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Melissa Light

RYT 200
 
Melissa's journey with yoga began in 2009 after receiving a new health diagnosis. She was searching for ways to cope with and manage stress, as well as regain her strength. She quickly learned that yoga was more than just a physical practice, as she began to notice changes on a much deeper level. Melissa decided to deepen her personal practice and received her yoga certification in July 2013 through Radiance Yoga Studio located in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

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.



Melissa Light instructs the following:
  • Slow Flow Vinyasa
  • In this class you will flow from one physical posture to the next using the breath as your guide and anchor (Vinyasa). This connection between movement and breath allows your practice to become a moving meditation. At times, stillness is found in order to fully settle into a physical posture. Some yoga experience is recommended. However, beginners are welcome. Modifications (the use of props and stages to poses) are incorporated in order for students to work at all levels of ability. A warm, safe, and fun environment is held throughout class. You will leave feeling relaxed, balanced, and renewed!

  • Beginner/Gentle Kripalu Yoga
  • Yoga works on the muscular-skeletal systems as well as the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, immune and nervous systems. The regular practice of yoga has been shown to produce physical benefits including reduced anxiety, stress and blood pressure levels, and increased relaxation, flexibility, strength, endurance, and energy levels.

    The practice of Kripalu Yoga, which uses the body as a vehicle for accessing spirit, can have a profound effect on the mind and emotions as well as the physical body. As mental disturbances are dissolved, tremendous amounts of prana (subtle life force energy) are released to affect healing. A practice of this depth offers far greater possibilities than could be expected from an isolated physical discipline.

    If you're looking to begin a yoga practice, this is a great place to start. This is a gentle class allowing you to learn the basic postures, breath techniques, and methodology of yoga. It will build your confidence and allow you to nurture yourself and grow. This is a gentle class for all levels of abilities. It's also a great way to learn more about Kripalu Yoga if you are new to this style of yoga.


  • Gentle Yoga
  • The purpose and intention of this class is to release, unwind, let be, relax, and slow down. Think of it as 90 minutes of nourishment. This class helps release tension that is held within the body due to habitual patterns of movement. Each class focuses on the whole body. However, some weeks we may experiment with a stronger focus in an area of the body that we often overuse and/or neglect. Breath work, meditation and guided relaxations will also be weaved into the practice.
     
    This class is open to all levels and abilities.
     
     

  • 5 Week Beginners Flow Series
  • Have you always wanted to try yoga, but feel intimidated walking into a studio? Have you been practicing for a while and are looking to refine the foundations of your practice?
     
    Join Melissa for a 5 week beginners series, introducing you to the fundamentals of a Vinyasa (flow) yoga class. A nurturing and engaging learning environment for you to explore your potential and all the benefits yoga has to offer. This is a sequential series, each week builds upon the next and culminates with an integrated practice during our final week. Each week you will be provided with handouts as well as suggested areas to focus on between sessions.

    Benefits:

    • Safe and nurturing environment.
    • Build a solid foundation to help you explore regular flow classes.
    • Build confidence.
    • Learn modifications that suit your body’s needs.
    • Increase breath and body awareness.
    • Improve strength and flexibility.
    • Decrease stress levels within mind and body.

    Registration and payment are required ahead of time.
    Space is limited to 10 participants.
    There are no make-up dates.
    Cost for the 5 weeks is $75.

    Class meets Mondays from 7pm - 8:30pm

    Each week will build upon the previous week’s class.
    Once registerd an e-mail will be sent with the weekly curriculum.

    Once you’ve registered, please contact Melissa at mlightwellness@gmail.com with the following information and/or any questions:
    1)What your experience with yoga has been. (no experience is needed)
    2)List any injuries and/or health conditions you have treated in the past and/or are currently treating.
    (All information will be kept confidential)