- Calgary, Canada
Melissa embodies all things yoga and holds true to her personal belief in freedom. She is truly an example of living life! She began teaching Group Fitness 22 years ago while attending Texas A&M. After a Marketing degree and an adventurous corporate career, she took time off to be a Mom of 2 boys.
She currently leads 200 and 500 hour teacher trainings, specializing in Restorative Yoga and Yoga Therapeutics. She's also a level 2 certified AcroYoga Teacher. Melissa’s in depth Thai Massage Training began in 2009. Studying from several Thai masters, she has completed more than 500 hours of studies to date, and she continues her studies throughout the year. She utilizes and incorporates sensitivity to touch while adjusting students and the energy work that she has learned from her Thai massage teachers in her yoga therapy sessions.
Melissa is the author of Pregnancy Yoga, A Simple Illustrated Guide to Self Practice for both Pre and Post Natal, Published 2008. She is an ambassador and contributor for Origin and Yoga + Mantra Magazine, writer for Elephant Journal and Rebelle Society. She is the founding ambassador for Houston's Breakfast Yoga Club, which builds friendship and cohesiveness within the yoga communities while drawing awareness to various charities.
Melissa is a speaker and advocate for research for a non-profit Alzheimer's Group and holds weekly donation classes to raise awareness for Alzheimer's near Houston, TX. With the belief that love and service is what connects us beyond ourselves, Melissa’s Grace Yoga Retreats generally offers a service component to every retreat by serving at a local nonprofit. Most recently, she was a part of a team who raised funds to build a school for the Bali Children’s Project, a non-profit devoted to providing educational resources to rural Balinese children.