Melissa has been a student of hatha yoga for thirty years. Her teacher is Dr. Jaime Stover Schmitt, creator of Spanda:® The Yoga of Movement, and pioneer in the fast-growing field of yoga therapy. Melissa received a 300-hour certificate in Spanda® Yoga and began teaching yoga in 2018. Spanda® Yoga is based in the Himalayan Tradition, and" informed by various somatic modalities as well as by western medical understanding of the human body and neuroscience” (from https://www.spandayoga.com/about). She is currently is working toward certification in Dr. Schmitt’s 800-hour training program Spanda® Yoga Movement Therapy.