Melissa is the presence of possibility and greatness for others through yoga, SUP, Teacher Trainings, Goal-coaching and fun!! 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. Originally from Boston and raised mostly Catholic in suburban Massachusetts, thanks to her Guatemalan mom exposing her to many Spiritual practices, at age 8 Melissa was given the name “Padmavati” (lotus flower) by the late Siddha Yoga guru Swami Muktananda. Later, after years of beating up her body snowboarding and skateboarding and beating herself up mentally for everything, she sought out yoga for healing and arrived into a life-changing daily yoga practice with Baron Baptiste who continues to be her main teacher, over 15 years later. After surfing San Diego for several years then landing Bellingham WA to raise her 2 boys, Melissa taught in Seattle before opening 3 OMS YOGA in 2009. She now teaches independently and leads programs for the Baptiste Institute and enjoys traveling to teach yoga and give Yoga On Liquid Standup Paddle Yoga Teacher Trainings around the globe. Melissa is an Experienced, 500-hour Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher, Certified Standup Paddle Yoga Instructor Trainer and Certified igolu Leader.