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Melissa has had an interest in health from a young age, where she learned to have a love of movement as well as an awareness of how food fueled her body. In college, Melissa looked to combine her two passions—writing and health. With her degree in Communications and a Minor in Exercise & Health Science, Melissa graduated from college and moved directly into an editorial position at a national magazine, Healing Lifestyles & Spas. Melissa spent 10 years working for Healing Lifestyles, starting as an intern and eventually becoming the Editorial Director. During this time, she began freelancing about wellness and health for a variety of national outlets, including Self, Shape, Yoga Journal, Cooking Light, Delicious Living and more.

While working for Healing Lifestyles & Spas, Melissa had the unique opportunity to take yoga classes for free at the renowned Santa Barbara Yoga Center. Starting straight out of college, having dappled in a few yoga classes in her late teens, Melissa quickly found her love. Moving on the mat connected her with a sense of Self she didn’t realize existed and enabled her to practice in a way that was loving, compassionate, and healthy. With the encouragement of her teachers at the Santa Barbara Yoga Center, Melissa began her teacher training in 2003 and finished just before she got married in 2004. Her further studies focused on women’s health and issues, including working with eating disorders, pregnancy and postpartum health, as well as yoga therapeutics. She holds certifications in pre and postnatal yoga as well as children’s yoga.

Melissa has spent more than a decade refining her knowledge of the human body, the relationship between our thoughts and our physical self, and the healing power of a consistent yoga practice.

About her yoga classes:

Melissa’s classes are designed to help students find comfort and stability on the mat. Through sequencing, breathwork, and attention to alignment, she creates classes that challenge, inspire, and ultimately empower. With the premise that most of us take too little time for ourselves, she designs classes that focus on learning how to take care of and heal from the inside out, reminding students that self-care isn’t a luxury it is a necessity. Through her vinyasa flow style sequencing, connecting breath to movement, she teaches students to be aware of how they move and breathe, and how much of an impact each of these components has on one’s overall wellbeing.

Melissa is an ERYT-200 certified teacher who has been teaching since 2004 having received her certification from the Santa Barbara Yoga Center with specialty training in prenatal/postpartum/and women’s issues as well as children’s yoga. Melissa is the co-owner of the Yoga Junction in Louisville, Colorado.