Melissa Mikolitch

I fell in love with yoga in my teens. I stumbled upon some classes at a
local community center and I was welcomed to join by my very senior class mates! It was during these classes that I realized that yoga not only challenged my body
but calmed my mind. Over the next 30 years my relationship with yoga was on and off. It was then in my forties that my practice became deeper and more interconnected with the elements of mind, body and soul.

I was inspired by my teacher Laura Albrecht, who encouraged each student
to move authentically, to come from within, and make accommodations to the poses
to help enhance their practice. It was then that my desire to teach others was born.
I studied locally in Santa Cruz to get my professional yoga credentials, and I began teaching in 2014. My background of aquatic therapy and massage therapy blended perfectly with my teaching to
create classes where my students were encouraged to move safely, use their intuition, and enjoythe challenge and joy of movement. I have worked with many students one on one after surgery, illnessandrecovery. Iopenedasmallstudiospecificallytoworkwithsmallgroupsandforpeople wanting to try yoga for the first time. My philosophy is very simple: ‘to thine own self be true’.
I’ve called Santa Cruz home for the past 23 years and I love to be outdoors practicing yoga, swimming and biking. I have two children in their twenties and enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

My qualifications are:
200 Hour E-RYT (currently studying for 300 hour E-RYT) Certified Thai Massage
Certified Massage Therapist 500 hour CMT
Certified Cranial Sacral Therapy
Certified Aquatic Instructor Watsu Instructor