About Melissa

Melissa is a NY native, and first found a love for yoga in her high school gym class.  She graduated from Binghamton University with a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Health and Wellness Studies before moving to Durham, NC for the promise of warm weather and sunshine.

Melissa enjoys staying active, regularly attending TRX, cycling, and barre classes.  However, her heart consistently draws her to the mat, which led her to pursue a 200 hour yoga training program with The Mandala Yoga School.

Melissa’s classes feature playful flows that will challenge her students to find their edge regardless of their level.  She hopes to inspire her students to keep exploring, both in their yoga practice and in their daily lives.

Off the mat, Melissa does research on neuromuscular diseases at Duke University Medical Center.  When she’s not at Duke or in a yoga studio, you can find her with friends, likely changing her hair color or posing for her next Instagram.


Success is growing, prospering, sharing, and reveling in this life.
— Melissa, Yoga Off East Instructor

Q + A

I am happiest…

when I am living and feeling in the here and now, not thinking ahead or behind

My favorite view…

the mountains over the horizon on Lake George, New York

Morning ritual…

snooze my alarm three times before finally getting out of bed and getting ready for the day

One activity you do everyday without fail…

outline my day in my planner

A good day is…

filled with laughter, love, friends, and family

Last thing you do at night…

watch Grey's Anatomy while I fall asleep - bad habit!

what 3 things are vital to your day ...

chapstick, a very full water bottle, and ice cream

Your most overused phrase…

"It's kind of cold in here"

Go-to websites…

Probably Facebook, for my social media fix, lululemon when I need to shop, and PubMed at work

Most used emoji…

the monkeys!

How do you unwind…

I've recently found so much peace in Ashtanga yoga.  The consistency and discipline help me to forget any stresses of the day and just be present with the here and now.

What was your dream job as a child…

I wanted to be a ballerina and a mom

Who is your greatest mentor…

My parents have been my greatest mentors.  They have taught me so many of the things that I value in life.

Biggest risk that has paid off…

Leaving my family and friends in New York to pursue my career goals in North Carolina.

Failure is…

a challenge that we all face at times, that helps us find who we are and grow as individuals and as communities

Success is…

growing, prospering, sharing, and reveling in this life