In order to change the world, we must begin within. I took my first yoga class when I was 16 years old, interested in trying something new as an alternative to the sports I was involved in. Although I enjoyed it and came back to the practice on and off throughout my adult life, it wouldn’t be for another ten years after that first class that I would make a vow to myself to practice regularly. I was drawn to yoga mostly for the movement in order to alleviate low back pain and increase flexibility, which has always been a challenge for my body. As a busy graduate student I would often overlook making time for myself, so it was then that I made a promise to practice yoga in some way every day as a way to check in with myself and love myself exactly where I was in that present moment. As my love for the practice grew, I knew it was something I wanted to share with the world. In November 2015, I completed my 200 hour training with Lexi Paulos and Mary Glackmeyer at Longwave Yoga in Wilmington where I am currently completing my apprenticeship. I believe all humans are created whole, but as we navigate through life and its challenges, we tend to lose sight of the unique, whole light within ourselves. The yoga practice and philosophy helps us to stay present in our own minds and bodies in order to connect with our highest Self. With a background in both social work and public health, I bring the idea that all beings in their infinite potential have the right to radical self love, health, and happiness in their own authentic way. I’m here to encourage you through the yoga practice and philosophy to authentically discover and follow your inner light and teacher.

Melissa is currently not instructing any classes.