Melissa Spamer, M.A. ERYT 500, LMT, C. Ay. has been practicing Yoga for more then twenty years. She completed her first certification to teach Yoga in 1997, and has been consistently teaching Yoga for eighteen years. She has completed more then six 200-500 hour teacher trainings since then. In 2005, Melissa completed a 500 hour teaching certification with the International Yoga College, specializing in Yoga and Conflict Transformation, under the guidance of Rama Jyoti Vernon.
Her approach to Yoga is very organic and weaves together a rich tapestry of inspired teachings from such celebrated teachers as Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten, Rama Jyoti Vernon, Shiva Rea, Kali Ray and the students of Desikachar. Her practice is continually evolving, always becoming more Alive in Spirit and Form. She feels incredibly blessed to be carrying the light of Yoga beside so many radiant beings in this great ocean of Awakening.
Melissa is also a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute, having completed more than 1200 hours of study. She has studied with Dr. Vasant Lad, Swamini Mayatitananda, Sonia Masocco, Dr. Claudia Welch and Dr. Robert Svobodha. Melissa offers Ayurvedic consultations, treatments and workshops. She integrates Ayurvedic principles into her teaching of Hatha Yoga.
Melissa is a certified massage therapist and credits the majority of her knowledge of the energetic and physical body to more then ten years of hands on healing around the globe. She has completed her professional certification from the Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts and has trained in a range of modalities including, myofascial release, reflexology, deep tissue therapy, and craniosacral therapy. Melissa completed a one year internship studying acupressure therapy and incorporates the energetic philosophy of East Asia in all of her treatments. She has traveled to Thailand several times and is certified in Thai Massage.
She holds a graduate certificate in Holistic Health Care from Western Michigan University, with an emphasis in expressive arts therapy, and in 2013 was named alumni of the year. She has co-facilitated groups and retreats incorporating a full range of therapeutic processes to help unveil the truth of the soul’s yearning for engagement. She has a Master's degree in counseling psychology, with an emphasis in somatics and neurobiology, from Southwestern College. She offers body-centered counseing sessions in private practice.
Melissa has lived and traveled in Asia, Africa and Europe. She currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
What others have said about Melissa's teaching...
"Melissa is a true teacher. She allows her practice to be a tool for personal evolution and that brings a deep understanding and creativity to her teaching enabling students to have the confidence to make their own inner journey through Yoga."
-Angela Farmer, World Renowned Yoga Teacher
"You are a teacher to me of many things - inspiration, yoga, loving my body - but most of all by how you live. Your willingness to go deeper, to sustain discipline, to live what you speak, all teach of the beauty and radiance one carries when they are doing what they love."
- Pamela Poley, Therapist/Group Leader
"I extend gratitude to you for creating a space in which I was able to travel deeply within as I explored the practice of yoga under your guidance. Your words are poetic and powerful. Your excitement and love for the practice is inspirational. I was able to hear your words all the way through my being and this allowed me to work honestly towards healing, growth, and strength. It has also encouraged me to live my own practice as it evolves and unfurls towards the light."
- Gina Greene, Momma and Yoga Instructor