Like a lotus flower we too have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness and radiate into the world.
Melissa, a former ballet dancer, holds a Degree in Early Childhood Education and maintains current State Police, Childline Child Abuse and FBI Clearances. Additionally she holds current CPR and First Aid certifications. She worked for a number of years with a local school district in a Special Education setting and actively assists with her community's Wellness Committee Events, and has taught Yoga Programs at Junior and Senior schools. She has practiced yoga for over ten years. Her love of yoga first blossomed when she practiced Mommy and Me yoga, which was offered at a local Park, with her infant daughter Zoey. Since that time Melissa has embarked on a wonderful yoga journey. In 2015 she achieved certification through Child Light Yoga. 2016 also brought her certification in the Hatha Philosophy of Yoga, Holistic Remedies and Reiki. Most recently she studied with Janet Stone in San Francisco, California. She is a wife and the mother of eight wonderful children who love to do yoga with her.
Her goal is to introduce yoga to children at an early age to better enable them with techniques to deal with the stresses of daily life. Melissa is a firm believer that yoga is an essential part of a healthy life - "The Yoga philosophy brings ones mind, body, and soul into complete balance. It's learning how to be flexible inside and out. I have seen first hand through my former classroom work, and in my own children, how Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation, when taught to children at an early age, can be a foundation and lifelong tool that can assist with nutrition, focus, coordination and a healthy way to self regulate emotion and stress. Like a lotus travels through mud to blossom, our children are on a journey where they will blossom into adults."
She also describes Yoga as a universal language that can assist parents, teachers and caregivers when working with patients, the elderly, special needs children and individuals (especially those that are non-verbal) to bring comfort.
When Melissa is not on her mat she loves spending time and traveling with her family, working in her garden, reading, cooking, taking photos and dabbling with various arts and crafts projects.
She loves being an ambassador for both "International Kids Yoga Day" held in April annually, and for the Living Beyond Breast Cancer's "Reach and Raise Day" held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art annually in May.
She looks forward to sharing The Yoga Philosophy with you and your Little Lotuses!