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About Melissa

Writing has always been my first love. Finding inner peace has always been my deepest wish. Through mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and writing, I fuse these practices to help others connect to their own creative spark and the peace that exists within.

I am the editor of the essay collection Going OM:

Real-Life Stories on and off the Yoga Mat (Viva Editions 2014), featuring a foreword by Cheryl Strayed, and the author of two poetry chapbooks.

 

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The revolutionary 8-week online course led by Melissa Carroll, ERYT500, MFA, & Ashley Sweet, LMHC

re-opens for enrollment in January 2020!

when you sign up for 

SHADOW + LIGHT

you get:

  • Our proven, time-tested method to break through your unconscious blocks, experience radical self-love, & align with your your purpose

  • 8 dynamic lessons delivered every week (go at your own pace)

  • 5 powerful guided meditations 

  • 2 gentle yoga & pranayama videos

  • 2 LIVE online sessions with Melissa 

  • Lifetime access to all course materials

  • Access to our private FB community of like-minded souls

  • Personal support every step of the way

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— Melissa Y.

“Thank you for being such an excellent mentor and teacher throughout these past 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training. This journey has changed me in innumerable ways. Much of my progress is thanks to your genuine kindness, love, and guidance... from the moment I first heard you speak, I felt connected to you magnetically. You are a beautiful example of living your truth AND living yoga on and off the mat.” 

It sounds wild, I know: but you must pour LOVE + GRATITUDE into the pieces of yourself that you judge and loathe, if you're ever going to heal and transform your life.

Try this powerful journaling exercise. 

"Money is the root of all evil."

There’s a giant taboo wrapped around money: Reframe your relationship to your resources & open yourself

to receive your worth.

We are under the spell of "busy-ness"

in our peace-starved, stressed-out,

time-crunched culture. 

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On The Yoga Writer Blog

July 28, 2019

All emotions are energy: think of the sheer potency of anger or lust, or the divine radiance of compassion and gratitude.

It’s easy to get swept away in the power of "lower" emotions, such as anxiety, worry, jealousy, frustration, self-doubt, rage...

...and when you...

July 11, 2019

This quirky detail in nearly every movie can help you tap into your full power.

In screenwriting, movies are almost always broken up into three acts. This narrative arc was developed by Aristotle 2,400 years ago, and we still use it today. 

The fact that this three-act n...

May 16, 2019

Ever feel like there’s just not enough time? 

In the morning, do you wake up to an alarm clock?

Do you get satisfaction from checking things off your To-Do list?

Do you live by your Google calendar?

When someone asks you how your day was, do you spout off a list of what yo...

May 2, 2019

Love, sweet love. Can’t buy it. It’s blind. It’s patient, it’s kind. It hurts. It’s a battlefield. It’s a two-way street. It’s a river. It don’t cost a thing. And it comes when you least expect it.

Or, as Charles Bukowski put it, “Love is a dog from hell.”

In this 3-Part...

March 17, 2019

From cave walls to Shakespearean plays to Netflix, humans are a story-making species.

Stories create our cultural myths, which have an immensely powerful influence on how we live, who we love, and what we believe.

Think about what Disney Princesses signal to young kids...

December 22, 2018

The Winter Solstice is marked by the dance between the poles of light and dark: in the Northern Hemisphere the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year with the longest night. 

Now, if you know me you know I'm a sucker for metaphors, and the i...

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