to evolve both her personal practice and her teaching in an organic and invaluable way. She will be taking further education, specializing in Yoga Medicine (1000 hour certification) and Yoga for Cancer (certified through Duke Medical School of Integrative Health).
Melissa’s teaching philosophy is simple- she does her best to meet you on the mat and offers her wisdom and her heart to those on their own yoga journey. ‘If you’re willing to laugh, simply breathe and be present, and enjoy your practice, then I roll out my yoga mat and welcome you! The space I hold is sacred for those willing to learn and I am honored to share my yoga with you.’
Melissa is a self-proclaimed imperfect human (aren’t we all!?). Her house has dust bunnies to slay, piles of laundry to conquer, and her bath tub likely has a wine stain from a relaxing night (or three). She loves to read and learn, travel and experience life, cook and create/appreciate art, gaze at the moon and stars, and cater to the needs of her kitties.