Yoga quickly became a way of life for Melissa when she noticed that the most significant impact of her practice was happening off the mat. With a strong desire to find a deeper meaning and more balanced way of life, she delved into the authentic teachings and philosophy behind the science and practice of yoga. Now an E-RYT-500, YACEP Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher trainer, having graduated from Yoga Pura's 500-hour Advanced Studies & Teacher Training program in Phoenix, AZ, she is devoted to sharing her passion for yoga and the gift this transformational practice offers to all of her students. Her teaching style is balanced between the philosophical and physical offerings of yoga. Whether it’s through flowing vinyasa movement or a slow quiet practice like yin, she takes students on a journey. Using the tools of yoga, married with skillfully selected music and postures, she offers insights and experiments that encourage students to notice unhelpful habits in an effort to find greater joy and peace on and off the mat. Her intention is to challenge both your body and mind - question your perception of reality - leaving you with a profound opportunity for transformation.
With over 10 years and 8000+ teaching hours under her mat, she has embarked on a journey to spread the practices and lessons of yoga through 200 & 300 hour teacher trainings at Spectra School of Yoga in Costa Mesa, CA and traveling nationwide to share her passion of yin through yin yoga teacher trainings.
Melissa has studied with and is forever thankful to her teachers, Bernie Clark, Paul Grilley, Joe Barnett (senior teacher for Paul Grilley), Sarah Powers, as well as Ray Long, MD FRCSC, Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD, Yogacharya Eric Walrabenstein and, of course, to her friends and fellow teachers for guiding and encouraging her as she continues to deepen her own practice and teachings.
And it couldn't be left unsaid that she attributes much of who she has become today, both as a yoga teacher and as a person, to 20 + years of undying love and unconditional support from her husband, best friend and fellow yogi, John.