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Check out the people, places, words and things that support me in living a purpose-driven life.

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Hi! I'm Melissa.

I am a metaphor-mixing, perspective-shifting, recovering-type-A-perfectionist-turned-yogi — ON A MISSION.

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What I Do

I am part nurse, part yoga teacher and full firecracker. I combine my backgrounds in science and spirit to empower people to live healthy and joyful lives they love.

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From the FORDEitude Blog

For the Lovers, the Haters and the Heavy-hearted

February is a month rich with energy of the heart. In addition to containing a holiday dedicated to celebrating love, February is also American Heart Month. The American Heart Association uses this month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can...

F R I D A Y ➢ N I G H T ➢ H A P S

On Friday night, a 100 year old woman died while my hand was on her chest. I was giving her Reiki while I assessed her breathing and comfort. There were clear physical signs that she was very close to death, so, after I had enough information to be assured of her...

Why Drink Golden Milk

I have gotten a lot of questions about my Golden Milk routine, so here’s the deal: . . I started incorporating ashwaganda (an adaptogenic herb) into my diet a few months ago. Despite all of the coping mechanisms and practices I have, I had a really, really,...

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What People Are Saying

“Melissa has been instrumental in bringing me back to my purpose. I am now striving to thrive in life. I cannot underestimate Melissa’s role in bringing me to a place where I truly feel like I’m on a transformative path.”

Sadie P.

“Melissa’s way of teaching forces me to forget about all the stress in my life. She calms me down and strengthens and stretches me all at the same time. She is my weekly therapy.”

Dani C.

“Melissa is serious and fun at the same time.  I’ve had other yoga teachers remind the class to lighten up and smile, but no one needs to be reminded with Melissa!”

Phoebe G.

“Melissa’s gentle nature and her sincere love and enthusiasm for meditation and yoga make her a wonderful and amazing teacher.  Attending her classes leave me feeling grounded and grateful.”

Susanne D.

“After having practiced yoga for years, it is thanks to Melissa that I have finally learned how to be in the moment.”

Emy V.

“Melissa’s meditation course was instrumental in getting me started on a regular meditation practice. She is very supportive and has so much knowledge, anecdotal and researched, to provide.”

Pam G.