Certified and Registered Yoga Teacher, 200 Hour Level I grew up on a farm near Lake Michigan
where I spent most days playing outside, riding horses, and imagining with my brother. I earned
my Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in Early Childhood Education and
furthered this field of study by pursuing a Montessori Teaching Certificate. Since graduation from
Purdue 1998 I have been working with children and practicing Yoga. In July 2011, I completed my
Yoga Teaching Certificate with the incredible Nikki Meyers and Marsha Pappas at City Yoga in
Indianapolis. I have had the honor of guiding hundreds of people through their practice for nearly
6 years. I plan to continue my education this fall at the Be Moved to Lead Leadership and teacher
Training at Be Moved Power Yoga. My husband and I, make our home in West Lafayette with
our two sons, where we share a love of music, an affinity for Lake Michigan and spend most
days playing outside. Practicing yoga centers me. It grounds me down, lifts me up, and leaves me
balanced. In this state of equanimity, I have more to offer my loved ones and the world at large. I
teach yoga because I want to offer people a place of solace and refuge where they can come to
their mat to cultivate awareness, peace, and understanding within themselves. Then the invitation
is to take that light out into the world and share it. The light in me honors the light in you. We are all connected. Namaste.
I caught the fitness bug in college (though my parent’s might suggest it started in the late 80s with Disney’s Mousercise). My passion for fitness continued through grad school and eventually I became a certified group fitness instructor. At this point, yoga was outside of my comfort zone and was something I avoided entirely. I was all about high intensity all the time and didn’t realize what I was missing. I started to seriously practice yoga in 2011 for all the wrong reasons: “all the cool people are doing it,” “it’s good for you,” “it will help you relax.” It was a struggle to get on my mat and attend classes that were offered at the gym. I hated it. My muscles were tight, I was super inflexible, and I had no idea what I was doing (nor did I understand half of what the instructor was saying). But, I did it anyway. Despite my resistance to yoga, I ventured beyond the gym and visited a couple of local studios. When I found heated power vinyasa something clicked and it was love at first sight! There are so many reasons why I love this practice! When I’m on my mat I feel strong, grounded, and full of gratitude. My passion for yoga solidified after struggling with various injuries and recovering from knee surgery. Yoga helped me learn what it meant to leave my ego at the door and truly listen to what my body needed at any given time. My intention as an instructor is to empower you to just be YOU on your mat. Be bold! Be happy! Be healthy! Take risks and try something new but know that you can find ease whenever you need it. I love the physicality of a power vinyasa class but I also love and appreciate the benefits of a slower practice with lots of great stretching. The yogis in our community are amazing, kind, and encouraging and I am forever grateful to have crossed paths with so many of you. Melissa is a Baptiste inspired 200 HR RYT. She completed Baptiste Level One Training in Sedona, AZ in February 2016 and Baptiste Art of Assisting in July 2017.