Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, Melissa studied Chemical Engineering and like most yoga instructors-to-be, was a casual yoga student. In 2008, she moved to the Midwest USA with her growing family. With two small children and pregnant with the third, the opportunity presented itself to enroll in Yoga Teacher Training which Melissa embraced. “I have always loved yoga, since the first time I saw my mother in halasana (plow pose). Yoga always makes me feel physically strong and spiritually refreshed.”
In 2010, Melissa completed the World Peace Yoga 200hr Teacher Training Program in Springboro, Ohio, and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She has completed the kundalini-inspired Shanti Mom Prenatal Yoga certification, as well as the Himalayan Institute’s Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher program with Kathryn Templeton. Over the years, Melissa has had the opportunity to study with David Life, Sharon Gannon, Jules Febré, Doug and David Swenson, Doug Keller and many more amazing teachers.
In 2010, Melissa began leading yoga classes and providing reiki sessions in the Dayton, Ohio area; she was a long-time Saturday morning hot-power yoga instructor at Day Yoga in Dayton. Aside from power yoga, her favorite classes to lead always involve the spiritual aspects of yoga, chanting, candlelight, essential oils and foot rubs.
Melissa left Ohio in 2016 and now lives on the ocean in Maine with her husband Chris, their four children and two Bernese Mountain Dogs.