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Austin, Texas


About Melissa

I graduated from my first teacher training at Black Swan Yoga in January of 2011. Anyone standing in front of me on a mat was subject to endless sun salutations. One day I was instructing my mother in Adho Mukha Svanasana- downward facing dog- when she came out, telling me she couldn’t do it. Her carpel tunnel was causing pain and numbness in her hands. If this happened now I would have her do the pose with her hands raised on a yoga chair so there would be less weight in the arms but at the time I had no clue how to modify the pose for her. I had many more moments like this with other students; not knowing how to best help those who came with injuries or tightness'. I knew I still had so much to learn. I was introduced briefly to BKS Iyengar through my first training and when I began taking classes at the Austin Yoga Institute, which teaches classes in the Iyengar method, I was blown away by the quality of teaching. The corrections I was receiving were changing my whole practice and the ways of working with props taught me not only how to make difficult poses more accessible but also to bring a shining new awareness to even the simplest of postures. I learned to listen to and take care of my ever changing body through injury, illness and every day life. I became certified to teach Iyengar Yoga at the Introductory level in 2015 and am studying currently to take my Junior 1 assessment in the fall of 2017.

Iyengar Yoga is a physical and mental discipline with a larger goal: to illuminate and discover, through physical movements, new corners of the body and the mind.

“It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence.” 
― B.K.S. IyengarLight on Life