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“Your classes have allowed me to cultivate a love and appreciation for yoga that I have never had the discipline towards before. I have enjoyed so much improvement to my health and energy and found so many creative connections to my meditation sessions and life in general.”

-DG

Melissa Collins

Pain and fear brought me to yoga. Joy keeps me here.

Over 20 years ago a doctor told me that he thought I had Multiple Sclerosis. After the appointment I sat in stunned silence thinking, “What do I do now?” The answer came quickly. I had to do Yoga.

I got up the next morning, started practicing and have not stopped. Though it did not eliminate all my problems – the doctor was wrong…I did not have MS – practice gave me a sense of control as well as a profound sense of joy. There was peace in my life. I wanted to find out why.

I enrolled in the Himalayan Institute graduate program and started on a path of learning about the physical and psychological effects of yoga that continues to this day.

As my body become stronger and relaxed through asana practice I became less fearful.

I felt freer to try new things and did not take it personally if I failed. Meditation helped me find clarity and acceptance of  what I could not change. My body, heart and spirit opened to life’s possibilities.

Yoga is a philosophy of self-realization and self-transformation.

The practice has shown me that my path is to help others find   this peace and beauty within them.

There is no mastery of yoga, only practice.

Joyfully,

Melissa