Emily began practicing yoga as a way to balance running. She appreciated the many compliments yoga provided to running: increased flexibility, strength and injury prevention, but as her practice became more regular yoga affected her on a deeper more emotional level. After her practice she just felt better, happier and healthier. Her practice soon became a daily mindful ritual. Through breath work and a sequence of postures Emily found peace and calm on her mat and the stresses of daily life became more manageable.
In 2015 Champlain Valley Family Center where Emily is employed , invested in her training to become a certified yoga instructor to implement and offer a prevention based yoga program to their clients. Yoga has been proven to be a very effective healing tool for those in recovery from addiction.
Emily earned her 200 hour teacher certification on May 2016 at Burlington Yoga under Piper Abbott/Candra Prabha. During her training with Piper and her many hours with BY instructors Emily’s passion for correct alignment, breath based movement and cultivation of body and mind awareness grew and her practice blossomed.
Emily is thrilled to share yoga with others. Whether she is teaching those in recovery from addiction, athletes, or anyone that is just searching for a way to de-stress and a quiet mind, her goal is for students to leave class feeling better than when they came physically, emotionally , and mentally..
“In order to realize the beauty of yoga in our lives, we must never forget that the prize is in the process”.
Melissa likes to explore fun sequencing and moving the body in different ways, using the physical practice of yoga as a movement in meditation. Classes vary week to week, depending on the focus or theme for the week, as well as, catering to what the students might need. Melissa invites her students to marinate within the breath and the pose - to really embody what is happening internally. She always encourages students to meet themselves where they’re at in the moment and to let go of any expectations. She enjoys using yoga props in class and offers modifications and/or stages to poses, so that students can explore what feels best in their bodies.
Melissa continues to attend workshops to deepen her practice, as she believes we are forever students of the practice. She has attended workshops/trainings with Shiva Rea, Matt Giordano, Justin Wolfer and Dice Iida Klein. She also has participated in a seminar with the Veterans Yoga Project and is trauma informed to offer mindful resilience yoga classes to those that suffer from PTSD and related challenges.
Melissa’s hope in sharing yoga with others is for them to discover their own inner light and to find the peace that’s deep within each and everyone of us, which in turn can be shared with the world.