Melissa has been practicing yoga for over ten years. Through a steady and consistent home practice, she quickly discovered that yoga imbued her with overall improved sense of well-being and deeper connection to her own spirituality. In 2008 she began taking regular yoga classes with Dharma Richards and was inspired to deepen her practice through Yoga Garden’s Teacher Training. She is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher at the 500 hour level.
Melissa’s mission is to provide students with opportunities to discover new possibilities and transform themselves spiritually, mentally, and physically through the science of yoga. Melissa’s classes come from a place of patience, love, and joy. She offers her students classes rooted in creative and well-rounded asana sequences, breath work, and meditation. By cultivating a supportive class environment, she encourages students to be true to themselves, acknowledge and honor the teacher within, and tap into that deep awareness that ultimately leads to self-realization.
Melissa has a special interest in restorative yoga, and holds a certification in this specialty area from the NC School of Yoga. Additionally she has had the privilege to study with several master teachers including, Sri Dharma Mittra (Classical Hatha Raja Yoga), Judith Hanson Lasater (Restorative Yoga), Susan Jackson (Hatha Yoga), Satya Tara (Ashtanga Yoga) and Hardarshan Khalsa (Kundalini Yoga).
One of the ways Melissa “lives her yoga” off the mat is by exploring the benefits of a “raw/live foods” diet and vegetarian lifestyle. Combining her love of yoga, raw/live foods, and vegetarianism, she has authored a blog, “The Avocado Queen”, www.theavocadoqueen.com. You can also follow her on social media @yoga_magistra on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook "avocadoqueen".
Also, off the mat, Melissa teaches high school Latin, enjoys scuba diving, travel, and seeking out new adventures.!