Melissa

I was a professional ballet dancer for 14 years and have been practicing yoga since 1997.   I’ve danced with the National Ballet of Canada, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet BC, as well as many companies in New York. Throughout the years I  discovered that a regular yoga practice helped strengthen both my body & mind for a career as a ballet dancer.

My yoga classes, which I’ve been teaching for 8 years, incorporate breath and movement to encourage and integrate mind and body awareness. I am certified in Hatha from Prana Yoga Teacher College & trained in Yin with Bernie Clark & Prenatal with Janice Clarfield. I encourage a restorative aspect and long relaxation to the end of my classes to fully calm and renew your whole being.
Prenatal Yoga during my pregnancies was very beneficial and I believe my regular yoga practice, my support team and doula played an integral role in the positive birth experiences of my two daughters.
After my home water birth of my first daughter in 2009, I was drawn into the world of doula work.  I am inspired & awed by working as a doula. I love building relationships with the expecting parents & helping create a positive birth experience. I believe it is important for a pregnant mother to have a trusting, support group surrounding her during labour. It is important that the mother be cared for with every effort & made to feel comfortable. This allows her space to mentally & physically prepare, building confidence to birth her baby & enter the next chapter in her life as a mother.  It is such an honour to share in the experience of families birthing their babies.
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