elissa began her yoga journey, like so many others, in a gym. Trying to combat the effects of stress, a lifetime with Type 1 diabetes, and years of negative self-talk that resulted in weight gain and depression, she took her first yoga class. She wasn't particularly flexible, strong, nor balanced, and her mind was far from quiet and peaceful, but she could see the potential. Melissa believes yoga is a process and a mechanism for profound physical, mental, and spiritual transformation. She started her training with the YogaFit format of instruction, receiving multiple certifications along the way, including a focus on Yoga for Mental Health. During that time, she studied under masters in the fields of Pilates, cardio and strength training, and Thai Yoga while teaching at various local gyms. In 2015, She earned her 200hr Yoga Alliance certification through Arpita Shah and Om Yoga Journey. Today, she teaches various styles of yoga, Hatha, Gentle, Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa, and Yoga for Depression and Anxiety, Pilates, and occasionally, Belly Dance. Melissa loves to share the joy, strength, health, and acceptance she's found on the mat and off with others, and help her students discover their own transformative process through yoga. She also has a in Anthropology, lives with her beloved husband, daughter, and dogs, campaigns for diabetes advocacy, volunteers at her daughter's school, and adores food, travel, and friends.