Melissa Lago, M.A., grew up in Ojai, California and began studying yoga when she was fifteen years old as a way to calm her mind and merge her love for movement and dance with meditation. Throughout high school and college she mainly practiced Ashtanga Yoga. After graduating from Yale University in 2004, she moved to New York City, where she began studying Anusara, Kundalini, Prana Flow and Aroma Yoga. Through her exploration of these different types of yoga, she has learned that as long as she is connecting her attention to her breath, and her body, transformation occurs. Her wish to offer this experience to others is her inspiration to teach. In 2005 she completed her first teacher training, and in 2010 she completed her 200 hour Prana Flow teacher training with Shiva Rea in Venice, CA. Her M.A. in Philosophy and Religion, from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and her mindfulness meditation practice further inform and enrich her teaching. Melissa has taught yoga in New York, Connecticut and California as well as lectured on Hinduism and Yoga at Holy Names University in Oakland, California. At the heart of her teaching is her intention to inspire people to live more fully by becoming more aware, and through awareness to open to their own transformation. To her many yoga teachers: Tanja Bochnig, Elena Brower, Michael Fukumura, Clayton Horton, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, David Lurey, Tim Miller, Shiva Rea, Taylor Scott, Ravi Singh and Ana Brett, and to all the others whose classes she has benefited from she offers her deepest gratitude. Melissa currently teaches yoga at 4th Street Yoga in Berkeley and at Holy Names University. Off the mat she enjoys teaching in the Department of Arts and Humanities at Holy Names University and spending time in nature. She offers you a brief quote that she loves to remember from Mother Teresa,"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing."