Melissa started her career as a dancer and an actress, working as a showgirl in nightclubs in Spain and Mallorca. A previous and repetitive neck injury sustained from dancing and then subsequent back fusion surgery, led Melissa to The Pilates Method to strengthen both her back and neck. Her interest in the Method and the results in her own body, eventually prompted a change in career, leading to a 6 month training at The Pilates Institute in London, where Melissa taught for 3 years before moving to South Africa in 2000. She then opened her own studio in Constantia which she ran for 4 years, teaching private and group classes. She continued to enhance her skills through various teaching courses with Stott Method and Body Control Pilates. During this time Melissa also began to practice Yoga with Jim Harrington and after 4 years went on to complete the Teacher Training for Yoga Teachers Alliance in 2005 with Jim, subsequently teaching at Karma Shala Studio.
Combining elements of both Yoga and Pilates has become essential to Melissa’s own personal practice and for her teaching both in group classes and for rehabilitation. She believes the strong core work from Pilates and the lengthening and stretching from Yoga is the foundation for a completely rounded training for the body. This intention, along with Pranyama, Meditation and an understanding of some of the teachings of the Sutra, creates a place in Yogaway for you to re-connect and heal your body, mind and heart.