Melissa initially discovered the healing benefits of movement through dance. This led her on a path to earn a master of arts in dance/movement therapy from UCLA where she learned how to read the stories we tell through our body movements as well as exploring the connectedness of the body and mind. She has always believed her life’s journey was to help others to transform their lives through discovering these connections. Later, she discovered the complimentary power of healing the body-mind through hatha yoga.
Eleven years ago she was introduced to YKS Curative Yoga and became a certified yoga teacher, which led to a deep understanding of the full power of the practice of hatha yoga to connect and heal body, mind, and spirit. Her life path has taken her in many different directions since then, but she has always returned to teaching, and teaching yoga has always felt like soul nourishment to her.