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Melissa Little, Director

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Melissa has been a student of yoga for many years, and began teaching yoga in 2002.  Her yoga teaching reflects her emphasis on creating the best personal practice for each student.  For many years, Melissa has worked with all students, cultivating an expertise with students that benefit from a personalized approach, including beginning students, prenatal students, new moms with babies and seniors.   Melissa’s practical approach to teaching yoga allows students to receive what they personally need from the class they are attending.  She encourages her students to listen to their bodies, steering clear of pain and force.  She believes that a yoga practice can be safe and suitable for all who listen to their bodies with respect and patience. 


Melissa earned both her 200 hour and 500 hour  professional yoga trainings from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health,  where she has also assisted and taught in other professional trainings.  Other certifications include: Prenatal Yoga,  advanced anatomy, and Shiva Rea’s Advanced Vinyasa Yoga.  Melissa is also a 500 hour registered yoga teacher with the nationally renowned Yoga Alliance. Melissa continues to attend teacher conferences, workshops and trainings, as she continues to grow as both a teacher and student of yoga.  Melissa is presently pursuing certification in Yoga Therapy.  Melissa is also a Reiki Level 2 Practioner.
  

Melissa has been a visiting instructor at Kripalu, where she taught prenatal yoga to yoga teachers attending their 500 hour advanced professional teacher training.  She is also an adjunct instructor of yoga at Manchester Community College, and teaches yoga at the Manchester Senior Center, she has inspired and has been inspired by the students at both Manchester Community College and the Manchester Senior Center since 2004.
 
Melissa believes yoga is a life changing journey, as we begin to connect deeply with our bodies, we move inward becoming more aware, our minds open, and we experience our lives more richly both on and off our mats.


Sarah

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“Yoga opens the door to your authentic self, and the journey begins with the first step.”  Sarah’s journey with yoga began over three years ago, when she came to yoga to quiet her mind and relax her body.  Little did she know how transformative yoga could be! 


Sarah comes to Lotus Yoga after earning her yoga certification at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.  She integrates the gifts of yoga as she teaches from a place of compassion, respect, and playfulness.  It is her goal to honor all bodies and spirits as unique and splendid.   Sarah invites her students to relax, have fun, smile and open their hearts to what lies within.