Originally from NYC, Melissa grew up in the public school system, and experienced firsthand the often lack of space for play and connection to self. She was fortunate enough to have yoga as a part of her family culture, and started practicing at an early age. This inspired her to study yoga more deeply in her 20s and begin teaching kids. Having taught kids yoga in all sorts of spaces, her favorite environment is in the classroom – in their daily habitat.
Melissa strongly believes in adapting yoga to the individual and their environment, so that it can be a normalized part of their day and feel accessible to them. Her yoga teaching background is diverse, with training in various therapeutic traditions, prenatal, kids, and trauma. Melissa also holds a Master of Public Health in Health Policy, which fuels her passion to serve causes that are making positive changes in population health. Melissa serves as program director of wellemental
Rashmi Bismark, Melissa Shah, and Archaa Shrivastav – Demonstrating Cultural Responsiveness in Kids Yoga
Yoga as we know it today has influenced and been influenced by many spiritual traditions. Its ethics of nonviolence, honoring inner nobility, and radical love, have inspired social justice movements across the world. Are there ways to include the cultural relevance of these ancient practices with the kids we teach? Investigate ways of acknowledging roots […]