When I step onto my mat, the feeling of peace starts to settle in; nothing else matters now but this very moment...... I have been practicing yoga since 2004 and fell in love with it immediately. I am constantly amazed at all the benefits yoga has to offer, overall creating a balanced life – not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. My passion for yoga led me to wanting to share it with others.
I believe that Yoga can be practiced anywhere, anytime and by anyone; regardless of size, age, or mobility. Many of us feel that we can't, aren't able, haven't...etc. But yoga is not about flexibility or getting into that funky pose. It's about being in the moment, using our breath to create balance and awareness in ourselves.
Melissa is registered with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and with Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 500 & Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). With her diverse trainings, she teaches many styles of yoga including Hatha (all-levels), children/teens, Hot yoga, Flow, Prenatal & Postnatal, Yin, Restorative, and Yoga for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). She also offers workshops such as Partner Yoga, Mother's Day Yoga and her very own Bliss Yoga! She specializes in prenatal and postnatal women, including postpartum recovery and pelvic floor health, as well as proper breathing and postural alignment.
She teaches in studios, corporate & government sectors, schools and daycares throughout Ottawa and Gatineau.
As a Yoga Therapist, Melissa works one-on-one with clients in their home and in clinic at Pelvic Support Physiotherapy in Ottawa, on issues such as chronic pain, pelvic dysfunction in men & women, stress, anxiety, depression, and other health conditions. Her training includes Yoga for chronic pain, cancer, depression & anxiety and heart disease.
Melissa teaches with compassion and humour and offers a supportive and welcoming environment for all students and clients. She offers modifications for all levels and abilities and loves when someone finds that ah-ha moment! With breath centered awareness, she encourages people to find their balance between effort and ease, doing and doing nothing. Her classes reflect her warm and playful spirit!
Where you may have seen her: * Boomerang Kids Strollercise * Elizabeth Wyn Wood Highschool * Glebe Community Center (GCC) * Interval House Ottawa * Little Lotus Yoga * Mommefit Inc. * Onetooth Activewear Westboro * Ottawa Sport & Social Club (OSSC) * Ottawa Athletic Club (OAC) * Prana Shanti Yoga Studio *Private yoga classes on Parliament Hill * United Way Ottawa