About ME

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Hi, I’m Melissa… Thank you for taking time to view my offerings and about me.

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I’m a yoga and meditation teacher, and level 2 Usui Holy Fire III practitioner.  I believe we are incredible beings, and by deliberate movement, rest, nutrition, and supporting energetic practices, the body/mind/spirit are brought into balance and allow for immense self-healing.


My journey with yoga started over 25 years ago, with a fiery physical practice.  This practice was transformational and ignited the passion to understand the connectivity between mind/body/spirit.  The past few years, I’ve revolutionized myself by embracing yoga’s lunar/Zen/chill-out side, deepening a lifelong meditation practice, and embracing restorative yoga practices.   


As I continue to realize the impact of these practices upon myself, I’m eager to understand the underlying science behind innate self-healing. I continually study, teach, and practice the science and psychology of all these methods, including integration with western practices, to deepen my offerings as a healer. I’m blessed to have studied with incredible teachers near and far, on a variety of topics. I’ve mentored for a yoga teacher training program and continue to mentor teachers.  All this continuing education has allowed my personal practice and teaching to evolve in the most organic and invaluable way.

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certifications/study

Completed:

  • 200 hour yoga teacher training -  Ellen McKenzie and Tammy Mitchell - Prairie Yoga/Heading OM, Peoria, IL
  • Promoted to E-RYT200 - November 2018 (E = experienced teacher with 1000 hours of teaching)
  • Yoga.Psyche.Soul - Ashley Turner - online advanced teacher training
  • Urban Priestess - Ashley Turner and Sianna Sherman - online divine feminine mystery school
  • mindbodygreen Advanced Functional Nutrition - nutritional coach online training
  • Reiki Level 1, The Usui System of Natural Healing - Kara Tiede-Kabir 
  • Y4C (Yoga for Cancer)  - Tari Prinster - virtual/Miami 
  • Mindful Yoga for Cancer teacher training - Duke University Integrative Health - Kimberly Carson and Jim Carson 
  • Meditation + Mindfulness immersive training - Ashley Turner - Mystic Journey Yoga, Venice CA 
  • Meditation teacher training -  Claire Mark, Darrell Jones, and Kimberly Dunn - Chill Meditation, Chicago 
  • Reiki Level 1 and 2, Usui Holy Fire III lineage - Jerry Mikutis- Sat Nam Chicago
  • The Eightfold Path - Asana - Kevin Courtney, Crestone CO 


In Progress/Upcoming Training:

  • Yoga Medicine 1000 hour yoga teacher training -  Tiffany Cruikshank ongoing virtual/in person
  • Supersoul 300 hour Advanced  Training Bhakti Yoga - Raghunath and Radhanath Swami- India - January 2021
  • Elevate - Women's Leadership and Facilitator Priestess training - Ashley Turner - One Commune, Topanga, CA - March 2021
  • plenty more to come