Melissa has been teaching yoga since 2008. Her classes are welcoming and dynamic. She completed her 200-hour certification with Intrinsic Yoga. Melissa’s feel-good classes build physical strength and mental clarity through healthy movements, safe adjustments, and down to earth guidance.
Melissa is the type of person who wants to make a conversation as personal and meaningful as it can comfortably get; so it is no surprise that is how she practices and instructs. Knowing her role is that of facilitating her students’ journeys, she meets each group where they are and personalizes for each student.
Melissa’s style is influenced by the struggles of the diverse community she grew up in, the Spanish-speaking misadventures she had living in Chile, and the craving to be in community in Northern Ireland while she studied peace. Through her style, you will know the street hustler she spend a day with, the foster youth she will spend a lifetime with, and every beautiful person flowing in her wide and hearty community.
On why she practices, Melissa says, "The culture I grew up in valued that I was then a determined, energetic, multi-tasker and never asked, whether I was tired or happy. In yoga, I found a practice that exposed my mental clutter and began a connection within and throughout. Connected, fears lost their power and my need to 'try hard' became an opportunity to be present. I practice yoga because it feels good throughout my body. I find peace and release my juvenile drive for perfection. Mostly, I find the love and home I seek each time I am present. But it is not my personal transformation that keeps me teaching yoga, but rather the beautiful journeys I get to witness in yoga students."
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