Melissa considers herself fortunate to call yoga teaching her career. Since 2011, she has been an integral part of the Charlotte yoga community, instructing in studios, schools and gyms and anywhere you can roll out a mat. As a former high school art teacher, she has long loved the environment of education. Helping her students along their journey of self-exploration and ownership of their growth and learning is ever present in Melissa’s instruction. Prior to becoming an instructor, she helped form the all female roller derby league, Charlotte Roller Girls. She, along with other passionate, tough ladies, skated and competed in the sport for five years. As the league’s trainer, she incorporated yoga for injury prevention and strength building and soon, there was a natural pull towards a daily yoga practice and study. She earned her 200hr E-RYT certification through Y2 Yoga in Charlotte and is delighted every single day to be sharing her passion for yoga through teaching. Melissa is a painter, photographer and animal lover. She is newly married and has two step children, vivacious 8 year old twins.