Melissa started practicing yoga in 2001 and was awarded the opportunity to travel the country practicing yoga, while earning her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Special Education. Melissa has spent some years working with foster children and at risk families guiding them in their healing process and providing life skills and coaching to teens. When stress and illness led Melissa to leave her profession, she followed a nearly twenty year long dream of becoming a yoga instructor. Melissa completed and received her yoga certification through The Yoga Connection in February 2019. Melissa is passionate about music and yoga and uses her travels and training as a mental health professional to bring compassion and empathy to her students on and off the mat.