Melissa teaches yoga as a practice of surrender. She believes in its power to help us let go of thoughts that take us out the present moment and release resistance that hinders our range of motion and thinking.
Ultimately, yoga can break down our deeper layers of ego and personal history and connect us with our true nature. Although her classes may be challenging physically and mentally, she meets her students at whatever their level of experience and physical ability with a focus on safety and body awareness so that they can keep coming back to the healing space of the yoga mat.
Melissa began teaching yoga in 2006 when she completed her 200-hour basic teacher training with Graham Fowler and Elizabeth Nix at Peachtree Yoga Center. She completed a 500-hour advanced teacher training with Yoganand Michael Carroll and Jim O’Leary through Jai Shanti Yoga in 2009 and Yoga Therapy training with Marlysa Sullivan at Decatur Yoga in 2011.
Melissa was the Co-Director of the Southeast Yoga Conference for 12 years. Through her conference role, her yoga classes, an appearance on local television, and interviews on public radio, Melissa has been a long-time advocate for yoga in Atlanta.