Melissa Martin - Founder and Owner

Melissa Martin - Founder and Owner

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.