Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Melissa began her path with Yoga at the age of 21 after attending a Vinyasa Yoga class at a local gym. The challenging intensity of the poses & the body/mind connection, gave birth to a new passion & direction for her life. Melissa trained with Jennifer Bergermeister of Jennyoga, completing her first 200hr (RYT) Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2008. It was through Yoga, that Melissa was introduced to the power of the Breath and thus a fascination with oxygen and breathwork therapies was born. Melissa went on to study and experiment with various oxygen, ozone and breathing techniques and found her niche with the Transformational Breathing™ Foundation, developed by Dr. Judith Kravitz. Melissa is a certified trainer and facilitator of Transformational Breathing, completing all 5 levels in 2010, along with achieving a Bachelor of Ministerial Science. It was through Yoga, the healing wisdom of the Breath, and the Body/Mind/Spirit connection that Melissa found a joyous new take on Life. Having suffered many hardships & traumas throughout her life, she knows through personal experience the power of the mind in overcoming life's many obstacles, and integrates this into her classes, empowering students to reach beyond the limits of their minds. She shares her passion of Fitness, Yoga, & Breathwork regularly, leading classes and workshops in and around the Houston area.
Aside from teaching Yoga & Breathwork, Personal Fitness Training, Melissa enjoys spending copious amounts of time in nature, camping, dancing wild at local Ecstatic Dance Communities, flying high with AcroYoga, enjoying art and music, or traveling the Globe, expanding the limits of her body and mind!
Awards & Acheivements:
2008 ~ Registered Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance) ~ 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Jennifer Bergermeister of Blue Tree Yoga
2009 ~ Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (American Pacific University)
2010 ~ Certified Transformational Breathing™ Trainer (Transformational Breath Foundation)
with Judith Kravitz
2011 ~ Completed Joy's Angels Teacher Training Program with Joy Winkler of Joy Yoga Center
2011 ~ Certified in Thai Yoga Bodywork with The Vedic Conservator
Equniox (River Oaks): June 2017-Present
Black Swan Yoga: June 2017-Present
Joy Yoga Center: Yoga & Breathwork Instructor 2009-2014
Texas Sports Medicine Center:Yoga for MLB Players Nov. 2012-Present
Houstonian Lite, Club 1000, 711 FIT: August 2015-Present
I love building relationships with my clients and being a catalyst for transformation on every level!