Melissa first found yoga and Pilates in 2005 after graduating from Bryant University. Melissa was a two time All American Field Hockey player at Bryant and was looking for another way to build strength and flexibility. Melissa has been a student of Ashtanga Yoga, Baptiste Power Yoga, and Vinyasa for ten years and continues a dedicated practice of her own.
Melissa holds a 200 hour certification through South Boston Yoga where she trained under David Vendetti and Todd Skoglund. Melissa also holds a Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga certification through Sadie Nardini and a Mat Pilates certification through AFAA and Fitour. Melissa holds a Barre certification through Boston Barre where she trained under the expertise of Julie Erickson. Melissa specializes in fun and creative sequencing with a strong emphasis on the core, and proper alignment. Melissa's training has included an emphasis on teaching primal movement, hand and balancing inversions, and cross-training bodyweight training for athletes.
Melissa has taught in various locations for the last eight years including: Gold's Gym, YMCA, Amala Wellness, and Elliot Hospitals. Melissa has and currently works with athletic teams and elite athletes.
Downdog Flow Yoga & Pilates offers private sessions. In addition to helping adjust for and rehabilitate injuries or to get a better handle on the basic postures and structures, these can be a great way to deepen and "tune up" your practice. Examples of specific goals for private sessions include:
- Rehabilitating injuries
- Improving basic technique, postures, and structures
- Cross-training bodyweight training for athletes
- Working on hand and balancing inversions
- Primal movement
- Mastering specific advanced poses
Whether you are working towards a specific advanced pose, dealing with repetitive injury, or just want to get past a plateau in your practice, one-on-one instruction can help you stay in tune with yourself and move beyond your limitations and expectations.