Melissa has been a yogi and a seeker ever since she can remember… In a seemingly unlikely path for a half-Guatemalan/half-French Canadian WASP raised Catholic in suburban Massachusetts, at age 8 Melissa was given the name “Padmavati” (lotus flower) by the late Siddha Yoga guru Swami Muktananda. After several years of being unconscious of, and unkind to her body in her 20's, she sought out yoga for healing and serendipitously arrived into a daily yoga practice with Baron Baptiste (who continues to be her main teacher, 15 years later). Her body healed, her life transformed and her heart opened. After moving from Boston to San Diego to Bellingham WA, Melissa taught at Shakti Vinyasa Yoga in Seattle before opening 3 OMS YOGA in 2009. Melissa is deeply inspired by yoga and the life practice of it, meditation, being the presence of possibility and greatness for others. She is also dedicated to surf, sun, snowboarding, playing with her two young boys, painting murals and creating connection and inspiration in everything she does. When not in rainy, beautiful Bellingham, you will likely find her pursuing surf or teaching Standup Paddleboard Yoga in some sunny, tropical location. When you take a class with Melissa you will feel here sincere love and enthusiasm for yoga and for you! She will lovingly hold the space for you excavate the gems that make you uniquely amazing! Melissa is an Experienced, 500-hour Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher, Certified Standup Paddleboard Yoga Instructor, Certified Professional Standup Paddle Association (PSUPA) Instructor and Certified igolu Leader.