Melissa considers herself fortunate to call yoga teaching her career. Since 2011, she has been an integral part of the Charlotte yoga community, instructing in studios, schools and gyms and anywhere you can roll out a mat. As a former high school art teacher, she has long loved the environment of education. Helping her students along their journey of self-exploration and ownership of their growth and learning is ever present in Melissa’s instruction. Prior to becoming an instructor, she helped form the all-female roller derby league, Charlotte Roller Girls. She, along with other passionate, tough ladies, skated and competed in the sport for five years. As the league’s trainer, she incorporated yoga for injury prevention and strength building and soon, there was a natural pull towards a daily yoga practice and study. She earned her 200hr RYT certification through Y2 Yoga in Charlotte and is delighted every single day to be sharing her passion for yoga through teaching. Her personal yoga practice has been transformative in so many ways, uprooting routines, fears and delusions and replacing them with new vitality, freedom and possibility in her life. She is passionate about building yoga programs into schools at all age levels and uses her own curriculum to teach after school enrichment and physical education programming. She still enjoys teaching art and photography independently and through local arts organization partnerships and she has founded her own business, Inner Child Art Studio, creating custom ultrasound paintings.
Years Practicing Yoga: 8
Years Teaching Yoga: 5
I am trained in Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow yoga. I enjoy fluid and brisk paced movement that builds cardiovascular health and longer holds that build muscle strength and stability. I teach with a playful combination of both, incorporating creative postures and variations.
200 hr E-RYT
Get to know me:
DESCRIBE YOUR UNIQUE VALUE ADD AS A TEACHER. WHAT ABOUT YOUR STYLE MAKES YOU STAND OUT?
I bring an accessible way to build relationship with your body, your breath and your mind. Through clear language, demonstration and modifications to both boost and tone down your challenge level, I aim to provoke you to reach inside and be guided by your very best teacher- yourself.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR INTENTION IN BEING A PART OF THE LOCAL COLLECTIVE OF GATHERYOGA?
I want to commune with YOU! We are all in this life together and in the yoga community, I've found that we all share a common desire: to work on ourselves and seek the path toward happiness. Along the way we find our tribe, our support system, our friends new and old whose hearts open and beat in synchronicity with ours. I am here to support you, to commune with all of our Gather Yoga teachers and students and to share in the energetic exchange.
WHAT FIRST BROUGHT YOU TO THE MAT?
I began incorporating yoga as cross training for my roller derby league. I skated with and trained the women of the Charlotte Roller Girls for five years before being able to dedicate more time to yoga. I used yoga for injury prevention, balance strengthening and recovery.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO TEACH?
I have had so many breakthroughs and so much growth as a person on my yoga mat. I love helping facilitate others to explore how they can grow. It is such a humbling, cool experience to witness confidence building, bodies getting stronger, healing, forgiving, self-pride and countless other student achievements.