An educator by day and a yogini by night, Malissa first stepped onto the mat in 2007. Feeling both humbled and empowered by an invigorating vinyasa practice, she embarked on a 200-Hour teaching certification with Suzanne Leitner-Wise’s US1Yoga School in Alexandria, VA. Drawing from the rhythm of vinyasa yoga and the precise alignment of Iyengar, Malissa uses fluid sequencing to dance the seam between power and grace. A yoga teacher since 2010, she seeks to empower her students to rediscover their inner strength—just as her teachers have done for her. As a lifelong student and proponent of yoga’s physical and emotional benefits, she views yoga as a catalyst for peace, joy, and self-acceptance.