Trust in Spirit
Inspiration comes from experiencing freedom, joy and acceptance. Understanding that through aligning oneself with their dharma (purpose), one is a free spirit.
Through breath and love I have come to understand my innate purity, penetrating an inner awakening to spirit and discovering my own mantra ‘Trust in Spirit’.
In moments of deepest confusion, despair and doubt I felt I have been guided by a force that cannot be seen or heard, but that I can only sense. Not always in tune with my own rhythm or aware of the external pulse that guides my path, I found this energy was returning and presenting itself in a state of clearer resonance. In nurturing my body, my mind and my spirit, I realized I was shedding my outer layers and discovering my inner beauty; my spiritual intent. The more self-enquiry meditation I practice, the more self-assured I am and the clearer my journey on this path of yoga becomes.
It’s through this freedom of movement that I have found my way to express myself and discover a new wave of inner awakening.
Melissa is an Egyptian soul born in Australia to a British mother and Egyptian father, with a love for adventure, travel, freedom and movement.
Discovering yoga in 2004 during a transitional period of her life, Melissa left her previous career and immersed herself into her practice in Mysore in 2009. India provided a transformative experience where her understanding of yoga developed into a way of life, a purposeful existence and a journey towards one’s truth.
In 2010, Melissa traveled to the Brahmani Centre in Goa for a series of teacher trainings with Julie Martin and has since been teaching Vinyasa flow in Dubai. Melissa maintains her seasonal teaching travels to India and has assisted Julie Martin in both level 1 and level 2 teacher trainings, giving her the confidence to share this passion with others.
Melissa continues to expand the scope of her training both as a teacher and as a student, by embarking on various training and self-development experiences around the world each year. This has allowed Melissa to deepen her empathy-driven style of teaching with the likes of Julie Martin, Shiva Rea and Rolf and Marci Naujokot, and share her inspiration and encouragement with her students.
Melissa is now offering Sound Healing and Cacao Ceremonies for holistic wellbeing.
Melissa is currently a Liquido ambassador and an experienced E-RYT 500 yoga teacher known for her dynamic Vinyasa flow classes and her integration of yoga philosophy into everyday life.
In 2015, Melissa was named Lululemon Ambassador for the UAE, a distinction awarded by the Canadian athletic and yoga apparel retailer in recognition of her passion and dedication to sharing the gift of yoga within the community.
Melissa completed a 2 year contract with LuluLemon, that truly inspired her to live with courage, passion & purpose.
Now Melissa is with the Liquido tribe, a Brazilian yoga, fitness & beach apparel brand. A brand that believes in inspiring wellness through fashion lifestyle & proudly produces limited edition prints that are sweatshop-free.
You can find her teaching community classes at their events around the city.
“Vinyasa” is derived from the Sanskrit term nyasa, meaning “to place” and the prefix vi “in a special way”.
Through consciousness of breath, movement and intention, vinyasa becomes a sacred journey from beginning to end.
Through a creative and mindful sequence, this style of yoga supports and strengthens the body, calms and guides the mind into a sacred presence, as well as freedom in spirit.
Aspiring to guide students to practice with awareness, freedom, respect and joy, Melissa leads Vinyasa flow classes that are dynamic, fluid, energising and self-motivating. Filled with technique, alignment and a systematic approach to building strength and balance, her classes offer an array of intelligent sequences covering a wide variety of themes. Melissa has a particular interest in the chakra system, an area of tantric yoga philosophy she now regularly incorporates in both her personal practice and her teaching.
Through her passion and knowledge, Melissa enables students from different levels to follow her dynamic style of practice, while teaching and honoring their own level of abilities. Her mission is to provide a guided and safe environment for all yogis and yoginis to reach out to a deeper level of physical, mental, spiritual mindfulness, while discovering the inner truth in movement and discovering stillness.
A sense of lightness and grace is genuinely felt and incorporated in Melissa’s teaching.