Melissa is a yoga, meditation and reiki teacher based out of Hartford, CT and has been sharing these beautiful healing modalities since 2012. Melissa loves helping others live authentic lives filled with love and connection through yoga, meditation and reiki.
Years ago Melissa found herself in a rut struggling with anxiety, insomnia and chronic neck pain. Going through the motions of life frustrated and unhappy, one day she asked herself “is this as good as it gets?” The universe seemed to respond quickly as she soon found herself in a yoga class breathing, twisting and turning without a clue as to what she was doing. After that yoga class, the light bulb went off as she walked out blissful and hopeful! Melissa had no idea that she had just taken her first steps onto a new path that would completely reshape her life. Melissa was hooked, and that feeling has been bringing her back to her mat every day! Melissa began practicing yoga and meditation regularly and could see that her life was changing, she was sleeping better, was less anxious and her neck pain disappeared. In a short amount of time, she was feeling fantastic and truly enjoying life.
As Melissa continued to practice yoga her desire to deepen her practice grew, she enrolled in a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training through Kripalu School of Yoga. After graduation, she decided to share her passion with the world and began teaching yoga and meditation regularly. Melissa enjoys teaching all levels of yoga from vinyasa and power to gentle and restorative classes while gracefully blending the principles of self-love and the connection of mind, body and spirit through creative and intuitive sequencing. Melissa’s passion for yoga shines in each class as she creates a sacred space that allows each student to explore their unique practice, safely navigate their edge, and embrace self-observation without judgment. Melissa’s hope for you is to find bliss and connection through your yoga practice so that you can bring it into your life and live life to the fullest, as the most powerful, limitless creator that you can be.
Teaching inspires Melissa to continuously grow and learn more, following her Kripalu training she completed training’s in Restorative Yoga through Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts, Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga through Yoga-Water, Reiki 1, Reiki 2, Reiki Master, Reiki Master of Masters and Reiki Master Teacher through Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Melissa has also continued her studies by studying with Seane Corn, Elena Brower, Gabrielle Bernstein, Sadie Nardini and Dharma Mittra.
Since 2012 Melissa has taught over 3,000 yoga, meditation and reiki classes for individuals, small groups, yoga studios and corporations. When Melissa is not leading classes, workshops, trainings and retreats, you can find her playing on her paddle board, traveling, enjoying time outdoors and spending time with her family and friends. Yoga, meditation and reiki healed and transformed Melissa’s life, and she would like to share this bliss with you!