My classroom is a place of authentic exploration where students can nurture their stillness, playfulness, and joy. My classroom engages students in dynamic movements and breath. My class is designed to allow students to actively experience kriya yoga—the enduring of difficult poses with tapas, the surrender in each pose, and the wisdom to listen to their own inner teacher. My class will carve out a space for students to engage in the practice of being centered and creating space to observe themselves as a wholehearted person.
Through my training and mentors, I practice and teach a Hatha yoga style that focuses on alignment and is designed to open the energy channels in the body. I love using the yoga wall, chairs, props and aerial hammocks to explore, refine and advance traditional asana. I hold positions a little longer and use breathe to help focus, build strength and flexibility. Please join me in my exploration of the flowing, dynamic form of yoga.
In 2010, to help me deepen my understanding of yoga and to help my students more, I completed a 400 hour training in Thai Yoga Therapy. In 2013, I completed my 500 hour training to become a Texas licensed massage therapist. With this additional training I can now help my students find the best versions of the postures for their bodies.
Throughout all of my teaching and trainings what has stayed consistent is the importance of our breath and how through our breath we can transform both our movement and our bodies. Please join me to discover the joy of uniting breath with mindful movement.
Yoga Therapist, Stress Management Specialist, and Reiki Practitioner- Melissa Aguirre, has been committed to passing on healing and wellness through teaching yoga therapy ever since she discovered her own healing through the yoga practice. She is a member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists, an ambassador for Yoga Across America, a volunteer for The American Heart Association and registered with Yoga Alliance. Having taught for The University of North Carolina Asheville, T.H.E Center for Disordered Eating, The Wounded Warrior Project, and private yoga therapy; her teachings include a realm of therapeutic yoga and poetic inspiration she uses to generate a safe, healing environment to encourage healthy life style choice and self care for her students.
Melissa’s desire to teach yoga comes from the intention to ultimately calm the mind, develop a healthy body, and achieve an optimistic energy in her life. She is inspired to create a balanced practice with teachings that focuses on physical wellness, relaxation, and the unity of the mind, body, and spirit.
Learn more about Melissa Aguirre at www.melmarieyoga.com
I am certified to teach Yoga for Kids; Yoga for Seniors; Yoga for Back; Myofascia Release; Restorative Yoga; and YogaLean, an initial 12 week program that combines health, nutrition, fitness, balance, Ayurveda, the self healing branch of yoga, and yoga that will assist in transitioning in to a lifestyle.
Each time that I step onto my mat, I am reminded that yoga is a journey of mind, body, and spirit and not a destination. My classes combine Hatha yoga with breath, mudras, progressive asanas facilitating the transition into master poses, and meditation. Watching students, new and not so new, reach an 'ahha' moment on their mats is always a high point for me as a teacher. I invite you to join me to begin or continue your yoga journey with me.
I turned my attention to teaching yoga now because I have learned first hand the power of this practice to provide clarity and help me create balance in my life, and I want to help others achieve this, too.
I earned my RYT 200 at Castle Hill Fitness Yoga School in Austin in 2010 and will conclude RYT 500 training with Christina Sell and Gioconda Parker at the San Marcos School of Yoga in January 2017.
The physical practices of yoga have proven for me to be the most accessible pathways to introspection, contemplation and meditation, which I need to recharge my energy, renew my drive and recover from the scrapes and bruises of life in the everyday modern working world. I teach and practice Yin Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga for full spectrum nourishment of my physical, spiritual and mental self. My classes will challenge you! But just enough to experience your innate vitality and strength, and activate the parasympathetic nervous system to productively deal with the stress of work and life. You will leave feeling alive, refreshed and ready to take on new challenges!
As a certified yoga instructor, I am blessed with the opportunity to share my love of yoga with others. I strive to honor the long lineage and heritage of classical yoga, respecting the wisdom of the many honorable gurus who have come before me. And I teach yoga to serve in love and compassion, promoting the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of all students as we seek the sacred together.