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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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On The Yoga Writer Blog

December 12, 2019

Tell me, friends, does this meme resonate?

(If you’re awkward & excited raise your hand.)

Do you get a little awkward when receiving a compliment or unexpected gift?

Like maybe you’re both excited and yet strangely shutting down, saying things like, “Oh no, you’re too ki...

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