Melissa teaches a wide age range of students from 6 months to 9 years as a member of our teaching staff at Evolution Prenatal & Family Yoga Center and as the EvoKids OutReach coordinator/lead teacher in our community. She has practiced yoga personally for nearly 20 years and has built her meditation practice to assist her in being grounded and steeped in the moment.
Since the birth of her sons Eli (age 8) and Will (age 5), she has explored the growing connection between mind and body in young children. She has shared yoga with her boys through classes at Evolution and with her former students at Edmunds Elementary, where she was a teacher for 18 years and fostered countless children to grow socially, emotionally, and academically. She has noticed the increase of stress and anxiety in young children and its link to learning unfold in recent years. This has encouraged her to seek trainings in mindfulness, yoga, and aromatherapy to learn how to help children find peace, confidence, and the tools to manage emotions.
Melissa earned her 95 hour Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification through the ChildLight Yoga 95 hour Children’s Yoga School in the fall of 2016. With this knowledge of mindfulness, movement, and body awareness she hopes to help children and families of all ages grow healthy habits in her EvoKids studio and OutReach classes.