Founder & Director
Melissa was born and raised in Western New York, and is happy to still call this beautiful area her home. As a kid, Melissa was always active either on the softball field, sailing on Lake Ontario, or skiing and snowboarding in Ellicottville.
Melissa graduated from Nardin Academy High School and Johnson & Wales University with a BS in Marketing, and has been working in her field for over 15 years. Although she had taken yoga classes here and there, it wasn’t until her first lesson with Courtney Avery, founder of Brightside Yoga, that she had an “AHA!”moment. After having two children, Melissa decided to deeper explore yoga. The prospect of including her children in something she truly enjoyed was inspirational. Melissa completed her Kids Yoga Teacher Training with Kidding Around Yoga in 2018.
That same year, Melissa decided to reboot health and wellness for her whole family. She cut back on her marketing business to spend more time with her toddler and newborn girls, Giuliana & Raffaela, and to teach more yoga!!
Lil’ Yogis of WNY was born and offers children, from babies to teens, the opportunity to explore their own yoga practice all while having fun! Melissa finds complete and total joy in helping each child grow and learn through yoga. This is extremely evident in her playful, exciting and creative classes that, almost always involve dancing to great music in some way!
Her favorite yoga pose is Dancer Pose because “When you dance to your own rhythm, Life taps its toes to your beat.”