Melissa found the healing magic of Yoga in 2013 by reconnecting with a childhood friend that was a new Yoga teacher in seek of students. Through this relationship Melissa received a lot of one on one practice with this lovely teacher. After about a year of practicing together regularly, the teacher moved out of the area. At the request of the class, Melissa continued to lead the small group that they practiced with weekly until she, too, moved out of the area. Over the years Melissa continued to always have a small group of friends to practice with weekly and a growing hunger to learn more of the practice and a deeper understanding of the language and history. In 2018 Melissa found her Yoga Home, Jala Yoga, her first actual Yoga Studio to join. In October 2019 she completed the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification with Christa Mastrangelo Joyce and Jala Yoga.