Melissa McKinstry is a life-long learner. She taught English literature and writing for 25 years, sharing the passions and poetry of the human condition with her high school students. She is also the loving mother of two beautiful children, one of whom is a severely-handicapped, medically fragile child who requires 24-hour care. In an effort to better care for herself to better care for her son and family, she found yoga at Ginseng in the South Park neighborhood where she lives. She began a daily practice at the studio that led to a desire to learn more about the ancient science of yoga as it helped her to rejuvenate.
Grateful for the steadiness and comfort she found in her practice, she invoked a line from one of her favorite poems by Rumi, the 13th century Persian Sufi: “Let the beauty we love be what we do.” The line inspired her to engage in the Deep Yoga Mastery of Life Teacher Training so that she could learn more. She has experienced yoga as a pathway to wholeness and resiliency. In addition to her 200-hour credential, she also holds a 30-hour certification from Warriors for Healing, and she has participated in an 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course.
She is honored to share this steadiness and comfort, this beauty, with others at Ginseng and with families at the Ronald McDonald House whose children are in-patients at Children's Hospital.