Melissa Christensen

Melissa Christensen
500-hour certified | 90 hours continued education
Yoga quickly became a way of life for Melissa when she noticed that the most significant impact of her practice was happening off the mat. With a strong desire to find a deeper meaning and more balanced way of life, she delved into the authentic teachings and philosophy behind the science and practice of yoga. Now an E-RYT500 Yoga Alliance certified teacher, having graduated from Yoga Pura’s 500-hour Advanced Studies & Teacher Training program in Phoenix, AZ, she is devoted to sharing her passion for yoga and the gift this transformational practice offers to all of her students. Her classes are well rounded, delivering a good balance of body, mind and breath, with skillful sequencing and a keen eye on proper alignment. Melissa is forever thankful to her teachers and friends for guiding and encouraging her as she continues to deepen her own practice and teachings.

Favorite Yoga Move: 

Headstand. Watching my own progression through this posture over the years is very reflective of my own journey through the practice of yoga.

How Has Yoga Benefited You The Most: 

For me, initially, the greatest benefits of my yoga practice were the philosophical and spiritual ones. Bringing a sense of peace and balance within myself, and a deeper connection to others I was missing. As my practice continued, I grew to love the physical benefits of this practice as well. From the challenge of a strong vinyasa class, to the quiet peace of a deep stretching yin class, my practice now gives me the best that yoga has to offer.

Reason Started Doing Yoga: 

My introduction to yoga came at a time of great chaos and stress in my life. A much needed break from overwhelming work days, my yoga practice soon introduced me to a new way of looking at and interacting with my world – a new way of being. A life now filled with opportunities for more peace and tranquility, while also bringing much needed movement and health to my body. I heard a calling to teach this transformative practice soon after my own practice began, bringing to others what yoga brought to me.

5 Words That Describe Your Teaching Style: 

Physical. Philosophical. Flowing. Insightful. Transformational.
 
 

Classes I Teach

Accompanied by relaxing music and guided instruction, my yin stretch class will help you gain greater flexibility and mobility through passively held seated and floor postures; along with techniques to help still and quiet the mind. You'll leave relaxed, with a new sense of calm and balance that carries with you through the day. Open to all levels.

Using the tools of yoga, my vinyasa level 1 class will begin to challenge you both physically and mentally. Weaving philosophy into the physical (asana) practice, we’ll learn to link breath with movement in a slower, flowing style; accompanied by skillfully selected music to assist your body and calm your mind. With specific alignment cues so you can learn the basic postures, this class is appropriate for the new or current student.

Lights are low - music is soft - postures are slow and mindful. Using props to support the body in every way - we melt into a relaxed and restorative state for both body and mind. Open to all levels.

Using the tools of yoga, my intro to vinyasa level 2 class will further challenge you both physically and mentally. Weaving philosophy into the physical (asana) practice, we’ll link breath with movement in a flowing style; accompanied by skillfully selected music to assist your body and calm your mind. A more challenging class, appropriate for students with a prior introduction of the basic postures, you'll be introduced to inversions and advanced arm balances.

Continuing to use the tools of yoga, my most challenging class, vinyasa level 2, will deepen our practice both physically and mentally. Weaving philosophy into the physical (asana) practice, we’ll link breath with movement in a flowing style with longer holds and sequences; accompanied by skillfully selected music to assist your body and calm your mind. Appropriate for students with a prior introduction of the basic postures, we will continue to practice inversions and advanced arm balances.